Gallery 2007

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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2007

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In the Kwoon, Francesca DeStefano’s Public Class Certification Ceremony (January 27, 2007): Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano in the posture White Crane Spreads Her Wings from Water Tiger School’s 24-Posture Form.

In the Kwoon, Francesca DeStefano’s Public Class Certification Ceremony (January 27, 2007): Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano in the posture White Crane Spreads Her Wings from Water Tiger School’s 24-Posture Form.

In the Kwoon, Francesca DeStefano’s Public Class Certification Ceremony (January 27, 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) and Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano at the presentation of the certificate to teach Water Tiger School’s Grasp Sparrow’s Tail to the Four Cardinal Directions in public forums.

In the Kwoon, Francesca DeStefano’s Public Class Certification Ceremony (January 27, 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) and Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano at the presentation of the certificate to teach Water Tiger School’s Grasp Sparrow’s Tail to the Four Cardinal Directions in public forums.

In the Kwoon, Exploring T’ai Chi Ch’uan: Martially (January 2007): A small and very enthusiastic group of T’ai Chi players from Water Tiger School and other South Shore T’ai Chi programs enjoying some dynamic partnerships while exploring the Basic Postures / Basic Applications of Wave Hands Like Clouds and Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane at the first in a series of onsite seminars facilitated by McElroy Laoshi.

In the Kwoon, Exploring T’ai Chi Ch’uan: Martially (January 2007): A small and very enthusiastic group of T’ai Chi players from Water Tiger School and other South Shore T’ai Chi programs enjoying some dynamic partnerships while exploring the Basic Postures / Basic Applications of Wave Hands Like Clouds and Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane at the first in a series of onsite seminars facilitated by McElroy Laoshi.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Straight Sword (March 2007): A handful of Water Tiger School students and one student from another South Shore program play Pushing Sword while McElroy Laoshi observes, comments, and gingerly walks through the moving drill.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Straight Sword (March 2007): A handful of Water Tiger School students and one student from another South Shore program play Pushing Sword while McElroy Laoshi observes, comments, and gingerly walks through the moving drill.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): A summer of T’ai Chi and Qigong begins in Shorefront Park with Laoshi Laurince McElroy discussing and demonstrating the intricacies of a signature warm-up from Water Tiger, the T’ai Chi Qigong Stretch.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): A summer of T’ai Chi and Qigong begins in Shorefront Park with Laoshi Laurince McElroy discussing and demonstrating the intricacies of a signature warm-up from Water Tiger, the T’ai Chi Qigong Stretch.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Straight Sword (March 2007): Demonstrating Pushing Sword with Si-Hing Joel Valerio and Water Tiger student Ed Merchant watching, McElroy Laoshi (L) shares the various Post-It® notes of the exercise – step through the mat, move with the whole, flow, relax, breathe, maintain edge-to-edge contact, eyes up, etc.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Straight Sword (March 2007): Demonstrating Pushing Sword with Si-Hing Joel Valerio and Water Tiger student Ed Merchant watching, McElroy Laoshi (L) shares the various Post-It® notes of the exercise – step through the mat, move with the whole, flow, relax, breathe, maintain edge-to-edge contact, eyes up, etc.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): Without the necessary chairs, Laoshi Laurince McElroy explains a seated knee stretch to Uma & Ven Murthy.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): Without the necessary chairs, Laoshi Laurince McElroy explains a seated knee stretch to Uma & Ven Murthy.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): The first morning in the park draws to a close with Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading the group in the posture of White Crane Spreads Her Wings from Water Tiger’s T’ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 5, 2007): The first morning in the park draws to a close with Laoshi Laurince McElroy leading the group in the posture of White Crane Spreads Her Wings from Water Tiger’s T’ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 12, 2007): On another gorgeous Saturday morning in Shorefront Park, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) introduces the group to the Water Tiger “Playing the Scales” exercise Walking the Rails with One Rotation.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 12, 2007): On another gorgeous Saturday morning in Shorefront Park, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) introduces the group to the Water Tiger “Playing the Scales” exercise Walking the Rails with One Rotation.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 19, 2007): Using a broadsword as a centering point for a circle, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (in light grey) helps the group to feel a little feline while playing the Tiger Walks from the Five Animal Frolics on a cloudy May morning in the park.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 19, 2007): Using a broadsword as a centering point for a circle, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (in light grey) helps the group to feel a little feline while playing the Tiger Walks from the Five Animal Frolics on a cloudy May morning in the park.

In the Kwoon, T’ai Chi Qigong Warming Up (May 2007): A spectrum of Water Tiger students – most from the various studio classes and one from the program at Sachem Public Library – follow McElroy Laoshi (L) as he leads Coiling Forward and Backward from the simple yet complex T’ai Chi Qigong Warming Up set during the May installment of the monthly seminar series.

In the Kwoon, T’ai Chi Qigong Warming Up (May 2007): A spectrum of Water Tiger students – most from the various studio classes and one from the program at Sachem Public Library – follow McElroy Laoshi (L) as he leads Coiling Forward and Backward from the simple yet complex T’ai Chi Qigong Warming Up set during the May installment of the monthly seminar series.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 26, 2007): The first session of the year draws to a close as the morning’s large and diverse assembly playing with the concept of control-through-release with Water Tiger School’s Arm Drop exercise.

T’ai Chi in the Park (May 26, 2007): The first session of the year draws to a close as the morning’s large and diverse assembly playing with the concept of control-through-release with Water Tiger School’s Arm Drop exercise.

In the Kwoon, T’ai Chi Straight Sword – The Journey Continues 1 (June 2007): Polishing the “first section” of the Water Tiger School 32-posture Orthodox Straight Sword Form, McElroy Laoshi (R) talks and moves through the details of Right Interception with participants following.

In the Kwoon, T’ai Chi Straight Sword – The Journey Continues 1 (June 2007): Polishing the “first section” of the Water Tiger School 32-posture Orthodox Straight Sword Form, McElroy Laoshi (R) talks and moves through the details of Right Interception with participants following.

Blue Point, Long Island (June 21, 2007): On a beach overlooking Patchogue Bay, a few hearty members of Water Tiger School met to greet the sunrise of Summer Solstice at 5:21 AM with a little T’ai Chi play.

Blue Point, Long Island (June 21, 2007): On a beach overlooking Patchogue Bay, a few hearty members of Water Tiger School met to greet the sunrise of Summer Solstice at 5:21 AM with a little T’ai Chi play.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 6, 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Playing the P’i P’a from the WTS Long Form during the first night of the school’s fourth year of guerilla T’ai Chi on Main Street in the village.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 6, 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Playing the P’i P’a from the WTS Long Form during the first night of the school’s fourth year of guerilla T’ai Chi on Main Street in the village.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 6, 2007): Capturing the attention of the many exploring the vendors on Main Street in the village, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr. (center) leads Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano (R) and Si-Ji Patricia Hsieh (L) in a form unique to Water Tiger, The 13 Postures.

Village of Patchogue, Alive After Five (July 6, 2007): Capturing the attention of the many exploring the vendors on Main Street in the village, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr. (center) leads Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano (R) and Si-Ji Patricia Hsieh (L) in a form unique to Water Tiger, The 13 Postures.

In the Kwoon, Walk Like a Tiger (August 2007): Playing through the challenges of the mat, participants learn the intricacies of the most challenging of the Tiger Walks, the Tiger Twisting.

In the Kwoon, Walk Like a Tiger (August 2007): Playing through the challenges of the mat, participants learn the intricacies of the most challenging of the Tiger Walks, the Tiger Twisting.

In the Kwoon, Walk Like a Tiger (August 2007): With small furry friends marking the path, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) leads participants through the Tiger Walking in the traditional circular pattern of the Wu-Dang Five Animal Frolics.

In the Kwoon, Walk Like a Tiger (August 2007): With small furry friends marking the path, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) leads participants through the Tiger Walking in the traditional circular pattern of the Wu-Dang Five Animal Frolics.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 11, 2007): With the new Village of Patchogue Band Shell in the background and beautiful blue skies above, the second session of the 2007 “Summer of T’ai Chi” begins in Shorefront Park with Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) leading the Water Tiger School standard T’ai Chi Qigong Stretch.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 11, 2007): With the new Village of Patchogue Band Shell in the background and beautiful blue skies above, the second session of the 2007 “Summer of T’ai Chi” begins in Shorefront Park with Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) leading the Water Tiger School standard T’ai Chi Qigong Stretch.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 18, 2007): The largest and most diverse group of the year embrace their fowl nature in the Crane Walking from the Five Animal Frolics with Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) in the lead.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 18, 2007): The largest and most diverse group of the year embrace their fowl nature in the Crane Walking from the Five Animal Frolics with Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) in the lead.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 31, 2007): Qigong student Christine Reynolds watched the table and, with phenomenal success, convinced walkers-by to donate to the cause. There was $245 and change in the donation bottle at the end of the evening!

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 31, 2007): Qigong student Christine Reynolds watched the table and, with phenomenal success, convinced walkers-by to donate to the cause. There was $245 and change in the donation bottle at the end of the evening!

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 31, 2007): The Happy Fundraisers (from L to R) included Si-Hing Joel Valerio, Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano, Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Mary Walsh, and Christine Reynolds. Their combined efforts brought in over $2,400 for a very worthy cause.

Village of Patchogue, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fundraiser (August 31, 2007): The Happy Fundraisers (from L to R) included Si-Hing Joel Valerio, Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano, Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., Mary Walsh, and Christine Reynolds. Their combined efforts brought in over $2,400 for a very worthy cause.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 1, 2007): Nancy Fiano (second from the Left in white), Dojo of the Dancing Dragon in Lindenhurst, leads an exercise in coiling, spiraling, and body awareness.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 1, 2007): Nancy Fiano (second from the Left in white), Dojo of the Dancing Dragon in Lindenhurst, leads an exercise in coiling, spiraling, and body awareness.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 1, 2007): Members of Mt. Sinai’s United Studios of Self Defense play their 24-Posture Short Form during the morning’s break.

T’ai Chi in the Park (September 1, 2007): Members of Mt. Sinai’s United Studios of Self Defense play their 24-Posture Short Form during the morning’s break.

Out and About, Arbor Qigong (October 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (at the tree) talks through the finer points and demonstrates Seeking the Root during the outdoor seminar held at a residential address in Medford on a very beautiful autumn day.

Out and About, Arbor Qigong (October 2007): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (at the tree) talks through the finer points and demonstrates Seeking the Root during the outdoor seminar held at a residential address in Medford on a very beautiful autumn day.

Out and About, Arbor Qigong (October 2007): Can you find the various seminar participants playing Embracing the Tree? From Left to Right are Mary Walsh, Cathy Anastasio, Christine Reynolds, and Si-Hing Joel Valerio.

Out and About, Arbor Qigong (October 2007): Can you find the various seminar participants playing Embracing the Tree? From Left to Right are Mary Walsh, Cathy Anastasio, Christine Reynolds, and Si-Hing Joel Valerio.

Suffolk County Community College (Riverhead), Twelfth Annual Youth Leadership Summit (October 26, 2007): Getting a feel for the room that is soon to be full of high school students Pushing Hands, Si-Hing Joel Valerio plays a section of the 24-Posture Form.

Suffolk County Community College (Riverhead), Twelfth Annual Youth Leadership Summit (October 26, 2007): Getting a feel for the room that is soon to be full of high school students Pushing Hands, Si-Hing Joel Valerio plays a section of the 24-Posture Form.

In the Kwoon, Perspectives on T’ai Chi Push Hands (November 2007): With smiles all around, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) demonstrates Water Tiger School’s Single-Hand Moving Push Hands (Sticky Hands) exercise with Si-Hing Joel Valerio while Bob LaMantia observes.

In the Kwoon, Perspectives on T’ai Chi Push Hands (November 2007): With smiles all around, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) demonstrates Water Tiger School’s Single-Hand Moving Push Hands (Sticky Hands) exercise with Si-Hing Joel Valerio while Bob LaMantia observes.

In the Kwoon, Perspectives on T’ai Chi Push Hands (November 2007): Enjoying the unfolding play of Two-Hand Application Push Hands, Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano (R) takes Kathy Schwager off her vertical alignment. In the background, Si-Hing Joel Valerio (R) plays the exercise with Rita Valentin.

In the Kwoon, Perspectives on T’ai Chi Push Hands (November 2007): Enjoying the unfolding play of Two-Hand Application Push Hands, Si-Goo Mui Francesca DeStefano (R) takes Kathy Schwager off her vertical alignment. In the background, Si-Hing Joel Valerio (R) plays the exercise with Rita Valentin.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Staff (December 2007): With Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., watching intently, Laoshi Laurince McElroy demonstrates and discusses a detail of Shaking Mountain & Pushing Sea from the Traditional Yang-Style Staff Form.

In the Kwoon, Introduction to T’ai Chi Staff (December 2007): With Si-Suk Paul Adago, Jr., watching intently, Laoshi Laurince McElroy demonstrates and discusses a detail of Shaking Mountain & Pushing Sea from the Traditional Yang-Style Staff Form.