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Invitation to Join the Tai_Chi_Chuan_Forum
This web page is provided to invite you to join an email list (listserv), which has been developed to help practitioners of the Professor Cheng Man-chíng Yang T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form to communicate information to each other. Please read this entire page, we hope you join and take part in this opportunity.
Table of Contents (Please read this entire page)
This email list has been developed by:
M. Krapu, Ph.D. (Tom)
Malcolm Tobias and I (Tom Krapu) met through a local T'ai Chi Ch'uan group and quickly discovered that in addition to our mutual interest in t'ai chi, we both have some background with computers. When Malcolm made me aware of an email LISTSERV software that was available, we both got excited about starting an email group that was unique in the sense that it could be available to our specific t'ai chi "family" AND it might be different from what we had experienced with other Internet offerings in this area. Malcolm had access to an Internet server at Washington University here in Saint Louis and we were in business.
We started tai-chi-talk on 7/23/97. T'ai-chi-talk grew purely from word-of-mouth since we do not have our list on any search engines and it is a private and closed list. The list began growing and levels of membership are outlined below. Our membership has included practitioners from at least four continents and numerous countries, as well as all across the USA. There are several members who have studied directly with Professor Cheng (and whose support we cannot be appreciated enough). In July of 1999 we changed T'ai-chi-talk to a moderated format and changed the name to tai_chi_chuan_forum.
give you a estimation of membership the following timeline of membership
is provided (1):
This list is maintained by the developers and is not associated with any particular group of Cheng Man-chíng practitioners.
Any non-subscriber who posts a message will get an error message stating that they need to register and be a Yang short form practitioner. These requests should be directed to this webpage (http://www.krapu4.com/taichi/taitlkin.htm) where they can provide information about themselves, what school they learned the form from, and who their Yang Short Form teacher is and their lineage to Professor Cheng. This will substantiate that they are within our "school" and is based primarly on the honor system. Then they will be added to the subscriber list.
The list will be guarded to avoid SPAMS from any source.
Any subscriber (and ONLY subscribers) can distribute information to the list. It is imperative that subscribers keep this in mind when submitting materials.
The main reason that Tom wanted to create this list is because he encounters information that he believes would be valuable to share with individuals who practice our form (e.g. web addresses related to T'ai chi, information from web pages, workshop announcements, etc.).
This email list simplifies this process and allows others to easily share similar information with the group.
This email list is also developing into a place to discuss aspects of our practice and to help each participant to fulfill as much of the potential of t'ai chi ch'uan as possible in our lives. The archives are a permanent record of this discussion.
Let's try to find what is going to be most useful to each other. We would hate for this list to "degrade" into controversy. Let's maintain the spirit of T'ai Chi as taught by Professor Cheng.
The email distributed will have the person's email that submits so you can respond to them directly ("back channel") if you don't want to "broadcast" your response to everyone on the list. But if you want to post a response to the list you will have to cut and paste the list's email address into your email. The archive of previous postings will be made available to you as a member after you are subscribed.
Now for the legal stuff. Mr. Malcolm Tobias and Dr. Tom Krapu reserve the right to determine membership of the T'ai Chi Ch'uan Forum. The statements made by list members do not necessarily reflect the thoughts of either of the list co-founders, or the list moderator. Every attempt will be made to moderate the list in a manner which respects the beliefs of others and honors Professor Cheng and the other list members.
review the more detailed rules for posting that you are agreeing to
by joining, see:
The postings from the list can be viewed in a daily digest form if preferred. Members can turn receipt off when on vacation, keep membership private, and view other members email addresses who are not keeping membership private. There are also archives of past postings available to members to view.
Thank you for your interest.