William C. C. Chen’s Banana Punch

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen

Grandmaster William C. C. Chen appeared on Arise Entertainment 360 to shed some light on t’ai chi ch’uan after Michelle Obama brought it to America’s attention. The first lady gamely tried to follow some schoolchildren as they demonstrated their gongfu, and the morning show wanted to know what exactly was going on. Chen commented, “Her form is better than mine. I can’t do t’ai chi in high heels.” My 81 year old teacher then put on a clinic in his irrepressible style, astounding his hosts with his punches and humor, even punching one of them while holding a banana in… Read More

T’ai Chi and MS

3b R pushes J,follow thru

I gave a class last week at the Staten Island MS Society. For those of you unfamiliar with Multiple Sclerosis, it is a particularly insidious disease that destroys the myelin sheathing around nerve fibers. Whenever we repeat an activity, nerve cells fire together in a predictable pattern. Then they form bundles that get covered with this fatty tissue called myelin which acts like the insulation around electrical wires. “Nerves that fire together, wire together.” Its cause is unknown, but may be autoimmune. Some symptoms listed by the Mayo Clinic website: Numbness or weakness in one or more limbs Partial or… Read More

Negentropy: Part 4

Rick and Micaela with Larry

I just read Einstein’s Space and Van Gogh’s Sky by Lawrence LeShan and Henry Margenau. Great title, isn’t it? The book is about 30 years ahead of its time. It was written in 1982, so some of the ideas it boldly suggested are only now coming into the conversation. Jonathan Bricklin and I visited Larry in his Upper West Side apartment last Friday and had a rousing 2 hour conversation. Larry is in his 90s now, but still brilliant, seeing patients for his psychotherapy practice and writing two new books. We should all be so engaged with life! I have… Read More

Dragon and Condor: It’s back!

Tommy at Kaaterskill Falls

Dragon and Condor is what Tom DeLacy and I call our special alchemy of Chinese internal martial arts and Native American shamanism. Last year we marked the seasons with celebrations in the NYC area and at TCA in Sedona for the Fall equinox. We return Sunday, April 12th to Kaaterskill Falls in the northern Catskills, and this time we’re bringing a couple of big dragons: Stephe Watson and Maria Barrett. Come up Saturday and stay over at Al & Cathy’s family-owned, creekside Catskill Mountain Lodge http://www.catskillmtlodge.com/ in Palenville, NY just beside the magnificent Kaaterskill Falls. Stephe posted details on Facebook.… Read More

News for February

Tommy performs Eagle Dance at Solstice ceremony

Here’s what’s going on:   NEXT SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9th The Depths of Winter Dragon and Condor with Rick and Tommy Benefit for Honduran Children Sunday, February 9, 2014 12noon–3pm 15 Franklin Lane, community house, inside of Colonial Square Complex $20 in advance / $25 at the door This is the latest in our Dragon and Condor series, interweaving the Chinese internal tradition with indigenous shamanic practices. All your donations go to the Honduran village where Tommy was born: Santa Rositas. Our focus will be on preparing for the energetic expansion that comes with spring. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15th Pushing Hands for… Read More