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Illness and "health" are opposite states, but you can be ill and still enjoy "wellness" if you have a purpose to life, a deep appreciation for living, and a sense of joy. "Health" is a pretty simple concept; wellness on the other hand is a multifaceted and complex concept that involves much more than simple physical condition. Health is not something that is available to everyone. Moreover, wellness becomes a matter of self-evaluation and self-assessment. You may continually work on learning, and on making changes that will enhance your state of wellness; you can take the reins. Everyone despite physical limitations, disease, and ability, can enjoy wellness. Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well being - a complex interaction of the factors that lead to a quality of life.

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Greetings Taiji, Qigong Practitioners,

This is to inform you that the Monterey Bay Healing Tao is offering 
ongoing classes in Taiji and Qigong .
For those of you having finished the 6 session Taiji/Qigong program through OLLI@CSUMB, and would like to 
continue your training, classes are now open to both returning, and/or new students. 
This six-session class will introduce participants to the basic theory and internal work
necessary for the effective practice of Tai Chi. Learn to apply the most important
principles of Tai Chi, including breathing, warm-up and qigong exercises to stretch
tendons, help open energy centers and joints for the purpose of regulating the
circulation of energy in the body. Through a short Sun Style 12 Movement Tai Chi Form
students will learn about therapeutic energetics and its relevance to personal health and

First Section: Fall Semester 2012

Dates: Mondays, Sept. 17, 24, Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, (6 Sessions)
Times: 1:00pm – 2:30pm,
Place: OllI@CSUMB
Fee: $60.

Second Section: Fall Semester 2012

Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 18, 25; Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 (6 sessions)
Time: 1:00 - 2:30pm
Place: JACL (Japanese American Citizen's League)
424 Adams Street, downtown Monterey
Fee: is $60 for classes, or if you are a member, this class may be used as one of the
complimentary courses under the OLLI All-Inclusive, or Plum Membership.

Upcoming Lion Dance Performances


July 29th, 2010

Upcoming Chinese Lion Dance performances, please mark your calendars:

  • CONFIRMED: Saturday, July 31st, 2010, CSUMB Lion Dance Team performs at the Pacific Grove Performing Arts Center, 635 Forest Ave. (Old Bldg.) , A Multicultural Event (Feast of Lanterns)
  • PENDING: December 31st, 2010, CSUMB Lion Dance Team performs for First Night Monterey Bay

NEWS: Summer Workshops with Chen Youhua cancelled (to be rescheduled). Please check back often for updates regarding workshops.

April 26th, 2010

NEWS: Summer Workshops with Chen Youhua, 20th Generation, direct successor Chen family lineage, son of Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou. Details coming soon.

April 1st, 2010

Upcoming Chinese Lion Dance performances, please mark your calendars:

  • PENDING: April 16th, CSUMB Lion Dance Club participates in International Day at CSUMB from 12:00pm-4:00pm.
  • PENDING: April 30th, CSUMB Lion Dance Club performs for the Collage Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).
  • PENDING: May 1st, CSUMB Lion Dance Club supporting Monterey Peninsula College's "Relay for Life 24-hour Walk".
  • PENDING: May 8th, CSUMB Lion Dance Club performs for Diversity Day in Marina, CA (part of the wind festival).

Upcoming Taiji performances, please mark your calendars:

  • April 24th, Taiji performance for Asian Festival on Soledad St., Salinas, 1:00pm. Confucian Temple, Chinatown.
  • PENDING: April 29th, Taiji performance for Peace Week at CSUMB, 12:00pm-2:00pm at Bldg. 98 Meeting House.

WEBSITE UPDATE: The "Classes & Treatments" page has been split up into Classes, Treatments and Registration. Please check the new format of the Classes page for more information concerning content and scheduling.

March 28th, 2010

Upcoming Chinese Lion Dance performances, please mark your calendars:

  • CORRECTION: April 23rd, Friday: Steinbeck Center, 7:00pm (10-minute performance as part of the celebration opening of the Sallinas Chinatown Exhibition).
  • Please note the change in time on the 23rd from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • April 24th, Saturday: Asian Festival on Soledad St., Salinas, 11:20am-11:30am Performance Time. Confucian Temple, Chinatown.

March 23rd, 2010

Lion Dance Team Update

Please note that there will be no practice on Friday, March 26th.
Class will resume its normal schedule of Tuesday and Friday practice beginning next week Tuesday, March 30th.


March 18th, 2010

NEWS: Summer Workshops 2010 with Chen Youhua, Chen Family Taijiquan - Son of Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou (Information Forthcoming).

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NEWS: Congratulations to the CSUMB Lion Dance Club for the performance, participation and support of the March 4th Day of Action event, Walkout for Education putting education cuts in the national spotlight!

“It is clear that the events of March 4 have captured the imagination of the news media and public,” said CFA President Lillian Taiz, a professor of History at CSU Los Angeles. Taiz continued, “The March 4th protests were historic and show not only that we care very deeply about the future of our schools and colleges, but that tens of thousands of us are willing to do something about it.”

NEWS: World Taiji, Qigong Day is Saturday April 12th, 2010. Please visit their website World Taiji Day.

Upcoming Chinese Lion Dance performances, please mark your calendars:

  • CORRECTION: April 23rd, Friday: Steinbeck Center, 7:00pm (10-minute performance as part of the celebration opening of the Sallinas Chinatown Exhibition).
  • April 23rd, Friday: Steinbeck Center, 6:00pm.
  • April 24th, Saturday: Asian Festival on Soledad St., 11:20am-11:30am Performance Time.

February 23rd, 2010

Upcoming Chinese Lion Dance performances, please mark your calendars:

  • CORRECTION: March 22nd, Monday: Carmel High School Lion Dance Workshop (3x 50-minute periods) 7:45am-8:35am, 8:40am-9:30 and 10:50am-11:40.
  • Please note the date change for the Carmel High School Workshop from March 25th to March 22nd.

Lion Dance Team Update

Happy Lunar New Year!

Coming off Sunday, February 14th, Lunar New Year Celebration, the team had 3 successful performances. On the following Thursday's event, students and faculty at Walter Colton Elementary were surprised, inspired and delighted. We presented at four very diverse venues this past week. Major improvements all throughout the team, especially our newer members. The team is performing the best ever to date! Let's keep it going. Where do we go from here? We'll continue to reinforce and learn everything we've been working on to date: percussion rhythms, dance movements, footwork, posture, drills, etc. As for the next level, one, we'll be moving on to learn the advanced percussion rhythms and corresponding dance movements. Two, we'll continue to develop and begin a new routine. Three, we'll start on jumping and lifting practices. Four, work on individual team member's role and how it interfaces with each other team members ability to perform their best. So get ready to dance!

Note: CSUMB Lion Dance Club, current status for acquisition of the Lion Dance Drum?

Upcoming performance events:

  • March 25th, Thursday: Carmel High School Workshop.
  • April 27th, Tuesday: Private Event.

Regular Class Schedule - JACL: 6:30PM, Tuesday, Downtown Monterey AND CSUMB Dance Studio: 5:00pm, Friday.

February 22nd, 2010

WEBSITE UPDATE: Complete site revamp! Please send comments to the Webmaster. Let us know if you like the new layout! Feel free to browse around, there are a lot of new updates and content, as well as more pics!

January 13th, 2010

WEBSITE UPDATE: Lots of new pics from past events! Please check out our Gallery page.

January 9th, 2010

WEBSITE UPDATE: Plenty of new updates to go around! Check out Jia Zhu's updated bio at the About Us page!

And under the Lion Dance page, we've filled out the Members page as well as adding a Gallery page! So be sure to check out all new pictures posted. So far we have images from 2008-12-09 (JACL Practice), 2008-12-12 (Nob Hill Event), and finally from New Years Eve, First Night Monterey!

If you have any video or images you'd like to contribute or see posted under the Photos & Video page, please contact our Web Master.

January 7, 2010

NEWS: Happy New Year FIrst Night Monterey 2010! Congratulations to the Monterey Bay Lion Dance Team, an evening of both traditional dance and a modern twist! (See photos under the update link on the Lion Dance page) Schedule of team practices to be announced.