Gallery 2006

Water Tiger School of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Patchogue Long Island New York

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

New York USA

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2006

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 6, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy discussing the concept of Wu-wei (no action) in stance and form play. He uses one of his favorite examples of “just enough action” by talking about the fact “if a mosquito were to land on us and we made no adjustment, the weight would be enough to knock us over.”T’ai Chi in the Park (May 6, 2006): Several different pockets of T’ai Chi take shape during the gathering’s “break.”

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 6, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy discussing the concept of Wu-wei (no action) in stance and form play. He uses one of his favorite examples of “just enough action” by talking about the fact “if a mosquito were to land on us and we made no adjustment, the weight would be enough to knock us over.”

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 6, 2006): Several different pockets of T’ai Chi take shape during the gathering’s “break.”

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T’ai Chi in the Park (August 26, 2006): With a small group on a damp and chilly morning, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (leading at center in grey t-shirt) helps participants experience a sense of grace, elegance, and peacefulness while playing The Crane Walks from the Five Animal Frolics.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 26, 2006): With a small group on a damp and chilly morning, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (leading at center in grey t-shirt) helps participants experience a sense of grace, elegance, and peacefulness while playing The Crane Walks from the Five Animal Frolics.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Mr. Gee executes a take down, using the knee as a contact point, against seminar participant Sensei Calmut Woods from the Talented 10th Dojo in Brooklyn.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Mr. Gee executes a take down, using the knee as a contact point, against seminar participant Sensei Calmut Woods from the Talented 10th Dojo in Brooklyn.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Spencer Gee (leading R) taking seminar participants through the basics of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing Yang-style Short Form with an emphasis on coiling energy (Chan-si).

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Spencer Gee (leading R) taking seminar participants through the basics of the Cheng Man-Ch’ing Yang-style Short Form with an emphasis on coiling energy (Chan-si).

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Patricia Hsieh (L) effectively demonstrates the power of coiling energy (Chan-si) by uprooting Laoshi Laurince McElroy.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Patricia Hsieh (L) effectively demonstrates the power of spiral energy (Chan-si) by uprooting Laoshi Laurince McElroy.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Spencer Gee (L) working with Water Tiger School student Patricia Hsieh on using an exercise ball to explore the circular coiling movements in T’ai Chi during Mr. Gee’s fifth visiting seminar at the studio.

In the Kwoon, ABC T'ai Chi with Spencer Gee (May 2006): Spencer Gee (L) working with Water Tiger School student Patricia Hsieh on using an exercise ball to explore the circular movements in T’ai Chi during Mr. Gee’s fifth visiting seminar at the studio.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 2006): Gail Harfe (R) and Duling Xia, two students from Water Tiger School's public class at Sachem Public Library, in Pluck from WTS's The Thirteen Postures.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 2006): Gail Harfe (R) and Duling Xia, two students from Water Tiger School's public class at Sachem Public Library, in Pluck from WTS's The Thirteen Postures.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano (R) guides the morning’s participants through Water Tiger School’s signature Shaolin Chin Na Hand Exercises.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano (R) guides the morning’s participants through Water Tiger School’s signature Shaolin Chin Na Hand Exercises.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 20, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) leads the morning’s rather wind-blown group in a walking exercise, T’ai Chi Flying.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 20, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) leads the morning’s rather wind-blown group in a walking exercise, T’ai Chi Flying.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): Si-Hing Ed O’Connell (L) takes advantage of Laoshi Laurince McElroy’s use of muscular force in a demonstration of Water Tiger School’s Grappling Push Hands exercise.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): Si-Hing Ed O’Connell (L) takes advantage of Laoshi Laurince McElroy’s use of muscular force in a demonstration of Water Tiger School’s Grappling Push Hands exercise.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): The group enjoys playing Mirror Push Hands on a beautiful Saturday morning.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 27, 2006): The group enjoys playing Mirror Push Hands on a beautiful Saturday morning.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 20, 2006): Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano (L) and Uma Murthy in Playing the P’i P’a from the WTS 24-Posture Form.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 20, 2006): Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano (L) and Uma Murthy in Playing the P’i P’a from the WTS 24-Posture Form.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 7, 2006): The true nature of Guerrilla T’ai Chi is demonstrated as Laoshi Laurince McElroy, in High Pat on Horse, deals with adjusting the Medium-Frame Yang-style Long Form to the flow of the crowd around him.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 7, 2006): The true nature of Guerrilla T’ai Chi is demonstrated as Laoshi Laurince McElroy, in High Pat on Horse, deals with adjusting the Medium-Frame Yang-style Long Form to the flow of the crowd around him.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 21, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading Joel Valerio in Dragon Strikes to the Four Diagonals. This was Joel’s first time through the complete form and the first time such a Water Tiger School event unfolded during a public presentation!

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 21, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading Joel Valerio in Dragon Strikes to the Four Diagonals. This was Joel’s first time through the complete form and the first time such a Water Tiger School event unfolded during a public presentation!

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 21, 2006): (from L to R) Students Mary Walsh, Si-Je Francesca DeStefano, Patricia Hsieh, and Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., in Ward-off as they play Grasp Sparrow’s Tail to the Four Cardinal Directions after the rain on a particularly damp evening on the streets of Patchogue.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 21, 2006): (from L to R) Students Mary Walsh, Si-Je Francesca DeStefano, Patricia Hsieh, and Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., in Ward-off as they play Grasp Sparrow’s Tail to the Four Cardinal Directions after the rain on a particularly damp evening on the streets of Patchogue.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): Again this year Laoshi Laurince McElroy walked the monastery's labyrinth in selections from the Five Animal Frolics, with the curious looking on. Featured: The Tiger Fighting.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): Again this year Laoshi Laurince McElroy walked the monastery's labyrinth in selections from the Five Animal Frolics, with the curious looking on. Featured: The Tiger Fighting.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): The time between demonstrations and answering questions at the table allowed for other things. (L to R) John Davis, Joel Valerio, and Si-Hing Ed O’Connell take advantage and form a small drum circle.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): The time between demonstrations and answering questions at the table allowed for other things. (L to R) John Davis, Joel Valerio, and Si-Hing Ed O’Connell take advantage and form a small drum circle.

American Business Associates’ Networking & Educational Breakfast (Carlyle on the Green; Bethpage – 10/27/2006): To introduce Rabbi Irwin Kula, Laoshi Laurince McElroy addressed the importance of not holding onto either victory or loss by telling a parable, demonstrating a T’ai Chi form, and giving an interactive talk on T’ai Chi and the power of relaxation.

American Business Associates’ Networking & Educational Breakfast (Carlyle on the Green; Bethpage – October 27, 2006): To introduce Rabbi Irwin Kula, Laoshi Laurince McElroy addressed the importance of not holding onto either victory or loss by telling a parable, demonstrating a T’ai Chi form, and giving an interactive talk on T’ai Chi and the power of relaxation.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): Water Tiger was well represented throughout the festival in Mt. Sinai. Pictured (L to R): Rita Valentin, April Alexander, Patricia Hsieh, Christine Reynolds, Mary Walsh, Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano, and Joel Valerio. Not pictured, but also in attendance: Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Si-Hing Ed O’Connell, John Davis, and Lynn Davis.

Little Portion Friary, Harvest Fair and Pet Blessing (September 30, 2006): Water Tiger was well represented throughout the festival in Mt. Sinai. Pictured (L to R): Rita Valentin, April Alexander, Patricia Hsieh, Christine Reynolds, Mary Walsh, Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano, and Joel Valerio. Not pictured, but also in attendance: Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Si-Hing Ed O’Connell, John Davis, and Lynn Davis.

American Business Associates’ Networking & Educational Breakfast (Carlyle on the Green; Bethpage – 10/27/2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Snake Creeps Down while demonstrating the 24-Posture Form for a roomful of Long Island business professionals.

American Business Associates’ Networking & Educational Breakfast (Carlyle on the Green; Bethpage – October 27, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Snake Creeps Down while demonstrating the 24-Posture Form for a roomful of Long Island business professionals.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 19, 2005): (L to R) Paul Adago, Jr., Patricia Hsieh, Laoshi Laurince McElroy, and Ed O'Connell playing together, yet separately, during the Form of Your Choice portion of the evening.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 19, 2005): (L to R) Paul Adago, Jr., Patricia Hsieh, Laoshi Laurince McElroy, and Ed O'Connell playing together, yet separately, during the Form of Your Choice portion of the evening.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 18, 2006): A small contingent of fundraiser participants play Water Tiger School's Dragon Strikes to the Four Diagonals. (L to R) Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Joel Valerio, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 18, 2006): A small contingent of fundraiser participants play Water Tiger School's Dragon Strikes to the Four Diagonals. (L to R) Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Joel Valerio, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 18, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading one passer by and Water Tiger students in the school's T'ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set for a Cause. (L to R) Laoshi, Si-Hing Ed O'Connell, unidentified passer-by, Joel Valerio, Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano, Mary Walsh, and April Alexander.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 18, 2006): Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading one passer by and Water Tiger students in the school's T'ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set for a Cause. (L to R) Laoshi, Si-Hing Ed O'Connell, unidentified passer-by, Joel Valerio, Si-Ji Francesca DeStefano, Mary Walsh, and April Alexander.

T'ai Chi in the Park (August 19, 2006): On a cloudy, but gorgeous, Saturday morning, the group is introduced to Wave Hands Like Clouds by Laoshi Laurince McElroy.

T'ai Chi in the Park (August 19, 2006): On a cloudy, but gorgeous, Saturday morning, the group is introduced to Wave Hands Like Clouds by Laoshi Laurince McElroy.

T'ai Chi in the Park (August 19, 2006): As is the trend, the morning's break allows for little pockets of T'ai Chi and conversation to unfold across the event's little patch of Shorefront Park.

T'ai Chi in the Park (August 19, 2006): As is the trend, the morning's break allows for little pockets of T'ai Chi and conversation to unfold across the event's little patch of Shorefront Park.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): The summer session ends with Laoshi Laurince McElroy first using Water Tiger student Lem Coley to demonstrate proper position for the Bear Fighting from the Five Animal Frolics…

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): The summer session ends with Laoshi Laurince McElroy first using Water Tiger student Lem Coley to demonstrate proper position for the Bear Fighting from the Five Animal Frolics…

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): ... Laoshi Laurince McElroy uses a post from the nearby basketball court to demonstrate proper position for the Bear Fighting from the Five Animal Frolics ...

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): … he then uses a post from the nearby basketball court…

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): … Laoshi Laurince McElroy leads the morning’s participants in the Bear Fighting from the Five Animal Frolics.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 16, 2006): … and leads the morning’s participants in the movement.