Tai Chi Made Fun and Easy
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Tai Chi Made Fun and Easy

The beginners' guide to how YOU can develop great fitness, health, longevity and inner peace.
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4.7 (66 ratings)
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Created by David-Dorian Ross
Last updated 9/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 11.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Master the 24 moves of the world's most popular Taiji (Tai Chi) routine.
  • Move with more grace and confidence as you learn the 6 Principles of Flow.
  • Discover the ancient secrets and amazing benefits of this ancient discipline.
  • You'll experience the rhythm and flow of how advanced Taiji feels by following the instructors in the easy Flow Motion segments.
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Requirements
  • No background or experience needed!
Description

This is a course in Tai Chi for the Tai Chi Curious - a fun and entertaining way to learn the 24 movement Yang style "Short Form." It originally aired as a 13-part series for Hawaii Public Television. Filmed on location in beautiful Hawaii on the island of Oahu, every episode includes:

  • a short lecture on a different aspect of Taiji (Tai Chi)
  • a 5-10 minute follow-along Taiji workout called "Flow Motion"
  • and instruction in the movements of the world's most popular Taiji routine
  • a Final Thought - advice, inspiration or philosophy from the ancient Masters.
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for the Tai Chi Curious - it's great for beginners.
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Curriculum For This Course
80 Lectures
11:34:19
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What IS Tai Chi?
4 Lectures 53:38

Martial art or meditation? Ancient discipline or New Age fluff? What exactly is Taiji (Tai Chi)?

Preview 05:27

Flow Motion is a simplified version of Taiji that anyone can follow. You won't need any special equipment or clothing - you can even do this in your living room or seated in a chair.

Follow-along Taiji - find your "Flow"
07:18

Start with the footwork and basic hand positions that are the foundation of all your Taiji. Then you'll be ready for the first two movements: Open the Door and Parting the Wild Horse's Mane.

Basic Positions and Your First Two Moves
13:29

What IS Tai Chi? Watch the whole show!
27:24
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Is Taiji (Tai Chi) for me? Who does it?
7 Lectures 53:59

Greetings again from the island of Oahu - "the Gathering Place." In this lesson, you'll get a chance to see how varied are the kinds of people who learn and practice Taiji (Tai Chi).

What kind of people do Taiji?
05:12

In this Flow Motion segment, you'll get introduced to a new move called "Grasping the Bird's Tail" (the easy version, just follow-along).

Flow Motion
07:17

An interview with one student who uses Taiji for dealing with work relationships as well as for fitness.

Even Professionals Use Taiji
00:29

Learn the Four Basic Transitions - movements to link all the techniques of your Taiji together.

The Basic Transitions
03:38

Learn two new movements in your routine: White Crane Spreads Wings, and Brush Knee & Push.

Preview 07:23

The Final Thoughts today include tips on how to modify your movements to accommodate your unique body.

The Last Word
02:47

Greetings again from the island of Oahu - "the Gathering Place." In this lesson, you'll get a chance to see how varied are the kinds of people who learn and practice Taiji (Tai Chi). In the Flow Motion segment, you'll get introduced to a new move called "Grasping the Bird's Tail" (the easy version, just follow-along). You'll also get a lesson in the Four Basic Transitions - movements to link all the techniques of your Taiji together. And finally, you're going to learn two new movements in your routine: White Crane Spreads Wings, and Brush Knee & Push. At the end of the show, David-Dorian and CJ will give you tips on modifying the movements.

Is Taiji (Tai Chi) for me? Watch the whole show!
27:13
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Taiji for Fitness: the perfect way to lose weight and tone up!
6 Lectures 52:03

The Hawaiian Taiji adventure continues! In this episode we'll learn how good Taiji is for your body. In China, TaijiQuan is called "The Ultimate Exercise." But just how good is it? You may be surprised to learn that research into Taiji shows that it surpasses almost all other forms of familiar exercise in burning calories, building muscle and endurance, and improving coordination and flexibility.

Taiji Workouts: Could they be the perfect way to lose weight and tone up!
06:25

In this Flow Motion workout, you'll be given the option to sit in a chair if you prefer not to stand.

Flow Motion
07:01

This course will introduce you to a series of traditional Taiji principles that guide the correct practice of the movements you are learning in your Short Form lessons.

Taiji Principle #1: Slow Down
01:22

And of course, you'll learn two new TaijiQuan (Tai Chi Chuan) movements: Play the Pi'pa and Repulse the Monkey.

Your Short Form Lesson
07:04

The lesson concludes with a comparison of the healthy active older people in China to the more sedentary and frail older people in the U.S.

The Last Word
03:00

The Hawaiian Taiji adventure continues! In this episode we'll learn how good Taiji is for your body. In the Flow Motion workout, you'll be given the option to sit in a chair if you prefer not to stand. In Lesson 3, you'll learn the first of the six Basic Principles of Taiji practice - to Slow Down. And of course, you'll learn two new TaijiQuan (Tai Chi Chuan) movements: Play the Pi'pa and Repulse the Monkey. The lesson concludes with a comparison of the healthy active older people in China to the more sedentary and frail older people in the U.S.

Taiji for Fitness. Watch the whole show!
27:11
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Chinese Medicine and a field trip to the herb shop
7 Lectures 54:32

Where do you go to find healing? In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We'll actually take a trip to a local herb shop and acupuncture clinic.

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Needles and herbs and massage, oh my!
05:44

In the Flow Motion segment, you can follow along with some simplified Taiji (Tai Chi) moves - a great time to practice good posture and relaxation.

Flow Motion
08:26

Chinese Medicine is partially based on a theory called The Five Elements - wood, water, fire, earth and metal.

The Five Elements
01:34

"Relax the Body" is the second principle of Taiji - the one you learn in this episode.

Taiji Principle #2: Relax
01:07

Your Short Form lesson entails learning "Grasp the Bird's Tail." This is one of the fundamental movements in TaijiQuan. You can actually find this move in almost every routine and in every style.

Your Short Form Lesson
07:37

We end this episode exploring a deeper understanding of the mysterious life force known as Qi.

The Last Word
02:40

Where do you go to find healing? In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the basics of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). We'll actually take a trip to a local herb shop and acupuncture clinic. In the Flow Motion segment, you can follow along with some simplified Taiji (Tai Chi) moves - a great time to practice good posture and relaxation. In fact, "Relax the Body" is the second principle of Taiji - the one you learn in this episode. Your Short Form lesson entails learning "Grasp the Bird's Tail." We end this episode with a deeper understanding of the mysterious life force known as Qi.

Chinese Medicine. Watch the whole show!
27:24
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What's in a name? (Grasping the Peacock's Tail)
7 Lectures 54:40
Reduce Stress, Improve Concentration
04:56

Bonus! Today's Flow Motion workout is an extra long one. Plus, Flow Motion this time includes some special guided meditation called "Standing Like a Tree."

Flow Motion
07:18

Taiji has many benefits, some of them life saving. In this lesson, you'll learn how Taiji practice is an antidote to one of the deadliest killers in the world - stress.

An Antidote to Stress
02:56

To go along with the short lesson on Taiji as an antidote to stress, you'll also learn about the third Basic Taiji Principle: Keep it Simple.

Taiji Principle #3: Be Natural (Make it Simple)
00:57

In the 24-movement form, you'll turn your attention to the movements Single Whip and Waving Hands Like Clouds (two of my favorites, by the way).

Your Short Form Lesson
09:50

As promised, here's what all those names mean!

The Last Word
01:10

In this lesson, you'll learn the hidden meaning behind the names of the movements in your Taiji form. Flow Motion this time includes some special guided meditation called "Standing Like a Tree." Taiji has many benefits, some of them life saving. In this lesson, you'll learn how Taiji practice is an antidote to one of the deadliest killers in the world - stress. To go along with the short lesson on Taiji as an antidote to stress, you'll also learn about the third Basic Taiji Principle: Keep it Simple. In the 24-movement form, you'll turn your attention to the movements Single Whip and Waving Hands Like Clouds (two of my favorites, by the way).

What's in a name? Watch the whole show!
27:33
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Monkey Minds and Moving Meditation
6 Lectures 52:59

Master your "Monkey Mind!" Lesson 6 is an introduction to Taiji as a form of moving meditation.

Meditation in Motion
04:40

During the follow-along Flow Motion segment, you'll get to do some new moves from the Eight Pieces of Brocade - an ancient form of Qigong meditation.

Flow Motion
07:07

The Basic Principle in this lesson is the concept of "Sinking Down."

Principle #4 - Sink Down
01:05

Since this is the halfway point in the series, instead of learning a new movement you'll review the whole form that you've learned up to this point.

Your Short Form Lesson
10:15

And the thought for the day: remember that learning Taiji is a journey - not a destination!

The Last Word
02:31

Master your "Monkey Mind!" Lesson 6 is an introduction to Taiji as a form of moving meditation. During the follow-along Flow Motion segment, you'll get to do some new moves from the Eight Pieces of Brocade - an ancient form of Qigong meditation. The Basic Principle in this lesson is the concept of "Sinking Down" and since this is the halfway point in the series, instead of learning a new movement you'll review the whole form that you've learned up to this point. And the thought for the day: remember that learning Taiji is a journey - not a destination!

Monkey Minds and Moving Meditation. Watch the whole show!
27:21
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Tai Chi or Bruce Lee? Taiji as a martial art
6 Lectures 54:34

Grab a partner, because in this lesson you'll learn about the martial arts roots of Taiji.

Taiji as Kung-fu
02:51

In the Flow Motion mini-class, you'll see how you can use the moves you've learned from the 24 form to get a mind/body workout.

Flow Motion
13:07

Taiji Principle #5: Be Continuous
00:56

In the lesson on the Short Form, you'll work with a partner on the practical self-defense application of the Taiji techniques.

Your Short Form Lesson
08:10

The way you play Taiji may change a little depending on what's known as the "style" or "family" of Taiji you are studying. Our Final Word covers what are the different styles of TaijiQuan.

The Last Word
01:59

Grab a partner, because in this lesson you'll learn about the martial arts roots of Taiji. In the Flow Motion mini-class, you'll see how you can use the moves you've learned from the 24 form to get a mind/body workout. Principle #5 is the Principle of Continuous Motion - it's how you keep flowing in TaijiQuan. In the lesson on the Short Form, you'll work with a partner on the practical self-defense application of the Taiji techniques.

Tai Chi as a martial art. Watch the whole show!
27:31
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What's Your Motto? Tai Chi as Living Philosophy
7 Lectures 55:11
The Philosophy of Balance
04:32

In this lesson's Flow Motion segment, you can follow along to see how easy Taiji kicks can be.

Flow Motion
06:58

The strict translation of "Taiji (Tai Chi)" is "The Supreme Ultimate." It's a euphemism for the marriage of Yin and Yang, the ultimate state of Harmony.

Harmony = Yin + Yang
02:55

In this lesson, we cover the final Basic Taiji Principle: your movements must demonstrate the balance of Yin and Yang.

Taiji Principle #6: Balance Your Yin and Yang
01:25

Ready to learn three new moves? High Pat on Horse, Step Up and Kick, and Box Both Ears.

Your Short Form Lesson
07:52

A short Chinese Creation story - and how it relates to Taiji.

The Last Word
03:16

In China, Taiji is known as a Living Philosophy - a practical method of living in harmony day by day. In this lesson's Flow Motion segment, you can follow along to see how easy Taiji kicks can be. Later in the show, we'll cover the final Basic Principle - which happens to be "Balance Your Yin and Yang." And then you'll learn three new moves in the forms class: High Pat on Horse, Step Up and Kick, and Box Both Ears. The Final Words today turn out to be a short Chinese Creation story - and how it relates to Taiji.

Tai Chi as Living Philosophy. Watch the whole show!
28:13
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Tai Chi for Two!
6 Lectures 54:06

Pushing Hands - aka Taiji for Two - is a Taiji sparring game, a way to gently practice the martial techniques. But it is also an interactive metaphor - a way to learn to bring whole relationships into harmony balance.

Lessons in Partner Qi
04:46

Getting into the rhythms and patterns of Taiji - like we do in Flow Motion - is actually the foundation for Push Hands play.

Flow Motion
08:50

We also find that the correct spinal alignment improves your Push Hands. In fact, don't you think that standing up straight improves all your relationships?

Secrets to Perfect Posture
01:00

In this episode, you'll go from the height of the kick to the depths of the ground with your new movement: Snake Creeps Through the Grass.

Your Short Form Lesson
09:27

The Final Thought is an invitation: have you shared any of the Taiji that you've learned? It's never too soon - and it's never too late!

The Last Word
02:45

Pushing Hands - aka Taiji for Two - is a Taiji sparring game, a way to gently practice the martial techniques. But it is also an interactive metaphor - a way to learn to bring whole relationships into harmony balance. In this episode, you'll go from the height of the kick to the depths of the ground with your new movement: Snake Creeps Through the Grass. The Final Thought is an invitation: have you shared any of the Taiji that you've learned? It's never too soon - and it's never too late!

Tai Chi for Two! Watch the whole show.
27:18
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The Life Force Known as Qi
6 Lectures 53:18

The life force energy known as Qi is a mystery to Western science, but throughout Asia it is the basis of traditional medicine. What is it and where does it come from?

It's All About The Energy
04:18

Althogh Qi cannot be seenor measured, it CAN be felt, and Flow Motion is a great way to get your Qi circulating every day - especially when you've only got 10 minutes to spare.

Flow Motion
08:32

Taiji is beautiful to watch and perform. But what you can't see is all the wonderful things happening on the inside of your body - and in particular what is happening with your Qi.

Internal Qi Circulation
03:06

In your Short Form lesson, you'll learn how to stand on one foot - like a Rooster!

Your Short Form Lesson
10:01

Nietzsche wrote, "I would only believe in a God who danced." So.. what kind of dance do you imagine God is doing?

The Last Word
00:41

The life force energy known as Qi is a mystery to Western science, but throughout Asia it is the basis of traditional medicine. What is it and where does it come from? Althogh Qi cannot be seenor measured, it CAN be felt, and Flow Motion is a great way to get your Qi circulating every day - especially when you've only got 10 minutes to spare. Taiji is beautiful to watch and perform. But what you can't see is all the wonderful things happening on the inside of your body - and in particular what is happening with your Qi. In your Short Form lesson, you'll learn how to stand on one foot - like a Rooster! In our Final Thoughts, we recall that Nietzsche said, "I would only believe in a God who danced." So.. what kind of dance do you imagine God is doing?

The Life Force Known as Qi. Watch the whole show!
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About the Instructor
David-Dorian Ross
4.7 Average rating
66 Reviews
1,996 Students
1 Course
8x US TaiChi Champion • World Silver & Bronze •

David-Dorian Ross is author and professor in the #1-selling TaiChi dvd series in the world - The Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong by The Great Courses. In all, he has made more than 30 TaiChi and Qigong video programs, as well as hosting both a public television series and a 90-minute PBS special "Tai Chi, Health and Happiness." He is the author of five books on holistic health and fitness, including the Amazon #1 best-selling "Exercising the Soul."

Currently, David-Dorian hosts The Morning Mindfulness Show - the web's #1 live Tai Chi class, live streaming from the daviddorianross website as well as on Meerkat.

David-Dorian Ross has been called America' s foremost authority on teaching Tai Chi. Inside Kung-fu magazine called him "the man who brought Tai Chi mainstream." Martial arts action star Jet Li asked him to be the Master Instructor for his international Tai Chi program, and called him "the American Idol of Tai Chi."

David-Dorian is an 8-time US national Tai Chi performance gold medalist, World silver medalist and 2-time World bronze medalist - the highest awards ever given to an American Taiji (Tai Chi) athlete.

"I confess - I fell in love with Taiji (Tai Chi) the first day I met it. I'd like to help others find that same joy. I teach Taiji because I actually believe it can help you become not only a healthier person, but a nicer person as well."