Jings #5: Completing Ba Men-The Eight Gates

There are eight primary body energies used in tai chi. These eight are the foundation of every tai chi form movement and fighting application and are present in single or multiple combinations of every move. All movements in tai chi are composed of permutations of these eight building blocks as they continuously combine, separate, and recombine during each individual posture and transitional move. -- Bruce Frantzis, Tai Chi Mastery Program In this workshop we will complete the basic work to ... [Continue Reading]

Dragon and Tiger Variations

Dragon and Tiger is one of the most versatile of all qigong practices, a sort of Swiss army knife among qigong sets. It’s current form is a 20th century variation from how it was practiced for 1,500 years. TCM doctor Zhang Jia Hua developed those modifications to make Dragon and Tiger a more powerful medical qigong set. It’s possible to further modify Dragon and Tiger in ways that may better suit your personal needs. Some modifications are just variations in sequence, some are simplifications ... [Continue Reading]

Chinese Healing Exercises with Steven Cardoza

Saturday May 7th, 1-5pm Chinese Healing Exercises are drawn from acupressure, medical qigong, paidagong, Daoist yoga, and other related practices. They have been used for thousands of years as prescribed or self-directed exercises to promote overall health, increase functionality, improve energy levels, provide mental calm and emotional balance, relieve aches and pains, treat many common ailments, and as adjuncts to and warm-ups for taiji and various qigongs. In this four hour workshop ... [Continue Reading]

More Chi In Your Tai Chi and Tai Chi Standing Postures with Craig Barnes and Eric Peters

When learning Tai Chi there are a number of basic body alignments that take time to learn, practice, and understand. Eventually, you are ready to apply and integrate more advanced alignments to improve body structure, stability and chi flow. Bruce Frantzis sometimes refers to these refined body principles as “super-alignments” or “micro-alignments.” These include various places in the body where you emphasize ”liftings” and “droppings” of the body that aid in sinking and raising energy flows in ... [Continue Reading]

An Introduction to Gods Playing in the Clouds Chi Gung with Eric Peters

Monday through Thursday, April 18-21 - 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Gods Playing in the Clouds is the most advanced form of Chi Gung taught by Bruce Frantzis. It was the only Chi Gung practiced by his teacher, Liu Hung Chieh, at the end of his life. Gods is associated with the Earth Element and is used to integrate the elements of Bruce’s 16 neigung practices and is a bridge to Taoist Meditation. Gods Playing in the Clouds consists of six easy to learn circular movements. Energy Arts Senior Instructor ... [Continue Reading]

Energy Gates Chi Gung Refinement and Review with Eric Peters

Monday through Thursday, April 18-21 - 2:30 to 5:00 pm. Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body is the introductory chi gung practice that teaches the foundation of all the other internal practices taught by Bruce Frantzis as part of his Energy Arts system. This chi gung set includes fundamental practices such as Standing and Dissolving, Cloud Hands, the Three Swings and the Spine Stretch. All are explained in Bruce’s seminal book, Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body. Energy Arts ... [Continue Reading]

Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form Refinements and Review with Craig Barnes

Monday through Thursday, April 18-21 - 2:30 to 5:00 pm and 7:00 to 9:30 pm. Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes returns to Brookline Tai Chi to review movements and principles of the Wu Style Tai Chi Long Form. Craig will start at the beginning of the Long Form, review the Long Form from posture to posture, and teach principles appropriate to the group. Because the First Third of the Wu Long Form is very similar to the Wu Short Form, those who wish to learn the Wu Long Form are ... [Continue Reading]

Marriage of Heaven and Earth Chi Gung Workshops with Eric Peters

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth Chi Gung is a powerful, yet simple and easy to learn two movement Chi Gung practice. It is associated with the Wood Element, the liver and springtime, helping to lengthen the tendons, ligaments and fascia. This exercise is useful for arthritis and other joint disorders. After learning the basic choreography of these moves, the Marriage of Heaven and Earth is a container for much of the intermediate material of the Chi Gung, Tai Chi and Bagua taught by Bruce ... [Continue Reading]

Jings: The Inner Content of Tai Chi with Don Ethan Miller

An Eight-Part Workshop Series with Don Ethan Miller Jing (or jin, ging) is a term in Chinese martial arts for an expression of energy with a particular pattern, quality, idea, or "flavor" which is quite different from indistinct, untrained, ordinary force or movement.  In classical tai chi practice, students learned the body alignments and physical movements of their forms, and then proceeded to learn the discrete, specific qualities and energies - the jings - associated with each of them. ... [Continue Reading]

Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong Refinements and Review workshop with Eric Peters

Gods Playing in the Clouds ("Gods") is the most advanced qigong set taught by Bruce Frantzis. It was the only qigong set practiced by his teacher, Liu Hung Chieh, at the end of his life. After learning the six movements of Gods, one begins to integrate the elements of the 16 neigung, which is found in all other Taoist tai chi, qigong, and meditation practices. In this workshop, Energy Arts Senior Instructor Eric Peters will help you explore several topics. Elbows connecting the arms to ... [Continue Reading]

Dragon & Tiger Qigong – 2016 Sunday Series with Bill Ryan

In 2016, Bill Ryan will continue to teach monthly Dragon & Tiger Qigong workshops at multiple levels. These workshops are designed to allow you to learn and train Dragon & Tiger qigong in a systematic and progressive manner - on whatever Sundays fit your schedule and learning speed. These workshops will be offered at two levels of instruction (1b and 2) of progressively more subtle and powerful refinements. Read more here for more information about these levels.   Each workshop ... [Continue Reading]

Opening the Body and Mind in Gods Playing in the Clouds Qigong workshop with Eric Peters

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ_DnHDM55E [Eric is the third from the left in the YouTube thumbnail above.] Gods Playing in the Clouds ("Gods") is the most advanced qigong set taught by Bruce Frantzis. It was the only qigong set practiced by his teacher, Liu Hung Chieh, at the end of his life. After learning the six movements of Gods, one begins to integrate the elements of the 16 neigung into this practice (neigung is found in all other Taoist tai chi, qigong, and meditation ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Sword and Staff

Weapons have been part of the tai chi curriculum since the beginnings of the art in ancient China. Traditional Yang family tai chi for example, includes straight sword and broadsword forms, double sword, staff, and spear forms, as well as extensive internal training methods using staves and swords of varying dimensions. Weapons training improves root, whole-body integration, extension of yi and chi (intention and energy) beyond the body, fluidity, and jing development in a way that empty-hand ... [Continue Reading]

Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi

Cheng Man Ching (1900-1975) was one of the most remarkable figures of 20th century tai chi, a “master of five excellences” who brought authentic tai chi to the US and also taught extensively in Taiwan and Southeast Asia. A disciple of the legendary Yang Cheng Fu, Cheng also studied Taoist neigong, and modified the traditional Yang Style to reflect this influence. Cheng style tai chi emphasizes rooting, complete release of tension from body and mind, and fluid, effortless movement. The Cheng 37 ... [Continue Reading]

Chinese Healing Exercises – Further Explorations

Chinese Healing Exercises have been used for thousands of years as prescribed or self-directed practices to promote health, increase functionality, improve energy levels, relieve aches and pains, and treat many common ailments. Easy to learn, simple to do, and very effective, they are drawn from acupressure, medical qigong, paidagong, Daoist yoga, warm-ups for taiji and various qigongs, and other related practices.   In this four hour workshop we’ll further some of the practices ... [Continue Reading]

Foundation Training or “Jibengong”

Many of our Tai Chi courses focus on learning the “form.” We do this to help you improve your coordination, learn to let go of overt tension, and encourage relaxation of the body and the mind as you move. Classically, there were additional practices, called “jibengong” or basic, foundational training exercises, that were used to prepare the body for more advanced training, including self-defense, meditation, and weapons sparring. Jibengong basic training exercises help you build leg and ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Circling Hands Qigong – with Eric Peters

Tai Chi Circling Hands is a simple Chi Gung set that focuses on training the circular movement of the arms in three directions: vertical, horizontal and coronal. These motions are practiced with the feet parallel and also with shifting forward and backward while turning the hips. There are seven easy to learn movements. The simplest and most often taught is Vertical Circling Hands, standing with the feet parallel. Then you can shift your weight forward and backward and then add turning the ... [Continue Reading]

Standing Practice and Refinements – with Eric Peters

  In his book The Power of Internal Martial Arts, Bruce Frantzis writes about how important the practice of standing was to his development of internal power. During his journey through the East, some of the martial artists he met, such as Chang I Chung (one of Wang Shu Jin’s main students), Kawashima (Chang’s student), and Kenichi Sawai (leader of the I Chuan School in Japan) had some good advice for him. Bruce asked Chang what to do if he really wanted to improve his tai chi ... [Continue Reading]

Dragon & Tiger Qigong – 2015 Sunday Series with Bill Ryan

In 2015, Bill Ryan will continue to teach monthly Dragon & Tiger Qigong workshops at multiple levels. These workshops are designed to allow you to learn and train Dragon & Tiger qigong in a systematic and progressive manner - on whatever Sundays fit your schedule and learning speed. They are also designed to complement Brookline Tai Chi's weekly (level 1a and 1b) Dragon & Tiger classes, so that you can study a topic in depth with Bill in a workshop format and then unpack it ... [Continue Reading]

Brookline Tai Chi and LivingSocial

“What got me is that after three days of doing tai chi, though I didn’t know what I was doing and felt totally inadequate, my energy was up. I had the feeling, ‘There’s something going on here; this is doing something for me.’ Now I’ve been doing this for a long while and it’s still working. I’m 83. I should be going downhill but I’m not.” — from a BTC student Brookline Tai Chi has been teaching Chinese movement arts for 23 years to people of all ages, skills, and fitness levels. Located in ... [Continue Reading]

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