Special Events and Other Happenings in the Taiji World            



Body Awareness for Taiji Seminar: Saturday, June 23  1-3PM

T’ai chi Body Awareness  Understanding Essential Core Anatomy For Effective Practice 

With Domomenic Lopez

Domenic completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science and began his career as a Certified Athletic Trainer in 1986. He worked with Sports Medicine centers and sports teams for 7 years before relocating to PA. Here, in 1993 he started a private practice in Massage Therapy and exercise consulting. He is currently a Licensed Massage Therapist and ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist.

Domenic has been a long time admirer and student of Chinese healing philosophy and Taiji. He has been learning various forms of Taiji with Sara for the last six years. He also spends time practicing and learning QiGong from various sources including Jose Johnson.

 This presentation and workshop is provided to give Taiji students/practitioners an appreciation for the anatomy involved in the development of strength, flexibility, balance and vitality that is achieved through Taiji practice. The key focus will be in body awareness and how through the practice of Taiji we are activating and mobilizing parts of our body we take for granted. The awareness of these parts is crucial in improving your Taiji practice and achieving better health. This presentation will include some breathing practice that will help foster a better understanding of just how crucial breathing properly is to core stability and Taiji practice. Also, we will practice activating various components of the body’s core, the awareness of which is crucial to effective Taiji practice.

Malvern Martial Arts and Fitness Great Valley Shopping Center 81 Lancaster Ave Malvern, PA 19340

Registration fee: $30 Cash or Check.

Contact: Sara Gellhorn sgellhorn@me.com  Domenic Lopez domenic@healthymoves-pa.com


No Classes Thursday, April 19

No classes today! I have developed a cold and have decided not to share it. Sorry for the inconvenience. I will see you all next week.


Two Person T'ai chi Seminar in Washington DC

My teacher's teacher is hosting the nephew of the creator of the 24 Form! I will be there.

DC Tai Chi is honored to host Grandmaster Li Deyin for workshops in Washington DC!

Professor Li returns to DC, offering several chances to study with one of the top ten Masters in China. 

Friday April 27:               6:30-8:30pm   Taiji Paired routine section 1

Saturday April 28:           9am-12:30pm   World Tai Chi Day on the National Mall

                                        3:30-5:30pm       Taiji Paired routine section 2

                                        6:30pm        Dinner at Shanghai Lounge 

Sunday April 29:             9:30-11:30am     Taiji Paired routine section 3

                                        1:30-3:30pm        Taiji Paired routine section 4

Registration: $75 per section, or for all four sections: $275. Those who attended last year's workshop on section one may attend Friday night for $20. (Fee for 4 sessions $245)

Preferred payment method: PayPal to coachnick1@mac.com, or mail a check to Nick Gracenin 2720 Wisconsin Ave., NW #502 Washington, DC 20007

 The event hotel is the Kimpton Glover Park Hotel http://www.gloverparkhotel.com

The discount code will be available here https://www.ihg.com/kimptonhotels/hotels/us/en/glover-park-hotel-washington-dc/wdcsv/hoteldetail?qAdlt=1&qBrs=6c.hi.ex.rs.ic.cp.in.sb.cw.cv.ul.vn.ki.sp.nd.ct&qChld=0&qFRA=1&qGRM=0&qGrpCd=E72&qIta=99801505&qPSt=0&qRRSrt=rt&qRef=df&qRms=1&qRpn=1&qRpp=20&qSHp=1&qSmP=3&qSrt=sBR&qWch=0&srb_u=1&icdv=99801505&setPMCookies=true, and the reservation deadline in March 28.


The Kimpton Glover Park is the obvious choice for this event. Situated an easy walk from all the event sites: Bryce Park, Stoddert Recreation Center, Harris Building, and Shanghai Lounge. 

The Glover Park neighborhood has Starbucks, restaurants, Bank of America, and a variety of shops and is a short bus ride from the National Mall.

In the leafy Glover Park neighborhood, this polished hotel is 2 blocks from the United States Naval Observatory and 2 miles from Georgetown University. Sophisticated rooms offer Wi-Fi, coffeemakers and flat-screen TVs, plus designer toiletries and yoga mats. Upgraded rooms and suites feature kitchenettes and/or city views. There's an upscale Italian restaurant, and a trendy cocktail bar with outdoor seating. Other amenities include a free shuttle to local attractions, a fitness center and a coin-operated laundry.

Check in: Friday, April 27, 2018  Check out: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Rate: $215.00 per room/per night (regular rate $264.00)

The above rates do not include taxes, currently at 14.8%.

Breakfast Coupons:

Full American $26.00 per person/per day, inclusive of tax and gratuity

Continental $20.00 per person/per day, inclusive of tax and gratuity

Also wanted to add the great aspects that come with Kimpton hotels, included in the rate:

    •    Healthy Travel: Take one of Kimpton's custom designed PUBLIC bikes for a ride around town. Our hotel bikes are there for all of our guests to enjoy.

    •    It gives us peace of mind to know your body and mind's at peace. That's why we supply a yoga mat in every room, free of charge.

    •    Waived Daily Hotel Fee for groups.

    •    Wireless high-speed Internet access, complimentary

    •    Hosted Wine Hour Reception every evening from 5 to 6 p.m. in our lobby living room

    •    Complimentary coffee and tea every morning from 6 to 9 a.m. in our lobby (in-room coffeemakers available on request)

    •    Complimentary daily newspaper

    •    Most hotels have Complimentary 24-hour onsite fitness center

    •    Pet-friendly services and amenities, and pets stay for free



No Classes Saturday, March 31

Due to the holiday weekend there are no classes at Makoto Newcomen nor Malvern Martial Arts and Fitness. Enjoy the weekend! Practice at home.


Class is on for Thursday Morning 3/22/2018

We are on! Please drive safely!