A non-profit club in San Diego and Richmond, Va.: Teachers:

Walter Jackson (619-647-6938) Email: TheWalkingTiger@Yahoo.Com

Tiffany Trader (619-818-2444) Email: TraderT@Gmail.Com

 

The Walking Tiger Tai Chi Club

 

Our San Diego Tai Chi Club has suspended in-person weekly meetings during the Virus Alert. We plan to resume these sessions once the danger has passed. In the meantime, several of videos are available on our Youtube channel. Our Richmond, Virginia Tai Chi Club begins Saturday morning sessions July 11. (See below)

 

 

The Walking Tiger Tai Chi Club is a group of friends and neighbors, who gather regularly to share the arts of QiGong, Tai Chi, Yoga and Acupressure.

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Our group practices both Yang and Sun style Tai Chi. The Yang Tai Chi is from the Cheng Man-ching school, which emphasizes old style small circle Yang style, which is more focused on health and self-defense.

 

For over 18 years now, we have met every Saturday; unless it’s raining, and done an hour of group practice of very basic, health focused mind-body arts. 

 

We have no formal registration process and we never charge any fees. We are completely non-profit.

 

A warm family atmosphere is always maintained and many deep friendships have developed through the years. Altogether, our members have over 300 years of experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLASS LOCATIONS

 

Balboa Park in San Diego:

 

Temporarily suspended. Presently our western group meets every Saturday morning, at 10:00 AM, at Morely Field, part of Balboa Park, in the North Park area of San Diego. Near the intersection of Upas Street and Texas Street in San Diego.

 

 

Norwood Pond, Midlothian, Virginia:

 

Walking Tiger Tai Chi Club, Richmond will resume outdoor sessions every Saturday, 10:00 AM, beginning July 11. Our temporary location: Norwood Pond, 14104 Norwood Pond Lane in Midlothian, Virginia.

 

 

 

 

 

This fall we will have our Virginia group sessions will resume at:

 

Clover Hill Holistic Arts Center (Chesterfield, Virginia)

 

Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM, join us for free, basic, health focused Tai Chi classes at the Clover Hill Holistic Arts Center, 11932 Winterpock Road., Chesterfield, Virginia. Call us at 619-647-6938 or email to: TheWalkingTiger@Yahoo.Com.

 

These files can be viewed by mouse – clicking on the filename or downloaded by right-clicking and choosing “Save As”.

 

FIVE_BREATHS.pdf : The ancient, 5 element Qigong sequence.

 

Standing Meditation.pdf  : The Zhan Zhuang, “post standing” meditation and CHI cultivation method of Qigong.

 

Cornerstone.pdf : See the step by step instructions for the shortened CHI cultivation form derived from the Cheng Man-Ching form.

 

 

Taoist_Clock.pdf : The Taoist Clock file in PDF format

 

 

 

QUOTATIONS

 

Great quotations are like vibrant little jewels. They contain wisdom and insight. The greatest quotes can summarize ideas, often very abstract ideas, and are all the more resonating because of their brevity. Think of all that is said, by what is unsaid, in the following:

 

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battle-field, and patriot grave, to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature. From Abe Lincolns First Inaugural address.

 

"I think what we are actually seeing are not the lowering of standards of behavior, but improving standards. Intensifying social condemnation of cruelty and bullying and sexual predation. That is something we will take out of this time era as a gift." 

David Frum

 

"The latest attacks on the FBI and the Department of Justice serve no American interests - no parties, no President's, only Putin's. The American people deserve to know all the facts surrounding Russia's ongoing efforts to subvert our democracy, which is why special council Mueller's investigation must proceed unimpeded."

Senator John McCain

 

"In a time of deceit, the truth is a revolutionary act."  George Orwell

 

“Old age is no place for sissies." Betty Davis

 

“A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject. “ Sir Winston Churchill

 

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." Aristotle

 

"It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen". Aristotle

 

"Free speech is the freedom  that safeguards every other freedom." Sam Harris

 

"Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd." -Voltaire

 

"The demand for certainty is one which is natural to man, but is nevertheless an intellectual vice." -Bertrand Russell

 

"Inquiry is fatal to certainty."  -Will Durant

 

"Science has proof without any certainty. Creationists have certainty without any proof."  -Ashley Montagu

 

"If you have a garden and a library, then you have all you need."  Cicero

 

"Long tendons mean long life." Chinese proverb

 

“When a fool sees the Tao, he laughs. Otherwise it would not be the Tao.” -Tai Chi parable

 

 “One who thinks everything should be easy inevitably finds everything difficult. Lao Tzu

 

Eliminating blame cultivates patience and the ability to forgive ourselves or others when we or they fall short of perfection.

- Dr. Robert Chuckrow

 

“Who looks outside, dreams, who looks inside, awakes. - Carl Gustav Jung

 

The white man builds very large fire and sits far away; the Indian builds a small fire and sits close by.- Cherokee parables

 

Being able to say; Ill try again, is one of the deepest expressions of faith in oneself.- Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt

 

Eight forces sustain creation:

Movement and stillness,

Solidification and fluidity,

Extension and contraction,

Unification and division.

 

(Ueshiba)

 

 

“There are two kinds of liars; those who want others to believe them, and those who want to believe themselves. Scott Turrow

 

Embrace your pain, for there your soul will grow. Carl Jung

 

Anyone can teach a gifted student, the real test of a teachers skill is how accomplished his novice students are. EC McGilvery

 

The truth dazzles gradually, otherwise the world would go blind. Emily Dickinson

 

What we do not make conscious, emerges later as fate. Carl Jung

 

"Every idea was once an absurdity; every custom was once an eccentricity.” A. Einstein

 

"Only the truly mediocre are always at their best." A. Einstein

 

“In pursuing knowledge, one accumulates daily. In pursuing the Tao, one loses daily. Lao Tzu

 

Your aim is to change and change again; nature itself ensures that conditions within you and around you are never the same.

 Jou Tsung Hwa

 

Any ardent human quest teaches us about ourselves. Mark Chen

 

“One way of making a breakthrough is to think deeply about things other people take for granted. Jou Tsung Hwa

 

The ultimate aim of Tai Chi is to do without method-the response to an attack is a reflex done without cognition.

  Cheng Man-Ching

 

Practicing Tai Chi is an opportunity to step out of the addiction to getting the most done in the least amount of time.

 Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt

 

Twisting, turning and spiraling should be present either in an overt or hidden way within Tai Chi techniques.

 Bruce Frantzis

 

I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life."  Anne Rice

 

Reality is the enemy of prejudice. Congressman Barney Frank

 

Zen is spiritual ophthalmology.  Allen W. Watts

 

“The first principle of Tai Chi is the awakened mind. “

 

Kuo Lien Ying

 

“…And because the goal is God, rather than thin thighs, fabulous pensions, and geriatric erections; the old in India enjoy a peace, after the storm of youth, that is largely unknown to aging Americans.” From Still Here, by Ram Dass

 

"People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don't even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child--our own two eyes. All is a miracle."  Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh

 

“Beauty is found in the ordinary, mystery is found in the everyday.” The Way of Qigong; Kenneth S. Cohen

 

“I have come to believe that the visualizations are the most important part of Qigong.” From Heal Yourself With Qigong by Suzanne Friedman

 

“A fanatic is always concealing secret doubt.” John Le Carre

 

 

 

"Knowing others is intelligence,

knowing yourself is true wisdom.

 

Mastering others is strength,

Mastering yourself is true power"

 

by Lao-Tzu

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING:

 

Teach Yourself Tai Chi; by Robert Parry

Chi Kung, The Chinese Art of Mastering Energy; Yves Requena

Heal Yourself With Qigong; Suzanne Freidman

QIGONG FOR TOTAL WELLNESS; Dr. Baolin Wu

The Way of Qigong; Kenneth S. Cohen

The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong, Chris Jarmey

Complete Book of Tai Chi; by Stewart McFarlane

Essence and Applications of TajiQuan; by Yang Cheng Fu   (Translated by Louis Swain)

Exploring Tai Chi; by John Loupos

Inside Tai Chi; by John Loupos

Mastering Yang Style TajiQuan; Fu Zhongwen  (Translated by Louis Swain)

Tai Chi As A Path To Wisdom; by Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt

The Tai Chi Book; By Robert Chuckrow Ph.D.

Tai Chi Chuan; by Douglas Lee

Tai Chi Connections; by John Loupos

 

 

REVIEWS of SELECTED BOOKS

 

Teach Yourself Tai Chi; by Robert Parry:  This book appears at first glance to be a run of the mill Tai Chi book. A closer look reveals that it is an unpretentious but superbly written book, with deep detailed explanations of all the Tai Chi postures.

 

As a long-time Jiu Jitsu practitioner and teacher, I applaud the simple logic of this writing. It is only in the later part of the twentieth century that some have turned Tai Chi into a performance art, wherein one vies for trophies. But it is all frilly showmanship. There is no sound reason for kicking above the knee, locking out a kick, or holding a foot suspended in the air.

 

Chi Kung, The Chinese Art of Mastering Energy; Yves Requena: This author writes with real emotion, but it is tempered with sound and very thorough logic and a scientific awareness of Qigong.  His is the best explanation of the real intricacies of the Eight Brocades exercises.

 

Personally, I am turned off by writers and practitioners; Like Roger Jahnke or Daniel Reid, who are too “starry eyed”.  “Epiphany addicts” will find these authors quite satisfying but as a long-time practitioner of Zen, I discount things, even supposedly pleasant emotions, which are out of balance.

 

Qigong For Total Wellness; Dr. Baolin Wu: A superb book for anyone who wishes to understand the traditional Taoist viewpoint of Qigong. In addition, this book contains the most complete self-treatment and self-massage Qigong sequence I have ever seen.

 

The Way of Qigong; Kenneth S. Cohen: This book is an absolute masterwork. It is the most detailed and well written book on Qigong you can find in English. If a practitioner has only one book on Qigong, this is the one to get. As a further step, I strongly recommend Master Cohen’s video programs.

 

The Way of Energy; Lam Kam Chuen. A very clear and well written explanation of how to go about the most important practice in Qigong - Standing Meditation.

 

The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong, Chris Jarmey: Well written and very well illustrated, this is a book I recommend as a primer for a basic understanding of Qigong. And, it has best step by step guide to the 18 exercises known as the Shibashi. Armed with this book and Kenneth Cohen’s, you have it all.

 

Complete Book of Tai Chi; by Stewart McFarlane: I make sure all of my students have this book. It is without question the best book of step by step instructions in the 37 posture Cheng Man-Ching form.

 

Essence and Applications of TajiQuan; by Yang Cheng Fu   (Translated by Louis Swain), and, Mastering Yang Style TajiQuan; by Fu Zhongwen  (Translated by Louis Swain): I list these together because they are by the same exceptional translator, but also because they contain words from great masters and a detailed explanation of the Jing dian, a vital concept I have never seen written anywhere else.

 

The Tai Chi Book; By Robert Chuckrow Ph.D.: My favorite book of Tai Chi. Master Chuckrow writes with real authority on the deeper concepts of Tai Chi. It is a must have book for any serious student of Cheng Man-Ching’s style of Tai Chi. It is a masterwork. Master Chuckrow has also published many other exception books and a video series which contains the best performance of the 37 posture form I have ever seen.

 

Tai Chi Chuan; by Douglas Lee: one of the earliest and best step by step instructions on the long Yang form. Mr. Lee has obvious stylistic differences with the more conventional performers, but it is in all ways the best for any one learning the long Yang form.

 

Exploring Tai Chi; by John Loupos, Inside Tai Chi; by John Loupos, Tai Chi Connections; by John Loupos: All of Master Loupos’ books are  essential for any serious student of Tai Chi. He provides deep scientific explanations of the psychosomatic reasons why Tai Chi is so beneficial. He also provided the best written explanations of the technical aspects of the body movement in structure, proprioception, rooting, structure, awareness, balance, posture and breathing. His video series is well worth the investment. I have never seen a better explanation of rooting and structure.

 

Tai Chi As A Path To Wisdom; by Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt: I include this book because it, along with Return to Stillness by Trevor Carolan, is my personal favorite about the journey, experiences and awakenings many Tai Chi practitioners discover. I list many of this author’s writings in my book on greats quotations by Tai Chi teachers.

 

 

QiGong

 

18 Buddha Hands Qigong; Larry Johnson MD

Awakening The Subtle Body, Tenzin Rinpoche

A Complete Guide to Chi-Kung, Daniel Reid

Ba Duan Jin, Eight Section Qigong Exercises; Chinese Health Qigong Association

Bone Marrow Nei Kung; Montak Chia

CHI; Paul Wildish

Chi Gung; L.V. Carnie

Chi Kung, The Chinese Art of Mastering Energy; Yves Requena

Chinese Qigong, Outgoing Qi Therapy, by Yong sheng

Chinese Healing Exercises: The Tradition of Daoyin  Livia Kohn

Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong by Bruce Frantzis

Earth Qigong for Women; Chunna Zhang

Essence of the Healing Dance; Garri Garripoli

Heal Yourself With Qigong; Suzanne Freidman

Knocking At the Gate of Life; Official manual of China

Liu Zi Jue, Six Sounds Approach to Qigong Breathing Exercises: Chinese Health Qigong Association

Medical Qigong Exercise Prescriptions; Suzanne Friedmann

Miracle Healing From China, Charles T McGee MD

Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body; Bruce Frantzis

Qigong for Total Wellness; Dr. Baolin Wu

Qigong Basics; Ellae Underwood

Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance; Garri Garripoli

Qigong For Beginners; Stanley D. Wilson

Qigong Teachings of a Taoist Immortal; Stuart Alve Olson

The Swimming Dragon; T.K. Shih

Taoist Qigong for Health and Vitality; Sat Chuen Hon

Tendon Nei Kung; Mantak Chia

The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing; Jonathan Goldman

The Art of Chi King; Wong Kiew Kit

The Tao Of Tai Chi Chuan, Jou Tsung Hwa

The Tao Of Meditation, Jou Tsung Hwa

The Tao Of Natural Breathing, Lewis

The Way of Energy; by Lam Kam Chuen

The Way of Qigong; Kenneth S. Cohen

The Chi Revolution; Bruce Fantzis

The Complete Guide to Qi-Kung; Daniel Reid

The Healing Art of Qigong; Hong Jiu

The Healing Promise of Qi; Roger Jahnke

The Healer Within, Roger Jahnke

The Roots of Chinese Qigong, by Dr Yang, Jwing-Ming

The Tao of Natural Breathing, Dennis Lewis

The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong, Chris Jarmey

Warriors of Stillness, by Jan Diepersloot

Walking Qigong, Lam Kam chuen

Women’s Qigong for Health and Longevity; Deborah Davis

Wu Qin Xi, Five-Animal Qigong Exercises; Chinese Health Qigong Association

Yi Jin Jing; Chinese Health Qigong Association

 

 

 

Acupressure / Shiatsu

 

Acupressure’s Potent Points; Michael Reed Gach

Acupressure for Emotional Healing; Michael Reed Gach Phd and Beth Ann Henning Dipl ABT

Do It Yourself SHIATSU; Wataru Ohashi

Reflexology and Acupressure; Janet Wright

The Book of Shiatsu, Paul Lundberg

SHAITSU; Suzanne Franzen

SHIATSU; Tokujiro Namikoshi

The YiJing Medical Qigong System, Suzanne Friedman

 

 

TAI CHI and related arts

 

 

Applied Tai Chi Chuan; by Nigel Sutton

Big Book of Tai Chi; by Bruce Frantzis

Body Mechanics Of Tai Chi Chuan; by William C.C. Chen

Cheng Man-Ching’s Advanced Form Instruction; Wile

Chinese Boxing: Masters and Methods; by Robert Smith

Complete Book of Tai Chi; by Stewart McFarlane

Complete Tai Chi; by Robert Huang

Dao of TajiQuan; by Jou Tsung Hwa

Essence and Applications of TajiQuan; by Yang Cheng Fu   (Translated by Louis Swain)

Exploring Tai Chi; by John Loupos

Fundamentals of Tai Chi Ch'uan; by Wen-Shan Huang

Handbook of Tai Chi Chuan Exercises; by Zhang Fuxing

Healing Art of Tai Chi; by Martin Lee

Inside Tai Chi; by John Loupos

Ki in Daily Life; by Koichi Tohei

Long Life Good Health; Simmone Kuo

Mastering Yang Style TajiQuan; Fu Zhongwen  (Translated by Louis Swain)

Movements of Magic; by Bob Klein

New Style Tai Chi Ch'uan; by Dr. Wei Yue Sun

Old Frame Chen Family TaijiQuan; by Mark Chen

Power Taji; by Erle Montaigue

Return to Stillness; by Trevor Carolan

Stay Young With Tai Chi by Ellae Elinwood

Study of TajiQuan; by Sun Lutang (translated by Tim Cartmell)

Tai Chi According to The I Ching; by Stuart Alve Olson

Tai Chi As A Path To Wisdom; by Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt

Tai Chi Book; By Robert Chuckrow Ph.D.

Tai Chi Boxing Chronicle; Kuo / Guttman

Tai Chi: Tranquility In Motion; Christian F. Hanche

Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications; by Dr. Yang Jwing Ming

Tai Chi Chuan, the Supreme Ultimate Exercise; Cheng Man-Ch'ing and Robert W. Smith

Tai Chi Chuan: 24 & 48 Postures; by Shou-Yu Liang

Tai Chi Chuan: Roots and Branches; by Nigel Sutton

Tai Chi Chuan; by Cheng Man-Ch'ing

Tai Chi Chuan; by Douglas Lee

Tai Chi Classics; by Waysun Liao

Tai Chi Chuan-Becoming One With the Tao; Petra & Toya Kobayashi

Tai Chi Connections; by John Loupos

Tai Chi for Beginners; by Claire Hooton

Tai Chi Dymanics; Robert Chuckrow Phd.

Tai Chi for Health; by Edward Maisel

Tai Chi for Health; by Lee Ying-Arng

Tai Chi for Staying Young; by Lam Kam-Chuen

Tai Chi for the Mind, Body and Spirit; by Eric Chaline

Tai Chi Walking; Robert Chuckrow Phd

Tai Chi Handbook; by Herman Kauz

Tai Chi Mind and Body; by Tricia Yu

Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmission; translated by Douglas Wile

Tai Chi Workbook; Paul Crompton

Tai Chi: A Practical Introduction; by Paul Crompton

Tai Chi: The Supreme Ultimate; by Lawrence Galente

TAI CHI, the perfect exercise, Arthur Rosenfeld

Taijiquan ; by Sun Lu Tang

Taijiquan: Through The Western Gate : by Rick Barrett

Tao and Tai Chi Kung; by Robert C. Sohn

Teach Yourself Tai Chi; by Robert Parry

The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan; by Wong Kiew Kit

Theory and Practice of Taji Qigong; by Chris Jarmey

There Are No Secrets; Wolfe Lowenthal

Thirteen Treatises On Tai Chi Chuan; by Cheng Man-Ch'ing

Total Tai Chi; by Mathew Rochford

Walking Meditation; Paul Crompton