Water Tiger School in Long Island Pulse

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

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

NY USA

October 2005

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Long Island Pulse launched in August 2005. The magazine addresses the distinctive life on this Isle of Length — including our diner and restaurant culture, the wide variety of entertainment available — without the LIRR into the City, being single in Suffolk and Nassau, being gay on North and South Shores, and the very wide variety of health and wellness choices available from the boroughs to the Forks.

On Thursday, August 25th, Thom Christensen from Long Island Pulse visited Water Tiger School's Beginning and Intermediate T'ai Chi class from 7:00 - 8:00 PM. To keep his experience fresh, as he prepared to write a column for the magazine, Mr. Christensen and McElroy Laoshi kept the purpose of his participation quiet. Given the 25th was the last Thursday of August, it was a Push Hands night. Aside from the usual meditation, the class included a Shaolin Chin Na warm-up, Push Hands, and the closing T'ai Chi Qigong Breathing Set. Mr. Christensen experienced Mirror Push Hands with several partners. Unfortunately, the result is not available online.

The article, Healthy Vain: T’ai Chi; Mind, Body, Spirit, was a not only a recap of Mr. Christensen’s experience, but it also included his personal impressions of that experience. He began with:

Whether you enter the dojo with many expectations or none, the benefits of T’ai Chi are yours for the taking. This ancient martial art form is an opportunity to exercise mind and body in a new way (LI Pulse, October 2005, 52).

And he closed with:

T’ai Chi is meant to bring focus and harmony to mind and body. SO instead of another quick fix visit to the chiropractor, try this alternative method and get a great workout at the same time (ibid).

Cover of "Long Island Pulse" - October 2005