About the Series

 

The "Beginning Tai Chi with Patrick Martin" workbook and video series is most effective when viewed and learned in order. There are many basic movements that are introduced and practiced in the earlier lessons that will be revisited in more complex forms towards the end of the series.

Patrick Martin weaves a general tai chi philosophy throughout each lesson to slowly introduce to you the dynamic and healing rewards of tai chi. Much like the lessons' movements, the philosophies become richer in meaning as the series progresses. Read below for more detail on lessons 1-6.

 

Lesson 1 / Benefits of Tai Chi Practice

Tai chi has been called many things: a moving meditation, a flowing dance, and a system of self-defense and self-healing. However, no matter how we perceive tai chi, one thing is for sure; the regular practice of this ancient art form will greatly benefit our physical, emotional, and spiritual life.

Chi Kung Movements

  • Beginning Posture & Neck
  • Waist
  • Shoulders
  • Side to Side

Tai Chi Movements

  • Upward & Downward
  • Inward & Outward
  • Outward & Inward
  • Circles - One Hand
  • Circles - Both Hands

 

Lesson 2 / Three Key Elements

In this lesson you will discover the Three Key Elements: Listening Inward to Feeling, Breathing, and Relaxation. With practice and understanding you will quickly be on your way to a happier and healthier life through tai chi.

Chi Kung Movements

  • Holding the Tai Chi Ball

Tai Chi Movements

  • Opening to Bow Form
  • Bow Form - Forward and Backward
  • Bow Twist
  • Repulse Monkey
  • Inward Cloud Hands
  • Transition into and out of different movements

 

Lesson 3 / Four Principles of Relaxation

Lesson 3 introduces the Four Principles of Relaxation: Suspend from the Crown, Relax the Shoulders, Relax the Dan Tien, and Relax Waist, Sink, and Root. The four principles are meant to work together to bring you into a more balanced state of mind in order to enhance your tai chi practice.

Chi Kung Movements

  • Opening to Raise Hands - Left
  • Embrace the Moon on the Crest

Tai Chi Movements

  • Step Forward and Back with Circles
  • Step Forward and Back with Repulse Monkey
  • Step Forward and Back with Roll Back
  • Step Forward and Back with Single Hand Turn

 

Lesson 4 / Reducing Stress with Tai Chi

Today there are more stress-related illnesses in the world than ever before. Tai chi is not a cure-all for stress, but a powerful vehicle for maintaining balance in the midst of chaos. The practice of tai chi for as little as five minutes a day can work miracles for our health and well-being. At the same time, this practice can help us find peace within ourselves and the world around us.

Tai Chi Movements

  • Press
  • Push
  • Whip
  • Long Hand, Short Hand
  • Thrusting Arms Forward
  • Thrusting Arms Forward - Changing Palms

 

Lesson 5 / Yin & Yang

Tai chi practice makes you become sensitive to life's excesses while working towards complete balance. These excesses can be understood in terms of yin and yang. In this lesson discover the theory and power of the ancient Chinese symbol and how it relates to your tai chi practice.

Chi Kung Movement

  • Press Outward

Tai Chi Movements

  • Four Directions

 

Lesson 6 / Tai Chi as Kung Fu

Chinese martial arts are commonly referred to as kung fu, and tai chi is certainly no exception, but the word kung fu has a meaning of its own. In Chinese, kung fu literally means "energy time." Any study or practice that takes a lot of patience, energy, and time to accomplish is considered kung fu. Tai chi is an internal kung fu, because its form is based on balancing the inner with the outer, the yin with the yang. In short, it is an art that is practiced in order to balance one's life.

You will review all of the movements that have been instructed in first five videotapes/dvds.