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.
  • Therapeutic Tai Chi form names Ask me about a video for my students to practice by, this is not available to anyone who has not learned the form from me. This will NOT be a teaching video per se, I won’t detail the forms bit by bit, but you will get a running description of the movements while you practice along with me. Please contact me if you are interested in obtaining this video. This will NOT be on Youtube.

    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. This is technically correct his way also.
  • Tai Chi Qigong 18 part 2, our warm up exercises.

Are you sinking your body correctly? Here’s a video that can help. Read more about this on my blog page.

  • Great exercises to help with back and sciatic nerve pain. I do a variation of #4 and 10, where I bring my knee to my chest, then across to the opposite shoulder, then towards the floor. Then I straighten out the leg, push out with the heel and VERRRRY slowly rotate my leg back to the floor next to my other leg. The whole time the shoulders should remain flat on the floor.

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 Cate Morrill mornings on AIB TV and practice Tai Chi with her, 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, pictured at right on the videos, is the United States representative of the Wudang form and temple brother to Master Zhong. He travels to Atlanta at least once a year for weekend seminars – see my the sidebar for updates on his seminars here. 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
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