For years this website has been an information source and connection point for people interested in the Nam Hoa tradition or Tai Chi and Qigong. I feel this website is special. Like a river it has ebbed and flowed—sometimes with a bit of rushing water and other times like a creek, slowly moving along. But knowing that it is here, for anyone interested, is a special source of comfort to me as a member of the Nam Hoa community.
Our Nam Hoa community continues to grow and change; just like the river—it is never the same from moment to moment. This year, Tom Wolf, Senior Student, Bending Tree Tai Chi, Virginia Beach, VA was awarded the Teacher credential by Master Jim in a ceremony during his retreat visit. The Teacher credential takes a considerable amount of work and commitment as it is the last step prior to becoming a Master. Everyone is so incredibly happy for Tom. Additionally, Tom McDermott has returned from England and is now starting new classes in Florence, Oregon. Now there are instructors in six states! More students have received their instructor’s certificates this year and for the first time, an instructor certificate was awarded on the Gulf Coast to Candace Fowler with Blue Willow Tai Chi in Mobile, AL. Congratulations to all and welcome back Tom McDermott!
What will 2016 bring for our Nam Hoa community? I can only suggest more of the same—commitment to the practice as it brings so much enjoyment and good health, a shared fellowship among students, instructors, teachers and our wonderful guide—Master Jim Scott-Behrends. Most especially, it brings the wonderful opportunity to share our art with new students. Look around you. Every face you see is a potentially someone who might enjoy and benefit from the ancient Chinese moving meditation. They only wait for your invitation as “when the student is ready, the teacher (or instructor) will appear.” Next year, the river will once again be flowing differently with the added addition of new young grasshoppers. That will be so much fun!
May you have blessings for continued happiness in 2016; the year of the fire monkey…
Let your chi be free,
Teacher, Nam Hoa Internal Arts