Toll Free
1-800-669-8892 or 1-603-569-7988

Articles: Taijiquan

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Liang, Shou-Yu, Wen-Ching Wu, May 12, 2014

To successfully learn taijiquan (tai chi chuan), you will need to understand some of the principles and guidelines that have accumulated over the centuries by masters of this ancient art. These principles and guidelines are the foundation of taijiquan. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 7, 2014

During the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1278) the monks of the Shaolin Temple continued to gather more martial skills from outside sources. They blended these arts into the Shaolin training. During this period, one of the most famous Shaolin martial monks, Jueyuan, traveled around the country in order to learn and absorb high levels of martial skill into Shaolin training. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 30, 2014

Chinese martial arts probably started long before history was recorded. Martial techniques were discovered or created during the long epoch of continuous conflict between humans and animals or between different tribes of humans themselves. From these battles, experiences were accumulated and techniques discovered that were passed down from generation to generation. More >>

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2014

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day) on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include hundreds of cities spanning 80 countries. Massive tai chi and qigong exhibitions will be held in public places such as parks, community centers, and tai chi schools across six continents.  It's a time for people to come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.  More >>

Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 7, 2014

How Many Techniques in Taijiquan? In the traditional bare hand sequence, the apparent number of techniques vary between 81 and 150, depending on the method used to count and group the forms. Some instructors and writers, for example, will not count repeated forms. But basically, you may judge whether a taijiquan sequence is complete by comparing the arrangement of the names given to the techniques. More >>

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

Ramel Rones, David Silver, March 17, 2014

For this exercise, we will focus on the physical muscles surrounding the lower energy center area. This skill, coordinating the movement of the abdominal and back muscles with the movement of the lungs and diaphragm, should be practiced and emphasized on its own. This exercise is one of those pillar principles that should eventually be incorporated into every mind/body prescription throughout the Sunset Tai Chi program. It is ultimately used with every breath you take. More >>

Fundamental Eight Stances

Fundamental Eight Stances (Ji Ben Ba Shi)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 24, 2014

Before you practice traditional Yang Style Taijiquan, you should first learn some important fundamental practices. These practices will help you understand the essence and the root of taijiquan practice. More >>

Taiji Sword and Its Applications

Taiji Sword and Its Applications

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 26, 2013

Since Taijiquan has developed for more than a thousand years, various styles have been created. There are many Taiji sword sequences in existence. All of these sequences have grown out of the same Taiji theoretical roots. More >>

Tai Chi Wall and Tree Push-Ups

Tai Chi Wall and Tree Push-Ups

Ramel Rones, David Silver, July 1, 2013

Face a wall or a tree, with your feet together and your toes about two to four feet away from the wall or tree, depending on your height and how much resistance you are looking for. The farther away from the support you are, the more resistance you will add to the muscles. More >>

What is Taijiquan?

What is Taijiquan?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 20, 2013

Let us see what is Taijiquan, as it was written down in the past. First, we must define what we mean by “taiji.” It is stated in Wang, Zong-yue’s (王宗岳) Taijiquan Classic “What is taiji? It is generated from wuji and is a pivotal function of movement and stillness. It is the mother of yin and yang. When it moves, it divides. At rest it reunites.” More >>

YMAA Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on April 27

YMAA Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on April 27

Barbara Langley, April 22, 2013

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day)on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include 70 countries. More >>

Thoughts On Tai Chi Form And Drills

Thoughts On Tai Chi Form And Drills

Ramel Rones, David Silver, April 15, 2013

During my twenty plus years of training full-time with world-renowned Chinese masters and leading Yoga teachers has rewarded me with gold medals in the solo Tai Chi form and Tai Chi sword, as well as in fighting competitions in North America, and Europe, in China, as well. More >>

Tai Chi Fire Set Exercises for Leg Strength

Tai Chi "Fire Set" Exercises for Leg Strength

Ramel Rones, David Silver, March 11, 2013

The following three exercises make up what I call the “Fire Set,” which are “Walk and Kick Back,” “Walk Like a Warrior,” and “Up Like Smoke, Down Like a Feather.” I designed this exercise after many years of experience working with martial artists as well as elders, and stumbling into many issues of leg strength, as well as osteoporosis and sarcopenia. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong - Theory of Physical Conditioning

Taiji Ball Qigong - Theory of Physical Conditioning (強身之原理)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 4, 2013

Taiji ball qigong is able to condition the physical body and change its structure from weak to strong. In addition, it can also increase the quality of endurance of the body. Due to these reasons, taiji ball qigong can be used to enhance fighting capability, and to increase the chance of survival in ancient fighting situations. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong Training (太極球氣功之練習)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, December 3, 2012

Taiji ball qigong is a mixture of internal gong (nei gong, 內功) and external gong (wai gong, 外功). The internal gong includes the development of the feeling between the physical body and qi and also learning how to use the mind to lead the qi efficiently. More >>

Traditional Tai Chi Ball Training

Traditional Tai Chi Ball Training

Ramel Rones, September 11, 2012

The tai chi ball is a traditional training tool used to strengthen the muscles, joints, and bones. It is also a method used to open and strengthen the circulation in the belt vessel. You may use any kind or size ball or any object that will fit between your hands for this exercise. More >>

Hamstring Stretches

Hamstring Stretches

Ramel Rones, July 30, 2012

Because the hamstrings are the most stubborn muscles in our body, we need to constantly stretch them. If you think about it, the hamstrings are one of the muscles that do not have any strengthening exercises. More >>

Learning Tai Chi - the 24 and 48 Forms

Learning Tai Chi - the 24 and 48 Forms

Liang, Shou-Yu, July 16, 2012

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art that combines martial arts movements with Qi energy circulation, breathing, and stretching techniques. It utilizes the ancient philosophy of Yin / Yang and the Five Element theories for its foundation and to establish its training principles. More >>

 Advanced Taiji Ball Training

Advanced Taiji Ball Training (高級太極球之練習)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, June 25, 2012

The following exercises are a sample of how you may take your tai chi training even further. As you will see, there is no limit as to how much you can train. It is up to you to challenge yourself to reach deeper levels of understanding and excel at taiji ball training. More >>

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 28, 2012

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 28, 2012

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2012

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame."-Thomas Alva Edison More >>

Chinese Yang Style Secrets

Yang Tai Chi Family Secrets - Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 9, 2012

This is a translation of a Yang family poem titled, "The Secrets of Total Applications" by Yang, Yu (Ban-Hou). Each section is followed by commentary by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. More >>

Yang, Ban-Hou (楊班侯)

Yang Tai Chi Family Secrets - Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 2, 2012

Taijiquan was first introduced to the West by Master Cheng, Man-Ching during the 1960's. The original focus of his effort was to teach a method of health and relaxation. It was only after several years that the art's effectiveness in reducing stress and maintaining health became widely known. More >>

Tai Chi Ball Basic Warm-up and Stretching Exercises

Tai Chi Ball Basic Warm-up and Stretching Exercises

Dr. Yang, Ming-Jwing and David Grantham, February 20, 2012

The following are basic warm-up and stretching exercises are highly recommended for any and all external exercises. They are designed to prepare the body for more strenuous activity. More >>

Yang Tai Chi for Beginners

David Silver, January 30, 2012

Yang-style Tai Chi is the most popular form in the world, with millions of practitioners. Since the Yang family popularized Tai Chi during the 1800s, the form has been passed down from teacher to student in an oral tradition, resulting in a wide variety in the way the form is practiced. More >>

David Grantham demonstrating Tai Chi Ball

Training Exercises for Tai Chi Ball

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David Grantham, October 31, 2011

The first pattern in external training exercises is known as circling. There are four different methods to complete the circle. Two are related to a vertical plane and two are related to a horizontal plane. More >>

Dr. Yang demonstrating tai chi ball

Breathing Exercises for Tai Chi

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, October 24, 2011

The following will highlight some fundamental techniques required for nei gong. Nei gong is also known as internal gongfu. Internal gong focuses on regulating the body, breathing, mind, qi, and spirit. More >>

Conflict—An Antithesis to Tai Chi

Conflict-An Antithesis to Tai Chi

John Loupos, October 17, 2011

If someone were to engage me in one of those word association games-“Say the first thing that comes to your mind when I say...Tai Chi” More >>

The Setting Sun and Tai Chi Drills

Ramel Rones, August 16, 2011

If you have an opportunity, perform tai chi drills as well as the tai chi form in the setting sun. Relax, but do not collapse your entire body and surrender physically and mentally to the gentle warmth and to the powerful drawing and cleansing energy of the setting sun. Of course, second best would be indoors while the sun is setting. More >>

Dr. Yang performing Taijiquan

How to Practice a Taijiquan Sequence

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 26, 2011

Normally, it takes at least three years to learn the taijiquan sequence and to circulate qi smoothly in coordination with the breathing and postures. You should then learn to transport qi and develop qi balance. Even after you have accomplished this, there is still more to learn before you can be considered a proficient taijiquan martial artist. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

Regulating the Breath

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 13, 2011

Regulating the breath means to regulate your breathing until it is calm, smooth, and peaceful. Only when you have reached this point will you be able to make the breathing deep, slender, long, and soft, which is required for successful qigong practice. Breathing is affected by your emotions. For example, when you are angry or excited you exhale more strongly than you inhale. When you are sad, you inhale more strongly than you exhale. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

How Do You Learn Taijiquan?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 6, 2011

Whether or not a person learns something depends upon his attitude and seriousness. First he must make a firm decision to learn it, and then he must have a strong will to fulfill his intention. He needs perseverance and patience to last to the end. Even if a person has all these virtues, his achievement might still be different from that of another person’s who has the same qualities and personality. More >>

More Benefits From the Sunset and Sunrise Tai Chi

More Benefits From the Sunset and Sunrise Tai Chi

Ramel Rones, May 2, 2011

Most of us are shallow breathers. Some of the mind-body prescriptions from both series, Sunset Tai Chi and Sunrise Tai Chi, will introduce you to various breathing techniques, which will develop your lungs and over time you will become a deep breathing individual. More >>

Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Tai Chi Series

Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Tai Chi Series

Ramel Rones, April 25, 2011

Most of us experience relief and joy when the end of the working day has come. For our own health, when the end of the day is here it is time to change pace and let go. This “letting go” can be different for each of us as it is a time to relax and recharge. The faster we let go of past activities and focus on the present to refresh, gather forces, and dissolve the tension and stress from the day, the quicker we will be able to enjoy the rest of the evening. More >>

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day across the World—April 30, 2011

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Across the World—April 30, 2011

Barbara Langley, April 18, 2011

On the last Saturday of April each year, the entire world is invited to move together, to breathe together—one world, one breath. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is celebrating its 13th anniversary day on April 30. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

Steps in Learning Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 28, 2011

Every taijiquan master has his own sequence of training, emphasizing his methods and content. The following lists general training procedures according to my learning experience with three taijiquan masters and my teaching experience of more than forty years. This is a guide only to the bare-hand training procedures of taijiquan. More >>

David Grantham performing tai chi ball

Introduction and Short History of Tai Chi Ball Qigong

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, December 20, 2010

Though the existence of taiji ball qigong has been common knowledge in both Chinese martial arts and laymen societies, its popularity has been limited due to the secrecy of the training techniques. Taiji ball qigong training, in each style, was kept secret and passed down only to trusted students. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong for Health and Martial Arts

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, December 13, 2010

Since taiji ball qigong is a combination of internal elixir (nei dan) and external elixir (wai dan) qigong practice, the health benefits of taiji ball qigong can be divided into two parts, the internal and external side. Taiji ball qigong is a soft-moving meditation. Through this meditative training, you will be able to concentrate and focus your mind at a higher level. More >>

Tai Chi Intervention for Fibromyalgia

Ramel Rones, November 29, 2010

Over the past eight years I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Tufts School of Medicine researching the philosophy of Tai Chi and its effects on both arthritis of the knee and Fibromyalgia. I was asked by one of the researchers at Tufts School of Medicine to design and implement an intervention for both debilitating diseases. More >>

Jeffrey Pratt and Bill Buckley doing Pushing Hands

Daoist Breathing Improves Pushing Hands

Jeffrey Pratt, October 25, 2010

As an instructor at the YMAA School in Boston, Mass., my students often ask, “How can my pushing hands get better?” We all want to get better. Many people spend a lot of time looking for some facet of the art that they have missed or a trick to shorten their path. More >>

Form as a Vessel for Tai Chi Principle—Part 2

John Loupos, August 9, 2010

Once enrolled in my class, she was all over the place swinging her arms as if dancing to imaginary music (fine at home, perhaps, but not in Tai Chi class). This woman completely lacked structure, but more significantly, she lacked any desire for structure or willingness to consider its merits. More >>

Form as a Vessel for Tai Chi Principle—Part 1

John Loupos, August 2, 2010

When the average person thinks of Tai Chi, the image that I expect most often comes to mind is one of some person or persons practicing a slow motion Tai Chi form sequence. This is quite reasonable given Tai Chi’s usual portrayal in the various media. More >>

YMAA Taijiquan Lineage

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 31, 2010

Thanks to a recent reunion between Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and his first Taijiquan teacher, Grandmaster Kao, Tao, we now know the complete lineage of YMAA's Yang style Taijiquan in more detail. The most interesting discovery is that Yang, Chengfu, who is famous for teaching the health aspects of Taijiquan to the public, also had indoor disciples who trained the martial side of Taijiquan. More >>

Understanding Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 3, 2010

In order to analyze the traditional Yang Style Taijiquan sequence, it is necessary to understand how martial sequences are created and the purpose they serve. Taijiquan is not a dance or abstract movement. A proper understanding of the root of the art will help you practice more effectively. More >>

History of Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 26, 2010

When he was young, Yang, Lu-chan went to Chen Jia Gou in Henan province to learn taijiquan from Chen, Chang-xing. Chen realized that Yang had great potential and taught him the secrets sincerely. More >>

YMAA participates in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 24, 2010

Barbara Langley, April 19, 2010

It’s open house across the world, beginning in New Zealand, when World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will spread time zone by time zone across the globe through 60 countries and across six continents. There will be events in cities, towns, and villages world-wide embracing wisdom from all cultures of the world. More >>

Dr. Yang performing Taijiquan (Photo: Jon Chang)

Beyond Your Barehand Taiji Form (太極拳套)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 4, 2009

Once you have learned a basic Taiji form, whether you study Yang, Chen, or another style, there is still a great deal that traditional Taijiquan training can offer. More >>

Large Rollback begins

Lessons from the Taijiquan Form Seminar

Jeffrey Pratt, September 17, 2009

I had the chance last weekend to teach at the YMAA Boston Taiji Form Seminar. I was tapped to teach the Two Person Fighting Set. YMAA canon maintains that the Fighting Set is the last thing a person trains prior to free sparring. More >>

Shaolin: the Root of Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 23, 2009

After Bodhidharma (Da Mo) passed down his qigong (chi kung) theory at Shaolin Temple around 550 A.D., the Shaolin monks trained the cultivation of Qi, and realized that muscular power could be enhanced to a tremendous level, which could make martial techniques more powerful and effective. More >>

Taiji Chin Na - Martial Application

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 4, 2009

Taijiquan was originally developed for combat in ancient times. Its fighting theory is to use the soft against the hard, and to use the round to neutralize the straight or square. More >>

Dr. Aihan Khun practicing sitting Qigong

The True Quality of Tai Chi

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 20, 2009

What is Tai Chi? How does Tai Chi improve health? People ask me these questions all the time. Some ask because they see so many people doing these exercises in the park. Others ask because they can hardly believe there can be any benefits from such slow body movements. More >>

Robert Chuckrow

Taiji and Qigong

Robert Chuckrow, April 6, 2009

Those who practice both Taiji and Qigong as separate arts soon realize that Qigong is included among the many layers encompassed by Taiji. Knowingly doing Taiji movement as Qigong not only adds the benefits of Qigong but also improves the quality of the Taiji movements. More >>

Seniors practicing Taiji on the beach

Senior Moments #2: Taiji, Happy Toes, and Piano Fingers

Roger Whidden, February 17, 2009

So how does one teach Taijiquan to seniors, rehabbers, and the generally unfit? Consult the ancients, "The best leader follows." These people are generally coming to Taiji because of a life urgency (old age, sickness, injury, etc.) which has created an opportunity for change. More >>

Roger Whidden leading a class in Marshfield, MA

Senior Moments #1: "Because we can't"

Roger Whidden, January 30, 2009

Back in the day of the last millennia, I had my first venture into teaching Martial Arts to the elderly. I secured a nice gig at the local senior center. There were about twenty intrepid explorers ready for the unknown. More >>

Zhang, San-Feng

Zhang, San-Feng and the Ancient Origins of Taijiquan part 2

David Silver, December 1, 2008

How old are Taijiquan and Taiji philosophy? Recent findings indicate that the basic Taiji movements and Internal Arts theory of breathing and Qi circulation pre-date Zhang and Chen significantly. More >>

Zhang, San-Feng

Zhang, San-Feng and the Ancient Origins of Taijiquan

David Silver, November 22, 2008

The origin of Taijiquan is a controversial issue. Some trace Taijiquan to the Chen family in the 1600's and others trace the art further back to Master Zhang, San-Feng. Both are correct. And neither of them created Taijiquan. More >>

Dr. Yang in meditation posture

Taijiquan Theory of Reaching Enlightenment

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 12, 2008

In the practice of Taijiquan pushing hands, Taiji circle sticking hands, and Taijiquan free fighting, etc., you must practice until you have reached a stage where there is no discrimination of the opponent. More >>

Taijiquan Master Kao Tao

Taijiquan Master Kao Tao - Dr. Yang's teacher

Nicholas C. Yang, Milan Vigil, David Silver, September 23, 2008

Dr. Yang's first Taijiquan master, Grandmaster Kao, Tao (高濤), who Dr. Yang lost contact with after leaving for college and moving to the U.S., has finally been found in Taipei, Taiwan. More >>

Tai Chi Dynamics

Robert Chuckrow, June 25, 2008

Those who study Taiji know that its important concepts are frequently elusive, and, for many practitioners, much of the modern Taiji literature of substantive content is difficult to understand. More >>

Taijiquan Pushing Hands

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 14, 2008

Almost every Chinese martial style, both external and internal, has its own hand-matching training similar to Taiji's pushing hands. More >>

Videos and Podcasts...


Episode 1

Episode 1.
Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

Episode 2

Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


Newsletter PDF

Download issues of YMAA Newsletter in PDF format.





©2014 YMAA | About YMAA | Privacy Policy |Terms of Use | Permissions | Contact Us
Free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Select "GROUND SHIPPING UPS" or "SUPER SAVER USPS" (US Post). Domestic USA locations only.
Close Close