Spreading the Benefits of Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan) to everyone, everywhere.
Here Are What Other Participants Have Said About The 2011 Health And Martial Arts Festival And Symposium:
David Elston-Phillips; the Heart and Soul of our Tai Chi Festivals
David Elston-Phillips has been fighting cancer for many many years, and although he lived much longer than might be expected (no doubt due to his taijiquan ;->) the endless cycle of life must follow its process.
David spent his last few months working furiously and feverishly with me to pull off this event (Taijiquan Festival in May 2011). He came up with the idea of promotion codes to encourage teachers to share news of the Festival with their students. He and Isse travelled to Mensch Mills to tour the facilities and make decisions about what would be where. He attended t-shirt conventions in Philadelphia to get the best price possible on the t-shirts. He made arrangements to get the t-shirts designed (thanks to Andy Cappuccio) and printed. He solicited dozens of sponsors. He arranged for dozens of additional workshop leaders, and set up the Health Expo plans. As late as the night before he was on the phone with me verifying final arrangements and confirming that he would arrive around noon the next day. He was also finalizing plans for the Tai Chi Picnic to be held in Core Creek State park in September.
Alas, on Wednesday, as the volunteers were gathering to prepare for the Festival, he was struck ill and was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He passed away on Saturday around lunchtime, and we got the word just before the Enthusiasts Awards Ceremony at 6:00 on Saturday evening. Because his family was orthodox Jew, his funeral was pretty immediate - the very next day, before the Festival was even over. Many of the Festival people consoled Isse that evening at her home, and Debra Ann Schmidt and I stayed with Isse late into the evening.
I'm sure, as he returned to being part of the fabric of the universe, he was overseeing our event, and hopefully he was proud of what we accomplished together. He was 85 years old.