Category Archives: Tai Chi

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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Tai Chi for Health: Deepen Your Practice

Great news! We have just added a new 6 week class, starting April 25, to our very popular Tai Chi for Health Series. This one’s for intermediate students, those who have completed the short Tai Chi set at the Academy … Continue reading

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Tai Chi For Health: Deepen Your Practice

New Class Starting April 25, 2018 Finally! This new 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 … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Core Movements

This is the PDF booklet to accompany our seminar, A Taste of Tai Chi: Core Moves and Energies. If you are interested in upcoming dates for this class, click HERE. If you would like to see the whole menu of … Continue reading

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2016 New Classes and Seminars

We offer authentic, traditional training and experiences in the treasure that is Chinese martial arts and energetics. The Academy is Santa Cruz’s oldest Chinese martial arts school. For more than 25 years we have built a community of students and … Continue reading

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What you should know before you start a Tai Chi class

I love teaching Tai Chi, and I especially love introducing this beautiful health promoting martial art to beginners. But many people start out with some ideas that are not only wrong, but prevent them from sticking with the practice long … Continue reading

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Tai Chi for Health: Core Movements

In this 2 hour workshop, you will learn an easy, beautiful and traditional routine based on 5 energies of Tai Chi. This is NOT a TV version: it is a concentrated form that integrates movement, breathing, and intent to create … Continue reading

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