Personal Essays

IT’S A JOURNEY – MEMBER PROFILE: ARTHUR ZIRGER
By Sally Sporer, 2017

One of the biggest benefits for members of the GuFeng Tai Chi Club (GFTCC or the Club) is getting to know others in the group. Not surprisingly, there are many remarkable members within our midst. One such member is Art Zirger, who epitomizes and supports the values of the Club. Art joined the GFTCC in 2008. Since that time, he’s been an enthusiastic participant and active contributor.

Art retired in 2004 after a distinguished career in the US Air Force where he worked as an Instructor Pilot and Logistics Officer.

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Photo of Phil Londal

THE EXTRAORDINARY TAI CHI JOURNEY OF PHIL LONDAL
By Jerry Gordon, 2015

Beginning tai chi practitioners often don’t anticipate how consistent tai chi practice can become a grounding feature of their lives and help get them get through hard times. While many Gu Feng club members have experienced this phenomenon, perhaps none have done so in quite as dramatic a fashion as Gu Feng Tai Chi Club member Phil Londal.

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TAI CHI, AN ESSENTIAL SKILL IN STRESSFUL TIMESPhoto of Blaise Stephanus
By Blaise Stephanus, 2010

About three years ago I returned to practicing Tai Chi after a long absence. I became a student at the Gu Feng Tai Chi Club and have realized many many benefits. One set of benefits that surprised me was the strength that I got from Tai Chi during a set of family tragedies.

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A PRACTICE 20 YEARS IN THE MAKING
By Sean McCollum, 2010

About 20 years ago, I was teaching English in Hong Kong while living at a retreat center in the New Territories. Each morning as I left to catch my train, I was greeted by perhaps a dozen people practicing Tai Chi on the grounds. The scene and movements made an impression of peace and harmony in motion, and something in my gut longed to join in.

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