Tai Chi is a martial art in which you practice circulating energy throughout one’s whole body and then have the opportunity to transfer it into another person’s body in order to neutralize a potentially violent situation. Through this practice you learn to remain calm and grounded.
Everyone can benefit from these practices:
Gaining balance, stability, coordination and a cohesive structure
Ameliorates the effects of arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, and the effects of Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis
Socializing with a group who is dedicated to self-discovery.
Empty Hand Forms
47 Yang Tai Chi
Similar to the Cheng, Manching’s abbreviated Yang style form. This version includes Dr. Qi, Jiangtao’s amendments as interpreted by Master Sam Tam of Vancouver, BC. It is dynamic and martial.
24 Yang Tai Chi
Probably the most taught form in the US. It is the perfect form for beginners and seniors; emphasizing balance, stability, coordination and energetic flow.
64 Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi
My first Tai Chi form as taught to me by Henry Look of Sacramento, CA. It’s dynamic juxtaposition of flow and issuing power includes aspects of I-Chuan and Hsing-I. First brought to the US by legendary San Francisco Master Kuo, Lienying.
8-Form Tai Chi: Moving For Better Balance
Developed by Li, Fuzhong of the Oregon Research Institute. The benefits of this form have been demonstrated through many clinical trials including for seniors and those living with Parkinson’s. This form was personally taught to me by Dr. Li and I have taught many of the classes that were a part of the clinical trials, including one appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Tai Chi Push-hands
Sam Tam’s method of 8 variations of attack & yielding. Push-hands is a dance of energy between two partners
Whether empty-hand or with the fan, Staff or sword; various martial applications are shown for each movement of the forms.
56 Traditional Yang Sword
A longer Tai Chi sword form that takes many of the basic moves from the 32 and embellishes them, flowing into many new directions. Learned from Master Sam Tam.
32 Tai Chi Sword
Many of my students said they were not interested in the sword form as it is a weapon, but once they tried it, they enjoyed extending their energy past their own limbs with its powerful and dance-like moves.
Fan and Short Staff Forms
Beauty of the Sunset Fan
A beautiful and intricate Tai Chi fan form developed by Professor Li, Deyin which includes moves from various Tai Chi and Kung-Fu forms. Also know as Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan #2.
Sam Tam’s Short Staff
A quick and impressive short staff form which includes many coiling and striking moves.