• All animals in the planet heal themselves when they get sick,

    and we can do it too.

    But we have lost some of that inner knowledge.

    This is a technique to regain it.

     

    Tai chi can alleviate the problems that will arise from a dramatic reduction in healthcare services coinciding with an aging population. People of all ages must learn to relax and release nervous tension to mitigate the effects of the disease of the modern age: stress.

  • Watch Martin doing Tai chi

  • What is it?

    TAI the path

    CHI ultimate

    CHUAN action

    Symbolism

    Tai chi chuan is an ancient martial art

    that heals the body and the mind

    through a set of exercises

    combined with

    breathing, relaxation and meditation.

    When these four ingredients

    become synchronized,

    the Chi or internal energy is set free

    and we begin to recover

    our stored energy,

    to discover our inner strength.

     

    Touch the mountain painting to know more about the origins of tai chi chuan and some of its symbols

    Chi and Qigong

    Touch the picture to know more about CHI

     

  • Tai Chi Chuan styles

    All 6 styles of Tai Chi Chuan are awesome:

    Chen, Yang, Wu Hao, Wu Chien, Sun and Li

    Each with their own variations,

    old and new schools and personal feeling.

    There is not one style better than the others

    What counts is to find a teacher that you like.

    Martin Vinaver specializes in the Yang Jia Michuan

    style of Tai Chi Chuan, known as the old-school Yang style

     

    A word about martial arts:

    They are divided in two groups: Those that rely on the muscles waijia ("hard" or "external"), such as Karate, Judo and Jujitsu and those that rely on internal energy or CHI neijia ("internal arts"),

    such as Tai chi chuan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang.

  • Shadow Boxing

    Tai Chi Chuan is known as ¨The Mother of Martial Arts¨

    because its system of self defense can be invincible:

    If you become as relaxed as a flowing river, as light as a cloud

    and as flexible as a grass leaf,

    no ammount of force can overpower you,

    It will only slide past you.

     

    This is why Tai Chi Chuan is known as ¨Shadow Boxing¨
    Because no one can outfox a shadow.

     

     

    Although quite theatrical as most chinese martial-arts movies can be,

    the fighting in this one shows you how these beautiful and slow movements can become efficient and fast.

    When you have a moment to spare, sit back and watch it without preconceived ideas...

     

  • QI GONG

    Martin also teaches Qi Gong (Chi Kung),

    which is Tai Chi Chuan's ancestor

    (In China, Qi Gong is used with Chi as a traditional curing method)

    He teaches the 13 postures (Ba Men Shi San Shi),

    a fabulous sequence that existed before

    the different Tai Chi Chuan styles came into being

     

    More literature has been written about the 13 postures

    than any other movement sequence

    And more has been written about Tai Chi Chuan

    than any other martial art

     

    In fact, the only way to write about Tai Chi Chuan

    is through poems

     

    Read the Tao Te King by Lao Tzu

    And if you want to know more about taoism,

    read also Chuang-tzu and Lie-tzu

     

  • The Thirteen Postures

    A very ancient movement sequence that existed before

    the different Tai chi chuan styles came into being....

    It is actually a transitional form from Qigong to Tai chi chuan,

    a most wonderful sequence I will teach you in due time...

    This is a lithography I made in 2007 about the Thirteen Postures

    (76 x 56 cm)

  • Explanation

    About the Thirteen Postures

  • TAOISM

    Tai chi chuan is not just an exercise or a workout.

    As yoga comes from hindu philosophy,

    Tai chi chuan comes from chinese Taoism

    Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan

    by James Leporati, L. Ac.

     

    Outside of Confucianism, Taoism is probably the most important and influential school of thought native to China.In almost direct contrast to the solemn gravity and social responsibilities endemic to Confucian ideals, where the rectification of human actions and interactions is paramount, the Taoists prize contemplation of the natural world. In this world, man is not a central but almost an incidental figure. The Taoist often forsakes society and worldly affairs in order to embrace the Tao or "Way," to bring himself better into harmony with the flow of nature and to pierce through the veils of illusion and artifice that human civilizations, with their many facets and complexities, seem to constantly weave.

     

    These two schools of thought then, Confucianism and Taoism, stand in opposition to one another. Each expresses a different aspect of the Chinese psyche. While Confucius would have us dwell in the orderly world of mundane human intercourse, the Taoists offer us a more mystical and transcendental world of the spirit and promise us a deeper insight into the principles that underlie the very operation of the universe itself. Taoism stresses harmonizing the mind and body in order to attune oneself to the natural order.

     

    Lao Tzu

     

    Lao Tzu, the legendary founder of Taoism, was an older contemporary of Confucius. Anecdotal stories tell of at least one meeting between the two philosophical giants with Confucius coming away perplexed and somewhat in awe of his elder, comparing Lao Tzu to a "Dragon who flies among the clouds." Not much is known of Lao Tzu concretely, but there are many legends and stories concerning him. It is said that at age 160, he decided to resign his position as keeper of the archives for the court of Chou at Loyang and retire to peace, solitude and contemplation. As he departed, a gatekeeper implored the sage to please compose a book coalescing his teachings so that they would not perish when Lao Tzu withdrew from the world. It was then that Lao Tzu wrote the 5000 character classic and central treatise of Taoism, the Tao Te Ching. A short, highly mystical work, it consists of only 81 verse chapters.

     

    Tao Te Ching

     

    The teachings of Lao Tzu are based on a great underlying principle, the Tao or "Way," which is the source of all being. Through the understanding of this principle, all the contradictions, divisions and distinctions of our existence are ultimately resolved. This principle can only be understood intuitively. Grasping the Tao intellectually or through some rationally derived procedure is pointless. The Tao is and must always remain essentially beyond the human ability to describe it and can only be fully understood through a kind of mystical and internal transformation. This intuitive transformation simply removes the obstacles clouding our consciousness and connects us once again to our original insight which allows us to see clearly and understand the workings and wonders of the cosmos. Taoism then, does not seek to advance man to some new state of being, merely to return him to his original and natural consciousness. The way of life which one achieves after union with the Tao is often hallmarked by a kind of yielding passivity, an absence of strife and coercion and a manner of acting which is completely effortless, free of artifice and spontaneous.

     

    Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan

     

    The origins of both Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan are shrouded in mystery. Were Chang San- Feng, the legendary creator of Tai Chi and Lao Tzu , the founder of Taoism, mythical figures or real historical personages? Did they exist and create as singular geniuses or were their respective arts and legacies the result of a combined effort by many talented and insightful people whose collective endeavors, over time, came to be assigned a more grandiose origin? Though we may never be able to answer fully such questions, throughout the years one thing is certain: much has been made of Tai Chi Chuan's connection with Taoist philosophy.

     

    Many of the greatest contributors to the development of Tai Chi Chuan were simple men, not necessarily well-versed in the various philosophical schools and literature of their times. Most probably lacked the requisite literacy to read the salient texts of Taoism and the voluminous commentaries on them. Yet, Tai Chi Chuan has perhaps the greatest literary tradition associated with any martial practice to date.This paradox is resolved by the eventual adoption of the art by more scholarly figures as time progressed. It is known that Tai Chi Chuan was held in high esteem at the royal court (perhaps due to the efforts of the Yang family Tai Chi patriarch Yang Lu Chan). It is reasonable to assume that the Chinese literati were both entranced and impressed by the art's effortless perfection. These more scholarly practitioners might have easily concluded that the principles underlying Tai Chi were in perfect accord with the Tao Te Ching. Examples are numerous. The Tao Te Ching seems to reflect philosophically the physical movements and skills which underscore the art of Tai Chi. It almost seems a primer in itself as one reads through the text:

     

    Verse 22: Therefore the ancients say, "Yield and overcome." /Is that an empty saying?

     

    Verse 43: The softest thing in the universe/ Overcomes the hardest thing in the universe.

     

    Verse 76: The hard and strong will fall/ The soft and weak will overcome them.

     

    Verse 78: The weak can overcome the strong;

     

    The supple can overcome the stiff.

     

    Under heaven everyone knows this,

     

    Yet no one puts it into practice.

     

    These verses illustrate the central principle of Tai Chi Chuan : yielding to the opponent's force. Another verse (26) states:

     

    The heavy is the root of the light;

     

    The still is the master of unrest.

     

    To be light is to lose one's root.

     

    To be restless is to lose one's control.

     

    A warning concerning root and balance as well as a strategy, this is sound advice for the Tai Chi Chuan adept. These concepts find their mirror in the Song of the 13 Postures:

     

    Being still, when attacked by the opponent

     

    Be tranquil and move in stillness

     

    My changes caused by the opponent fill him with wonder

     

    Verse 36 of the Tao offers us:

     

    That which shrinks/ Must first expand.

     

    That which fails/ Must first be strong.

     

    That which is cast down

     

    Must first be raised

     

    Wu Yu-hsiang's Expositions of Insights Into the Practice of the 13 Postures relates:

     

    First seek extension, then contraction; then it (the movements) can be fine and subtle.

     

    The reference to the use of excessive, hard muscular strength (li) equating with failure of one's technique are also common in Tai Chi literature. The Tao Te Ching illustrates this concept with the lines (Verses 30 and 55): "Force is followed by loss of strength" and "If too much energy is used, exhaustion follows." Obviously these are references to hard and inflexible force the use of which does not equate with the dexterous and lively chi energies cultivated by the Tai Chi Chuan practitioner.

     

    In regard to strategy, the Taoist axiom "That which is cast down must first be raised," equates with the lifting up or severing of the opponent's root before discharging energy against him during applications. Verse 15 asks us: "Who can remain still until the moment of action?" This causes Wu Yu-hsiang to reflect in Expositions: "It is said, 'If others don't move, I don't move. If others move slightly, I move first.'" How should one's footwork be structured during combat? Verse 41 of the Tao suggests: "Going forward seems like retreat," while Master Cheng explains in The Song of Form and Function: "When the foot wants to advance/First shift it backwards." In its application as an attacking gesture, the posture "Step Back and Repulse Monkey" epitomizes this "advancing while apparently retreating" method of footwork.

     

    What about the highest level of the art of Tai Chi Chuan? Verse 41 of the Tao states: "The greatest form has no shape." For the Tai Chi practitioner this could be said to be the ultimate goal: a state in which the underlying principles are so deeply ingrained that form itself becomes unimportant. Where the mind leads, the energy will naturally manifest itself in a spontaneous and proper way. In the Tai Chi Chuan Ching by Chang San-Feng he says simply:

     

    Up or down

     

    Front or back

     

    Left or right, one all the same.

     

    A more contemporary master, Cheng Man Ching in his Song of Form and Function offers us:

     

    Not neutralizing, it naturally neutralizes,

     

    Not yielding, it naturally yields…

     

    In push hands…/The whole body is a hand

     

    And the hand is not a hand.

     

    But the mind must stay

     

    In the place it should be.

     

    Tai Chi Chuan and Taoism are inexorably linked together. Tai Chi is a physical representation of Taoist ideals, the ungraspable made graspable through physical principles whose very movement reflects the motion of the Tao itself.

     

     

    Below, a Taoist temple in Penang

     

  • Confucius said:​

    ¨Today, most people prefer to succeed than to progress. I don’t expecto to find the perfect person but I would be content in finding someone with principles. Nowadays however, it’s difficult to have principles since nothingness pretends to be something and emptiness pretends to be full.¨

  • How does Tai chi work?

    When we are born, we breathe with all the capacity our lungs can offer.

    This is why babies seem to breathe with the stomach. But as we grow up, as we face society's moulds and limits, frustrations arise and muscle and mental tensions constrain our breathing.

    We tighten the stomach

    and the lower portion of the lungs is slowly neglected.

    This in turn stops the free circulation of Chi troughout the body

    and we begin to feel unhappy, anxious or depressed.

    Ying and Yang loose their balance.

    Eventually we loose the body's shields

    and sickness comes knocking at our door.

    So

    By practicing Tai Chi Chuan, we re-learn or ´remember´

    to breathe like we did when we were babies

    It is called ¨embrionary breathing¨.

    Then

    We learn a number of movements

    that linked together, form beautiful sequences.

    As these two elements become synchronized, we enter a state of relaxation,

    the third element, which in turn produces internal silence: the fourth element,

    finally opening the door into meditation: the fifth element.

    This is why Tai Chi Chuan is called:

     

    ¨MOVING MEDITATION¨

     

    The sealed bottle of energy we have been carrying on our back is now ready to be opened, and the Chi can start to come forth,

    to heal body and mind,

    to makes us feel whole again.

     

    The ancient texts call it :

     

    ¨Back to Primordial Unity¨

     

     

     

     

     

  •  

    ¨BE STILL AS A MOUNTAIN,

    MOVE LIKE A GREAT RIVER¨

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Health benefits

    Ying / Yang

     

    Touch the circle to know about health benefits explained in a more scientific manner

    Anti Stress Health benefits

    Ying / Yang

     

    Touch the circle to know about anti-stress health benefits

  • AND WHAT ELSE DO WE GAIN FROM IT?

     

    Well, be ready for the trip of your life !

    ....But it doesn’t come easy,

    you have to commit yourself.

    You can give it a try - but give it a worthy try.

     

    The gains depend on the individual, since it’s a personal discovery,

    a personal voyage.

    As with many eastern disciplines such as yoga and zen meditation,

    when you begin doing tai chi chuan, you don’t start seeing results,

    discovering your inner self and seeing the light right away.

    A good soup needs time to cook...

    In the west we tend to expect immediate results, specially now that we are getting used to the internet’s immediate answers.

    Eastern disciplines have always needed time to sink in,

    partly because they come from ancient phylosophies,

    loaded with wisdom and intelligence, but in order to understand them, one needs to make a space for time and patience,

    something we don't allow ourselves anymore in this day and age.

    Even yoga classes are now taught as physical workouts,

    leaving the real essence out of the picture.

    So when we want to know about essence, we do it through the intellect rather than through our intuitive antennae. The balance between the intellect and intuition is something that has to be tunned, but doing it only with the brain, won't be enough.

    We think the body only does physical things,

    but no, body and mind are one and they need to be well balanced.

     

    Living the moment with quality is one of the aims. The past is gone and the future is only a wish. So, by doing tai chi, we learn to live the moment, we get in touch with ourselves

    and this is only the beginning.

    We can apply living the moment to everything in life, from shaking someone’s hand, cooking an egg or kissing a loved one.

    Even though discoveries are an individual matter, there are also universal facts such as inner silence, which through tai chi, comes about when we are able to ride on our own breathing rythm. We have been breathing since our first day of life, but we usually don’t pay much attention to it... Then, when we are able to relax enough, sincronizing the embrionary breathing with the right movements,

    while applying inner silence, meditation begins!

    And then, doors begin to unlock and open into amazing wonders of the universe - because we are part of the universe.

    Although this may sound a bit too much, it’s absolutely true.

    We begin to ¨understand¨ a number of things

    and others start to make sense...

    And if this weren't enough, when you have internalized some tai chi,

    doing it becomes VERY enjoyable! !

  • TO READ ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF PAIN RELIEF,

    CLICK THE BUTON ABOVE

     

    Wether you believe in the material world through scientific explanations or you are open to ¨alternative¨ views and methods, such as accupuncture, homeopathy and intuition, here are some explanations for everybody...

    The key is to stay balanced: Be open to new data but be selective and ready to doubt the status-quo.

    Who would have thought that Christopher Columbus was not the first to dicover the Americas?

    If curious, read 1421 by Gavin Menzies and decide for yourself.

    (And of course, this is without saying that the Cheyenne, the Hopi, the Mayas, the Inkas and millions of other citizens were there a long time before they were ¨discovered¨...)

  • But here are some discoveries I have made through Tai chi ....

    About relaxation and transitions :

    As I have progressed through the Tai chi practice, there are a number of things I have discovered: Besides the fantastic body awareness, whereupon all parts of the body acquire interconnectiviy and the embroinary breathing becomes a binding catalizer that wakes up life in a body that had been dormant before uncovering Tai chi, my consciousness has been equally bestowed with fabulous discoveries.

    These are mostly abstract discoveries, difficult to explain with words...

    Some of these discoveries are realizations that certain universal truths exist and the confirmation of their existence is felt in a deep level, a level one could place in the realm of the alter-ego, one's own mirror.

     

    The thirteen postures, one of the oldest movement sequences, which I have come to call the bridge between Qigong and Tai chi chuan, has been for me a great source of knowledge :

    First of all, in order to attain more clarity, one needs to synchronise well the breathing with the movements, while being thoroughly relaxed. After a number of years of practice, I realized that not until I truly got to the point of deep relaxation, was I able to attain the proper sincronization between my breathing and the movements. We often think that we do things correctly but there is a point when we ¨know¨ when something is right and this is much better understood when we can relax enough because we reach the necessary inner silence which in turn lets our antennae discover other levels of awareness which exist in our subconscious but are usually supressed.

    The fact that one movement is followed by another one is what we see and feel when we learn a Duan or moving sequence. But what happens in the transitions between two movements? We cannont pinpoint it if we have not relaxed enough. From the Chinese viewpoint, the movements themselves are the Yang element and the transition between them are the Yin element. Yin is the binder, the hidden component, the oil that makes the motor turn, the night that lets the day be felt, the dream that lets reality exist. The woman that lets the man be a man and viceversa, the place where a bird’s feather is born, which will eventually make the bird fly, the fish swim and the snake glide.

    Even if we cannot see or pinpoint the Yin element in our lives, even if the Yang element is always in the front page, the Yin element posesses the intuitive and subtle ingredients we are lacking in this day and age. Breathing, movement and relaxation become our tools and meditation will flourish when the tools are properly aligned and put to use with an open heart. We will re-discover the connection to the earth where we stand and where we perform our movements, we will come to recognise the magical design under our feet. Wherever we move, a new design will develop.

    After a time of Yang learning, movements will sink into our bodies and will be assimilated enough so Yin can flourish and the snake within us can come out from its den to be blessed by the sun as it shows its beauty, resting on the rock while it scans the horizon to absorb its wisdom.

    The horizon is the transition line between the earth and the sky, night and day, sadness and hapiness, our inner and our outer self, life and death, and of course, Yin and yang, which include everything in the universe….

  • The reptilian mind

    Stalking is a fact of life.

    Be it for the universal procurement of a juicy morsel or for the equally universal attempt to acquire a mate.

    A fancy suit or a gorgeous body have been known to attract the pedestrian.

    Unless otherwise prescribed, the flickering eyelid or quivering tongue is a must for the hunter at heart.

    Stillness of the joints, an oblivious gaze and the all encompassing frozen smile are also in the guide-books and specialized magazines.

    If all else fails, a little pressure with the finger will do the trick, especially if the morsel lies in a dead-end street.

    Don’t take it for granted, it might sneak out and do you in, it might turn around and make you sin.

    So if things get heavy deploy your wares and act according to the rule.

    Move first and don’t hesitate. Grab and swallow, think later.

    If the noise is detrimental to your health, spit and run.

    If repenting is the deal, go back to strike one and delete the meal. Only then will peace of mind will restore the universal seal.

    Get positioned again and wait some more

    Maybe then his mind will start from scratch again

    Hope for the best and apply your chi

    Meditate and forget the self

    Empty your mind and inhale the scent

    Let it come, let it be and relax the bone

    The grass will grow, the wind will blow and hair will blow

    Don’t expect the unexpected; be relentless with your time.

    Adjust the knob and turn the bend. Swallowing is not the end.

  • Touch image to see the power of CHI

    Inner and outter worlds

     

    By Bill Orwell

     

    There is a vibratory field that connects all things and beings.

    It has been called Akasha, Primordial OM, Indra’s jewelry net, Music of the spheres and many other names throughout history.

    The ancient vedic teachers taught Nada Brahma:

    The Universe is Vibration.

    The vibratory field is at the core of all true spiritual experiences

    and scientific investigations.

    It’s the same vibratory field that saints, budhas, yogis, mystics, shamans, priests and seers have observed upon studying their inner selves.

    Many of history’s great thinkers, such as Pitagoras, Keppler, Leonardo Da Vinci, Einstein and Tesla, have arrived at the threshold of this mistery.

    In modern society, most of humankind

    has forgotten this ancient wisdom.

    We have searched very deep within the field of thought,

    that which we perceive as the exterior world of form,

    but have disconnected ourselves from our inner worlds.

    This equilibrium, called by Budha ¨The middle path¨

    and by Aristoteles ¨The exact middleground¨, is the common root of all religions and the link between our inner and outer worlds.

  • Freedom with a solid frame

    Explanations from Harvard Medical School

    Another fabulous discovery I've had by internalizing tai chi, is that by having learned the mechanisms of a solid structure, by way of memorization of sequences, combined with deep relaxation and meditation, I have then been able to set aside those very sequences, discovering an endless freedom - within this family of movements, which after all, are our own movements and breathing patterns from the alter-ego. We are actually just recognizing what we already know in another sphere of consciousness.

     

    The embrionary breathing we cultivate and practice while doing tai chi, is precisely the breathing we larned in the womb.

    In other words, the image above, is the result of letting my chi do a painting...

    (which I then made into a wood-block print).

     

    Touch the image to read scientific explanations...

  • The teacher

    Martin Grinberg Vinaver

    Has been doing Tai Chi Chuan for over 30 years

    And has been teaching

    in schools, art centers, parks, homes,

    and to company employees

    Won a first-prize medal at the 2000
    North-Eastern U.S. Martial Arts Championship in New York

    M.G.V. with his teacher Sai Yin-Ling,

    olympic champion herself

  • Lineage

    From my Yang Jia Michuan genealogy, the school I have chosen to follow...

    Yang Luchan

    1799 - 1872

    Yang Jianhou

    1839 - 1917

    Yang Chengfu

    1883 - 1936

    Zhang Qinlin

    1888 - 1967

    Wang Yen nien

    1914 - 2008

    Zheng Yi Li

    Taipei, Taiwan

    Martin

    Stockholm

  • CV

    Studies:

     

    1975-1976 in Oaxaca, Mexico with Master Raúl Herrera de la Vega:

    Basic exercises and the 24 movement simplified Yang style sequence

     

    1980-81 in Olympia, Wa. with Master Huang Wen-Chih:

    Basic excercises and lao jia movements

     

    1982-84 in Paris with Master Zheng Yi Li (Charles Li)*:

    Basic excercises

    Static and moving Qi-Gong excercises (rooting)

    The Ba Men Shi San Shi sequence (13 postures)

    The first douane, (35 movements) of the Yang Pai Lao Jia sequence,

    Yang JiaMichuan taiji Quan (traditional yang school)

    Tui-Shuo (push-hands)

     

    1986 in Yokohama-Shi, Japan with Master Akiko Nakamura:

    The 32 movement sword sequence

     

    1993-98 Xalapa, Ver. Mexico with Master Jose Luis Vallejo V:

    The Ba Duan Jin (Eight Silk Brocades) Qi-Gong sequence

    The ‘Traditional’ Yang style sequence

    The 24 movement simplified Yang style sequence

    The 40 movement competition sequence

    The 42 movement competition sequence

    The 32 movement sword sequence

     

    1998-99 in New York with Sifu Sai Ying-Lin:

    The 24 movement simplified Yang style sequence

    The 42 movement competition sequence

    The 48 movement simplified Yang style sequence

    The 32 movement sword sequence

    The 42 movement sword sequence

     

    Intensive Workshops:

     

    The second douane (71 movements) of the Yang Pai Lao Jia sequence and Tui-Shuo with

    Master Serge Dreyer in Toulouse, France

    Tui-Shuo and Qi-Gong with Master Raúl Herrera de la Vega in Oaxaca, Mexico

    The 42 movement competition sequence with a former martial arts champion

    from the Republic of China, through the Mexican Association of Martial

    Arts, Mexico City.

     

    Teaching and teacher-assisting:

     

    In Paris

    In Xalapa, Ver. Mexico

    In New York

    In Stockholm

     

    Prizes:

    M.V. won the year 2000 U.S. championship with the 42 competition

    sequence at the U.S. national wu-shu tournament in New York

     

    *A disciple of Master Wang Yen Nien, who presided the Taiji Quan

    association in Taiwan, and who, as Chen man Ching, was a disciple

    of Master Chang Quin Lin.

  • Martin's teachers

    Raúl Herrera

    Oaxaca, Mexico

    Huang Wen-Chih

    Olympia, Wa U.S.A.

    Charles Li

    (Zheng-Yi Li)

    Paris

    Jose Luis Vallejo V.

    Xalapa, Mexico

    Say Ying-Lin

    New York

  • Classes

    I invite you to discover your chi...

     

    Come and try a class for free!

    Introduction to Tai chi and Qi gong for beginners

     

    Classes:

     

    Private lessons through Skype:

    In the comfort of your living room, without having to go out in the cold and for those who are far, in different continents...

    1 hr/session

    To fit your schedule, as much as possible

    (500 kr / 50 € / 57 US$ per class)

    My advise is to have regular sessions once a week but twice a week would be the best to feel prompt results.

     

    Private lessons in person:

    At the place of your choice: Your home, a park, etc.

    1 hr/session

    To fit your schedule, as much as possible

    Once a week: 2000 kr per month

    (500 kr / 50 € / 57 US$ per class)

    My advise is to have regular sessions once a week but twice a week would be the best to feel prompt results.

     

    Welcome!

    COURSES FOR COMPANIES

     

    Member of the Amicale du Yanjia Michuan taiji quan association in France, I am an experienced Tai Chi / Qi gong teacher with more than 30 years teaching experience with groups of all kinds. I organize tailor-made courses for companies and organisations, with a combination of Tai Chi and Qi Gong, relaxation and stress management courses. Meditation is an important element within Tai chi.

    More than a physical workout activity, Tai Chi and Qigong give the employees many health benefits, physically, mentally and emotionally, helping them to become more focused and efficient at their workplace, while reducing the costs of absenteeism for the company. Tai chi is also called Medicinal Tai Chi or Tibetan Yoga and it can be a less expensive wellness alternative for employers. Tai Chi (health promotion) offers a tax-free benefit and is deductible for the company.

    We don't need equipment like Yoga mats or exercising machines and it can be done at your company's location.

    I will gladly give you a class demonstration.

     

    MEDICINAL TAI CHI FOR HOSPITALS, SENIORS AND THE HANDICAPPED

    Tai chi offers recovery from within, when weak or stressed. It is ideal for the elderly, since it is soft but energizing. In the orient it is mostly the elderly who practice it to keep fit and feel young.

    For handicapped individuals it is an excellent way to develop their inner potential, a forgotten energy we all have but don't develop. It doesn't matter if one sits in a wheelchair.

  • Class Content

     

    In the first module of 10 classes

    you will be guided through the necessary steps

    to install a new learning pattern in your life

    which will remove stress and anxiety,

    make you sleep better and re-balance your life.

    I will give you the groundwork to acquire

    the 7 basic components of Qi gong and Tai chi chuan:

    1.- Embrionary breathing

    You will learn and start practicing this breathing technique, in order to reclaim the use of your lower lungs. This opens the flow of stagnated chi, which can start circulating again through the meridians, to replenish your internal energy.

    2.- Exercises

    Starting from the ground up, you will learn the basic footwork with weight distribution, proper alignment and the awareness of your own compass in relation to your surroundings. You will memorize a few short sequences that will let you practice alone, as you follow your own breathing rhythm.

    All exercises will feed your body memory a subconscious input from your forgotten embrionary journey, which will help you heal some of the constraining social mouldings you have undergone since birth. These exercises are small jewels chosen from larger landscapes, all belonging to the family of healing movements that stem from our ¨Dan tien¨ (umbilical region).

    See below the basic positioning chart for your feet.

    3.- Synchronization

    You will learn to synchronize your embrionary breathing with these exercises and this synchronization will open the door to the next level:

    4.- Relaxation

    Now it will be much easier for you to relax. It will give you many advantages, such as getting rid of stress, anxiety, worries, lack of sexual interest, insomnia, etc. Relaxation will then take you to the next step:

    5.- Inner Silence

    It's a peculiar state of being in which thoughts can be canceled out in order to function from a level beyond that of daily awareness. It lets us ¨hear¨ the subtleties we have not been able to discern, due to interference in our surroundings. It fine-tunes our

    antennae.

    It's not about hearing other sounds, it's about acquiring...

     

    6.- Awareness

    A state of being with the sharpness of the eagle and the perception of the wolf. It opens the door to the next level:

    7.- Meditation

    We don’t really know what meditation is until we really experience it. We

    might even have a certain uneasiness about it because many of those who

    claim to be doing it, look a bit odd… and this is because they may not be quite there yet. It is difficult to search for it when we don’t know how it feels, what it is and what it’s supposed to give us.

    So just relax and don’t be searching for it, it will come by itself when the other ingredients have ripened. It’s like love: If you are yourself and you feel good, it will materialize with no effort at all.

     

    Number 8 would follow, but at this point we won't get into it because we are still in diapers. The next level includes deep understanding, light-bulb ignition, compassion, endless love and enlightenment...

    To know a bit more about it, go down and click between the fish.

     

    Bare in mind that one has to be humble about all this. After 10 or 12 classes you will have understood these principles, but it takes time to reach the heavens. In this day and age of computers and internet, we are easily mislead, getting used to immediate results. But this doesn’t apply to everything.

    A good soup needs time to cook, so you need to decide if you want to ¨invest¨ in yourself or if you would rather keep on eating instant noodles to cut corners...

     

    With this short course you will have memorized some exercises that will let you practice by yourself. You will then be able to fine-tune your breathing-movement synchronisation.

    You can then decide if that's enough for you or if you wish to continue to expand the puzzle.

    I highly recommend continuing if you want to polish your inner diamond and shine from within.

    It's either Tai chi and Qi gong now, or the doctors later...

    Your health:

    Please tell me if you have any health issues, such as an injured knee, a back problem, an operation, stress, depression, etc.
    Although the movements are done without forcing anything, I like to know about my student's health so I can act accordingly. Our emotions are equally important, since it is all wrapped in the same package...

    The first class:

    I will teach you the basic secret inherent in recovering our Chi: The embrionary breathing method. I will walk you through it so you start practicing it properly. Then I will show you the horse-stance posture, which is one of the roots to depart from as we stand on this earth and the topping of the ice-cream is an exercise called ¨the water drop¨ which you will use to appy your newly acquired embrionary breathing as you ¨ride on the horse¨.

     

    As part of my teaching, I send my students written and/or graphic information to help their learning experience.

    Below, you have some material for the start...

  • BASIC FEET POSITIONING
    AND WEIGHT DISTRIBUTION

    We forget that the Earth gives us everything. We will start by re-gaining the awareness of our connection to the ground, taking off our shoes and learning to stand and shift our weight properly in order to acquire the ¨lightness of being¨, like cats and tigers...

  • Enlighted Beings

  • What is reality, anyway?

    We create our own...

    and we believe it.

  • Chi applied to painting

  • Links

    My Taiji quan association

    Web pages

    My links

    At the end of my artist's web page

  • Contact

     

    WhatsApp: +46 764289107