Classic Ideas in Modern Formats
Dale Napier, Writer
Houston Elemental Tai Chi - Background
Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan, or taiji) is an ancient Chinese martial art, practiced
by most as a health exercise. Characterized by slow, flowing movements
that can approach a state often called "meditation in motion", it offers
a gentle, nonagressive approach to strengthening muscles and cultivating
chi (qi), the essence of our breath/life energy.
Too much of modern life is devoted to rushing through our "multitasking"
activities. For practitioners, taiji is the perfect counterpoint:
to slow down, de-stress, and re-focus our lives as we regain a connection
to our inner being. This is not some spaced-out
sense of feeling good: it provides very real and noticeable physical benefits,
external as well as internal.
Elemental Tai Chi offers Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) based on the
Yang medium frame Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan (YMT) and Traditional Yang large frame.
Qigong and neigong training come from three sources: the Universal Dao system of
Mantak Chia, the Jin Shan (Gold Mountain) system of
Wang Yen-nien associated with YMT,
and the Triple Sanctuary practices of the Sanctuary of Dao from
Stuart Alve Olson. Sifu
Dale Napier draws upon his expertise in these and other systems to provide
training to achieve integrated health and strength in the mind, body, and