Chinatown Tai Chi Center

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Congratulations to Ron S., Michael K., and  Alonzo R. who tested for their next fringe level on Saturday, October 18. All passed. Please congratulate them on their excellent accomplishments.  

Thankfully, our fall has been mild and quite beautiful. We know that it will not last indefinitely. So remember, when the temperature plummets and the snow gets rough, please always check our web site for up-to-date information on class attendance. Bookmark our web page so you can get to it easily.


Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On September 22, 2014 at 12:26

No class on Wednesday, October 25th.  That is the Halloween Lauderdale Community party and we cannot use the space on that day.

Saturday, October 29th we will open our home for a tai chi get together and discussion.  Address and times to be announced in class.  

Please check our web site often for announcements and important information.  With fall and then winter fast approaching, be sure to check here for any school cancellations also.


What are you smiling about?
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On April 21, 2014 at 09:56

For the month of March you were challenged to meditate more and for the month of april I asked you to " write something daily about tai chi chuan and you." So, how did that go?  Did you try to meditate more?  Were you able to journal or write one thing down during the month of April about you and tai chi and its benefits to you?  Congratulations!  If you did it even one time you made a positive change in your life.

So for the month of May my challenge to you is twofold.  First I challenge you to smile at someone you don't know or know well at least once every day. It is easy to smile at family, friends and loved ones but not so much to smile at strangers.  I challenge you to try it.  Second, I challenge you to find a quote about smiling print it up and bring it to class with you sometime during the month of May.  

 It has been said that smiling uses less facial muscles than frowning.  


A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller 


Please sign up for the Spring Potluck to be held on Saturday May 3, 2014.  Details are in the Members Section.  The sign up sheet will be available by the sign in clip board beginning Wednesday April 23rd.


 Also please note that the school will be closed on Saturday May 24th for the Memorial Day holiday

A new challenge
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis calph
On March 19, 2014 at 11:04


When this page was last updated on February 27, 2014 my mantra was ‘think spring’. Now I want to change that phrase to ‘feel spring’.  Officially spring begins on March 20, 2014, but for me Spring is an attitude.  We can  spring into action  and have a new spring in our step.  It is time to leave winter behind.  I’d like to offer a new challenge.


As you might recall, my challenge for the month of March suggested a 15 minute time for standing or seated meditation and the practice of one tai chi form daily.  Here is my new challenge.  Take a notebook and pen or pencil and from now until the end of April write something daily about tai chi chuan and you.  Here are a few examples from my own experience:



 I almost slipped on the ice today but my practice of tai chi has given me better balance and body control so I did not fall and better yet I did not hurt myself.



I recovered more quickly from a bad cold.  I think that because of how I move and breathe in my practice of tai chi that I rebound more quickly from illness


Or  perhaps you could mention an experience you have had while practicing  a tai chi form –


I turned my waist more in each move while practicing the 24 form.  Doing that put less pressure on my knees. 


We all need encouragement and we all want and need our practice of tai chi to have an impact on our lives.  Otherwise I must ask myself , why do tai chi at all?



March News
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On February 27, 2014 at 10:51

Hi, It has been a while since updating the web site. Can I blame the weather? OK. No, probably not. I have decided to think Spring. So aside from starting seedlings inside and beginning my Spring cleaning early, it is my thought that Chinatown Tai Chi Center needs a boost into Spring.

There will be more information soon on this topic. In the meantime, I am challenging all students to make time for 15 minutes of standing (or seated) meditation every day. And also to physically perform one tai chi form, either empty hand or weapon, every day. Then keep a journal or notebook on the experience. I challenge you to do this during the month of March. Friday is March 1, 2014, and it is a great place to begin.

Winter is officially here
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On December 04, 2013 at 09:29

Gazing out my window and watching the snow steadily falling it strikes me how beautiful and clean everything looks.  It appears that winter is finally here.  This is our first real snow fall of the season.  This is a REMINDER to all students present and future.  If the weather looks intense or dangerous please call or email before attending class to be sure the school is open.


The DAYS Chinatown Tai Chi Center will be CLOSED in December are Saturday December 21 and Wednesday December 25.  There will also not be classes held on Wednesday January 1, 2014.  Except for any closures due to weather we will remain open on all other Mondays and Wednesdays.


Please check the Members Only Page for information on our Chinese New Year Celebration.  January 31, 2014 is the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Horse.  It is time to begin thinking of a new password. 

It seems to get better every year
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On November 03, 2013 at 11:10

I’m reminded every time I practice my tai chi forms of something Grandmaster Wong shared with us when he was here in September of this year. The memory of his words lingers long after he has gone.  I can still hear him saying "elbows down" and "this is exactly like the long form only with Fa Jing." He inspires us to be better students and practice harder. He first came to our school in 1993, and after 20 years, he never disappoints. He will be heading to China for several months and some much deserved rest. I'm already looking forward to his return next year.



Erery year seems better than the last
Posted By: Sifu
On September 30, 2013 at 14:25

I'm reminded every time I practice,  of something Grandmaster Wong shared with us when he was here in September this year.  The memory of his words lingers long after he has gone.  I can still here him saying "elbows down"  or " this is exactly like the long form only with Fa Jing."  He inspires us to be better students and practice harder.  He first came to our school in 1993 and after 20 years he never disappoints.  He will be heading to China for several months and some much deserved rest.  I'm already looking forward to his return next year.

 Sifu Phyllis Calph 






September Seminars with Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong
Posted By: Sifu Phyllis Calph
On July 17, 2013 at 14:28

It is that time again for our training with Grandmaster Doc-Fai Wong. In the last two years we have learned a new broadsword form, fan form, Five Animal Play Quigong form, and Plum Blossom Sword set. We have practiced and perfected many other tai chi forms. Grandmaster Wong's visits help keep our school strong and all of us more challenged, energized, and healthy.

The dates that Grandmaster Wong will be here are September 20 - 22, 2013. Beginning with the first seminar on Friday evening, September 20, and continuing through Sunday afternoon.  

Specific times and seminar topics to follow soon. Please save these dates. 

Special Rates for New Students
Posted By: Sifu Calph
On May 23, 2013 at 09:11

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Enjoy 8 one-hour classes, completed within 3 months. Semi-private or small group lessons will teach you Tai Chi basics:

  • Up to 5 postures
  • 3 stances, turning and Tai Chi walking
  • Beginning 2-person work
  • Standing meditation
  • Principles of Tai chi

All classes are tailored to your individual pace and learning style. A relaxed, friendly Tai Chi center of learning. All for a reduced rate. Call or email (use the link below) for details.

   Sifu Phyllis Calph

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In tai chi there is a saying: The foot is the root. The legs generate power. The waist directs the power out into the hands. This old saying describes the interaction of every part of the body needed to produce the perfect performance - whether it is forms practice or tai chi push hands sparring.

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A reminder to beginning students, the Wednesday evening class for you will be from 6:30 to 7:30 - with warm ups from 6 - 6:30. We will keep this time until further notice.

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