Saturday, May 23, 2020

Yang Tai Chi 108 From: Moves 79 - 86 Video Premiere

We are doing something new.


We have a new video in the Yang Tai Chi 108 Form instruction series posting tomorrow at 5pm (PDT), but this time we are doing it as a live premiere.


That means we can watch it together for the first time live and you can ask questions and get answers during the viewing. Tune it at: https://youtu.be/4mKBaqenb4g






Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Yang Tai Chi 108 Form: Wave Hands Like Clouds ~ Right (Move 72)

This video shows move 72 of the Yang Tai Chi 108 Form which is called "Wave Hands Like Clouds: Right".



Some Unique Attributes of the Tai Chi 8 Form / Tai Chi 10 Form - Form Length Upsides

In our last post that discussed the Tai Chi 8 Form / Tai Chi 10 Form we talked about what you should call this form.  In this post we will begin discussing some of the things that make this form so unique among Tai Chi forms. The first thing to note is its length.  It is one of the shortest, if not the shortest, Tai Chi form that is being practiced today. 

Its short length can be both a huge benefit and also an unfortunate feature of the form. The brevity of this form is a benefit for several reasons. One reason is that it makes it easy to remember the whole form because there are so few moves. Another reason is that the short amount of time it takes to complete this form can allow someone to fit in structured, Tai Chi practice regardless of how busy their schedule is. 

If you only have a few minutes to train on a break at work, or while you are waiting for water to boil on the stove, you can go through the movements of this form and calm your mind while getting a little exercise.  It also is a great tool for reviewing the basic principles of Tai Chi using simple Tai Chi movements. The last benefit of this form's short length that we will consider here is the fact that it can be learned in a relatively short amount of time.  It is only 10 movements, after all. 

Speaking of learning this form in a short amount of time, on World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2020, I hosted a live celebration on my YouTube channel (YouTube.com/AndrewPlitt) where I taught the whole Tai Chi 8 Form / Tai Chi 10 Form in just under an hour. If you would like learn this form, you should check out that video as a starting point.

Stay tuned for future posts where we will discuss more attributes of the Tai Chi 8 Form / Tai Chi 10 Form that make it unique. Next time we will discuss some of the downsides of the short length of this form. Stay tuned. 

 

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Yang Tai Chi 108 Form: Single Whip (Move 71)

This video demonstrates move 71 of the Yang Tai Chi 108 Form which is called "Single Whip".