Evolution of Tai Chi Chuan/Tai Chi Forms – 09/10/18

Tai Chi is an Evolving Art What is now called Tai Chi Chuan has its roots in the WuTang mountain area of China in the T’ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906). This system had evolved from the earlier martial art now known as Sholin Kung Fu which was introduced to China by...

Joyful Movement/Tui Shou/Reminder – 9/03/18

Joyful Movement Man is probably the only creature on Earth that forms habits that are detrimental to its health and smooth functioning of its body. Society has caused more damage then nature ever has. Just look at tight clothes that restrict movement; high heel shoes...

Keep It Simple – 8/27/18

Keep It Simple The more time I spend with Tai Chi, the more I realize how the true focus of study is to become simple. In my small town, we have a majority of senior, retired people. So most students are interested in a simple, easy, yet complete, exercise system. Tai...

Conseal Your Strength/Practical Exercise/New Instructor – 8/20/18

Greetings. This week has been hard on those of us who practice on the wharf. The air is very hazy – filled with smoke. Port Townsend hasn’t suffered from fire, but there are many fires in the surrounding areas. From the wharf, the mountains, usually in our view,...

More on Push Hands – 8/13/18

Greetings. This is one of the clearest and most interesting explanations of Push Hands by an excellent instructor. A lot to think about. Don’t forget that our exploration of push hands starts on Saturday, September 1, 1 to 4 PM at the Studio. And don’t be...

Push Hands (Tui Shou) Principles/Workshop – 8/6/18

Push Hands (Tui Shou) Tai Chi Push Hands is a training exercise for developing many different skills associated with Tai Chi. They include: 1) Sensitivity training 2) Jing training 3) Understanding empty and full, substantial and insubstantial 4) Improving balance,...

Da Mo Wai Dan/Schedule Update – 7/30/18

Da Mo Wai Dan Wai Dan is the practice of increasing Chi circulation by stimulating one area of the body until a large enough energy potential builds up and overflows through the Chi channel system. In moving Wai Dan, a specific muscle or part of the body is repeatedly...

Distracted,Mindful,Mindless – 7/23/18

Distracted, Mindful, Mindless A majority of people who study Tai Chi do so for meditative exercise. There are plenty of wonderful exercise programs, and plenty of wonderful meditation programs. Tai Chi combines the two and that is why we love it so. There are three...

The Rack/Congratulations – 7/16/18

Congratulations I want to welcome our newest Tai Chi Chuan instructor , Paul Andrew Chambers, into our Studio family. Since he lives in Lincoln, United Kingdom, he did the training over distance. He already has lots of experience in martial arts, as he runs an Aikido...

Tai Chi Instructors – 7/9/18

Tai Chi Instructors I, modestly, admit to being one of the longest serving full time Tai Chi instructors in the U.S. This is going on my 47th year of teaching. Length of teaching doesn’t mean much besides persistence and a love of the art. Speaking for myself...