Here is a short video from a seminar at the New York Open Center, October 2012 where I discuss “Love-based Martial Arts”.


Love or Fear is a theme that runs through my practice, teaching, and writing. It is a simple shorthand reminder that we have a choice in each moment to embrace What-is (love) or to resist it (fear).

Embracing the challenges of life empowers us physically, mentally, and spiritually. It enhances energetic coherence within the body/mind and resonance with external energy sources.I found when competing in push hands tournaments that my skills were greatly enhanced when I saw my “opponent” as my partner in a game we were playing, rather than as an obstacle to be overcome. Resources became available that were hidden in an adversarial (fear-based) mindset.

It was only then that I began to see the power of the internal arts. My mind became clear and calm, effective power dramatically increased, time slowed, stamina improved, and rooting went crazy deep. Best of all, I had more FUN!

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two! Now, this means to the average person, if you have to go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” — Jerry Seinfeld

If you are one of the many who seize up at the thought of making a toast or giving a book report in front of the class, try applying “love-based martial arts” to that challenge. Public speaking is just one form of communication. If you see your audience as judgmental adversaries, then you are out of resonance with them. Find someone you can imagine talking to in the crowd and expand from there. Even when you are the messenger of bad news, there are ways to get people to hear what you have to say.

When you resist the moment, you create non-coherence which saps some of your juice and your mind gets distracted by the war between your ears. Find a way to resonate with the receivers of your communication and you’ll be be more effective. And you’ll have more fun.

Speaking of more fun:

Living in the Sweet Spot: Your Body and Wholeness

Every living thing leaks energy. In the “sweet spot” not only do we leak less but we can also tap into the Big Qi and refuel.

Every conscious posture has sweet spots hidden in plain sight.

Maria, Stephen and Rick have made it their business to map them.
Learn to center and engage with the sweet spots in your own practice of Awakening and Self-Development, whether it be Taijiquan, yoga, meditation, push hands, Reiki or another expression of your vital essence.

Open yourself to the Big Qi’s powerful and loving deep currents to renew, refresh and heal every part of your life.

$108.00 (cash, credit card, or check)

11-1:30 Workshop I
1:30-2:30 Lunch (box lunch catered by Whistle Stop Café )
2:30-4 Workshop II
4-5 Playtime – A guided non-lesson segment for Push Hands & Healing utilizing the lessons from the day’s workshops

People can commute or simply commit to one or more portions of the 3 part event.

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Killingworth, CT 06419