Penny Tossing at The First "Magic Tortoise" Event, 1984.

Penny Tossing at The First "Magic Tortoise" Event, 1984.

The Black Bamboo Pavilion encourages taiji players to take part in the the Dantian Challenge that our sister school, Magic Tortoise Taijiquan, originated and sponsors.  Participants are encouraged to launch a penny 12 inches into the air using their dantian.

The challenge is in honor of Master Jou, who was inspired by the story of Yang Yu (Yang Banhou).  You can find the history and full requirements of the challenge on their website through this link: http://magictortoise.com/dantian.htm.

Red Morton, Warren Pretlow (their teacher), Wendy DeGraffenried, Michael DeMolina in their anchorage, alaska school, Spring 2002 at improvised medal ceremony in front of Jou Tsung Hwa altar.  Tested and awarded by laoMa at first long distant testing.

Red Morton, Warren Pretlow (their teacher), Wendy DeGraffenried, Michael DeMolina in their anchorage, alaska school, Spring 2002 at improvised medal ceremony in front of Jou Tsung Hwa altar.  Tested and awarded by laoMa at first long distant testing.

Tuishou with Jou Tsung Hwa, early 80's at his NJ school in front of Zhang Sanfeng altar.

Tuishou with Jou Tsung Hwa, early 80's at his NJ school in front of Zhang Sanfeng altar.

The challenge is a great way to gain dantian development, cultivation, and confidence! 

Upon successful completion of the challenge, participants will receive the Jou Medallion, a certificate, and their name will be recorded on the list of medalists.  The medallion features a sculpted portrait of Master Jou on one side.  The other side has his "four essentials" (Know Yourself, Do Your Best, Don't Overdo It, Make a Little Progress Everyday) in LaoMa's calligraphy.  It is indeed a piece of art!