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Linda

A TAI CHI MIRACLE??? YOU DECIDE. I got my first pair of glasses in 2nd grade and absolutely hated them. I tried "hard" contacts in my late teens, but despite my desperate attempts I could not tolerate them and my eyes would just tear and tear and my whole being would feel irritated. Then, the advent of soft contacts in my early 20s and, yes, freedom at last! Over the years, now in my 50s, my eyesight had started to decline slowly but steadily, having at some point been diagnosed as "legally blind." In December 2010, I was deemed almost at the end of the line for my vision to be corrected with contacts and it would be back to glasses. In addition, I had to stop driving at night because my night vision had deteriorated so much. In July 2011, I started practicing tai chi daily. At my next yearly vision exam in Dec. 2011, wow, my eyes had actually gotten better, or maybe I just had a wrong prescription the year before? Then, in Dec. 2012, again, my eyes got better. The eye doctor told me to have my blood sugar checked because sometimes improvement in vision like that could be attributed to diabetes. I did that, and all my blood work was normal. Now, in Dec. 2013, once again my vision has improved and for the first time in many many years I have actually been corrected to 20/20. Could it be a coincidence that this all started happening right after I became a tai chi addict, or is it really just one more testament to the HEALING POWER OF TAI CHI??? You be the judge!

Linda Ricciardi

Going to start a training blog because if it's not documented it didn't happen!

05/19/2014 (Mon): Practiced 30 min--tai chi double edge x2, tai chi broadsword x2, shaolin broadsword x2, springing leg 4 and 5 x1. One hour private--tai chi 2-man combat form.

05/20/2014 (Tues)--Practiced 60 min--tai chi double edge x2, tai chi broadsword x2, shaolin broadsword x2, short form, short form mirror image, long form, 20 methods single x2 (stuck on #4), springing leg 1-5 x1.

05/21/2014 (Wed): Practiced 1-1/2 hrs--tai chi double edge x2, tai chi broadsword x2, shaolin broadsword x2, short form, short form mirror image, long form x1-1/2 (stuck after first toe kicks, had to keep starting over), 20 methods single x2 (stuck on #4 again, have to look it up), springing leg 1-5 x2.

Linda Ricciardi

05/23/2014 (Fri): 90 min practice with Steph-tai chi double edge and tai chi 2 man. 1 hour tai chi class-long form. 1 hour weapons class-tai chi double edge.
05/24/2014 (Sat): 30 min practice- 4 swords with Peter, 2-man once. 1 hour practice-short form, short form mirror, long form, long form mirror, tai chi broadsword and double edge. 1 hour tai chi class-long form. 1 hour shaolin class-20 methods 2 man. 40 minutes practice-20 methods 2 man and tai chi 2 man.

Carla Navallo

Your idea about posting your practice sessions was absolutely brilliant and inspired me to do the same. It will help me to be more faithful in my own practice. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

Yah, Carla, I can inspire you for once!

Linda Ricciardi

05/25/2014 (Sun): 1 hour private-double edge x1-1/2, tai chi 2 man. 90 min practice - tai chi double edge x4, tai chi broadsword x2, short form, short form mirror, long form, shaolin broadsword x3, 20 methods single x4, springing leg 1-5 x2, 4 and 5 x3.

Linda Ricciardi

05/26/2014 (Mon): 40 min practice - 2x each tai chi double edge, tai chi broadsword, shaolin broadsword, 20 methods single, 1x springing leg 1-5.

Carla Navallo

I think this will be a great way to encourage each other. It's so easy to say: I'll do it tomorrow, or I don't have time..... Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

05/27/2014 (Tues): 30 min practice-tai chi double edge x2, tai chi broadsword x2, shaolin broadsword x2, 20 methods single x1.

Linda Ricciardi

05/28/2014 (Wed): Very bad day....No practice.

05/29/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-long form; 1 hr private-TC 2-man; 1 hr Shaolin-Chin Na 5; 1 hr Qigong-Yi Gun Gin.

05/30/2014 (Fri): Great Day. Totally in the zone, all my favorite music playing, perfect weather. Did all TC first, then Shaolin, total time 2 hr 40 min. From now on will practice right after work, so no excuses not to get it in. I told Jake he will just have to wait until I'm done. He wasn't happy, but eventually he went for his walk. 1 hr 40 min-TC double edge x3, TC broadsword x4, SF x2, SF mirror x3; LF x3. 1 hr - Shaolin broadsword x3, 20 methods single x3, springing leg 1-5 (3-5 need a lot of work) x3, tiger stance. Later class- 1 hr TC LF, 1 hr weapons TC double edge.

Carla Navallo

You're doing GREAT! Four hours on Thursday is nothing to sneeze at. And if I am counting correctly, you will have more than six hours today. Totally AWESOME there, girlfriend!

Linda Ricciardi

It was actually 4 hr and 40 min, which is great considering I worked 8 hours too. (I broke down the 2 hr 40 min, so it might have looked like extra time.)

Linda Ricciardi

05/31/2014 (Sat): Total 4-1/2 hr. 30 min 4 swords and TC 2-man with Peter. 1 hr SF, SFMI, LG, LFMI, TCB, TCDE. 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-20 methods single. 1 hr practice - TCDE and 2-man.

06/01/2014 (Sun): Total 2-1/2 hr. 1-1/2 hr practice - TC 2-man with Bill and Chris. 1 hr practice - TCDE x2, TC BS x2, Shaolin BS x2, SF x2, SFMI x1, LF x3.

06/02/2014 (Mon): 30 min practice - SF, SFMI, LF, TCDE, TCB, Shaolin BS all x1. 1 hour private - TC 2-man.

Linda Ricciardi

06/02/2014 (Mon): 20 more min practice-TC DE, TC BS, SF, LF.

06/03/2014 (Tues): 40 min practice-TC DE x2, TC BS x2, Shaolin BS x1; SF, SF MI, LF.

06/04/2014 (Wed): Total 2 hr practice--1-1/2 hr TC DE & BS x2, SF x2, SF MI x3, LF x2; 1/2 hr Shaolin: BS x3, 20 methods single x2, springing leg 1-5 x3.

Carla Navallo

You go, girlfriend. Keep up the great work.

Linda Ricciardi

06/05/2014 (Thurs): 3 hr 40 min; 1 hr TC class-LF; 1 hr private TC 2-man; 1 hr Shaolin-20 methods single; 40 min Qigong-iron palm and candle (of course, I was the only one who couldn't blow the candle out with palm strike, fist or sword fingers). My chi needs strengthening (or something).

06/06/2014 (Fri): 1-1/2 hrs practice: 1 hr TC--both swords, SF, SF MI, LF 3 times each. 1/2 hr Shaolin--BS, 20 methods and springing leg x2.

Linda Ricciardi

06/06/2014 (Fri): Forgot to mention I was totally in the zone again today, perfect weather again, great music, good practice. Later: 1 hr TC class-LF and 1 hr weapons-TC DE.

Carla Navallo

Thanks for your encouragement. You're doing fantastic. I love reading your posts. Will be glad to get back to "normal" routine after tomorrow. So sorry I had to miss Qigong. I love the candle exercise. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

06/06/2014 (Fri)- did short form in tai chi class, not long form.

06/07/2014 (Sat): Total 4 hrs. 30 min practice swords with Peter. 1 hr SF, SF MI, LF, LF MI, TC BS, TC DE. 1 hr tai chi class- SF and LF. 1 hr Shaolin-20 methods single and 2-man. 30 min-TC 2-man with Steph.

06/08/2014 (Sun): 40 min practice-1x each TC BS, TC DE, Shaolin BS, SF and LF. Bad practice today, rushing and thinking about other stuff.

06/09/2014 (Mon): 1 hr private- TC 2-man.

Carla Navallo

I think Shifu would say that bad practice is better than no practice. In fact, I'm sure of it. Blessings. You're doing fantastic!

Linda Ricciardi

06/10/2014 (Tues): Even worse practice today, only about 15 min, TC DE, TC BS, SF, SF MI. Hopefully better day tomorrow at the Blueberry Farm with Steph, Carla and Roz.

Carla Navallo

Well, we didn't practice while at the Blueberry Farm, but it was a great day with you, Roz and Steph nonetheless. Tomorrow is another day. St. Benedict said frequently: "Always we begin again."

Linda Ricciardi

06/11/2014 (Wed): No practice or class today, what??

06/12/2014 (Thurs): Only 15 minutes of practice today, TC DE and TC BS. 1 hour tai chi class-LF.

06/13/2014 (Fri): Still not really good, but got 45 min practice in today, only did LF and SF. 1 hr tai chi class and 1 hr weapons class.

Linda Ricciardi

06/14/2014 (Sat): Always my best day. At China Hand from 6:10 to 11:40. Did swords with Peter, regular 7 AM practice class, 1 hr tai chi class-LF, 1 hr Shaolin class-Springing Leg 1-5 and started 6, 1 hr practice TC DE, TC BS, Shaolin BS, TC 2-man.
50 min practice home-LF, SF MI, TC DE, TC BS.

Carla Navallo

Congrats on a great day's practice. Saturday is a good day for sure. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

06/15/2015 (Sun): 1 hr private-TC 2-man. 75 min practice-TC DE, TC BS, LF, SF. Great practice day today, wished I had more time, could have practiced all day.

Linda Ricciardi

06/16/2014 (Mon): 1 hr practice-finally did some Shaolin, springing leg, 20 methods & broad sword, LF, SF, SF MI, TC DE, TC BS. Private - Shaolin DE.

06/17/2014 (Tues): Got up late today and Austin was already up, so only 20 minutes, swords only.

Linda Ricciardi

06/18/2014 (Wed): Little less than an hour, brutal out there today, sweat pouring off me. Did S DE, TC DE x2, TC BS x2, SF, LF x2.

Dominick Ruggieri

Keep up the good work Linda!

Your training will payoff in the long run. You devotion to make time is inspirational and shows how dedicated you really are to learning. This is the sign of a true Kung Fu Artist!

I am very proud!

Shifu

Carla Navallo

Well said!

Linda Ricciardi

Thank you both so much. That means a lot to me. I totally love Kung Fu and just want to get better and better, so I will keep practicing and practicing as much as I can. "I just can't get enough!" Looking forward to the 6:30 Tuesday class this week.

Linda Ricciardi

06/19/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr tai chi class-LF. 30 min private-Shaolin DE. 1 hr Shaolin class-springing leg 1-6, chin na 5. 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces of brocade, pericardium acupressure points.

06/20/2014 (Fri): 1 hr practice-everything I know so far x1, except 2-man stuff. 1 hr tai chi class-LF.
1 hr weapons-TC DE.

06/21/2014 (Sat): 20 min swords with Peter. 1 hr reg Sat AM practice class (SF, SFMI, LF, LFMI, TC BS, TC DE). 1 hr tai chi class-SF & LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-20 methods single.

06/22/2014 (Sun): 90 min practice - LF (first 3 times kept skipping the first cloud hands, seem to miss that one a lot!), SF, SFMI, TC DE, TC BS, S BS, S DE. Perfect day to practice again. Planning to do another hour or more later. Gotta take advantage of such perfect weather, feeling the sun and wind on your skin, listening to your favorite songs, and doing something you absolutely love, doesn't get much better than this.

Carla Navallo

No, my friend, it doesn't get better than that. Blessings, and keep up the great work. And it looks like tomorrow will be another great day.

Linda Ricciardi

06/23/2014 (Mon): Squeezed in 30 min practice-all swords, LF and SF. 1 hr private-TC 2-man. Will try to do 30 min practice before softball. Unfortunately, never got back out to practice more yesterday.

Linda Ricciardi

06/242/2014 (Tues): Got up extra early, perfect workout weather, and I get besieged by these little gnats. Tried hard to ignore them, but just couldn't do it. Despite those little ....., I did practice for 75 minutes, all swords, LF, SF, SFMI, 20 methods single and springing leg 1-6 (6 needs major work, just wasn't working mirror image side). Now, onto the class I can never get to, tai chi push hands and chin na.

Linda Ricciardi

06/25/2014 (Wed): Great practice with Steph by the bay, 1 hr 45 min: TC DE x5, S BSx2, TC 2-man x2, 20 methods 2-man x1, SF, SF MI, LF, simple push hands.

Carla Navallo

You go, Girlfriend. Great work!! And to Stephanie as well!

Linda Ricciardi

06/26/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF; 1 hr private-TC 2-man, little bit of S DE; 1 hr Shaolin class-tiger stance, springing leg 1-6; 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces of brocade, 5 min universal post.

Linda Ricciardi

06/27/2014 (Fri): 2 hr practice-all swords, 20 methods single x2, springing leg 1-6 x2, LF, SF, SF MI. 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr weapons class-TC DE.

Linda Ricciardi

06/28/2014 (Sat): 20 min swords with Peter, 1 hr Sat AM practice class, 1 hr TC class-LF, 1 hr Shaolin-springing leg, 40 min 20 methods drills.

Linda Ricciardi

06/28/2014 (Sat): Oops, forgot 40 min practice with Gina-SF and LF.

Linda Ricciardi

02/29/2014 (Sun): 90 min practice with Chris & Bill, TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5, 20 methods drills 1-4.

Linda Ricciardi

06/30/2014 (Mon): 20min TC BS & /S DE. 1 hr private TC 2-man, S DE, LF rise up. 20 min S DE.

07/01/2014 (Tues): 50 min practice TC BS, TC DE, S BS, S DE, springing leg 1-6. Later 1 hr push hands

Carla Navallo

You had a far more productive Sunday than I did. I'll bet Monday was also.... Thanks for the encouragement. I think I will need it this week.

Linda Ricciardi

07/01/2014 (Tues): Also, 1 hr TC class-LF.

Carla Navallo

It was a good book - murder mystery. Perhaps just a quiet start to a good week. Here's to you......

Linda Ricciardi

07/02/2014 (Wed): 1 hr practice, all swords, SF x2, springing leg 1-3 (got interrupted and then that was all she wrote.)

Linda Ricciardi

07/03/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class SF & LF; 1 hr private TC 2-man, spear form, S DE; 1 hr Shaolin class-kicks, springing leg 1-6. 45 min Qigong-8 pieces of brocade.

Carla Navallo

Happy Fourth of July. Have a blessed day. May your practice session be a great one!

Linda Ricciardi

07/04/2014 (Fri): Went to Steph's to practice and was there for 3 hours, but can't really say we practiced that long, hopefully we did at least 30 minutes..TC 2-man each side x1, TC DE x2, spear using staff x4. Does looking up kung fu stuff on U-tube count as practice? Maybe?? Time flies when you're having fun.

Carla Navallo

Sounds like you had a good practice session. Would like to think that education (i.e., looking up stuff) counts. I'd say that you two had a good day. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

07/05/2014 (Sat): At China Hand from 6 to 12, minus an hour for BSing, so I'll say 5 hours of practice: Swords with Peter and Carla, regular 7 AM class, TC class-SF x1 and LF, Shaolin class-springing leg 1-6; practice springing leg 1-6 with Gina, Janys & then Carla with some help from Rob, LF with G, J, C, and spear form with J, G and some help from Peter. Might get some practice in at or after the beach with Steph. I like Carla's take that education counts!

Carla Navallo

Awwwww! I was sure you were gonna have a red letter day. Hope you got in later on..... Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

07/06/2014 (Sun): Great solid 2 hr practice with Chris and John-S DE, TC 2-man, Chin Na 5, 20 methods single.

Linda Ricciardi

07/07/2014 (Mon): 45 min practice S DE, TC DE, SF MI, LF, 20 methods single, tan tui 1-6. Private S DE.

Linda Ricciardi

07/07/2014 (Mon): 45 min practice S DE, TC DE, SF MI, LF, 20 methods single, tan tui 1-6. Private S DE.

Linda Ricciardi

07/07/2014 (Mon): 45 min practice S DE, TC DE, SF MI, LF, 20 methods single, tan tui 1-6. Private S DE.

Linda Ricciardi

07/07/2014 (Mon): 45 min practice S DE, TC DE, SF MI, LF, 20 methods single, tan tui 1-6. Private S DE.

Carla Navallo

Good going. Have a blessed day today.

Linda Ricciardi

Thanks, Carla. You, too.

Linda Ricciardi

07/08/2014 (Tues): 1 hr practice--swords and tan toi. Going to push hands class tonight and will try to stay for half tai chi class.

Linda Ricciardi

07/09/2014 (Wed): 1 hr practice-swords, LF and tan toi 1-6.
Stayed for whole TC class last night.

Carla Navallo

Good for you. See you tomorrow. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

07/10/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class, LF, SF, fan form. 45 min practice-swords and tan toi. 1 hr Shaolin class-tan toi 1-6 +7. 1 hr Qigong class - 8 pieces of brocade and 12 min universal post.

07/11/2014 (Fri): Unfortunately did not get to practice today, but 1 hr TC and 1 hr weapons class later.

Carla Navallo

Thinking about you and everyone else at China Hand this morning. Hope you had a great weekend. Take good care. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

07/12/2014: No practice. Mohonk Mtn House with family.

07/13/2014 (Sun): 1-1/2 hr practice with Chris and Bill. TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, Chin Na 5.

Linda Ricciardi

07/14/2014: 1 hr private- TC 2-man, Shao Lu. 1 hour practice--swords, SF MI, tan toi 1-6, 20 methods single.

Linda Ricciardi

07/15/2014 (Tues): 20 min practice swords; 1 hr TC 2-man and Shao Lu with Steph; 1 hr push hands class; 1 hr tai chi, SF, SFMI, LF.

07/16/2014 (Wed): 80 min practice - all swords x2, tan toi 1-6 x2, 20 methods single x2, SFx1, SFMIx2, LFx1.

Carla Navallo

Good going!! Miss you all. Have been incredibly lazy (and it rained all day yesterday). Have a great day.

Linda Ricciardi

07/17/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-SF, LF. Private-TC 2-man, Shao Lu, Shaolin double edge. 1 hr Shaolin class-20 methods 2 man. 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces of brocade, 5-10 min posting.

07/18/2014 (Fri): 80 min practice- all swords, LF, SF, SFMI, 20 methods single, tan toi 1-6. Later-1 hr TC class-and 1 hr weapons-TC double edge.

Linda Ricciardi

07/19/2014 (Sat): Swords, TC 2-man, Shao Lu & Da Lu with Peter. Sat AM practice class-SF, SFMI, LF, LFMI, TC Broadsword, TC double edge. 1 hr TC class-SF and LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-20 methods single, tan toi 1-6. Practice with Janys & Mike-tan toi 1-6, LF with Janys. Total about 4-1/2 hrs.
07/20/2014 (Sun): 75 min practice with Chris & Bill- TC 2-man, 20-methods 2-man, Chin Na 5.

Linda Ricciardi

07/20/2014 (Sun): 70 min practice--TC BS, TC DE, S DE, tan toi 1-6, LF.

Carla Navallo

You've been a busy lady. Great work!!

Linda Ricciardi

Thanks, Carla.

Linda Ricciardi

07/21/2014 (Mon): private TC 2-man, Shao Lu, Da Lu. Can't remember if I did any practice before class, if so it would only have been about 30 min.

07/22/2014 (Tues): 45 min practice-all swords and tan toi 1-6. 1 hr push hands class and 1 hr TC class-SF and LF.

Linda Ricciardi

07/23/2014 (Wed): Well, it was a beautiful day at the beach, good shopping, delicious smashburger, fun stopping by China Hand, but I just realized...I never practiced at all today....At least I know I am good for 4 hours tomorrow in class time alone, so hopefully I will also get some practice in because Friday starts V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N....first stop Baltimore Friday night...can't wait!

Carla Navallo

I know you will have a grand time. I'll be there in spirit. Will definitely be thinking about you as I drive to Georgia. And yes, you will get plenty of practice tomorrow.

Linda Ricciardi

07/28/2014 (Mon): Going to my private class soon, haven't had any practice since Thursday, but got to see some world-class Kung Fu and it was a most awesome weekend. Will have my grandson for 2 days, so I will Rest and Restore, and then go for some more starting on Thursday, have to get back on track. I LOVE KUNG FU and my KUNG FU FAMILY. Thanks to all who came to Baltimore for the most fun time ever! Special thanks to Shifu for making it all possible1

Linda Ricciardi

07/31/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr private-TC 2-man, push hands, 2-man broadsword; 1 hr Shaolin-tiger stance, springing leg #4; TC double edge practice with Randy.

Linda Ricciardi

08/01/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class, SF and LF. 1 hr weapons-TC DE.
08/02/2014 (Sat): Swords with Peter, then 1 hour practice class, 1 hr TC class--LF, 1 hr Shaolin--tiger stance & tai chi stance; 1 hr practice with Janys-tan toi and 20 methods 2-man.
08/02/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice with Chris and Bill and then John--TC 2-man, push hands, chin na 5, 20 methods single and double.

Carla Navallo

You're doing much better than I am. It's soooo easy to get lazy, and sooooo hard to get started again.

Linda Ricciardi

08/03/2014 (Mon): 45 min solo practice-swords, SFMI, LF, 20 methods single, spear form. 1 hr practice with Gina-tan toi 1-6, 20 methods single, spear form, TC DE. Meeting Gina for another hour practice at 7:30, then 1 hr Shaolin class at 8:30.

Carla Navallo

You go, girlfriend! Gina, too. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

08/05/2014 (Tues): 1 hr push hands class.
08/06/2014 (Wed): 90 min private--kicking drills, squats, iron leg sweeps, TC 2-man, all push hands, 2-man broadsword. 1 hr practice - all swords, LF, SF, SF MI. Trouble with SF MI tonight, kept skipping cloud hands or grasp bird's tail, all 3 attempts together probably equaled 1. That's what happens when you miss practice! (P.S. noticed dates above were wrong.)

Carla Navallo

The important thing is that you tried. Looking forward to seeing everyone today

Linda Ricciardi

08/07/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-SF, LF, FF. 1 hr private-TC 2-man, push hands. 1 hr Shaolin-stance exercise. 45 min--Qigong-8 pieces of brocade.

Linda Ricciardi

08/08/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class--SF and LF;1 hr weapons-TC DE.
08/09/2014 (Sat): All swords with Peter, 1 hr regular Sat. AM practice class; 1 hr TC class-SF and LF; 1 hr Shaolin class-chin na 1; Practice with Janys, Gina and Rob-springing leg 1-8, TC DE with Gina and Rob, Shaolin DE with Peter.
08/10/2014 (Sun): Bad day for practice, but good day spent with friends, Carla's first sermon and lunch at Wharfside.

Linda Ricciardi

08/11/2014 (Mon): 90 min private--kicking drills, etc.,TC 2-man, dao Lu (?spelling), 2-man broadsword

Linda Ricciardi

08/12/2014 (Tues): 1 hr push hands class and chin na 6, 30 min TC-SF & LF.
08/13/2014 (Wed): Uh oh, no practice today. Took a nap after work and then spent the whole afternoon at Verizon, but I've moved into the 20th century, whoo hoo!
08/14/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class--TC walking, cloud hands, fan form. 1 hr private-TC 2 man, push hands, 2 man broadsword, chin na 6. 1 hr Shaolin-tan toi 1 and 8. 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces of brocade.
08/15/2014 (Fri): Finally went outside to do some solo practice, got 1 TC DE in and then was interrupted. Seems like forever since I've done solo practice, need to get back to it. Going to 1 hr TC class tonight and 1 hr weapons.

Linda Ricciardi

08/16/2104 (Sat): Swords with Peter. 1 hr regular Sat AM practice class. 1 hr TC class-SF and LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-chin na 5. 20 min practice with Janys-springing leg.
08/17/2014 (Sun): No practice today, another party to go to.
08/18/2014 (Mon): 1 hr practice with Steph--TC 2-man, push hands, TC DE. 90 min private- TC 2-man, push hands, drills, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

08/19/2014 (Tues): 1 hr push hands class. 1 hr TC class,SF and LF.
08/20/2014 (Wed): 30 minute practice, swords, springing leg 1-8 (7 and 8 bad, especially 7-have to look that up). Right knee started hurting doing Shaolin DE, so just did springing leg 1-8 once and quit, but better than nothing.

Linda Ricciardi

OK TIME TO UPDATE:
08/21/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class, 1 hr private, 1 hr Shaolin, 1 hr Qigong.
08/22/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class, 1 hr weapons class.
08/23/2014 (Sat): Swords with Peter, Regular 7 AM practice class, TC class, Shaolin class, did some practice after class, but really can't remember what, but it was only about an hour.
08/24/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice with Chris and Bill and push hands with Shifu.
08/25/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private--drills, TC 2-man, push hands.
08/26/2014 (Tues): 1 hr push hands and chin na class, 1 hr TC class --SF and LF.
08/28/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class- cloud hands and kicks in 2nd part of LF. 1 hr private - TC 2-man, push hands, chin na 6. 1 hr Shaolin - blocking and stance drills. 1 hr Qigong- 8 pieces brocade.
08/28/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class- SF and LF. 1 hr weapons- TC DE.
08/29/2014 (Sat): Swords with Peter, TC 2-man with John, regular 7 AM class, 1 hr TC class-SF and LF, 1 hr Shaolin class - chin na 6, 2 hours practice after class--TC DE, springing leg 1-8, chin na 6.
08/31/2014 (Sun): 2 hour practice 2-man broadsword with Shifu.
09/01/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private- drills, TC 2-man, push hands. 45 min solo practice finally, but only swords.
09/02/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class push hands and china na 6. 1 hr TC class-start section 2 of LF from single whip to kicks.
OK, now my blog is up-to-date and it is time to get back to solo practicing every day with no excuses!!! Time to start is NOW.

Carla Navallo

Aye Aye Captain! LOL. Actually I have been keeping track on my phone, so will get the updates posted to the blog. Take care. Blessings.

Linda Ricciardi

09/03/2014 (Wed): 1 hr practice, swords, LF, SF.
09/04/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class, LF. Happy Birthday Katarina.
09/05/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class, SF. 1 hr weapons class- TC DE.
09/06/2014 (Sat): Swords and TC 2-man with Peter. Sat 7 AM practice class. TC class-SF & LF.
Shaolin class-springing leg 1-4. 2 hrs: Practice with Janys, Ray and Matt-springing leg 6-8, then all line 1 with Ray and Matt. TC DE with Ray.

Linda Ricciardi

09/07/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice with Chris & Bill, TC 2-man, 20-methods 2-man, Chin na 5 & 6, push hands. 40 minutes solo practice- swords.
09/08/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private- TC 2-man, drills, Shaolin DE. 15 min solo practice - Shaolin DE.
09/09/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class- 40 min push hands 20 min chin na 6. 1 hr TC class-SF.
09/08/2014 (Wed) Priivate--TC-2 man, 2-man broadsword, springing leg 7, chin na 6.
09/09/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF. TC DE x1.

Linda Ricciardi

09/09/2014 (Thurs, continued): 1 hr private--TC 2-man, chin na 6, Shaolin DE, 2-man broadsword.
1 hr Shaolin-stances--lotus, tai chi, tiger. 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces of brocade, universal post 5 min.
09/10/2014 (Fri): 1 hr practice-swords, LF. Going to class 1 hr TC-?LF, and 1 hr weapons-TC DE.

Linda Ricciardi

Wrong dates, last Wed 09/10, Thurs 09/11, and Fri 09/12.
09/13/2014 (Sat): Swords and TC 2-man with Peter, 1 hr practice class - SF, SFMI, LF, LFMI, TCB, TCDE. 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-chin na 6. Practice with Steph, Janys, Ray: TC DE, tan toi 1-8.
09/14/2014 (Sun): CHINA HAND PICNIC AT BLUEBERRY FARM. SF, LF, TCDE, 20 methods single, TC 2-man, push hands. Feats of strength: Finger grabs, unicorns, rooster, low lotus, double sword holding, spear holding.
09/15/2014 (Mon): Private - TC 2-man, chin na 6.
09/16/2014 (Tues): Practice 20 min. TC B, S B, S DE. Later--Practice with Steph: TC DE, TC 2-man. 1 hr push hands/chin na class.

Linda Ricciardi

09/17/2014 (Wed): 2 hr private: TC 2-man, 6 basic kicks, 2-man BS, chin na 6. 1 hr practice with Steph--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, TC BS, S BS.
09/18/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-SF and LF. 1 hr private- S BS, S DE. 1 hr Shaolin-springing leg. 1 hr Qigong-8 pieces brocade, 5 min post.
09/19/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class-SF, cloud hands. 1 hr weapons-TC DE.
09/20/2014 (Sat): MOST PRACTICE EVER! 8 HRS TOTAL. 6-12 at CH: Swords with Peter, S DE alone, TC 2-man, 7 AM class, TC class-LF, Shaolin class-chin na 6. Practice with Janys and Matt and help from Rob--springing leg 1-8. TC DE with Janys x1. S DE x1. S BS 20-30 min. 2 hr home practice-LF x2, SF x1, SF MI x2, 20 methods single x1, tan tui 1-8 x1-1/2, TC BS x2, S BS x6, 1 side 2-man BS. Again, perfect practice weather. .

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/21/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice--TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5+6, push hands, 2-man broadsword.

Linda Ricciardi

09/22/2014 (Mon): 1 hr practice swords.
09/23/2014 (Tues): 30 min practice with Janys, springing leg 1-8 and 20-methods 2-man. 1 hr push hands and chin na class.

Linda Ricciardi

09/24/2014 (Wed): 2 hr private-TC 2-man, 2-man broadsword, Shaolin DE, lots of kicks.
09/25/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class, SF & LF. 1 hr private- TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5 and 6, 2-man broadsword, push hands.
09/26/2014 (Fri) - 90 min practice--SF, SF MI, LF, TC DE, TC BS, Shaolin BS, 2 man BS alone, 20 methods single, springing leg 1-8. Just realized I forgot Shaolin DE. Going to do it for 10 min right now. Later, 1 hr TC class and 1 hr weapons class- TC DE.

Linda Ricciardi

09/27/2014 (Sat): 6 AM swords with Peter, 7 AM regular practice class, 8 AM TC class--SF and LF; 9 AM Shaolin--Chin Na 6. TC 2-man with John, 15 min.
09/28 to 10/02/2014 (Sun to Thurs): Vacation in Sedona. SF once or twice each day, LF once.

Linda Ricciardi

10/03/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class. 1 hr weapons class--TC DE.
10/04/2014 (Sat): 6 AM swords with Peter, 7 AM regular practice class, 8 AM TC class, 9 AM Shaolin- Chin Na 6. Oops switched up my Saturdays. Last Saturday, TC DE, TC 2-man with Steph, 20-methods with Steph and Janys, springing leg with Janys. This Saturday was TC 2-man with John.
10/05/2014 (Sun): 2 hr push hands class with John.
10/06/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private--TC 2-man, kicks, iron leg sweeps, Shaolin DE, 2-man BS.
10/07/2014 (Tues): 2 hr 2-man staff with Shifu.
1 hr class- Chin Na 5 and 6.
10/08/2014 (Wed): 90 min practice-everything I know and can do myself. Perfect day. More later!

Linda Ricciardi

10/09/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr private-2 man staff. 1 hr Shaolin-Chin Na 5 and 6. Qigong- I Chuan.
10/10/2014 (Fri): 30 min 2-man staff. 1 hr TC class-SF, SF MI x3, LF. 1 hr weapons class- TC DE.
10/11/2014 (Sat): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1hr Shaolin-Chin Na 5 and 6. 10 min TC 2-man with Steph. 10 min push hands with Janys. 10 min TC BS and TC DE before TC class.

Linda Ricciardi

10/12/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice with Chris, Bill, and John. TC 2-man, 20 methods 2-man, chin na 5&6, Da Lu.
10/13/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private--TC 2-man, kicks, 2-man BS, 2-man staff.
10/14/2014 (Tues): Up North all day but managed to do 20 minutes of Shaolin DE and Shaolin BS.
10/15/2014 (Wed): Bad day, said goodbye to our Sweet Sully. No practice today.
10/16/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class, LF. 20 min practice staff with Shifu. More staff, Private, Shaolin class, and Qigong later.

Linda Ricciardi

10/17/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class-LF, 1 hr weapons-TC DE.
10/18/2014 (Sat): Reg 7 AM class, 1 hr TC class-LF, 1 hr Shaolin-Chin na 5&6.
10/19/2014 (Sun): Surprise Party for Shifu to celebrate his first Black Sash in Shaolin.
10/20/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private-TC 2-man, kicking drills, 2-man BS, Shaolin DE.
10/21/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class- Chin na 5&6. 1 hr TC class- SF & LF.

Linda Ricciardi

10/23/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr private- Shaolin DE. 1 hr Shaolin class-springing leg 1-9. 20 min TC DE. 20 min springing leg 9&10.
10/24/2014 (Fri): 90 min practice-Shaolin DE, TC BS, Shaolin BS, LF, springing leg 1-10. Later, 1 hr TC class-LF and 1 hr weapons TC DE.

Linda Ricciardi

10/25/2014 (Sat): Weapons & TC 2-man with Peter. Regular 7 AM practice class. 1 hr TC class-SF& LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-springing leg 9-12. Practice with Carla-2-man staff, Shaolin BS and DE, 2-man BS. Solo practice- 90 min- all swords, 20 methods single, springing leg 1-10.

Linda Ricciardi

10/26/2014 (Sun): 2-1/2 hr practice - TC 2-man, 20-methods 2-man, chin na 5&6, all push hands, 2-man BS.
10/27/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private - kicking drills, tiger stance, 2-man staff, 2-man BS and tiger sword, Shaolin DE. Later, 1 hr Shaolin class-??springing leg.

Linda Ricciardi

10/28/2014 (Tues): 90 min solo practice--all swords, LF, SF, 20 methods single, tai tui 1-12. 1 hr class-chin na 5&6. 1 hr TC class-LF.
10/29/2014 (Wed): 90 min solo practice--all swords, SF, SF MI, LF, 20 methods single, tan tui 1-12.

Linda Ricciardi

10/30/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr private--Shaolin DE. 1 hr Shaolin class-springing leg 9-12. 1 hr Qigong-self-massage, flood dragon, conception vessel.
10/31/2014 (Fri): 20 min - Shaolin DE.
11/01/2014 (Sat): 1 hr TC class-LF. 2 hr Shaolin class-tan tui 1-12. TC 2-man with Peter.
11/02/2014 (Sun): 2 hr practice with Chris & John--TC 2-man, push hands--DaLu and ShaLu.
Staff with Shifu.

Linda Ricciardi

11/03/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private--kicks, tiger stance, TC 2-man, Shaolin DE, 2-man broadsword, 2-man staff. 1 hr Shaolin class-springing leg 1-12.
11/04/2014 (Tues): 1 hr practice with Gina & Randy. 20 methods single, springing leg 1-12, LF, SF, SF MI, TC 2-man, Chin na 5&6.
11/06/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr private- Shaolin DE, Chin na 1. 1 hr Shaolin class-tan tui 1-4, Chin Na 1. 30 min Qigong.
11/07/2014: 1 hr practice-TC BS, Shaolin BS, Shaolin DE. LF, SF. 2-man BS. Later: 1 hr TC class (LF) and 1 hr weapons class (TC DE).
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Linda Ricciardi

11/08/2014 (Sat): weapons and 2-man with Peter. Reg Sat morning practice class. 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr Shaolin-Chin na 1. 1 hr Tan Tui 1-12 and 20-methods 2-man with Janys.
11/09/2014 (Sun): 2-1/2 hrs--practice with Chris, Bill & John-TC 2-man, Chin na 1,5 & 6. Push hands.

Linda Ricciardi

11/10/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private-kicks, tiger stance, TC 2-man, S DE, S BS, 2-man BS, staff.
11/11/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class- chin na 5, 6, 1.
1 hr TC class-LF.
11/12/2014 (Wed): 3 hr practice-- Solo--45 min-- S DE, S BS, TC BS. Janys--90 min--tan tui 1-12, 20-methods 2 man, chin na 5, 6, and 1. Shifu--30 min--staff, both sides.
11/13/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr TC class- LF. Later-1 hr private, 1 hr Shaolin, 45 min Qigong.

Linda Ricciardi

11/14/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr weapons class-TC DE.
11/15/2014 (Sat): Swords and TC 2-man with Peter. Reg 7 AM practice class. 1 hr TC class-LF.
1 hr Shaolin-knee kicks, tan tui 11. SF MI x3 with Janys, Steph, and Ray.

Linda Ricciardi

11/16/2014(Sun): 2-1/2 hr practice with Chris, John and Shifu. TC 2-man, 20-methods 2-man, chin na 1, 5, 6, 2-man BS, push hands, staff.

Linda Ricciardi

11/18/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class- chin na 1/5/6. 1 hr TC class-SF, LF.

Linda Ricciardi

11/19/2014 (Wed): 2-1/2 hr private--kicks, tai chi walking, iron leg sweeps, TC 2-man, push hands, staff.
11/20/2014 (Thurs): 1 hr private-Shaolin DE. 1 hr Shaolin class-3 star blocking and kicking drills. 45 min Qigong-self-massage and 5 min posting.

Linda Ricciardi

11/21/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class-SF, LF. 1 hr weapons-TC DE.
11/22/2014 (Sat): Swords and TC 2-man with Peter. Reg 7 AM practice class. 1 hr TC class-SF, SF MI, LF. 1 hr Shaolin class-Chin Na 1/5/6.
11/23/14 (Sun): Practice with Chris, Bill, John. TC-2-man, 20 methods 2-man, push hands, Chin Na 1/5/6.
11/24/2014 (Mon): 2 hr private - stances--tai chi, rooster, bow and arrow, punching/striking drill with and without weight, TC 2-man, Shaolin DE, 2-man BS, staff.

Linda Ricciardi

11/25/2014 (Tues): 1 hr class- chin na 5/6/1.
11/26/2014 (Wed): 1 hr private- springing leg opening/closing, 1&2.
11/29/2014 (Sat): swords and 2-man with Peter, regular 7 AM practice class, 1 hr TC class-LF, 1 hr Shaolin class- chin na 5/6/1.

Linda Ricciardi

11/30/2014 (Sun): 2-1/2 hr Practice with John, TC 2-man.
12/01/2014 (Mon): 2-1/2 hr Private- stances-TC, empty, bow & arrow, rooster, 11 punches, Shaolin DE, staff.

Linda Ricciardi

12/02/2014 (Tues)- 1 hr class chin na 5/6, then 1 with Pat. 1/2 hr TC class-SF, LF.
12/03/2014 (Thurs) - 1 hr TC class-LF. 1 hr private- chin na 1. 1 hr Shaolin class-tan tui 1-12, stance form. 30 min Qigong-posting.

Linda Ricciardi

12/05/2014 (Fri): 1 hr TC class--SF & LF. 1 hr weapons class-TC DE.
12/06/2014 (Sat): Swords and TC 2-man with Peter. Regular 7 AM practice class. 1 hr TC class-SF&LF. 1 hr Shaolin-chin na 5/6/1.

Linda Ricciardi

12/07/2014 (Sun)- 2-1/2 hrs - TC 2-man and Chin na 6 and 1 with John.

Linda Ricciardi

For 2015, I am only going to blog substantial solo practices, not anything done at the school. Also, I am undertaking our Tai Chi Short Form challenge and am doing the short form and mirror image at least once every day in 2015.

Dominick Ruggieri

Those are great goals and I know you are sticking to it so far.

But don't discount your taking classes. You are consistently (6 days a week) attending 3.5 hours of private lessons, 16.5 hours of practice in group classes for Tai Chi, Shaolin, Qigong, Weapons & 2 Man. So, you are putting in 20 hours a week minimum.

Plus you are our Social Director organizing all of our activities, which are many, plus a little gardening, and the rest of your life with work and your family.

You are doing GREAT, should be very proud, as I know I am!!!

Shifu

Linda Ricciardi

Thank you, Shifu, for all your help and encouragement. I will continue to train hard and harder. I couldn't do it without you! You have changed my life in a very positive way, helped me find my passion, and I will always be grateful. You are the best!

Carla Navallo

You go girlfriend. The school has changed so much thanks to you.

shifu

Dear Kuile Hu,

Now, using Kuile Hu means you have reached your first goal. That goal being your 1st Degree Black Sash. But in the grandiose way you approach life, you received your 1st Degree Black Sash in Tai Chi & Shaolin. An accomplishment that maybe was expected a little further down the line, but earned, deserved, and received now.

If you read your blog, you will see your goals, desires, and dreams are all coming true. This is because of your "Yi" or "Intention." You should continue to have these dreams, as you are only starting your journey.

You should be very proud of your self and the accomplishments you have made. They far exceed what you initially started out with, in my opinion.

I am proud of you and glad to have you as a student and friend.

May I be able to read your blog next year and see even more GRAND accomplishments.

Keep up the F-IN AWESOME work!!!

Shifu
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