Building our Students and our Community
Our special events help enrich our students' training, build relationships with family and friends, and connect with the greater Whittier area community. Our seminars reach out to martial artists throughout Southern California.
Our health-boosting Full Moon Qigong sessions are free to the public. See the event page for the next date!
February 21-22, we will host a Tai Chi Workshop "Fun Raiser" that's open to everyone. We will explore the rare Two-Person Dance form by T. T. Liang.
Our 2020 Mt. Baldy Retreat will be on the Memorial Day weekend -- May 22 thru 25, 2020. Come for one, two, or four days. It draws people from across the United States.
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Tai Chi Workshop
Everyone is Welcome!
Friday, February 21, 6 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, February 22, 1 pm to 3 pm
Sensei Frank and Marc Gregory will lead the workshop.
We will explore the rare Two-Person Tai Chi Dance,
Sections 1 and 2 in detail.
This rare form was created by legendary Master T. T. Liang.
Come Friday and/or Saturday, with your choice of donation.
Make check payable to Suzette Hodnett, a popular Whittier tai chi teacher, artist, and author.
ALL donations will go directly to Suzette.
Full Moon Qigong
Next Practices are:
postponed until further notice.
Schedule is subject to change.
Chi-Lel (TM) consists of visualizations combined with a series of gentle movements which can be easily followed by anyone who wants to decrease stress while improving and sustaining their health, wellness, and vitality. It is meditation in motion. According to Well+Good, the trendy health website, group meditation is one of the top ten wellness crazes.
The Chi-Lel practitioners all over the world practice Qigong together, forming a great loving healing chi-field.
Everyone is Welcome. No Charge.
Session starts promptly at 5:00 p.m.
Dan & Kyu Exams for 2020
Fellow students, family and friends come witness the tests and give support to the candidates. It's exciting to watch!
Kyu Tests, held quarterly, are for students seeking their next promotions leading up to brown belt (2nd and 1st kyu). Usually adults test on Saturdays; and kids' aikido tests are on Fridays. While usually the first weekend of March, June, September, November, and December, the exact dates for this year are coming soon.
The Brown and Black Belt Tests are held twice a year, in May and November. These are great shows!
Are you a Student preparing to test?
Aikido kyu belts are to meet with Assistant Chief Instructor Gil Izaguirre 6 weeks prior to the test date for prep requirements.
Aikido Black & Brown belt candidates are to meet with Assistant Chief Instructor Gil Izaguirre 3 months prior to the test date for prep requirements.
Tai Chi candidates are to have their immediate instructor's recommendation to apply. Assistant Chief Instructor Suzette Hodnett will oversee preparation.
Kyu sashes need 6 weeks preparation. Brown and black sashes need 3 months preparation.
2021 Mt. Baldy Retreat
Tentatively Friday evening, May 28,
through Monday noon, May 31, 2021.
Come to explore the internal and external aspects of Aikido, Tai Chi, Qigong, and Zen. Everyone is welcome, from curious first-timers and beginners to experienced students and instructors. Come for a day or two, or register for the four day adventure.
We hold the retreat at the Mt. Baldy Zen Center, above Mt. Baldy Village in the San Bernardino Mountains, California. The rustic camp is an ideal setting for training and meditative practice.
Watch for updates.