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4+ Tips to Easily Learn Tai Chi from Video or Tai Chi Book Sketches

Tai chi videos and tai chi books seem like good tools to help you learn. Sadly, the opposite often happens: people realize they can’t follow the videos/books, so they quit. This does not need to happen! I’m going to share with you, 4 tips on video, and one extra written tip at the end of…

Chen Tai Chi 6 Sealings and 4 Closings Application

Here’s an alternative tai chi application for 6 Sealings and 4 Closings, as done in the Chen tai chi expressed from the Jou Tsung Hwa lineage of taijiquan. It’s a little different than the standard way the modern Chen tai chi family uses their Six Sealings and Four Closings application: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this…

Yang Tai Chi Brush Knee & Twist Step Application

Below is a possible way to use “Brush Knee & Twist Step” for self-defense.  Make sure to do the twist step correctly and “seal” the arm of the opponent.  This short video shows you the nuances: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share…

The tai chi martial arts use of the triangular arms shape and the rooster stance

The triangle tai chi “wedge” shape in the arms is used a lot in taijiquan. The rooster stance (legs) works in similar ways. Watch the tai chi video below to see why these stances are so important for tai chi applications and martial arts self-defense use. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

Reviewing the secrets of Taoist/Daoist “Breathing Without Breathing” Qi Cultivation of Jou Tsung Hwa lineage

Enjoy your video below. It will review the “breathing without breathing” technique from very old Daoist philosophy and how to apply it in your tai chi form.  The idea is to remove so many of the manmade rules of breathing, and just focus on the dantian compressions and expansions.  Most folks struggle with this because…

Tai Chi How To: Knee Exercise to Quickly Release Knee Pain and Stiffness

Tai chi exercise is powerful way to gently release knee stiffness, knee pain and injury.  But as teaching was passed on in the Chinese healing arts & martial arts, many tai chi and qigong exercises got misunderstood or lost important details.  One misconception is that you need to “loosen the knees.” Bookmark on Delicious Digg…

How to Do a Tai Chi Twine Step – Too Many Get This Wrong. Do it right and get health & martial benefits.

Are you sure you’re doing your tai chi moves as best as possible?  Proper twine steps will load a tremendous amount of energy into your kua.  You can use that energy for effortless and speedy change of direction, invigorating and powerful tai chi kicks, or just absorb it into your body to enhance your qi….

Master Jou’s Secret of Tai Chi Flexibility – Multiple Health & Rejuvenation Benefits

Grandmaster Jou was famous for his uncanny youthfulness at an advanced age and after conquering a history of illness.  Here we go over his special daoyin taiji diagram stretch that he only taught in his chan si jin workshop.  This stretch works very fast to increase your leg flexibility and spinal health.  It also has…

Yang Tai Chi Application for White Crane Spreads Wings

The Yang Style Taijiquan (tai chi chuan) martial application for White Crane Spreads Wings is shown in the video below. Filmed at Internal Gardens School of Classical Tai Chi Chuan, featuring Shifu Loretta Wollering. Click onward to see the video. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit…

2 Tai Chi Applications for Lazily Tying Coat and Why One is Better Than the Other

The 3rd posture of Chen 1 tai chi is called Lazily Tying Coat.  Let’s look at 2 martial applications for this & why the popular application is not as effective as the one promoted here.  This is from Master Jou Tsung Hwa’s expression of the Xinjia Chen First Routine Taiijiquan (tai chi chuan).  Click on…