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Tai Chi

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We just released The Five Keys to Taoist Energy Arts with Paul Cavel which is a 10-week online course. Learn more here:

CLICK HERE: The Five Keys Course Overview

Here is a short video where Paul tells you about why he created the course:

CLICK HERE: The Five Keys Course Overview

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In this video I talk about how I healed my own back with the Yang and Wu Styles of Tai Chi. I hope you find it useful.  Bruce


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I wanted to quickly let you know that due to many requests we are now offering a lower five payment option for the Tai Chi Mastery Program that you can view by clicking here:  Tai Chi Mastery Program

Now, what is mastery?

For some, the idea of mastery is a motivator – something to aim for – while for others, the idea of mastery – especially regarding something like tai chi – is just plainly absurd.

I recently asked on my Facebook page what people thought about Mastery and received over 100 responses. All had something to offer and common themes included being in the flow, effortlessness, practice, the Tao and ease. We also had some more interesting responses like ‘Chuck Norris’ and ‘ Mastery is non-grasshoppery.’

Of course, if anyone is stressing over mastering tai chi or doing it perfectly, they are probably missing the point of tai chi.

That being said, if you look at all those whom we call Masters in any profession, many have followed a similar path. By recognizing this Pattern of Mastery, you can follow the path of least resistance to achieve your own best. Read More

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Hi Folks, For a limited time we have opened the Tai Chi Mastery Program.

You can watch the video above to learn more about Why I created the program, how I used tai chi to heal and about my teachers.

You can goto the Tai Chi Mastery Launch Page by clicking here:

Tai Chi Mastery Program

Thanks, Bruce

P.S. This is the most comprehensive Tai Chi Program ever created and we will likely fill up our membership within the next 10 days. It covers Tai Chi Push Hands, Neigong, a Short Form, the Tai Chi Classics, Martial Arts and Meditation

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Insiders Guide to Tai Chi

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I am happy to release The Insider’s Guide to Tai Chi. It contains 100-pages of information about tai chi and you can download it here. We are going to be releasing the Tai Chi Mastery Program in a few days so stay tuned.

When it comes to exercise and fitness, you have countless choices: weight lifting, running, yoga, Pilates, biking, tennis, golf, cross-fit and other “fad” programs that come and go. With so many choices, it can be difficult to determine what is right for you.

So why learn tai chi and why take the time to really learn it right?

I believe tai chi is the future of fitness and exercise. Tai Chi Chuan translated into the English language literally means “the supreme ultimate.” Tai chi is what I call an Uber-exercise because you can do it for health, healing, martial arts and meditation. Read More

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In this first video I talk about how to link the different parts of the body in Tai Chi. The Tai Chi Mastery Program will go into great detail about putting the internal linkages within each tai chi movement, all broken into clear steps so that you can follow the procedure whatever tai chi style you practice.

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In this second video I start to go into the different internal tai chi components that will be taught in the Tai Chi Mastery Program.

I am just finishing teaching in Germany concluding my European teaching trip. We will officially launch the Tai Chi Mastery Program next week on November 8th.

I look forward to sharing with you this program that has taken years to put together. It is something that I believe can help many different tai chi practitioners

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Bruce Frantzis

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In this video I talk briefly about the Yang and Wu tai chi styles and how they came from the Chen village. Tai chi was brought out of the Chen village to Beijing where the form was modified and taught to the emperors guards. In tai chi there are large, medium and small frames, which essentially the is size of the movements. There once was a small frame Yang style but this has been mostly lost because the person who held the lineage committed suicide. The Wu style is a smaller frame of tai chi that is great for those seeking more internal work (neigong), meditators, the aging population and anyone with injury.

In the Tai Chi Mastery program I will be constantly making reference to the Yang style because it is the most popular form, and will also be looking at Chen style from time to time. The beauty of tai chi are its many styles and differentiation – and at the same time they all carry a common tai chi root.

I believe that no matter what style you do, one of the five main styles or another kind, that the most important element is to learn the internal energetics that go into tai chi because this is really what gives tai chi its juice. The internal energetics is why you feel wonderful, more energetic and peaceful after doing a tai chi form.

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Not all tai chi is equal. Just as there are different models of cars, makes of computers and universities of varying calibers, so too are there different kinds of tai chi. In this post, I focus on what makes tai chi styles unique, from two points of view: what it does for your physical body, and what it does for your energy and mind.

Let me start by saying I’ve done tai chi since I was a teenager. I’m now in my 60’s, so that is roughly 45 years of practicing tai chi. I was the first foreigner to be certified by the Chinese government in 1981 to teach traditional Yang Style Tai Chi and I have studied extensively with Wu and Chen lineage masters. This has all been written before in several of my books (for those new to my blog there is a brief summary of my training history at the bottom of this post).

I’ve done tai chi to be super healthy and I’ve done it after being smashed up in major car accidents. I’ve done tai chi when I was sick to heal my body from near fatal illnesses and in martial arts competitions to gain an advantage over my opponents. In my personal tai chi practice I have gone through many phases and have experienced the benefits and drawbacks of each tai chi style that is out there.

I tell you this for no other reason than to let you know that I have gone about as deep you can go into the tai chi world. My desire now is to help anyone learning tai chi for the first time, and even more importantly to guide those who already do tai chi to take their practice to a higher level, regardless of whether you study with me or another qualified teacher.

Let me start by saying when it comes to the main tai chi styles, I think it is rather foolish to say that there is a “best” style of tai chi. It would be like looking in a mechanic’s tool box and saying that a hammer is better than a screw driver. Or that a flat-head screwdriver is better than a Phillips screwdriver. Each has a specific purpose and application. Read More

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Journal of Chinese Martial Arts Interview

October 19, 2012

I recently did an interview for the Journal of Chinese Martial Arts conducted by Nick Scrima. In the article I share stories about: What it was like to train in Karate in Japan in the 1960′s and in Aikido with founder O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba Why I shifted my training from external martial arts to internal ... Read More

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Tai Chi and Meditation

October 10, 2012

Is tai chi a meditation tradition? Or is it that one part of tai chi is not a meditation tradition, but one part of tai chi is a meditation tradition? These are pretty common questions. I think there are a lot of misconceptions in general about this both in the West and even in China. ... Read More

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