October 2015 Workshops with Robert Tangora

Central Channel and Three Dan Tien Meditation Friday, October 23, 6:30-8:30 PM Meditation of the three dan tien is a traditional Taoist meditation that develops physical, emotional, and psychic energies. The three centers are bridged by the energy of the central channel, and the three energies are enhanced by their connections to each other and their connections to heaven and earth. In this workshop Robert will offer some theoretical explanations on the three dan tien and Central Channel ... [Continue Reading]

Tai Chi Jibengong III Intensive/Teacher Training

INTRODUCTION Jibengong, or Fundamental Training, is a term used in all Chinese martial arts to describe the foundational skills required to become an accomplished practicioner, whether of tai chi, bagua, xingyi, tongbei, Shaolin, or any other internal or external art. Traditional tai chi has a very specific jibengong curriculum, including stance work, posture holding, equipment training, specialized chi gung, single move power training, 2-person posture testing and jing training, footwork, ... [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]

Wu Tai Chi Short Form with Craig Barnes

Energy Arts Senior Instructor Craig Barnes returns to continue teaching in the second half of the Wu Style Tai Chi Short Form August 29-30, 2015. Studying with an experienced instructor like Craig often makes it possible to delve into material that would otherwise be difficult to access, and studying in an immersive fashion (multiple hours per day, multiple days in a row) can afford similar depth. Craig will focus on multiple aspects of “lengthening” in the Short Form – on using ... [Continue Reading]