APRIL 2019



Tien Shan Pai Invitational Legacy 2019 Tournament- Sunday April 14 at Delta Hotel, Hunt Valley MD

Tai Chi Gala- May 31-June 2 in Henryville, PA in the Pocono Mountains

8 -Immortal Sword Form Workshop

GM Liu Xiao Ling, an 18th Generation Grand Master of the Wudang Long Men Pai system (and Paul’s teacher), conducted a 2- day workshop on this rare, traditional Taoist sword form.  It displays methods related to the classic 8 Immortals known throughout Chinese culture.                                       About 14 students took part in the workshop held at the O’Day Training Center in Hyattsville MD on Saturday and Sunday March 16 & 17th, 2019.  This challenging and beautiful sword form kept the participants focused and engaged throughout the two- day event. A video of the portion taught should be available in the near future. All participants expressed how much they enjoyed the form and the experience.

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Tien Shan Pai 2019 Tournament

Wu Shen Tao has once again made the cut to be able to attend this invitational tune up event prior to the usual Tournament season which normally begins in late Spring and early Summer.

This year it has moved to a larger venue which is also the long-time home of their annual International Kuoshu Federation National level tournament in Hunt Valley MD. It will take place on Sunday April 14 and the first event is scheduled to begin at 10 am. There are discounts for early registration and free volunteer scorekeeper/timekeeper training available at 9 am prior to the start of the event.

This tournament is a smaller version of the national event with less expensive entry fees but many of the same judges so it would be an excellent way to simply get feedback from experienced judges or to assess where one’s current skills are if they are intending to do any competitions this coming summer.  It would also be a good event to spectate if you’d like to see some classmates compete and to see what other local schools are teaching at their facilities.

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Tai Chi Gala occurs at the 175-acre retreat property of “Lindenmere” (Henryville, PA).

Tai Chi Master Jou Tsung Hwa originally founded the event and named it the “Zhang San Feng Festival,” after the legendary ancient founder of tai chi chuan, Grandmaster Zhang San Feng. The purpose is to UNITE all those interested in: tai chi, qigong, Taoist internal arts, self-defense, and the intuitive/holistic arts in a spirit of sharing, and FUN.  All lineages and non-lineages WELCOMED and HONORED.

 This event has been ongoing for more than 2 decades. It was the first ‘Zhang San Feng Festival’ which led to many similarly named events around the country.  It has a reputation for being a fun, informative, laid back gathering with many high-level teachers who come and share some of their knowledge and experience.

  Paul Ramos has been asked to present there this year. He will do seminars on Internal Push Hands and on Push Sword as well as leading the Sunday AM qigong gathering. He also has a valid Discount code (19PR), where participants may receive a $50 discount off from the weekend’s festivities.  An added bonus is that meals are included in the cost of the weekend fees.

To see the full line up of workshops and teachers or to register go to Taichigala.com


Gaithersburg location news

Our sister school Clear Circle Holistic Training Center 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: longmen987@gmail.com to inquire or to register for your introductory lesson.


The next installment of “Something to meditate on” is available on our Qigong/ Meditate page (DCMDTaichi.com). It is produced by long time collaborator, training partner, and good friend Henry C. Brennan. He has an extensive background in Martial and Energy arts beginning back in the 1970’s. His specialty is energy cultivation with a focus on passive and active work along with methods and strategies of how to apply these skills to one’s daily life.

He shares concepts of the work by providing snippets of wisdom and knowledge each month on our Qigong/ Meditation page.

Interested individuals can also now begin online training with him to use the distilled exercises and methods of this path. I recommend that you feel free to check in bi-weekly for the next nugget along the path toward potentiating oneself.



We will meet for sword basics and application class this month on Wednesday April 17th, 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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Our weekly Community Tai Chi and Push Hands Open workout is alive and well (27 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 longmen987@gmail.com if you have questions or concerns.


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-Thomas Hood

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-Thomas Edison