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Hot Tea in The Summer

Hot tea in the summer --- it cools you down

This may sound like the biggest paradox: ice actually triggers your body to heat up.

When we drink cold water in the summer, our bodies have to compensate for the difference in temperature by heating up more, which leads to even more overheating.

Drinking warm tea allows the body to relax, calm down, and cool itself down to a normal homeostatic temperature (equilibrium) without needing to compensate for the difference in temperature.

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A Leader

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way."

          -  J. Maxwell

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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

It is great to see our Tai Chi program Happy, Healthy and Growing!

Keep up the great work everyone!

Sihing Dave

Did a fantastic job earning his Tai Chi Black Sash Certification and title this month. 

Way to go Sihing!

Click here to see some graduation pictures

 

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Being Consistent

A consistent student who comes to class regularly and puts in the right amount of effort into training and, as a result, triggers: Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins, otherwise known as the body's natural "Happy Chemicals," may truly be sourcing Health and Happiness into their life style as a result of their training! 

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Your Biggest Challenge

"Your biggest challenge isn't someone else.

It's the ache in your lungs and the burning in your legs,

and the voice inside you that yells "CAN'T," but you don't listen.

YOU JUST PUSH HARDER.

And then you hear the voice whisper "CAN."

And you discover that the person you thought you were

is no match for the one you really are."

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Congratulations to all Kung Fu Graduates

Another Great Kung Fu Sash Ranking!

Congratulations on an awesome job receiving your new Kung Fu sashes!

Congratulations Byron!

For getting his Kung Fu Black Sash. Keep up the great work!

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Chinese New Year 2018

Thank You Chesapeake Tai Chi & Kung Fu students for your outstanding support of our Chinese New Year celebration!

The student generosity this year was incredible!! Sigung & Sifu Sara are so grateful for such wonderful students and such a successful school.

A special thanks to Sifu Gary and his Massachusetts team for their dedication and their beautiful gifts of the custom hand made wooden swords for Sigung & Sifu Sara.

We would also like to thank Ada from Yumi Yumi in Chesapeake for the unique Chinese New Year cake that she made personally as a gift for our celebration. 

 

 

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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

Another Great Tai Chi  Sash Ranking!

Congratulations on an awesome job receiving your new Tai Chi sashes!

Congratulations  Debbie!!

For getting her Tai Chi Black Sash. Keep up the great work!

Check out the new pictures

 

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Holiday Closing

Reminder:

The school will be closed from Wednesday, December 20th through Monday, December 25th.

We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

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Congratulations to all Kung Fu Graduates

Another Great Kung Fu Sash Ranking

Congratulations on an awesome job receiving your new Kung Fu sashes! Keep up the good work!

Check out the new pictures

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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

Another great Tai Chi ranking!

Congratulations on an awesome job receiving your new Tai Chi sashes!

Check out the new pictures

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Be Thankful

"Be thankful when you don't know something, for it gives you opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times, during those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations, they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge, which will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes, they will teach you valuable lessons."

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More About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is coming February 16th 2018

and will be celebrated at the school Saturday, February 17th - watch for more posts to keep you updated on this very important yearly event!

Every year the date changes because it follows the Lunar Calendar. It is also called Spring Festival.

Chinese New Year starts a new animal zodiac year. In China, each Lunar cycle has 60 years and 12 years is regarded as a small cycle. Each of the 12 years is defined as an animal sign. 

2018 is year of the Earth Dog. It is believed that the year represented by the animals affect the characters of people in the same way like the Western astrology signs.

People, (like Sifu Sara!), born in the Year of the Dog present with strengths such as:

Sincere, Loyal, Decisive, Responsible, Clever, Courageous, and are not afraid of difficulties in daily life.

According to Chinese zodiac analysis, this makes them have harmonious relationships with people.

Are you born Year of the Dog like Sifu Sara?

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Sihing Dave

First Certified Kung Fu Black Sash!

Sihing Dave has completed his black sash program requirements and has earned his certification and title "Sihing."

This title translates to "big brother." All kung fu students should address him with his title before his name - "Sihing Dave."

Congratulations Sihing Dave!

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New Black Sash!

Congratulations Devin!

We would like to welcome Devin to our Black Sash Program.

Great job earning your Black Sash!

We are all proud of you. 

 

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Chinese Lions

According to traditional Chinese belief, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority.

Clashing cymbals, gongs and drums excite the moves of the lion. Throughout the performance, the lion will mimic various moods and demonstrate similar physical gestures combining art, history, and kung fu.

The lion dance was thought to bring good luck and prosperity in the year to come. Customary gifts like oranges symbolizing wealth and red envelopes containing lucky money are often seen at Chinese New Year accompanying a lion dance performance.

The northern lion dance was used to entertain the imperial court and the appearance is similar to a Pekinese dog.

The southern dance is more symbolic for Chinese New Year celebrations as mentioned above and have more cat like resemblances.

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Congratulations to all Kung Fu Graduates

Congratulations on an awesome job in receiving your new Kung Fu sashes!
An extra congrats goes out to Jim for getting his Black Sash!

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Our Kung Fu Style

The style of kung fu we do is a Northern Shaolin Long-fist called Huaquan (Glorious Boxing). This style involves movements of all of the muscle groups in your body including the joints and internal organs. It will strengthen the upper and lower limbs while working on developing flexibility in the knees, hips and shoulders. It will also build elasticity of the waist and teach the student how to control their breath during physical activity. This type of training is rigorous but all these elements play an important role in long-fist kung fu. There is an old saying that states:Practice boxing without exercising the legs, and you shall blunder into old age; practice boxing without exercising the waist and you shall never achieve expertise.” Statements like this remind us how important it is to train the body correctly and consistently while taking our time to build the proper fundamentals necessary for success. To be successful in long-fist a student must attend class at least three times per week on a consistent basis. Anything less will not allow the training to build the body correctly over time and run the risk of injury.

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Kung Fu Class Outline

Monday through Thursday is where rank specific required curriculum is taught.

Monday & Wednesday is where advanced (brown and up) curriculum is taught. Sashes (blue and under) are welcome to train but will be dismissed early (re-entering the blue floor will not be permitted).

Tuesday & Thursday is where beginner - intermediate (blue and under) curriculum is taught. Sashes (brown and up) are welcome to train but will be dismissed early (re-entering the blue floor will not be permitted).

Saturday is focused on bag work, review, and sparring concepts. All ranks welcome.

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Congratulations to all Tai Chi Graduates

Congratulations on an awesome job in receiving your new Tai Chi sashes!

An extra congrats goes out to Roy for getting his Black Sash!

 

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