Some Thoughts

MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, May 26, 2016:

Here’s Stan reading from the Classics:

imageThe whole body relies on the Ching Shen (spirit),
not on the ch’i (breath).

If it relied on the ch’i,
it would become stagnant.

If there is ch’i,
there is no li (external strength).

If there is no ch’i,
there is pure steel.



MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, March 26, 2016:

30 Years on Saturday mornings in Doyle Park:


MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, January 29, 2016:

It looks like Karen is praying or perhaps meditating. What you can’t see is she is using her hands and mind to internally study her headtop, her root, and center. Our Tai Chi Classics tell us: The upright body must be stable and comfortable to be able to support the eight directions.











Orchid in the Empty Valley by Professor Cheng Man Ching

Professor wrote a poem to his students:

One’s life only reaches 100 years,
the body begins to deteriorate when you pass 40.
How good is it to fight for both fame and money
if the body can not take?
Just enrich your knowledge by reading
and improve your skill by diligently practicing this art.
Be an orchid in an empty valley,
its fragrance will attract admirers.








MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, December 7, 2015

~ Rumi Quote
And you?  When will you begin that long journey into yourself?

~The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan
Practicing the form every day is the kung fu (way of practicing) of knowing yourself.
Push hands is the kung fu of knowing others.
Know yourself and know others:  in one hundred battles you will win one hundred times.


MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, August 14, 2015


The back foot goes
where it needs to be,
so the waist gets
to the place
its suppose to be.


This is the energy of ‘Roll Back’


Karen Fleming wrote July 6, 2015:
A fun time with our Tai Chi Chuan community at Michael and Danielle’s home:

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Michael Reynolds wrote February 6, 2015:
“When the root is strong, the fruit is sweet.”
-R.N. Marley
Michael Reynolds wrote December 12, 2014:
“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” Benjamin Franklin
 MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, November 8, 2014:
Working Hard …..

Tom - Quiet Standing

Tom – Quiet Standing










Michael Reynolds wrote October 15, 2014:
“In the Earth, there are so many wonderful treasures.
And if you know where to dig, you will find gold, diamonds, jewelry, all kinds of treasures.
But if you don’t know where to dig, all you will find is rocks and dirt.
A rebbe is the geologist of the soul.
He can show you where to dig, and what to dig for, but the digging you must do yourself.”
– M.P. Miller
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, September 13, 2014:
The “Earlefest” is coming up September 27, 2014 at the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. It is a fundraiser for the Earle Baum Center and more than that, it is a festival you don’t want to miss. Invite your friends and spend a day enjoying good music. If you can’t make it, consider a donation. The Earle Baum Center of the Blind does good work in our community.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, September 8, 2014:
George Washington Carver said, “Anything will give up its secrets if you love it enough.” If you love Tai Chi and want her to yield her secrets, consider spending a little more time with her.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, August 12, 2014:
Chris (who built our school) is in the hospital. The Whirling Wind Tai Chi Chuan school is thinking about you, Chris, and your grandson, Jaden, and sending all our good wishes.

Chris Marshall, his grandson Jaden, and Ella

Chris Marshall, his grandson Jaden, and Ella










MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, July 5, 2014:
In the Santa Rosa Parks and Recreation lobby on Steele Lane is Danielle’s artwork:

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Works of Nature: Drawing Closer
by Danielle Joy Reynolds
July 1 – August 21, 2014
Reception: Wednesday, July 9, 4-6pm
This exhibit is a fusion of Reynolds’ nature photography, often from a macro-perspective, and her Moss Works pieces—symbols and images hand-stitched to canvas using moss as medium. As you view this exhibit the artist hopes you are drawn in to the intrigue, temporality, beauty, and fragility that is our living world so that we might reflect, re-discover, or even re-create our relationship with it.

There is a reception on Wednesday, July 9, 4:00-6:00. If you can’t make the reception, I hope you will take a moment and stop by the Parks and Recs lobby to see and enjoy her photography and moss canvases.

Very nice work, Danielle …..
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, June 17, 2014:
Maggie Newman, one of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s senior students, turned 90 recently. The following link takes you to a video of a birthday party held in her honor. Happy Birthday Maggie ~
Nancy Todd wrote May 22, 2014:
Great workshop Steve!  I was tired at the day’s end, but the next couple of days I was sooooo energized!
Karen Fleming wrote May 22, 2014:
Someone posted in Facebook the following quote:  The quieter you become, the more you can hear.

When I read that I immediately thought of our workshop last weekend and also push hands in last night’s class.  In the workshop I found when I was able to keep the eye/inner thigh/bubbling spring connection, my mind was quieter and I could hear more internally (particularly polarity).  Last night while pushing hands, I continued to work on this and found a new kind of listening of my opponent.  It was definitely harder to do last night because there were more distractions, but I had a glimpse of it.
Laura Lee wrote May 20, 2014:
This was one of the best workshops ever!  Thank you Steve.  Very basic to everyday “correct” practice.  Fabulous.
Stan Greenbeg wrote May 20, 2014:
First, thank you, MT and classmates, for the tribute to my father and condolences which appear on this page.  Dad thought Tai Chi was good for me, and he enjoyed spending some time with MT last fall.

Second, I appreciated the May 17th workshop on “(Correct) Practice Makes Perfect,” which I thought addressed fundamentals of developing polarity clarity.
Adam Titone wrote May 20, 2014:
With every workshop and class I hear something new that helps me in my practice.  Steve has said that “Tai Chi is simple”, but in the simple there lays the difficulty of many years of “bad” habits and replace them with the “right” way.  Steve tells us in different ways the same truth and with every explanation comes a chance at understanding and incorporating it into my practice.  This workshop was no different.  Thank you Steve.
Whirling Wind Tai Chi Chuan School, January 9, 2014:
From all of us at the Whirling Wind Tai Chi Chuan School, a special “Happy Birthday” to our teacher.  Have a great day MT.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, January 9, 2014:
Happy Birthday Tam!
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, December 31, 2013:
The Tai Chi Classics states:  “People mistakenly give up the near to seek the far.”  The Confucian classic on adult education (The Great Learning) states:  “The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout the kingdom, first ordered well their own states. Wishing to order well their states, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their heart/mind. Wishing to rectify their heart/mind, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts …… “

For the year 2014, the magic word is COURAGE  –  The courage to be vulnerable and look deeply inside ourselves.  In the words of the poet and mystic Rumi:  “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”

Is there anything left to be said?

Happy New Year
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, December 14, 2013:
I would like to recognize and appreciate all that Karen does to keep the school as orderly as it is.  Not only does she care for the business of running the school (managing the website and Facebook page, trying to keep me on track with the various workshops, class schedules, among many other things unknown to me), she’s always thinking of ways to further the teachings of our teachers.  She was never asked to do these things.  By her taking care of the mundane, she frees my mind and gives me time to contemplate the miraculous, the essences of tai chi chuan.  Above all, she is a true student of tai chi chuan and with no students, there is no teacher.  Thank you Karen.  Your work does not go unnoticed.
Remembering Henry Savage III

MT (Steven) Rose wrote:  Dear Henry, I’ve been missing you for a long time and am saddened by your death.  What you brought to our school is irreplaceable.  Your open heart and keen wit, not to mention your sense of humor, is still present in our school.  I see your smile and can hear your infectious laugh.  You’re a true southern gentleman.  Your courage, honesty, and generosity are an inspiration to, I’m sure, not only me.  Thank you for the opportunity to work with you.  You will always live in our hearts.

Janet Carleton wrote:  Tom and I were saddened to hear the news of Henry’s death, although we had been expecting it for a long time.  For many years, Henry would come to our house most Friday mornings for coffee, a chat, and some push hands.  As he got weaker, we continued the visits with only coffee and talk, until he could no longer make it here.
Henry was always a perfect gentleman.  He often brought us fruit from his orchard, and it was always the best.  He was gracious and thoughtful, even when his health was failing.  Once in the last year before he stopped coming he mentioned that he “didn’t like” someone.  Tom and I were shocked; we had never heard Henry say he didn’t like anyone.  Henry was a very intelligent and educated man with a wry sense of humor.  He was not fond of social gatherings; he avoided big parties.  We were privileged to have him as a frequent Friday morning guest.

Paul Schwarz wrote:  Henry was one of the most gentle souls in our Tai Chi family.  He did “relax” very well and when pushing hands with him, it was clear he was investing in loss, never attached to “winning” the exchange.  He was a pleasure to be with and although it’s been some time since I was fortunate enough to share his company, I vividly remember his manner of a gentleman.  May he enjoy the peace of eternal rest and may perpetual light shine upon him.

Lionel Greenberg, 1921-2013

Son, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather, Lawyer, Judge, World War II Army Air Corps Veteran, and POW for 11 months.

We are sorry for your loss Stan.

Russ Greenspan wrote December 2, 2013:
I just wanted to say thank you to MT and all my fellow students
for (attempting) to teach me to invest in loss. Thank you for your
loving kindness and patience.

I am going to a godforsaken state (south florida) and I can’t even
find a Cheng Man-Ching teacher there. How uncultured!

I am going to miss our school like you wouldn’t believe.
(You don’t know what you miss till it’s gone!)
MT is a blessing. How lucky we were to find him!
And I hope that I can remember all he’s tried to teach me,
and continue practicing and studying on my own as best I can until I can
return to class. Someday.

I really will miss you all and I hope for the best for everyone.
If you ever come to Fort Lauderdale area for a cruise or something,
please look me up.

Best regards and stay soft,
Russ Greenspan AKA Scooter
Adam Titone wrote November 10, 2013:
I always get something for me to work on from these workshops. Thank you, Steve, for continuing to give different ways of looking at the same simple process in order to understand how to help me work on the form.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, August 18, 2013:
“The form is like that
of a falcon about to seize a rabbit,
and the shen (spirit) is like that
of a cat about to catch a rat.”
The Essence of Tai Chi Ch’uan

Cat & Mouse





Michael Reynolds wrote August 8, 2013:
“…the thoughts of the old masters are of greater value to me than the philosophical prejudices of the Western mind.”  – C.G. Jung
They’re at it again!  –  July 25, 2013

Video of Stan and Russ Playing
Russ and Stan at Doyle Park:  July 20, 2013

photo 1307 Stan Russ

Stan Greenberg wrote June 25, 2013:
MT’s recent teachings from Confucius’ Doctrine of the Mean emphasize correct behavior in our relationships with others (family, friends, tai chi class, society).  They encourage us to look closely at ourselves and our relationships to cultivate a just community.
Karen Fleming wrote June 15, 2013:
This morning after class at Doyle Park, time stopped for a brief moment as my Teacher and I observed groups of students talking, laughing and sharing.  One new student was sharing about her daughter graduating from college … bringing herself to tears.  Students were mingling.  Some have been around for 20 years while others are new.  Why do I continue with Tai Chi?  I could share how fascinated I am by it and what I am experiencing in my body.  However, this brief moment is also why I continue.  I care deeply about my Teacher and I also care and appreciate my Tai Chi community.
Michael Reynolds wrote June 8, 2013:
After a couple weeks of practice following the workshop, I am noticing that my understanding of “sinking” and “suspending the headtop” are changing. Rather than squatting lower and pulling my head up, I am working on allowing the heavy elements to sink and the light elements to rise. This has been very helpful in working to cultivate softness in my tan tien.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to practice with my fellow students and to study with MT. I look forward to our next workshop.
Lisa Labagh wrote May 30, 2013:
The workshop was fantastic. Thanks MT!
What was most apparent is the longer I practice the less I know. I’m still trying to wrap my mind around receiving. I wasn’t able to understand how to  receive so I had my mind say to my body “do what MT just said” then I’d gain a little understanding.
Adam Titone wrote May 26, 2013
Although I am new to Tai Chi, I find that the teaching Steve is giving us resonates with me. I know that I will be able to continue my practice until I can’t stand and beyond because of the “principles” and teachings Steve is passing on to us through his teachers. I have much to work on and yesterday’s workshop gave me a good beginning foundation to build on. Thanks
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
The space between heaven and earth is like a bellows, empty and yet inexhaustible;  Move it and even more comes out.”    LAO-TZU:  “My words are very easy to understand.”
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
Heaven is long lasting and earth is enduring.
The reason why heaven and earth can live long and endure is
that they do not live only for themselves.
Therefore, they can produce perpetually.
This is why the Sage puts himself behind yet ends up ahead,
Considers himself an outsider yet finds himself in the mainstream.
Is it not because he is selfless that his Self can be realized?

LAO-TZU: “My words are very easy to understand.”
Lectures on the Tao Teh Ching
by Cheng Man-Ch’ing
Translated from the Chinese by Tam C. Gibbs


MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:

After 21, 12-hour consecutive days caring for 50 dogs, 3 wolves, and training 5 hours a day in harsh conditions in the Mojave Desert, these lines from The Classics mean so much:

“Think over carefully what the final purpose of Tai Chi is:  to live longer and be eternally young!” – The Essence of Tai Chi Chuan


Mitchell Wu wrote on February 19, 2013:
Master Rose,
Thanks for sharing “TAM GIBBS, AS I KNEW HIM”, it’s so touching.  I missed the Tam, this great human being, Professor’s little boy, as well.  Yes, he has become BIGGER, after 32 years of his untimely death.  The drawing of Tam playing the guitar, and the beautiful lady’s hands in his Form and Sword were reminiscent of Professor’s.  Just order the book by him and Professor – “Lao Tzu: My Words Are Very Easy to Understand” from Amazon.  Thanks for sharing your good memories with Tam!  He is being missed.  And btw, thanks for all these great quotes.  They are jewels!
Sincerely yours, Mitchell
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
“Whatever remains unconscious emerges later as fate.”  Carl Jung
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
THE ROAD TO HELL IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.  Can you explain this quote by blending your understanding of Tai Chi principles and the following quote from Chung Yung of the Doctrine of the Mean … “There is nothing more visible than what is hidden and nothing more manifest than what is subtle.  Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself when he is alone.”  Nothing else is needed.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
The Eight Methods of Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing offers an opportunity to practice substance without the constraints of mechanics:  (1) Wearing the Moon for a Cap, (2) Walking on Thin Ice, (3) Fording the Stream, (4) Standing at the Precipice, (5) Sculling, (6) Chasing the Clouds, (7) Parting the Wind, and (8) Setting the Sail.

The Eight Methods are about the mind and our ability to fully express the movement.  We don’t pretend to “Wear the Moon for a Cap”.  We don’t pretend to “Walk on Thin Ice”.  People who don’t understand this haven’t studied the Eight Methods.  They are not Tai Chi Chuan.  They were developed by Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing to bring the benefits of Tai Chi Chuan to people with physical limitations.   Who among us is not vulnerable or frail?
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
Most people mistakenly give up the near
to seek the far.  (Wang Tsung-yueh)
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
“Emotions as soft as water,
devotion as strong as rock.
Above the rocks and below the water,
the two swim and play.
Forever united in heart,
unchanging.”  (Man Jan Hsieh-yi)
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
Thus the good fighter is able to secure himself against defeat, but cannot make certain of defeating the enemy. (Sun Tzu, Treatise IV, Chapter 3)
Eddie Meisse wrote October 24, 2012
I immediately liked the ti fong video.  A picture really is worth a thousand words.  I think I will be spending alot of time with just about any video that may be posted here.
Jay Trojan wrote September 26, 2012
Our most recent workshop was very insightful. Several days of hard work pays huge dividends, and the affect on my personal practice has been game-changing. Thanks MT, I had a great time.
Nancy Todd wrote September 25, 2012
I found the workshop very helpful for my individual practice…by Sunday I could see the difference in all of us…amazing.
Russ Greenspan wrote September 25, 2012
The workshop was awesome! Hard, exacting work on building proper foundations for quiet standing and carrying that forward through all
our practice. I think what MT is sharing now is really the “key”! Thanks MT!! (Plus the potluck was a lot
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
Life can only be lived moving forward and can only be understood looking back.
MT (Steven) Rose, Teacher, wrote:
Dear Tam:
You have been dead now 31 years.  The farther away you get from me, the bigger you become.  Thank you.

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