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Tai Chi and the Lower Tantien

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22 November 2013

In this video I talk about the importance of the lower tantien in tai chi and also for general health and vitality. The lower tantien is the place all the energy circuits pass through.

 

Overview of the Five Keys of Taoist Energy Arts

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12 September 2013

In this short video I talk about the soon to be released program The Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts: How to Develop Qi Power for Healing, Martial Arts and Meditation. Watch the video here:

 

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Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts Q&A

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08 September 2013

Hi folks,

We are launching our next online training program, The Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts, with Senior Instructor Paul Cavel very soon. Paul is an instructor who has a unique ability to break down complicated concepts so that they can be understood quickly and deeply.

He has been on the road teaching recently and put together a short QA session about the upcoming online program launch. Listen now to this 15 minute question and answer session by clicking here:Read more...

Building Your Qi with Standing Qigong

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27 August 2013

In this short video I talk about Standing Qigong and why it is key to building and balancing your qi in your body. In the Five Keys program by Paul Cavel that will be released in September, Standing Qigong is the second key.

I have used standing qigong extensively in my internal arts training. It is the practice that builds your qi the fastest.

I recorded this standing qigong video outside in Ibiza, Spain this summer.

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The Power of Tai Chi Circling Hands

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20 August 2013

We are going to be releasing a online program with Senior Instructor Paul Cavel called The 5 Keys to Taoist Energy Arts. Read more...

Learning Tai Chi with T.T. Liang

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05 March 2013

In this short video I talk about learning tai chi from T.T. Liang. I enjoyed being and studying with T.T. Liang immensely and he was both a great person and a brillant tai chi master.

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Tai Chi for Back Pain

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26 February 2013

In this tai chi video on back pain I explain how I used tai chi to help my own back recover. I offer several ideas on how tai chi can be used with anyone that has back pain.

 

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Tai Chi for Martial Arts

26 November 2012
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Before we close the Tai Chi Mastery Program I want to share with you some of my perspectives on using tai chi as a martial art. I know many of you mainly practice tai chi for health, but many others want to know how to use tai chi as an effective martial art and for self-defense.

I have seen a lot of comments about why we don't see tai chi being used in MMA (mixed martial arts) and because it is not seen in that arena, it therefore must not be very effective. My own view is that tai chi can be as deadly as many other martial arts, in fact I would say it is better than most, but to be effective you have to go through the classical training progression, which few in the West undertake.

One could ask, "In the age of guns and mechanised weapons what is the usefulness of learning a martial art like tai chi?" I think it is important to recognize that the art of tai chi gives you the abillity to be a master of different energies both in yourself and those around you. As you move toward mastery in tai chi you are at the same time moving toward mastering energy.

How many times have people tried to suck your energy dry? How many times in life has negative energy been directed at you either directly or indirectly? Were you conscious of this at the time and were you able able to make a choice about the best action or did you take a negative energy hit? Tai chi gives you practical methods to work with day-to-day situations learning to flow and move with energy so you can choose how to best use your energy. Few martial arts do this. Tai chi also works on the principles of water, that of flowing with the line of least resistance.

In my book, The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat Secrets of Tai Chi, Bagua and Hsing-i, I talk about four different stages of learning tai chi as a martial art. To go through all four stages requires ten to twenty years of learning and is only for the most dedicated (some would say extreme).

I studied full-time in Communist China in the Chinese language for eleven years (this was before I had a family). To put this in perspective you can become a Western medical doctor in just over eight years. I say this to emphasize that traditionally learning tai chi was taken as a full-time profession not as a part-time hobby. Doing so enables a person to acheive extraordinary mastery of the tai chi form, energies of tai chi and of course superior fighting abilities.

At the end of the post I have shared a short video where I introduce tai chi as a martial art and show a few basic applications. This is taken from the Tai Chi for Beginners program. You can click here to skip straight to the video.

If you want to learn the four stages of learning tai chi as a martial art please keep reading:Read more...

Tai Chi for Beginner Program Opening Soon

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01 February 2013

The following are two videos from the Tai Chi for Beginners Program.

 

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Conscious.TV Interview with Bruce Frantzis

15 January 2013

 

In this interview with www.conscious.tv I talk about my own martial and spiritual journey in Taoism.  May you find something useful.  Bruce

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