How to Practice Tai Chi

Although Qigong can be learned from books combined with videos or videos alone, Tai Chi should be learned from a live teacher.

A Short introduction on How to Practice Tai Chi for Health (MSNBC - video: 2:19) Dr. Shin Lin of University of California Irvine discusses the gives some insight on how to practice Tai Chi in this short (2:19) introductory video.

Overview of Best Practices in Tai Chi. Dr. Yang Yang describes the benefits of Tai Chi, best practices, and the foundation of Qigong that is required for Tai Chi practice.

Plateaus In Learning Taiji. When people begin learning something new, they often learn quickly. Their minds become engaged in the learning. However, when learning taiji, learning quickly is not necessarily better than learning slowly and deeply. Taiji has many subtle details that take time to learn. It takes time for it to get into your body and your mind. With each lesson, it is important to practice regularly until that lesson becomes part of you.

Sinking the Qi. Sinking the qi is a common term in taiji, but many people find it very confusing. Sinking the qi simply refers to using your breath to help relax and calm the mind and body. A big part of sinking is developing "soong", or relax and loosen; and jing or mental quietness, in your practice.

Tai Chi Lineage-Holder Bruce Frantzis on Practicing Tai Chi


How to Relax in Tai Chi. A short video by Bruce Frantzis on relaxation, a fundamental concept of Tai Chi.

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Bruce Frantzis: "In The Insider’s Guide to Tai Chi I hope to provide you a practical understanding of what tai chi is, what makes it work so well, and how to choose a style, teacher and practice regimen. I created this report and have given it away because I believe that it contains essential information that will be useful on your tai chi journey, whether you end up studying with me or another teacher."

Tai Chi for Back Pain. In this short video on back pain, Bruce Frantzis explains how he used Tai Chi to help his own back recover. He offers several ideas on how Tai Chi can be used with anyone that has back pain.

Common Mistakes When Practicing Tai Chi


Tai Chi for Martial Arts. Tai Chi Master Bruce Frantzis discusses what it takes to learn Tai Chi as a martial art. Includes a short video.rney, whether you end up studying with me or another teacher."

Zhan Zhuang (Standing Meditation)

Practicing Qigong for Tai Chi

Zhan Zhuang - The Hidden Essential of Tai Chi Training. The Art and practice of Tai Chi is built upon fundamenal principles of Qigong that can be learned through the practice of standing meditation, also referred to as Zhan Zhuan (“jan jong”), Wuji Qigong, or (sometimes) Primordial Qigong. There are thousands of different types of Qigong. Arguably the most popular type of Qigong for martial arts is Zhan Zhuang. This is also known as “stake standing”. The practitioner stands motionless in a particular posture to develop internal strength. Zhan Zhuang is very easy to practice yet is said to be difficult to master.

Standing Qigong practice develops integrated body/mind awareness and focus, called “soong” in Chinese. Some masters train only using this form of Qigong. As Author Mark Cohen explains, "Whether we practice Tai Chi for health or martial arts, the inclusion of Zhan Zhuang (Standing Meditation) at the beginning of our daily training session becomes essential if we are to gain many of the greatest benefits spoken of in the Tai Chi Classics and historical anecdotes. For health, Zhan Zhuang training initiates the body’s internal healing, strengthening, unification and enhanced Qi flow which is then amplified by proper Tai Chi practice. In this case Zhan Zhuang becomes the Yin to Tai Chi’s Yang. While Tai Chi is often thought of in terms of ‘stillness within movement,’ Zhan Zhuang may be considered as ‘movement within stillness.’ Simply put, they are a perfect compliment to one another.

Tai Chi Grandmaster doing standing meditation


Chen style Tai Chi Grandmaster Chen Qingzhou demonstrating one of many possible Zhan Zhaung postures.

Chungliang Al Huang "Ah - Ha!" - the essence of Tai Chi

Complete Idiots Guide to Tai Chi

A video supplement link is available to purchasers of the acclaimed The Complete Idiot's Guide to T'ai Chi & QiGong Illustrated, Fourth Edition. The following video is one of the nearly 150 web-video support videos that are designed to augment the 300 illustrated instructions in Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas's world acclaimed Tai Chi and Qigong instructional book. Without the CIG to T'ai Chi and Qigong (fourth edition) these video clips usage cannot be fully realized, but with your CIG to T'ai Chi and Qigong book these clips will profoundly expand on the book's world acclaimed text and illustrated instructions.

Example of What Class Instruction May Look Like

How to Cultivate and Integrate Yi, Qi and Jing. Dr. Paul Lam. 

Yi, Qi and Jing are the three most essential internal components in the practice of tai chi. Yi is the mind, Qi the vital life energy and Jing (not to be confused with Jing which is the internal force or strength and Jing which means serenity) the sexual energy. These components constitute the internal power of tai chi. Improving them will enhance your level of tai chi. More