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    Archive for February 2016

    2 CornerStones in Martial Arts Practice

    Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 11:39 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    This Podcast has already been moved to the new home for future podcasts

    Edited on: Sunday, August 14, 2016 9:21 AM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Cultural , Mindfulness - Attention , Personal Development , Podcasts

    Shrinkage, It Can Be A Problem : TKF 82

    Posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 10:27 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

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    During This Podcast

    A bear doing Tai Chi?

    Shrinkage of the Brain : How Tai Chi and Qi Gong can offset premature aging of brain

    Comprehensive Research of 6,410 people. The Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong

    Get a List of Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong Emailed to you. You may use as reference, or send to a family or friend that may benefit from a health life routine.

    Offset Shrinkage With Tai Chi and Qi Gong

    In each newsletter, there is a link that you can explore previous newsletters, like the one that is associated with this podcast.


    Slow and Steady : Tai Chi 


    Health Benefits of Tai Chi and Qi Gong Research

    Sleep and Tai Chi

    Get the Short List of Tai Chi and Qi Gong Benefits Emailed To You

    Edited on: Friday, February 19, 2016 5:40 PM

    Posted in Beginners , Podcasts , Workshop

    Beginners Meditation Course

    Posted on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 3:58 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Learning to practice meditation has been one of the most rewarding exercises I have ever done.

    Learning to Stay Focused

    My ability to stay focused on a particular task was not very good. If I was reading a book, every few minutes I would get distracted. In some instances, I would actually cause my own distractions.

    Belief in Myself

    I had classmates that would practice meditation, and be perfectly still standing quietly, for 2 hours at a time. I couldn't stand myself enough to stand for 10 minutes when I began. I didn't believe that I would ever get to where I could be comfortable enough in my on skin.


    I was in my late 20's and had a mountain of emotions pinned up inside me. I had trust issue's, self-worth problems and wasn't even sure what compassion meant. I started kungfu to get to know myself, and learning meditation was the doorway to self.

    Overcoming Embarressment

    Besides all the things I listed above, I struggled with the embarressment of not being good at something. I couldn't understand why something that seemed so 'simple' (get quiet, calm and still) was so darn 'hard'. This really bothered me.

    Being Uncomfortable with something Totally New

    This is a universal struggle : Learning something totally new always brings challenges.

    So there are some struggles I had to work through. You are probably in much better shape than I was when I began, but at least you know that it didn't come easy for me. However, once I could see that I was handling myself different, and others who had known me for years noticed that I seemed 'calmer', 'easier to talk too', and 'gentler', I knew I was on the right path.

    The Beginners 3 Week Course

    This course is designed so that you could start learn how to practice the very fundamentals of meditation. Whether you are a beginner, or want a refresher on the fundamentals of putting your mind-body back together for a single purpose.

    You can practice seated like I am in the picture, standing (which is my primary form of practice) or seated in a stool or chair.

    We will begin by calming.

    There is a simple story of a great Stallion, and a man who wanted to train it. He wanted to govern this great power. He would get a glimpse of its power occassionaly, and craved to see it and use it more often.

    Then he realized, that before he could govern this great power, first he had to get close enough to catch it, then to actually lead it to a coral, then to work with it everyday, gently, so not to break its spirit, and maintain this great power.

    Your mind is that Stallion, you will see glimpses of your confidance, strength and sturdiness occassionaly, but the power of getting it to work with you, may be slightly out of your grasp. To train it, you have to get close enough to catch it.

    Step 1 : Calm the mind

    Step 2 : Get yourself Centered

    Step 3 : Get yourself Grounded

    Step 4 : Get yourself Shielded or Safe

    Starts : Wed. March 24th, 2016 at 6:30 am.
    Cost for all 3 weeks : $45

    You do Not have to Preregister, Just call us at 919-792-8089 and let us know you are joining us.

    I will take you through exercises and training, with breaks along the way, for 45 minutes. By of the end of the 3 sessions you will know how to walk yourself through a process to achieve the fundamentals of meditation.

    Also Included During the Course :

    During the time of the course, you can come in to practice at no additional fee. This will give you a chance to soak in it and ask me questions as they pop up.

    If you prefere to have these same lessons provided in private to semi-private lessons, call us at 919-792-8089.

    Edited on: Monday, February 15, 2016 6:54 PM

    Posted in Beginners , Mindfulness - Attention , Workshop

    Beginners Yang Tai Chi 5 Week Course

    Posted on Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 2:18 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Starts : March 10th, 2016 Thursday, 7pm. 5 Weeks

    Learn the fundamental stances and movements of Tai Chi. The body mechanics that allow you to move with greater balance and gracefulness.

    This Tai Chi course will show you one of the most popular and beneficial forms of exercise in the world.

    "Learn to calm your body and mind."

    Get the blood and oxygen flowing ..

    Benefits of Tai Chi

    If you are unsure, check out the Benefits of Tai Chi at Harvard Health.

    The most important benefit I see, is that you can feel healthier, calmer and more relaxed with 10-15 minutes a day.

    Some of the Students practice every morning in the shower, to start their day.

    This Program is : 5 One - Hour Classes Each Week

    Tai Chi for Beginners provides you with Step-by-Step instructions to learn :

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    Telephone for Questions : 919-792-8089

    It is also progressive. You can use these fundamentals to build on. These are the stepping stones for the Yang 24 Course (most prominent forms of Tai Chi), the Yang 48 (one of the most fun and popular forms) and QuangPing TaiJi Chuan (Martial Art of TaiJi).

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    4 Common Questions from our students

    Why Learn here, rather than in a commercial martial arts school?

    We take great care of you, your questions and concerns. We will go out of our way to make sure you are successful

    We want you to have a great time and be successful. How can we say that, and not give you further encouragement to practice?

    We take to heart your time and effort spent with us. While you are enrolled in your Tai Chi Course, you may come to practice once per week. AT NO ADDITIONAL COST.

    Thank you for stopping by.

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    Edited on: Monday, February 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    Posted in Beginners , Style: Tai Chi , Workshop

    Longevity Set QiGong

    Posted on Thursday, February 04, 2016 at 8:12 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    QiGong and Tai Chi have been researched in many countries on many parameters. I don't believe in wonder-drugs, but I do believe in being effective and effecient.

    There are not too many convential exercise programs that can stimulate the kind of changes that Tai Chi and QiGong do. I can explain it to you during the workshop, about how it is different than just a walk around the park, or lifting weights, or stretching programs, or you can have a short list sent directly to your email.

    Get A List of Researched Benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong Emailed to you in PDF format. For you as a reference, or send to family or friends who may need to start a safe and healthy lifestyle.

    If you want to attend, or have this program presented in your facility, contact Sifu TW. Smith

    Listen to Podcast 82 for all details

    Edited on: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 10:42 AM

    Posted in Beginners , Health , Workshop

    How to Use the Map of Yin and Yang

    Posted on Wednesday, February 03, 2016 at 3:47 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith


    An Old Way of Understanding The Stars and Seasons Became A Way of Understanding Ourselves

    In Chinese Martial Arts, you will hear the statements, you are too Yin, or, your mind is too Yang? How do you use, or decode that?

    During this podcast I walk through the terms Yin and Yang and how they were used. When they became connected to a map, that followed the sun, and then later became the symbol we think of today.

    ** Get a Full Size Yin/Yang Map, plus other images mentioned in the podcast, plus a list of the bullet points covered, all in one 4 page PDF, delivered to your email.

    If you already receive my newsletters, the link will be included in newsletter.

    How to Use the Map of Yin and Yang

    Edited on: Thursday, February 04, 2016 3:51 PM

    Posted in Cultural , Podcasts