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Mastering Tai Chi

by The Great Courses
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  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable 115-page course guidebook
  • More than 12 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

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Class Overview

Start your journey of personal mastery with internationally acclaimed tai chi master David-Dorian Ross. Follow along as he takes you deep into the principles of this ancient Chinese practice as well as its long history, classic texts, and techniques to strengthen you body and mind. Along the way, you’ll master the Yang-style 40-movement form and discover a set of mental tools that you can apply in all areas of your life.

Lesson Breakdown

1. The Path Towards Mastery
Welcome to the guan, or tai chi studio. Start your journey on the path of mastery as David-Dorian Ross explains how taijiquan is a complex system that weaves together martial artistry, the pursuit of health and longevity, and the philosophy of harmony and balance. Practice several stances that you'll use throughout the Yang-style 40-movement form, then learn your first tai chi principle.
2. Harmony Is the Ultimate Goal
3. Walking Like a Cat
4. Mind Over Muscles
5. Taming the Monkey Mind
6. The Bow & Arrow
7. Practicing in a Small Space
8. Hips & Waist: The Center Is the Commander
9. Feet: Separate Empty From Full
10. Shoulders: Finding Reasons to Let Go
11. Inside Reflects the Outside
12. Chest, Posture & the Natural Curve
13. Bring Out Your Flow
14. Transitions as Smooth as Silk
15. Legs to Arms: Connecting Upper & Lower
16. A Movable Meditation
17. Bouncing Away Conflict
18. The Peaceful Warrior
19. Qigong Breathing
20. Partners: The Whole Body Is the Hand
21. Five Stages of Mastery
22. Lotus Kick & Laughing Buddha
23. Conserve Your Energy
24. Another River to Cross

Taught by

David-Dorian Ross
David-Dorian Ross
David-Dorian Ross is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit and the creator of the TaijiFit mind-body exercise program. He holds a B.A. in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University and has completed graduate course work in physical education and Chinese. Trained in China with championship martial arts coaches, he has had an illustrious career in competitive tai chi, winning seven U.S. gold medals, two world bronze medals, and a world silver medal, the highest awards ever given to an American for international tai chi performance.

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