Category Archives: Tai Chi

Short Form Tai Chi for Health Starts May 6, 2024

New to Tai Chi? Get started, deepen your skills, or just try it out! Introduction This 3-month series is an introduction to the beautiful art of Tai Chi. We will begin with the proper structure and bio-mechanics that give this … Continue reading

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New Class for Short Form Tai Chi starts May 6, 2024

Announcing New Short-Form Tai Chi Class New to Tai Chi? Get started, deepen your skills, or just try it out! A new 3-month introduction to the beautiful art of Tai Chi for beginners starts May 6, 2024. Learn proper structure … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Chuan For Health Class Returns September 5

It’s that time of year again! Narrye Caldwell’s popular 3 month class on Tai Chi will return on Sept 5, and for the first time class will meet twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 9 – 10 am. This … Continue reading

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Tai Chi For Health in Santa Cruz

Tai Chi for Health Get started or deepen your skills Meets twice a week for 3 months Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10 a.m. Sept. 6 to Nov. 24 (we may adjust the final class date to accommodate Thanksgiving) Academy of Martial … Continue reading

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The Role of Continuous Movement in Yang Style T’ai Chi Chuan

~Reprinted from T’ai Chi Magazine Millennial Issue, February 2000 At one time T’ai Chi was known as River Boxing (He Quan). The reason is obvious, even to the non-player. T’ai Chi’s smooth, continuous flowing motions move along like a gentle … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Training Secrets: How Do You Practice Martially, When You Are By Yourself?

A recent letter from one of our favorite correspondents, Gary Shapiro, put the question: “We spoke about how practicing taiji with the martial aspects in mind enhances it’s health effects. So— how does that work? Can one practice “martially” solo? … Continue reading

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Better With Age

After class the other day my student Harvey, who has studied with me for more than 15 years, asked me a pointed question: “How and why does a longtime practitioner maintain his or her interest in studying Tai Chi?” This … Continue reading

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Stretching For the Art

You’ve finished your workout and the idea comes to you: why not stretch a little? It can only help, right? But immediately your brain floods with questions: How important is it to stretch? If I have just worked out, is … Continue reading

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Adam Hsu on Chen Style Taijiquan

It is no secret that we at Plum greatly admire Adam Hsu (Hsu Ji) and his teachings. We have published some of his books and DVDs, excerpted and reprinted articles, and referenced his many principles and theories. He is also … Continue reading

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Sanshou: Partner Practice in the Age of Quarantine

Why is partner practice so different from solo practice? In my daily Taijiquan practice in a time of sheltering-in-place, the answer of course is quite obvious. As a martial artist, I find I am missing the feedback I feel, the … Continue reading

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Beng Jin: Kung Fu’s Hidden Skill

Here’s a new video on Beng Energy. If you’re one of our Tai Chi students you have probably heard me lecture on this special quality, and are undoubtedly practicing this right now! But Beng Jin exists in all styles of … Continue reading

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Daily Neigong (Qigong) Routine

Our illustrious and accomplished colleague and friend in Sacramento, Sifu Robert Nakashima, has generously created and shared his daily Neigong routine. Running about 20 minutes, even just watching this video provides calm and comfort, although getting up and trying it … Continue reading

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Tai Chi For Health, 3 month class starts January 8

• Learn a complete form in just three months • Traditional, fluid, moving meditation • Small Class, detailed instruction • Emphasis on correct posture and form for health, balance, and vitality • Authentic martial structure for strength and flexibility • … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Straight Sword–Basics Class

Hoping for this class to return in January! For the first time, the Academy adds an 8 week Tai Chi Straight Sword class to our revolving workshop menu. If you are intrigued, in general, by the straight sword—it being one … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Partner Work: Deepen Your Practice

New Class Starting October 17, 2018 This 6 week class, co-taught by Ted Mancuso and Narrye Caldwell, is a perfect way to improve your Tai Chi skills, and take your practice to the next level. Not only will you have … Continue reading

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