Taiji (Taichi) Primer
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Taiji (Taichi) Primer
A collection of classic texts, commentaries and articles on the philosophy and practice of taiji (taichi).
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Tai Chi Bang by Master Jesse Tsao

Tai Chi Bang by Master Jesse Tsao | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
I started my Tai Chi journey ten years ago. But I did not start to learn the true Tai Chi theory and fundamentals until I took private lessons from Master Jess
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This short statement from this article contains a powerful message for all my students.

"At that time, I already owned a few of his well-made teaching DVDs; still, I asked him whether I could tape him doing the form during the one-on-one classes with close shots so I could tell exactly how he subtly moved his body. He told me that he did not mind me taping but he disapproved my approach in learning. First of all, he stated that his body moves in a way corresponding to how his Qi moves. Secondly, if I imitate him, I can never learn the true art myself."

 

If you forget the moves, no problem.  Follow Master Tsao's sage advice.  Focusing on the "correct" moves do not matter.  

 

Focus on the feel with awareness and listen (Listening power: Ting1 Li3).  The tools I teach are designed to help discover for yourself the proper feel of balance, of groundedness and of relaxed fluidity.  If you focus on learning to listen to your body, you'll feel the qi flowing and your body will teach you how to move.  When that occurs, your taiji will become dynamic, your experience will be guided by the moment and you will flow with many changes in your life.    

 

Blessings and All Good.

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TCM - 24-hour Organ Qi Cycle

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For those interested in healing with qigong, here is a chart that describes how Chinese medicine inteprets the movement of qi through the body during the 24 hour daily cycle.

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Hongchi Xiao Beyond 2012

"Hongchi Xiao discusses with Anne Margrethe Hess of the Home Planet Network, He illustrates various types of healing, and simple techniques to help oneself, at the Beyond 2012 conference ..."

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Simple qigong for self-healing.  He tells the history and theory of qigong and his personal story in the first 19 minutes.  Fast forward to 19 minutes to see his self-healing methods.

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The Health Benefits of Tai Chi: Art and Science

Dr. Paul Lam, a practicing physician and Tai Chi master for more than 30 years, provides an overview of the ancient art of Tai Chi, and discusses the scientific evidence for its health benefits.  From the University of California San Francisco.

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Dr. Paul Lam has created several different simplified forms of taichi called Taichi for Health.  The most famous of these forms is called Taichi for Arthritis.

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The Complete Song of Tai Chi Chuan in Thirteen Ways - 世界太極拳聯盟志工Tai Chi Chuan Volenteer - Yahoo!奇摩部落格

The Complete Song of Tai Chi Chuan in Thirteen Ways - 世界太極拳聯盟志工Tai Chi Chuan Volenteer - Yahoo!奇摩部落格 | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
The Complete Song of Tai Chi Chuan in Thirteen Ways Source: Tao Taichi Forum The thirteen ways of Tai Chi must not be treated lightly The initiation of body movement is at the w ...
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This translation of the Song of the Thirteen Principles includes the Chinese characters digitally encoded.  There is a richness of meanings lost in any translation, so it is best to refer back to the original Chinese text.

 

The easiest way to uncover the richness of the Chinese is to use a mouseover pop-up Chinese-to-English dictionaries.  On Chrome (and I believe Firefox) there are several extensions available.  I recommend Zhongwen: A Chinese-English Popup Dictionary.

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It's All Chinese To Me! | Flowing Zen

It's All Chinese To Me! | Flowing Zen | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
It's All Chinese To Me! Written by Sifu Anthony on September 3, 2012. There are a lot of foreign words and names on this site. I know that it can get confusing, so in this post, I'll try to define them in a way that you can easily understand.
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A easy-to-read and understand glossary of terms useful for beginning taiji (taichi) practitioners.

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13 Principles and 13 Postures of Tai Chi

13 Principles and 13 Postures of Tai Chi | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
Tai Chi promotes health and wellness. Tai Chi is great fun, popular with young and old alike. The 13 Principles and 13 Postures form the architecture of Tai Chi practice. Learn more in this informative article on Tai Chi.
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Nice summary of the thirteen principles

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First Five Movements of Taichi for Arthritis

First Five Movements of Taichi for Arthritis | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it

Here's my personalized interpretation of the first 5 basic moves of Taichi for Arthritis.  I've integrated my understanding of body dynamics from the practice of meditation and martial arts for over 35 years.   

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My goal is to teach my students the principles of movement by developing an exquisite awareness of body dynamics based on feel.  I teach at the Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road Chapel Hill, NC.  

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Tai Chi for Health Institute - Individual Article - Tai Chi for Health Institute

Tai Chi for Health Institute - Individual Article - Tai Chi for Health Institute | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
AbstractTreatment of injuries, due to falls, is one of the most expensive health conditions. Robust evidence indicates that tai chi is one of the most effective exercises to prevent falls. In a number of studies, Dr Paul Lam’s “Tai Chi for Arthritis” program has been shown to not only help prevent falls, but also to improve health and the quality of life.
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Summary of the scientific evidence for fall prevention.

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Song of the Thirteen Principles

Song of the Thirteen Principles | Taiji (Taichi) Primer | Scoop.it
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Here is my favorite English translation of the Song of the Thirteen Principles.  

 

If you are interested in studying the Chinese Characters (which I highly recommend), you can find a resource further down this Scoop.it page.  For ease of use, I recommend using a Chinese character popup translator/dictionary app.  I've used Zhongwen: A Chinese-English Popup Translator, which is available in the Chrome Web Store.

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Tai chi classics - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Tai Chi Classics are classical texts used as guides for the practice of the Chinese martial art of t'ai chi ch'uan. These texts, which vary from school to school, are usually written in classical Chinese and are used by modern schools that trace their lineage from the Chen family or from them through the Yang family. .[1][2]

While great antiquity is usually claimed for texts by legendary authors, modern scholarship has not been able to date any of them earlier than the late 19th century.[2]

Among the writings accorded the status of a Classic are:

The Tai Chi Classics are classical texts used as guides for the practice of the Chinese martial art of t'ai chi ch'uan. These texts, which vary from school to school, are usually written in classical Chinese and are used by modern schools that trace their lineage from the Chen family or from them through the Yang family. .[1][2]

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For a short but well-organized comprehensive view of some of the classic taichi literature and links to sources, here's a Wikipedia article.

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