FEBRUARY 2018 Wu Shen Tao News

Happy Year of the Earth Dog

Happy Year of the Earth Dog







Chinese New Year -February 5-16, 2018 –Year of the Earth Dog

Chinese New Year Lunch Celebration- Saturday Feb.17, 1 PM-3PM

Presidents Day – Monday Feb. 19, 2018 – No Classes



In order to celebrate the Chinese New Year (the Year of the Dog), we are currently running an awesome promotional contest for our viewers. We’re giving away a free quality Tai Chi Sword to the winner of this contest. The rules are simple and are as follows:

·         You must be a current subscriber on our YouTube  Channel (copy and paste URL to your browser):   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEUHltpPLiwg11nf2U9odhg

·         You must be 18 years old or above

·         You must have requested for future video updates (the Bell icon)

·         You must have posted a comment on the video of your choice

·         The comment must apply to the video that the comment is posted on

The winner of the contest will be determined by the comment that id deemed to be the most insightful and /or entertaining by our judges.

This promotional contest will end on February 19th, 2018. Good luck!

Check it out here:  

(copy and paste URL to your browser): https://youtu.be/zmx6WYPPAiU


The workshop was well attended and included a discussion and handouts pertaining to the 36 Bubishi Vital Points, the various types of fists and hand positions to access the points, and pressure point theory. The next 3 hours was devoted to looking at the 8 primary techniques (and a few classic postures), of Tai Chi Chuan focusing on how to set up and perform those applications while incorporating point spotting technique. The paired training went well and the 4 hours flew by very quickly. We only were able to address 50% of the info covered on the outlines provided and we may follow up with a part 2 workshop sometime in the future.

This 4 hour intensive took place at the Roda Movement Center at 7014-A Westmoreland Avenue, Takoma Park MD on Sunday January 21, 2018. There was many positive comments concerning the workshop materials provided, the techniques worked, and the depth of information provided. We will alert you on upcoming workshops as they are scheduled.



Although astronomically beginning February 5th the celebration of the Earth Dog Year is celebrated for a period of 10-11 days culminating in the final emergence on February 16th.  It is to be an eventful year marked by security concerns and the rise of social conservative movements in our society. It is also supposed to be a good time for lifestyle changes (ie., Stop smoking or change residences).  Persons who predominate in Earth energies are to have a particular stability in 2018 which if combined with fairness and honesty in their dealings should be rewarded with increased revenue. Remember that the year is also not conducive to waste and unnecessary expenses so slow and steady will win the day (year).  It is to be a turbulent but not warlike /destructive year. The Metal Dog Year in 2030 is strong for those tendencies.

Make plans to join us on February 17th .2018 at the Hibachi Sushi Supreme Buffet located at 28 Bureau Dr. in Gaithersburg, MD 20878 beginning at 1 PM. The price is approximately $16 per person and we will gather to socialize, talk martial arts, and to bring in the Year of the Earth Dog. Notify Paul (301-651-3617 or at longmen987@gmail.com), if you have questions, concerns, and to say how many people are in your party so that we may be able to secure our own area in this busy sought after location. We hope to see you there!!



Paul Ramos has decided to increase his internet presence through the creation of 3-5 minute videos which shall be available on You Tube, Facebook, the WST website, and other internet locations. The purpose is to expand the depth and content of available info on the internal Martial and Health Arts. Many have cited that there is much misinformation, disinformation and flat out erroneous information available which is then taken as truth by the general public. In an effort to combat these problems these videos will be made in short but informative packets so that other options and understandings may be shared by the general populace. A Wu Shen Tao free subscription page will host old and newer videos which will start with Tai Chi fundamentals and then slowly progress to more subtle and advanced concepts of health and other internal martial arts. Comments and questions are welcomed and hopefully we all can gain more knowledge and understanding from the videos and the comments that they elicit.



We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday February 14, 2017 from 7:30-9 PM. Bring a sword, eye protection and groin protection (optional). All students are encouraged to attend regardless of experience.



We humbly accept suggestions as to how we may improve the site so that it may be easier and more usable to current and future members. 



Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (25 years and counting). We hold the Free Community Workout, 3 blocks away, at the Roda Movement Center which is located at 7014 Westmoreland Avenue (just off Carroll Avenue) in Takoma Park, MD.  It is located just behind the Gazebo located on Carroll Avenue and across from the House of Musical Traditions.  The workout takes place on Thursdays from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Feel free to contact us at longmen987@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.




It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.

-Mahatma Gandhi

Leadership does not depend on being right.

-Ivan Illich

Tough times never last; tough people do.

-Robert Schuller