Resources

Since much has already been written on Tai Chi and Qigong, I will just post a few links to sites I found interesting. I hope you will enjoy and learn from them as well.

Here are a few videos that give a pretty close imitation of what I do, (or vice versa), for those looking for home instruction. Remember, practice will help you to remember the form movements, a teacher will help you to get them right to prevent injuries, and increase qi flow.

  • Brush Knee – he describes many of the pitfalls, and does a good job of explaining the moves.
  • Parting the wild horse’s mane. He seems to bring his upper hand a bit to far out to the side when he’s showing the form straight into the camera, but when he’s stepping he’s turning his head to be in alignment with the hand but I still say the whole body should be in alignment towards the direction of the front toes.
  • Repulse Monkey. He pivots the front foot by moving the heel out and keeping the toes down, I like having the toes down to feel like you are pushing the weight all the way back to the back foot.

Are you sinking your body correctly? Here’s a video that can help.  And this site by Brisbane Chen Tai Chi has a lot of great information about grounding.

Qigong and Tai Chi links:

You can also search Youtube for “pink lady tai chi”, Master Jiamin Gao, winner of 32 gold medals. She is co-owner and teacher at the US Wushu Center, Portland, Oregon.

  • Watch Atlanta cable channel AIB TV in the morning: Christina Barea and Peyton Young for breathing and qigong exercises,  Cate Morrill to practice Tai Chi, or stretch out with Michael Issa as he shows qigong stretches.
  • Zhang San-Feng 13 Postures featuring Master Zhong, the present lineage holder of the Wudang Style.
  • Master (Chen) Tseng is the United States representative of the Wudang form and temple brother to Master Zhong. He has traveled to Atlanta numerous times for weekend seminars and is now offering classes in Estes Park, Colorado. Please check out Master Chen’s website here for many articles and podcasts on Tai Chi, qigong, Daoism, and qi movement.

Here are a few good books:
The Power of Tai Chi by Master Shao Zhao-Ming
The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam Chuen
Inside Zhan Zhuang by Mark Cohen
The Tai Chi Directory by Kim Davies
Anatomy of Fitness Tai Chi by Loretta M. Wollering – shows the movements of the Yang 24 form and the muscles each form works
15-Minute Tai Chi by Master John Ding
Taijiquan through the Western Gate by Rick Barrett