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EXERCISES FOR ALL SEASONS: Tai Chi

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Uploaded on Apr 15, 2009

Alternating Feet Tai Chi form, turn right (clockwise), uneven terrain - 12/02/08 (Autumn)

Most of the tai chi movements that I do regularly are from Prof. Cheng Manching's 37 Posture Tai Chi Chuan Form
http://youtube.com/watch?v=8P-ZCG1ysDo
http://youtube.com/watch?v=USJPmCZ6Efc
http://youtube.com/watch?v=sjV9bx9unxQ
Some movements are from William C.C. Chen's 60 Posture Form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHGDq_...

Both of these "abridged / shortened / simplified / modified" tai chi forms are derived from Yang Cheng Fu's (Yang Style) Long Form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_ddaN...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35sQXG...

I practice the 37 Posture Tai Chi form in many different ways, depending on what I want to emphasize during a specific practice session.

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In this video, I am doing a circling-in-place, clockwise version of the Alternating Feet Tai Chi Form, on uneven terrain.

Please see
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk_TSb...
for a detailed description of the Alternating Feet Tai Chi Form.

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Over the course of several decades, I have developed many different compact variations / adaptations of the main 37 Posture Tai Chi Form, for different purposes.

For example, whenever I've been sitting too long in front of my computer and I'm starting to feel drowsy, I do some version of the "Raise Each Leg" form to wake myself up. This fast form speeds up my heart beat, similar to climbing stairs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8oQW2...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1-oAZ...

I use the V-feet Chi Circulating form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJsUgU...
to slow down my brain before falling asleep. It's the last thing I do before I climb into bed and close my eyes. It helps me fall into a deep sleep seconds after my head touches the pillow.

When I want to warm myself up after walking outdoors in the cold for more than an hour, I do the shoulder-width feet parallel Cloud Hands Tai Chi form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIPeJB...
This form helps circulate chi very effectively through all parts of my body in a few minutes, and helps my body transition from a cold outdoor environment to a warm indoor environment. It helps warm me up quickly!

I do the "Jailhouse" version of the Form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgkIr_...
whenever I have very little space to move around in, yet I want to experience the full extension of a 70/30 forward stance.

I do the "Alternating Feet" version of the Form
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk_TSb...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20uAuF...
whenever I'm watching DVDs or videos on my computer monitor, because I can keep looking straight ahead at the monitor while alternating my feet between a 70/30 left leg forward stance, and a 70/30 right leg forward stance. This version of the Form allows me to watch a movie and keep exercising at the same time, without turning my head away from the screen.

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Like a helicopter circling many times over the same bridge, I keep returning to the basic 37 Posture Tai Chi Form, over and over.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJ-L2...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on2ea_...
I see different things during each new pass.

Like a cabbage, or an onion, the 37 Posture Tai Chi Form has many layers. Peel away one layer, there's always another layer underneath. It would probably take several lifetimes of study to "unpeel" all the layers within the 37 Posture Form; still, one would not have exhausted all that can be learned by delving deeper and deeper. A universe contained in a microcosm.

One good form, learned well, correctly, can last a lifetime.

I don't see any point to learning many forms from different styles, if no single form is mastered in depth and can be performed very well, in a variety of ways, for different purposes.

ChiGuy396

ChiGuy396@yahoo.com

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