Principles & Practice DVD

$19.95

DVD Produced for the Tai Chi Foundation by Rick Brown to be used as an aid in your study of tai chi.

The first section of this DVD shows the Yang style short form as a continuous flow from beginning to end, emphasizing the internal principles of Tai Chi. The second section shows a round which pauses at the postures to point out specific indications in the form. Also included, is a short introduction to our school and as a special bonus, some rarely seen footage of our school’s founder, Patrick Watson. 27 minutes.

Price: $19.95

The Tai Chi Form: Intermediate Level

At the Intermediate Level, we progress to a deeper and more internal understanding and practice of tai chi chuan. New concepts are introduced that enable us to integrate our form and push hands practice as one body of knowledge with all movement initiated and guided from our tantien. Intermediate Form is a 20-hour course.

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Sensing Hands (Push Hands)

“Push hands” (tui shou) practice might be better translated as “sensing hands.” In this partner exercise, we use postures and movements from the tai chi form to “listen” with our body for our partner’s balance, timing, and tension. Through push hands practice, we learn to play with another person’s energy and movements and develop relaxation and balance in our responses.

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The Tai Chi Form: Fundamentals Level

In Fundamentals, we review the entire form from beginning to end, working to embody the tai chi principles at a deeper level. In particular, we bring our attention to the feet, legs and hips.  As in any art, there are fundamental elements that provide a foundation for one’s practice and future growth. In Fundamentals, we focus on these elements by examining how each posture or transition works (and challenges!) our balance, our relaxation, our connection to our tantien, and our overall awareness. Fundamentals is divided into three 10-week courses: F1, F2 and F3.

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Els Eijssens, Facilitator

Like many apprentices I have supported the School over the years in bigger and smaller ways, with coordination (Summer Trainings), promotion, administration, writing reports and generally being a “right hand”, communicator or adviser when needed. Since 2010 I serve as facilitator and chairperson of the cross-Atlantic video meetings of the Legacy Holders. As an 8th level apprentice I teach at Summer and Winter Trainings and ...

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Penny Harrison, School Administrator

Penny has more than 25 years in nonprofit management. She founded and directed a national nonprofit education organization for 18 years and has consulted for more than a dozen groups. As a fund raiser, Penny has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. Her speciality is in start-up, capacity-building and managing small associations. Penny has produced ...

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Danyal Sattar, Secretary

I currently teach Tai Chi with the team at the London School of Tai Chi Chuan and Traditional Health Resources. I started there as a student since the early 1990s, becoming an apprentice in 1995. Since then I’ve been teaching most years. I eased back on attending summer and winter trainings when the kids came ...

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Birgitt Krause

I was born in Germany in 1949 and I received an MA as a translator for German, English and Spanish followed by an MA in Adult Education. I moved to the US in 1984 to be with Alan and we have been a couple since then. My journey with Tai Chi and Arica began in ...

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Andrew Dell’Olio

I have studied t’ai chi with the School of T’ai Chi Chuan, Inc. and the T’ai Chi Foundation since 1982. I did my B1 apprenticeship in 1985 in Vermont at Bennington College and taught in New York City for a few years while I was completing my Ph.D. at Columbia University. I left New York ...

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Steve Shulman, Treasurer (non-voting officer)

After coming to New York City in 1974 to attend Manhattan School of Music, I’ve been a professional musician in the area since then. I’ve performed in many styles of music, from symphony orchestras to brass quintets, Broadway musicals, dance bands and everything in between. I’ve been fortunate to tour across the U.S. and in ...

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