In the spring of my senior
year in college I first saw Tai Chi being practiced on the
Reed College campus. I was completely smitten. In graduate
school I began my practice by learning Wu Style in the school
of Master John Leong (an extraordinary Kung Fu and Tai Chi
master teaching in the Seattle Chinatown district). After
3 years, I switched to the Yang Style with a young American
practitioner, Harrison Moretz. I have been practicing and
learning various Yang style forms ever since (1982-2004).
As I moved from school to graduate school to my postdoctoral
research position, I sought out teachers in order to continue
to deepen my practice. Failing to find teachers, I have
taught in order to maintain my practice.
Since coming to St. Olaf I have taught Tai Chi every year
to interested students faculty and staff. Despite over 20
years of practice, I am still a beginner, and view the classroom
not as a formal school but as a place to share and practice
this craft with motivated partners. Several years back,
we institutionalized our practice as a club, "The Center
for Movement and Meditation". We gave it this rather
broad name in hopes of fostering other forms of movement-based
meditative practices such as Yoga, Qi Gong and Sufi dance
(later down the road). Our practice is open to everyone,
and is completely free of charge. We have not been able
to arrange college P.E. credit except by special petition.
The practices we currently share are a Yang style competition
short form (the one taught in China for the 1990 Asia Games,
10-12 weeks to learn), the Yang style long form (5-6 months)
a Yang style Sword form (10-12 weeks) and a Yang style Staff
form (10-12 weeks). Practice begins at the beginning of
each semester and summer session. (It is impractical to
join in mid-semester). Feel free to contact me.