Great Blue Heron Events Calendar
World Tai Chi Day 2019
April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm MDT
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, also known as World T’ai Chi and Ch’i Kung Day, is observed this year on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. It has been observed the last Saturday in April since 1999. It will take place at Dance Dimensions in Longmont, CO from 1pm-5pm. ALL EVENTS FREE!
1:00 – 1:25 pm: Steve Elliott – Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong – Where to start. How to start.
1:30 – 1:55 pm: Kathleen McGoey – Peace Qigong.
2:00 – 2:25 pm: Barb Larsen – Chen Man-Ching Tai Chi.
2:30 – 2:55 pm: Marcia Babcock – Yang style 24 Tai Chi form.
3:00 – 3:25 pm: Jon Lears – Tai Chi Sword form presentation.
3:30 – 3:55 pm: Bill Wallick – Sensing hands – two person exercises.
4:00 – 4:25 pm: Garth Reynolds – Three Sections and five bows. Acupuncture and Tai Chi.
4:30 – 4:55 pm: Steve Elliott – Yang style 108 form. Tai Chi Ruler.
Steve has been studying Tai Chi Since 1980. He began with Jane and Bataan Faigo, under the Boulder Library next to the creek, learning Chen Man-Ching’s 37 move short form. He studied this form for six years. Then he began taking classes in the Yang Long Form (108 moves) from Bing Lee in Denver, Colorado. For 14 years he drove three times a week to Bing’s classes. Then life, work, and all those other unexpected events intervened.
Currently he studies with Jesse Tsao of San Diego. Visit Jesse Tsao’s Website
Steve began teaching in Longmont at the Longmont Free University in 2004.
Kathleen began practicing qigong (chee-gong), a Daoist movement meditation, to grow in trust, joy, and freedom. Qigong helps to open physical and energetic pathways in the body through gentle movement, guided breath, and visualization. Practitioners experience increased vitality, relaxation, improved circulation, and better overall physical and emotional health. In this class, you will learn Peace Qigong, a simple sequence that you can practice at home or in nature, and experience profound changes in your wellness. I am on an evolving journey as a peacemaker and have found qigong to be an important practice for integrating inner and outer experiences, and coming to rest in my center while also yielding to change. This discovery led me to write a book, Harmonizing Heavens and Earth: A Daoist Shamanic Approach to Elicitive Peacework, which explores my personal experiences with qigong, and draws connections to how qigong helps us develop skills for transforming conflict. Currently, I am applying this practice in the field of restorative justice. I am the director of Longmont Community Justice Partnership, where I facilitate peacemaking processes and train others in restorative justice practices. I am a member of the Lazuli Daoist Dipper Arts School, and an ordained Daoshi.
In 2016-17, I taught a weekly qigong class at Elevated Yoga Studio in Longmont. Currently, I am not teaching a regularly scheduled class, but I do teach classes and workshops by request.
Barb has been practicing Tai Chi for over 20 years. She retired from an Information Technology career in 2007. Her teacher is Steve Arney and in Aug of 2012 she received his permission to teach Tai Chi. Barb currently teaches two full form classes, one through the Longmont Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 pm, at the Memorial Building; and the second at The Meditation Place on Mondays from 11-noon. Barb also teaches a beginning class at the Meditation Place on Mondays from 12:30-1:30 pm.
Barb teaches Cheng Man-ch’ing’s 37 posture Yang short form. Barb’s teacher, Steve Arney, was a student of Benjamin Lo, who was a most senior student of Cheng Man-ch’ing.
For World Tai Chi Day:
Join Barb for some Tai Chi! We will do a standing meditation, some Tai Chi warm-ups, a posture or two and then watch or join in for the whole 37 posture form!
You can reach Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes are drop in, come by and give one a try!
I’ve been practicing for over 30 years, and teaching for over 25 of those. I met my teacher, Dr. Tingsen Xu, of Shanghai PRC when I was graduate student in Atlanta GA. From Dr. Xu I took private lessons in 24 Form Simplified Yang Style, 108 Form Yang Style and Chen Style (New Frame) Parts 1 and 2 (Cannon Fist) and was starting to learn Push Hands when I finished my degree and it was time to move. During that time, I was also a teaching apprentice with Dr. Xu and had the benefit of accompanying him for his Private Sessions.
I will be demonstrating 24 Form Simplified Yang Style Tai Chi.
I teach at the Longmont Recreation Center, 24 Form, Wednesdays and Fridays 12:15-1:15. I also teach Qigong from 11:45-12:10 on Wednesdays.
Jon Lears began studying tai chi ch’uan in 1998 with Jane and Bataan Faigao through Naropa University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Traditional Eastern Arts. Jane and Bataan studied under Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing, who taught his simplified Yang style 37 posture form. Jon was fortunate to study under Jane for two years until she passed away in 2001, and he had the pleasure of studying with Bataan for fourteen years before he passed away in 2012. Jon continued regularly studying, practicing, and teaching tai chi ch’uan ever since. Jon has attended several workshops with other instructors, including Master Benjamin Pang Lo, Maggie Newman, Wolfe Lowenthal, Lenzie Williams, Barbara Davis, and Adam Mizner. Jon also practices push-hands and sword, and he is an instructor at Boulder Community Tai Chi Chuan.
Tai chi Sword Presentation:
Jon Lears will present the Yang style tai chi jian sword form as he learned it from Bataan Faigao. Jane and Bataan Faigao learned the sword form from one of Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing’s senior students and translator, Tam Gibbs. Jon began studying the jian sword form under Bataan in 2002 and up until his passing in 2012. Afterward, Jon continued studying and practicing the sword through Jane and Bataan’s school, which was at that time heavily influenced by Maggie Newman, also a senior student of Professor Cheng Man-ch’ing.
Bill has studied Tai Chi since the 70’s. Bill studied with Sam Masich, top student of Liang Shou-Yu, septuple gold medalist of national competitions in Tai Chi Tui Shou. Bill also studied with Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming, founder of Yang’s Martial Arts Association with 54 schools around the world and Inside King Fu Magazine Man of the Year in 2007. Bill also studied with Elaine Waters, international gold medalist in Tai Chi Push Hands in 1990. In 2014 Bill met Wee Kee Jin and has been studying with him ever since. Wee Kee Jim is one of only four live-in students of Master Huang Sheng-Shyan, and is known for his teaching of the internal aspects of Tai Chi. Bill’s Yang family lineage is: Yang Lu-Chan, Yang Jian-Hou, Yang Cheng-fu, Cheng Man-Ching, Huang Sheng-Shyan, Wee Kee Jin.
Bill currently lives & teaches in Loveland CO – (720) 319-5158
Bill will be demonstrating:
Huang Taiji Form
Sensing Hands (Tui Shou)
Garth Reynolds studied Chinese language and culture in college, then moved to Beijing China to study martial, healing, and medical arts. He received his a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese medicine at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco.
He currently practices Acupuncture, and gives classes in health building and internal martial arts at the Circle of Health near Airport road and Nelson Road in Longmont.