Gallery 2011

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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2011

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In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Test (April 23, 2011): In a closed session, Water Tiger's Si-Suk Joel Valerio (R with sword) is adjudicated by (L to R against the wall) Nancy Fiano from Dojo of the Dancing Dragon, Bill Donnelly from Green Cloud Kung Fu, and Judith Budd-Walsh from Harmonious Movement.

T’ai Chi in the Park (June 18, 2011): Doing the best they can without their leader (someone has to take the picture), the morning’s players float like clouds across the soggy grass of Patchogue's Shorefront Park.

Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA  (July 23, 2011): McElroy Laoshi playing Water Tiger’s Yang-Influenced Orthodox Straight Sword Form during the morning’s facilitators' demo at the close of the event.

Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA (July 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) participates in his own workshop — T’ai Chi Sword 101: Being One with the Weapon — to even out the partnerships.

Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA  (July 23, 2011): The Water Tiger contingent at the event (from L to R) Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Christine Reynolds, and Michael Kandel. Not pictured: Mark Williams, who is responsible for the morning’s photo collection.

Turtle Cove, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (February 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane from Water Tiger’s 24-Posture Form as he starts this and every morning on his annual escape to Provo with a little T’ai Chi in the sand.

Turtle Cove, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (February 2011): The sand is soft, the sun is warm, the water is as blue as the sky, and Laoshi Laurince McElroy is creeping down like a snake.

Turtle Cove, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (February 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy in Parting the Wild Horse’s Mane from Water Tiger’s 24-Posture Form as he starts this and every morning on his annual escape to Provo with a little T’ai Chi in the sand.Turtle Cove, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (February 2011): The sand is soft, the sun is warm, the water is as blue as the sky, and Laoshi Laurince McElroy is creeping down like a snake.In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Test (April 23, 2011): In a closed session, Water Tiger's Si-Suk Joel Valerio (R with sword) is adjudicated by (L to R against the wall) Nancy Fiano from Dojo of the Dancing Dragon, Bill Donnelly from Green Cloud Kung Fu, and Judith Budd-Walsh from Harmonious Movement.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Test (April 23, 2011): Si-Suk Joel Valerio in one of the several Kick with Ball posture moments in Water Tiger’s Long Form during his adjudication for ascension to a fully titled instructor — the first such ascension for Water Tiger School.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Test (April 23, 2011): Si-Suk Joel Valerio in one of the several Kick with Ball posture moments in Water Tiger’s Long Form during his adjudication for ascension to a fully titled instructor — the first such ascension for Water Tiger School.

T’ai Chi in the Park (June 11, 2011): Although we often recommend “the duck” as an effective self-defense technique, this isn’t what we mean — a Mallard practices his waddle next to the morning’s event participants.

T’ai Chi in the Park (June 11, 2011): Although we often recommend “the duck” as an effective self-defense technique, this isn’t what we mean — a Mallard practices his waddle next to the morning’s event participants.T’ai Chi in the Park (June 18, 2011): Doing the best they can without their leader (someone has to take the picture), the morning’s players float like clouds across the soggy grass of Patchogue's Shorefront Park.Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA (July 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) participates in his own workshop — T’ai Chi Sword 101: Being One with the Weapon — to even out the partnerships.Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA  (July 23, 2011): McElroy Laoshi playing Water Tiger’s Yang-Influenced Orthodox Straight Sword Form during the morning’s facilitators' demo at the close of the event.Tai Chi at Harborfront Park; Port Jefferson, NY USA  (July 23, 2011): The Water Tiger contingent at the event (from L to R) Laoshi Laurince McElroy, Christine Reynolds, and Michael Kandel. Not pictured: Mark Williams, who is responsible for the morning’s photo collection.T’ai Chi in the Park (August 13, 2011): During the morning’s break, Doreen Preston, a student of Water Tiger School’s Sachem Public Library program, plays a little Repulse the Monkey in the band shell as her son watches.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 13, 2011): During the morning’s break, Doreen Preston, a student of Water Tiger School’s Sachem Public Library program, plays a little Repulse the Monkey in the band shell as her son watches.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 13, 2011): Leading a pack of participants in Water Tiger’s Walking the Rails, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) talks of stepping wide, being aware of the relationship of the feet to the earth, and maintaining a deep & flexible root.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 13, 2011): Leading a pack of participants in Water Tiger’s Walking the Rails, Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) talks of stepping wide, being aware of the relationship of the feet to the earth, and maintaining a deep & flexible root.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): During the demonstrations, the soon-to-be Laoshi (L) plays a mirror-image version of Water Tiger's Medium-Frame Yang-Style 24-Posture Form to current Laoshi Laurince McElroy's regular version.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): During the demonstrations, the soon-to-be Laoshi (L) plays a mirror-image version of Water Tiger's Medium-Frame Yang-Style 24-Posture Form to current Laoshi Laurince McElroy's regular version.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): In the final demonstration of the afternoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio (R) leads Laoshi Laurince McElroy in the “Quicksilver” version of Water Tiger's Medium-Frame Yang-Style Long Form and what normally takes 20 minutes took only about five (+/-).

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) explains the meaning of the black sash. And, yes, it included "reason for belt is to hold up pants."

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) presents Laoshi Joel Valerio his certificate, which he described as " ... a pretty piece of paper, with nice words, in a simple frame."

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011):      Newly minted Laoshi Joel Valerio poses with his gift from Laoshi Laurince McElroy — a symbolic token of himself — McElroy Laoshi’s first lion’s head practice sword.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) demonstrates Water Tiger School’s Grappling Push Hands with student Mary Walsh while explaining the details of the exercise to a someone of a different lineage.

In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): In the final demonstration of the afternoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio (R) leads Laoshi Laurince McElroy in the “Quicksilver” version of Water Tiger's Medium-Frame Yang-Style Long Form and what normally takes 20 minutes took only about five (+/-).In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) explains the meaning of the black sash. And, yes, it included "reason for belt is to hold up pants."In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (L) presents Laoshi Joel Valerio his certificate, which he described as " ... a pretty piece of paper, with nice words, in a simple frame."In the Kwoon, Si-Suk Joel Valerio’s Ascension Ceremony (August 23, 2011):      Newly minted Laoshi Joel Valerio poses with his gift from Laoshi Laurince McElroy — a symbolic token of himself — McElroy Laoshi’s first lion’s head practice sword.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (Front in gray tank) leads the morning’s group through a single-step exercise introducing the postures from first section of Water Tiger School’s 24-Posture Form.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): We failed to get more information from James (R) regarding full name and school location, but Water Tiger School student Michael Kandel secured some detailed Push Hands instruction in the approach used in his lineage.

T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (Front in gray tank) leads the morning’s group through a single-step exercise introducing the postures from first section of Water Tiger School’s 24-Posture Form.T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): We failed to get more information from James (R) regarding full name and school location, but Water Tiger School student Michael Kandel secured some detailed Push Hands instruction in the approach used in his lineage.T’ai Chi in the Park (August 20, 2011): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R) demonstrates Water Tiger School’s Grappling Push Hands with student Mary Walsh while explaining the details of the exercise to a someone of a different lineage.

Grace Bay, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (October 2011): The fact that it was a little mini-vacation to Provo, did not keep Laoshi Laurince McElroy from his morning ritual. Here he is in Twin Dragons Chase Golden Pearl from Water Tiger’s 24-Posture Form.

Grace Bay, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (October 2011): Coral sand may be a challenge when in Kick with Ball, but it is still nothing compared to challenge of the mat at 29 South Ocean back on Long Island.

Grace Bay, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (October 2011): The fact that it was a little mini-vacation to Provo, did not keep Laoshi Laurince McElroy from his morning ritual. Here he is in Twin Dragons Chase Golden Pearl from Water Tiger’s 24-Posture Form.Grace Bay, Providenciales; Turks & Caicos (October 2011): Coral sand may be a challenge when in Kick with Ball, but it is still nothing compared to challenge of the mat at 29 South Ocean back on Long Island.