The addition of new lessons is ongoing. Please note that 5 minutes of video can take between 3 hours and 3 days to produce, depending on the nature of the content and the amount of editing and rewriting required.
Currently, the following are available, and in production.
Introduction to Tai Chi
(11 episodes to date)
An ongoing series, which will cover a number of core principles and esoteric concepts. This series of lessons will introduce the basic facts and theories behind tai chi. It should also give you some insight into my own personal pedagogy. I suggest watching these lessons in order, even if you are experienced in tai chi. There might be some nugget that you find unique and/or helpful. (Click here)
An ongoing series, which will begin posting in the last week of September.
- a key concept for the day
- basic exercises for exploring the day’s concept
- detailed instruction for a particular movement or sequence
- Basic movements
- 10 From tai chi
- 26-Section Routine (Yang style foundation routine)
- Geneva Routine (20-Section “Chen style” )
Note: If you are a member, you can Login to keep track of your progress through these courses.
The following courses will be added as we go along. The speed at which I produce these is dependent on the resources available to me. I am very grateful to those of you who have been supporting this project, either with moral support or financial donations. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…
Courses to be added during the next several months.
“Workouts” will be a set of exercise routines, employing sequences, routines, qigong/neigong, stretching and basic calisthenics. They will be of varying durations and levels of difficulty.
“Sequences” will present more advanced instruction for symmetrical movement patterns, incorporating groups of movements, arranged in a progressive manner, with increasing detail and more advanced concepts. Each sequence will be like the sections in the 26-section Yang style routine, and the 17-Section Chen style foundation routine, and a Sun style foundation routine.
These sequences are the elements of the traditional long forms. Practising these sequences is a traditional way of training that tends to be ignored by many schools.
“Routines” will present traditional and modern tai chi routines of various styles. It will give us an opportunity to see how tai chi is practised in different contexts, and to see the common principles by exploring those differences.
“Qigong and Neigong” will teach some of the internal training methods, for health, healing, and for martial arts, that I teach t my school.
“Tuishou” will teach the exercise known as “Pushing hands” as a meditation, as a partner exercise, as a sport, as a conditioning program, and as a method for understanding combat.
“Combat techniques” will look at the many types of martial techniques, including striking, kicking, throws, joint control, pressure point manipulation, grappling, etc. It will look at these from the tai chi perspective, as an application of tuishou skills, and also from the perspective of other martial arts.
“Weapons” will explore the elements of different weapons, including but not limited to the typical tai chi weapons such as sabre, sword, staff, spear, cane, etc.
“Strategy” A martial art is ultimately about conflict resolution. This course will look at centuries of philosophy, tactics, and strategy from the point of view of the single combatant, remembering that conflict has no beginning and no end. Every aspect of daily life will fit somewhere on the combat/conflict/harmony spectrum. It will explore military history from around the world, and see what lessons can be applied to personal martial technique, and all aspects of our individual lives.
Is there something else you would like to see offered?