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

Laoshi Laurince D. McElroy

Suffolk County, Long Island

NY USA

2016

World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day – Patchogue at Shorefront Park (April 30, 2016): Edward P. Romaine, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with both a letter-of-support from the Supervisor’s Office and a proclamation from the Brookhaven Town Council.  The proclamation acknowledges the health benefits of the Chinese arts and recognizes April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in the Town of Brookhaven.  During the presentation, Mr. Romaine joked with the attendees about recognizing his own need to take up the arts of T’ai Chi and Qigong to help relieve the stress caused by his job.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Participants, politicians, and facilitators weren’t the only people in the park. For the first time since 2003, we had a reporter in our midst. A video journalist from Push Pause, a program of Verizon FiOS News 1, and his assistant spent the better part of the morning shooting footage of all aspects of the event. The edited video was posted online May 30, 2016, but it is no longer available.

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World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Although our 16th annual event in Shorefront Park opened under cloudy skies, it soon greeted the sun and the overall weather for the morning was often called “perfect”.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Robert Calarco, Suffolk County Legislature – 7th District (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature. The proclamation acknowledges the health benefits of the Chinese arts and recognizes April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in Suffolk County. Mr. Calarco spoke of the need for such stress-reducing, emotion-taming modalities in the contemporary world.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day – Patchogue at Shorefront Park (April 30, 2016): Edward P. Romaine, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with both a letter-of-support from the Supervisor’s Office and a proclamation from the Brookhaven Town Council. The proclamation acknowledges the health benefits of the Chinese arts and recognizes April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in the Town of Brookhaven. During the presentation, Mr. Romaine joked with the attendees about recognizing his own need to take up the arts of T’ai Chi and Qigong to help relieve the stress caused by his job.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Joseph E. Keyes Jr., Village of Patchogue Commissioner of Parks & Recreation and Trustee (C), with Maria P. Giustizia-Hilton, Director of Parks & Recreation (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with a Proclamation from the Honorable Paul V. Pontieri, Jr., Mayor of Patchogue, and the Village Board of Trustees. The proclamation acknowledges the international event and the history of this local event, while recognizing April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in the Village of Patchogue. Mr. Keyes spoke about how the Trustees had no idea what T’ai Chi and Qigong were when the event first came to the village and how now they view the event as a village institution.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R), Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford, went with the flow of his group and worked the importance of flowing with the opponent   — among other topics — into his workshop, Expansion and Contraction: Linking Body, Breath, and Qi.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Judith Budd-Walsh (C, facing toward), Harmonious Movement of Port Jefferson Station, brought the usual and popular mix to her workshop, including Tibetan breath and meridian therapy, plus an abbreviated version of her lineage’s Yang-style Long Form.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): People being coached on the finer aspects of Mirror Push Hands by Laoshi Joel Valerio (R) of Ozone Park, during his workshop, Introduction to Push Hands.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Spencer Gee (R), Spencer Gee Wellness Corporation in Roslyn Heights, makes sure his T’ai Chi Workout participants have a ball as he introduces them to aspects of T’ai Chi Ball Exercises.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): The group follows the lead of Bill Donnelly (R), Green Cloud Kung Fu, during his workshop this year focusing on the Yin and Yang aspects of T’ai Chi and Qigong.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Our first joint workshop included Chris Jurak (3rd from L), Mountain Stream Tai Chi and Qigong in Brightwaters, and Teresa White (5th from L), Long Island Tai Chi in Babylon. Here, Chris is giving pointers during his Yang-style portion of their joint Form Meets Function: Comparing Traditional Applications of Pre-Imperial Yang and Northern Wu Styles of Tai Ji Quan.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): In the first of two different workshops for the morning, Bob and Jean Klein (far R and 3rd from R, respectively) from the Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan in Sound Beach, lead people through the details of Animal Exercises Chi-gung (Age Reversal Exercises) — also known as Zookinesis.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Joseph Panico, West Babylon, warms up his group before introducing them to his lineage's 24-Posture Form.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): The new kid on the block this year, Alan Sims (front) of New York City, leads his group in a some Torso Method Exercises as part of his morning’s mixed workshop.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Our first joint workshop included Teresa White (L), Long Island Tai Chi in Babylon, and Chris Jurak (2nd from L), Mountain Stream Tai Chi and Qigong in Brightwaters. Here, Teresa is giving pointers during her Wu-style portion of their joint Form Meets Function: Comparing Traditional Applications of Pre-Imperial Yang and Northern Wu Styles of Tai Ji Quan.

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Spread across both the park’s basketball courts, the Facilitators’ Demonstration proves again that many paths lead to the same destination.  (L to R) Spencer Gee (Spencer Gee Wellness Corporation), Chris Jurak (Mountain Stream Tai Chi and Qigong), Bill Donnelly (Green Cloud Kung Fu), Jean Klein (Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan), Teresa White (Long Island Tai Chi), Bob Klein (Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan), Joel Valerio (Ozone Park), Joseph Panico (West Babylon), and Laurince McElroy (Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan). Not pictured are Judith Budd-Walsh (Harmonious Movement) and Alan Sims (New York City).

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): If you’d like to see more photos from the morning, visit Joseph Cavaliere’s blog Tai Chi - Daily and scroll through the wonderful shots he took as the morning unfolded (click here or on the image above).

World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Participants, politicians, and facilitators weren’t the only people in the park. For the first time since 2003, we had a reporter in our midst. A video journalist from "Push Pause", a program of Verizon FiOS News 1, and his assistant spent the better part of the morning shooting footage of all aspects of the event. The edited video was posted online May 30, 2016.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Robert Calarco, Suffolk County Legislature – 7th District (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with a proclamation from the Suffolk County Legislature. The proclamation acknowledges the health benefits of the Chinese arts and recognizes April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in Suffolk County. Mr. Calarco spoke of the need for such stress-reducing, emotion-taming modalities in the contemporary world.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Joseph E. Keyes Jr., Village of Patchogue Commissioner of Parks & Recreation and Trustee (C), with Maria P. Giustizia-Hilton, Director of Parks & Recreation (R), presents Event Coordinator Laurince McElroy, of Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford (L), with a Proclamation from the Honorable Paul V. Pontieri, Jr., Mayor of Patchogue, and the Village Board of Trustees. The proclamation acknowledges the international event and the history of this local event, while recognizing April 30th as World T’ai Chi and Qigong Day in the Village of Patchogue. Mr. Keyes spoke about how the Trustees had no idea what T’ai Chi and Qigong were when the event first came to the village and how now they view the event as a village institution.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Although our 16th annual event in Shorefront Park opened under cloudy skies, it soon greeted the sun and the overall weather for the morning was often called “perfect”.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Laoshi Laurince McElroy (R), Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan in Medford, went with the flow of his group and worked the importance of flowing with the opponent   — among other topics — into his workshop, "Expansion and Contraction: Linking Body, Breath, and Qi".World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): People being coached on the finer aspects of Mirror Push Hands by Laoshi Joel Valerio (R) of Ozone Park, during his workshop, "Introduction to Push Hands".World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Spencer Gee (R), Spencer Gee Wellness Corporation in Roslyn Heights, makes sure his “T’ai Chi Workout” participants have a ball as he introduces them to aspects of "T’ai Chi Ball Exercises".World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): The group follows the lead of Bill Donnelly (R), Green Cloud Kung Fu, during his workshop this year focusing on the Yin and Yang aspects of T’ai Chi and Qigong.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Our first joint workshop included Chris Jurak (3rd from L), Mountain Stream Tai Chi and Qigong in Brightwaters, and Teresa White (5th from L), Long Island Tai Chi in Babylon. Here, Chris is giving pointers during his Yang-style portion of their joint "Form Meets Function: Comparing Traditional Applications of Pre-Imperial Yang and Northern Wu Styles of Tai Ji Quan".World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): In the first of two different workshops for the morning, Bob and Jean Klein (far R and 3rd from R, respectively) from the Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan in Sound Beach, lead people through the details of "Animal Exercises Chi-gung" ("Age Reversal Exercises") — also known as "Zookinesis".World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Joseph Panico, West Babylon, warms up his group before introducing them to his lineage's 24-Posture Form.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): The new kid on the block this year, Alan Sims (front) of New York City, leads his group in a some Torso Method Exercises as part of his morning’s mixed workshop.World T’ai Chi & Qigong Day — Patchogue (April 30, 2016): Spread across both the park’s basketball courts, the Facilitators’ Demonstration proves again that many paths lead to the same destination.  (L to R) Spencer Gee (Spencer Gee Wellness Corporation), Chris Jurak (Mountain Stream Tai Chi and Qigong), Bill Donnelly (Green Cloud Kung Fu), Jean Klein (Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan), Teresa White (Long Island Tai Chi), Bob Klein (Long Island School of T'ai-Chi-Chuan), Joel Valerio (Ozone Park), Joseph Panico (West Babylon), and Laurince McElroy (Water Tiger School of T’ai Chi Ch’uan). Not pictured are Judith Budd-Walsh (Harmonious Movement) and Alan Sims (New York City).