I hope to add one new lesson per day over the next 100 days, and will continue indefinitely, if I can keep the lights on. I have been studying tai chi for over 40 years, and I am really starting to like it. In fact, I like it so much that I have decided to . . . read more
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This is not a lesson. It is an experiment with live streaming. … Teaching, and learning are not the same as doing. I am a sad example of that fact. There was a time when I trained 6 hours per day. But I been unable to do that for years, due to reasons that I . . . read more
a Coronavirus / Covid-19 PSA There was a time, not long ago, when killing a person with your thumb was a rare skill, and something that was easy to avoid doing. But now, the great challenge of our time is to avoid accidentally killing each other with our bare hands. During more than 40 years . . . read more
Part 5:“Part the Horse’s Mane” or “Wild Mustang Shakes its Mane” Sometimes we call it, “Throw the frisbee and pet the dog.” You can find the rest of this series at the 10-posture routine page.
Episode 1: What is Tai chi? It seems that this is the way I will have to do it. Many of these videos will be brief, to compensate for them not being terribly concise. Also, they might be quirkier than usual. Consider it a side effect of my being alone a lot, and separated from . . . read more
Part 4: Brush Knee and Push. This video is a bit longer than it needs to be. I would have made it shorter. But I didn’t have enough time. But it does give you a chance to practise while you follow along, and there are some details near the end that will be made more . . . read more
This is actually episode 2. In the traditional routines, Repulse Monkey is coordinated with backward stepping and turning to either side. But for the purposes of this simplified routine, the feet remain stationary. This is much better for most beginners. The rest of this series will be available on the 10-form page.
part 1 and 2 also known as the 10 form tai chi, or the 8 form tai chi. This routine is a modern simplified routine, first taught in Beijing in 1999. It is very popular with beginners. Part 1 and 2: Preparation and Commencement, or “Wuji becomes Taiji” Wuji refers to non-duality. Yin and Yang . . . read more
Today’s video is a set of warmup exercises. Filmed last year at a Ciandbea Lake, in Ontario. You can also find it on the Tai Chi Basics page.
In Canada, most of us started closing our businesses a week ago. I cancelled everything except my online lessons as of March 16. Since then, I have been avoiding human contact, and washing or sanitizing my hands after I touch anything. But some people have still not got the message, and their actions are killing . . . read more