Testimonials (unsolicited)

                                                                      The latest note:

Tai Chi has made a wonderful change in my life both physically and spiritually. I began seven years ago, following recovery from brain surgery, which had weakened my memory and balance. After hearing about the Saturday morning Tai Chi sessions in Gilchrist Park, I thought I would give it a try.

I was inspired by my increased strength and balance, and decided to explore this further through taking classes with Richard.

By learning a number of different practices, I noticed improvement not only in my precision and flexibility, but also concentration.

An added bonus on this journey is getting together with wonderful friends and a great teacher!

Eunice N.


Hello Richard and Mary, I wanted to take the time to thank both to opening my eyes to the benefits of tai chi. As you  know I am disabled with Neuropathy and extreme Arthritis and on bad days I suffer a lot of pain. My wife started taking your classes and reluctantly I complied with her wishes to become involved. Little did I realize the benefits I would reap by practicing the movements you suggested to me. I feel better after limbering up with the gentle stretching and exercise that your postures provide for me. I get a workout and hardly realize it. Although I tire fairly easily my condition improves with tai chi. Another benefit I have noticed is that my balance is improving as we go. Thank you both for all you have done for me and thank you for making tai chi seem like a family thing with hugs and friendship throughout. Your generosity has not gone unnoticed. And one more thing thanks for allowing me to have a chair handy just in case I do start to fall, I will continue to do this at home and will see you both in September. Thanks again William  P. 


I wish to express my thanks to Richard and to Mary for leading me down a path to where I feel better .  And you ask how did they do that ? By teaching me Tai chi.
 Let me explain who I am and why I am willing to write this. My name is Paul . I am 67 years old and a diabetic , who has all the traditional afflictions, neuropathy  of the feet and hands, Morton’s neuroma, Planters Fasciitis also I am obese.  These things lead to a premature death, which I am not in a hurry to experience.  
How did they get me to change, by offering me a method to see what I am doing to myself and away to learn what can change when you put your mind to it.  Chi is energy and we are the energy managers which allow us the benefits that our own body has for healing and directing our energy to those areas that are in need of healing.
What has Tai Chi done for me, it keeps me moving and stretching and has taught me meditation which has also taught me how to direct the energy to some of the areas that need help, and boy is that spreading energy thin.  It has lead me to a better way to treat my body, because I want to do better.


This note came from one of our students that I asked to write this piece.  We were in the middle of Taichi II (qigong) working on move "double dragon".  I had asked the class why we always put our thumb and middle finger together for this move.  This is her disertation on what she learned.

I learned that in Chinese medicine, the spinal cord activates the index finger, the middle finger, and the thumb. The middle finger and the thumb activate the flow of chi in the spinal cord. So when we use moves that involve these two fingers when we do tai chi forms, we  strengthen the flow of chi in our spinal column.


This note was received from a current student.  I think the message speaks for itself:

Richard, I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you thanks for your classes . I know I'm not the best student but I can see/ feel the class is helping me . In a quiet way .... I was stressed the other day and I kind of instinctively  stepped back and  started to breathe and calm myself . I could feel the energy in me take over ... Listening ... And not fretting ... It was cool . 
I learned that from you !  :)


This type of note is always a joy to receive.  We know that our taichi and qi gong are a simple primer for living life to its fullest. - richard

And again...received via the internet recently;

"... Actually felt it, spiritually, today for the first time today.  Thank you!  Was even conscious of gritting my teeth when fearful of screwing up a move!   Thank you, Richard and Mary.   Please  feel free to share on the web site...." R. C.


Tai Chi at Turning Point's Center for Hope & Healing, The University of Kansas Hospital.