HAPPY YEAR OF THE EARTH PIG
FEB. 5 2019
Year of the Pig Luncheon- Feb 2, 1 PM
Swordplay Workshop- Sunday February 10, 10:30-5:30PM
CLOSED – Monday February18 for Presidents Day
YEAR OF THE EARTH PIG
14 participants met at the Full Key Restaurant for a Year of the Earth Pig gathering on Feb 2, 2019. The group shared a 12 course sumptuous meal while socializing on many topics. We had an excellent time and thank all those who attended.
There are many traditions and customs associated with the Chinese New Year. Families thoroughly clean their homes in order to sweep away any ill fortune and to make way for good luck. Windows and doors are decorated with delicate red paper cutouts and poetic couplets—pairs of corresponding lines of poetry that express people’s joy and hope for the New Year.
Fireworks, firecrackers, red packages, the lion dance, the dragon dance, and lanterns with riddles are other common customs and traditions observed during the Chinese New Year period.
Many families gather for a big family reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve, and the Chinese people also visit their relatives as part of the New Year celebration.
The Chinese people believe the year of the Pig will bring wealth and prosperity. Besides having a stable income, they hope to make more money, and some believe it is an auspicious time to make new financial investments.
The year of the Pig is expected to bring joy, friendship and love for all the zodiac signs as the Pig attracts success in all the spheres of life.
Happy New Year!
We will be hosting a level 1 and 2 Swordplay workshop.
The workshop will consist of a one hour review of fundamental skills and then proceed to more advanced skills of hand work, foot work, single- person and paired training drills, feinting drills, compound reaction drills and finishes up with 60-80 minutes of rotating sword sparring matches. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who has a strong interested in; anyone who has taken previous swordplay training, or those who have been in Martial arts for over a year.
It will take place at the Roda Movement Center located in Takoma Park MD at 7014 Westmoreland Ave.
On February 10, 2019, we begin at 10:30 am and this 5 hour intensive will end at 3:30 pm. There will be a 20-30 minute break midway through so participants may bring food to eat or call for pickup at one of the several eateries nearby and around the corner. It is also highly suggested that participants bring extra water, eye and groin protection, and whatever other protective equipment they deem necessary. The cost will be $150 per person and includes a foam sword so that we all may be equally armed during the drills and sword sparring matches.
Paul Ramos will be teaching the workshop and he has been training in, teaching, and sharing his expertise in Asian Swordplay, Medieval Swordplay (having previously taught swordplay to the street and stage performers at several MD Renaissance Festivals), and Olympic Style swordplay (having been a competitive Collegiate team member in NYC; as well as a former Nationally ranked Sabre Fencer), spanning 40 years.
If you are interested in attending you should contact us ASAP to be placed on the participant list and you will be updated as to all pertinent information associated with this event. The event is limited to 20 participants so you will need to secure your spot soon. To register or to gain more information feel free to contact Paul Ramos at 301-651-3617, or via email at email@example.com. You may also find updates on our website DCMDTaichi.com.
Gaithersburg location news
It remains in Gaithersburg MD but now resides at 329 B Main Street in the lower level suite, below the Rose Spa and Salon in the Kentlands’ complex.
The space is larger than our former location and is also close to two outdoor training areas when the weather permits. This space is dedicated to private, semi-private and small group classes only. Instruction available there ranges from Qigong/ Neigong, Tai Chi and other Internal martial arts, Swordplay, Meditation, Self Defense, Contact Fight training, nutrition and other skills related to those mentioned above.
Call 301-651-3617 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire or to register for your introductory lesson.
8 -Immortal Sword Form Workshop
GM Liu Xiao Ling, an 18th Generation Grand Master of the Wudang Long Men Pai system will be conducting a 2 day workshop on this rare, traditional Taoist sword form. It displays methods related to the classic 8 Immortals known throughout Chinese culture. Do not miss this rare opportunity to learn an older traditional version of this long treasured sword routine.
INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY
Winter is here and with it comes a variety of situations that unfortunately lead to challenging transportation, health, and mindset concerns.
Realize that when Montgomery County schools close related to bad weather, impassible roads etc.- Wu Shen Tao will also be closed. Should the weather/ roads clear up by class time everyone should look to our website (DCMDTaichi.com), for updates and any changes to our normal policy. Every effort will be made to update the site as soon as possible. Announcements and changes would be found on our Home page and the News/ Events page.
Secondly, the Winter season also encourages the usual spate of colds, Flu’s and other health issues. As much as we love to see you all in class at every opportunity; please stay home if you are ill! We like to share your company but do not wish to share any viruses or other pathogens. Rest up and get back to us when you are feeling better.
Also, realize that if you sweat and train hard in class you will probably open up your circulation and pores so take a little time before your leave to cool down. Bring in a change of shirt/ clothes if you need to so that you are not walking in the frigid temperatures wet and tired. This may temporarily diminish your immune system which may lead to being more susceptible to the pathogens surrounding us. Let’s have a healthy and productive winter season.
Some thing to Meditate on
Check in weekly for the next installment of “Something to Meditate On’ available on our Qigong / Meditation Page (DCMDTaichi.com). It is produced by long- time collaborator, training partner and good friend Henry Brennan. He has an extensive background in the martial and energy arts beginning 45 years ago. His specialty is energy cultivation with a focus on passive and active work along with methods and strategies of how to apply these skills in one’s daily life.
He shares some of the concepts of the work by providing snippets of wisdom and knowledge 3 times per month on our Qigong/Meditation page.
Interested individuals can also now begin online training with him and learn to use the distilled exercises and methods of this path. I recommend that you feel free to check in (if possible), at least bi weekly for the next nugget along this path toward potentiating oneself.
FEBRUARY SWORDPLAY CLASS
We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday February 6 th, 2019 from 7:30-9 PM. Bring a sword, eye protection and groin protection (optional). All students are encouraged to attend regardless of experience.
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FREE COMMUNITY PUSH HANDS -
Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (25 years and counting). We hold the Free Takoma Park 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 email@example.com if you have questions or concerns.
QUOTES OF THE MONTH
" That which you create in beauty, goodness, and truth lives on for all time to come. Don't spend your life accumulating material objects that will only turn to dust and ashes. "
" Courage consists not in hazarding without fear but being resolutely minded in a just cause. "
" Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't mind- it doesn't matter. "