Learning and Practicing Taijiquan 
How to Learn T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung (Qigong)



Research by

Michael P. Garofalo

January 20, 2010

 

 

Cloud Hands - Yun Shou

Cloud Hands Homepage

 

 

 

 

Bibliography, Links, Resources, Lessons
Learning and Practicing Taijiquan and Qigong
Beginning Tai Chi

 

Alphabetic Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website  


Animal Frolics Qigong


"The Art of Learning: A Critique of Chinese Martial Arts."  By Kenneth S. Cohen.  Internal Arts, Vol. 3, No. 1, February 1989, pp. 14-16.  An interesting comparison of the aims of the Feldenkrais method to more rigid, goal orientated, competitive, workaholic, emotionless, and injurious practices of some traditional teachers.   


"An Anyalysis of Teaching and Learning Methods,"  By David X. Swenson, Ph. D..  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2002, pp.39 - 41.  "Learning style refers to the characteristic strengths and preferences in the ways a person perceives, organizes and is able to use various kinds of information."  The authors explains sensing vs. intuitive learners, visual vs. verbal learners, inductive vs. deductive learners, active vs. reflective learners, and.  sequential vs. global learners.  He gives specific suggestions for instructors and students."  


Beginning a Study of Chen Style Taijiquan  


Bibliography and Links for Taijiquan  


Chen Style Taijiquan


Chen Style Taijiquan, Old Frame, First Form, Laojia Yilu  


Chi Kung (Qigong)  


Classics of Taijiquan 


Cloud Hands Blog: Mind/Body Movement Arts


Cloud Hands Blog: Learning Taijiquan 


Cloud Hands Website: Taijiquan and Qigong  


The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles and Practice.  By Wong Kiew Kit.  Shaftesbury, Dorset, Element, 1996.  Index, bibliography, 316 pages.  ISBN: 1852307927.  VSCL. 


The Dao of Taijiquan: Way to Rejuvenation.   By Tsung Hwa Jou.  Charles E. Tuttle, 1998.  3rd Edition.  233 pages.  ISBN: 0804813574.  An outstanding textbook on Tai Chi Chuan.  All styles are introduced and explained.  A very informative introduction to the philosophy and practices of Tai Chi.  VSCL. 


Eight Section Brocade Qigong  


Green Paths in the Valley Blog


The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice.  T. K. V. Desikachar.  Revised Edition.  Rochester, Vermont, Inner Traditions International, 1995, 1999.  Index, 244 pages.  Includes the Yoga Sutra by Pantanjali.  ISBN: 089281764X.  


How to Find a Tai Chi Teacher
.   Thomas Cobb teaches Wu Style T'ai Chi.


The Intuitive Body:  Aikido as a Clairsentient Practice.  By Wendy Palmer.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1994.  152 pages.  ISBN: 1556431716. 


Ji Hong Taijiquan Teaching Method and Curriculum   Outline of program. 


Kishido:  The Way of the Western Warrior.  By Peter Hobart.  Prescott, Arizona, Hohm Press, 2003.  Glossary, 168 pages.  ISBN: 1890772313. 


Learning How to Learn Taijiquan.   By Linda Lehrhalpt, Ph.D. 


Learning on Your Own


Learning Qigong (Chi Kung, Daoyin) 


Learning Taijiquan - Google Search


Learning Taijiquan Cane Forms Using an Instructional DVD


Learning the Chen Style Taijiquan Old Frame First Form, Laojia Yilu


Learning the Standard Simplified 24 Movements Taijiquan Hand Form in the Yang Style 


Learning the Standard 32 Movements Taijiquan Sword Form in the Yang Style 


Learning the Standard 73 Movement Competition Hand Form in the Sun Style 


Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee.  By Rodney Yee with Nina Zolotow.  Photographs by Michael Venera.  Emmaus, PA, Rodale Press, Gaiam Books, 2004.  Index, 394 pages.  ISBN: 0875969216.  An excellent program for developing a home yoga practice.   


Saber, Dan Dao, Broadsword - Learning 


Self-Paced Learning Strategies


Short Staff and Cane - Learning Techniques  


Staff, Gun, Bo - Learning


Sun Style Taijiquan


Sun Style Taijiquan 73 Competition Form - Instructions, Lessons, Lists, Illustrations, Bibliography 


Sword, 32 Standard Form - Instructions, Lessons, Lists, Illustrations, Bibliography 


T'ai Chi Teacher's Ultimate Handbook.   By Bill Douglas.  160 pages.  600Kb+


Taijiquan Instructor's Course.   By Karel and Eva Koskuba.  Outline of program.  6Kb+


There Are No Secrets: Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing and His Tai Chi Chuan.  By Wolfe Lowenthal, 1939-.  Berkeley, California, North Atlantic Books, 1991.  142 pages.  ISBN: 1556431120.  Wolfe Lowenthal describes the teaching methods of Professor Cheng.  


T'ai Chi as a Path of Wisdom.   By Linda Myoki Lehrhaupt.  Boston, Shambhala, 2001.  256 pages.  ISBN: 1570624453.   Excellent guide for beginning students!  Website:  www.lehrhaupt.com     


Tai Chi: Health for Life.  How and Why It Works for Health, Stress Relief, and Longevity.  By Bruce Frantzis.  Berkeley, California, Blue Snake Books, Energy Arts Inc., c 2006.  Index, 320 pages.  ISBN: 1583941444.   VSCL.    


T'ai Chi Ch'uan Training Speed.   By Peter Lim Tian Tek.  18Kb. 


Valley Spirit Taijiquan: Curriculum and Information   Red Bluff, California  


Yang Style Taijiquan  


Yang Taijiquan, Long 108 Form 


Yang Taijiquan, Short 24 Form 


Yang Taijiquan, 32 Sword Form


"While Waiting for Your Teacher."  Wendell Anderson.  T'ai Chi: The International Magazine of T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Vol. 29, No. 1, February 2005, pp. 6-7.


Willpower, Resolve, Determination: Quotes, Sayings, Poems


 

 

Quotations

 

 

"The training exercises of Taiji, like those from all the internal martial arts traditions of China, are designed to build gong.  What does it mean to built gong?  Physically, the accumulation of gong refers to constant improvements in balance, coordination, agility, flexibility, sensitivity, and strength or power.  Mentally and spiritually, the accumulation of gong refers to improved awareness and confidence, and constant advancements toward realizing tranquility of heart and mind.  These physical, mental and spiritual improvements are the benefits and purpose of practice.  The priority of accumulating gong (as opposed to martial technique or trickery) is repeatedly emphasized in many of the most famous sayings from the oral tradition of the Chinese internal martial arts."
-   Yang Yang,  Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power, 2005, p. 5.

 

 

"The technique I have developed to work directly with my Grinch (inner critic) is first to acknowledge its reaction and then ask a question. For example, if my Grinch says, "That was lousy." I reply, "Yes, that's true, it was lousy. And, if there were more smoothness in my body, what would it feel like?" This is what I call the "Yes, ... And, ..." technique." By acknowledging the negative voice, we blend with it. We soften the negative blow by going with it and not resisting. Then we shift our attention by using the conjunction "and." Using "and" affirms that we can simultaneously hold our vision of how we want to perform without excluding our negative assessment. Asking the question leads our attention toward exploring the sensation of what we want to develop instead of fighting against our Grinch. ...
    I do not delve into the content of what the Grinch has to say, but instead I choose to put my attention on the rush of energy in my body. From using the basic practice techniques, we know something about working with energy. When we feel the rush of energy or notice that we are tensing or speeding up, we can stop, focus on our breath, balance our energy field, feel gravity, and evoke our quality. When we stabilize and soften in this way, the energy can begin to self-organize in a way that allows us to deal with the situation more skillfully. ... Pause and feel any sensations that arise. A new perspective on the situation may come with the sensations."
- Wendy Palmer, The Intuitive Body: Aikido as a Clairsentient Practice, 1994, p. 48 

 

 

"Chen Zhaokui lists sixteen requirements that must be present throughout each posture:
Eye movement (the direction of the eyes)
The shape of the hands, and how the hand changes as the movement is being performed
Footwork (how to execute changes when stepping)
Shun-chan
and ni-chan of the legs
Open and closing of the chest and back  
Rising and falling of the buttocks  
Dantian rotation (waist and lower abdomen) 
Shifting weight (the relationship of substantial and insubstantial) 
Beginning and end points, as well as the transition movements of the upper and lower limbs 
How much strength to us, and where the strength should be concentrated (i.e., where is the attack point) 
Position and direction of posture 
The rise and fall of spiral movement (top and bottom coordination) 
The change in tempo (alternating slow and fast) 
Breathing (coordination of breathing and movement)  
Listening."
-   It might be helpful to consider each posture from the perspective of the "Sixteen Requirements" set forth by Chen Zhaokui (1928-1981) in his book "Entering the Door of Taijiquan" (Sim and Gaffney 2002: 116)

 

 

"In practicing taijiquan, the requirements on the different parts of the body are: keeping a straight body; keeping the head and neck erect with mindfulness at the tip of the head as if one is lightly lifted by a string from above; relaxing the shoulders and sinking the elbows; relaxing the chest and waist letting them sink down; relaxing the crotch and bending the knees. When these requirements are met, one's inner energy will naturally sink down to the dan tian. Beginners may not be able to master all these important points instantly. However, in their practice they must try to be accurate in terms of direction, angle, position, and the movements of hands and legs for each posture. At this stage, one need not place too much emphasis on the requirements for different parts of the body, appropriate simplications are acceptable. For example, for the head and upper body, it is required that the head and neck be kept erect, chest and waist be relaxed downward, but in the first level of kung fu, it will be sufficient just to ensure that one's head and body are kept naturally upright and not leaning forward or backward, to the left or right. This is just like learning calligraphy, at the beginning, one need only to make sure that the strokes are correct. Therefore, when practicing taijiquan at the beginning, the body and movements may appear to be stiff; or 'externally solid but internally empty'. One may find oneself doing things like: hard hitting, ramming, sudden uplifting and or sudden collapsing of body or trunk. There may be also be broken or over-exerted force or jin. All these faults are common to beginners. If one is persistent enough and practices seriously everyday, one can normally master the forms within half a year. The inner energy, qi, can gradually be induced to move within the trunk and limbs with refinements in one's movements. One may then achieve the stage of being able to use external movements to channel internal energy'. The first level kung fu thus begins with mastering the postures to gradually being able to detect and understand jin or force."
Seattle School of Chen Style Taijiquan

 

 

"You are what your deep, driving desire is.
As your deep, driving desire is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your deed.
As your deed is, so is your destiny."
-   Upanishads

"A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply 
as something to aim at."
-   Bruce Lee

"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, 
and success have no meaning."
-   Benjamin Franklin

"Setbacks add some salt to every sweet success."
-   Michael Garofalo 

 

 

"In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few."
-  Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, 1982, p. 21

 

 

 

 


 

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Qigong: Links and Bibliography

Cloud Hands: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung Website

Chen Style Taijiquan and Qigong  

Green Way Research 

Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Red Bluff, California

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Alphabetical Subject Index
Valley Spirit Taijiquan Center, Cloud Hands, Taijiquan, Qigong, Internal Martial Arts, Walking, Yoga,
Training, Fitness, Gardening, Thinking, Poetry, Mysticism, Taoism, Philosophy
Research by Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.

 

Above the Fog  -  Zen Poems by Mike Garofalo   

Advice for Wise Persons

Aging Well   

Alphabetical Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Ancient Goddesses - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs

Animal Frolics- Five: (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey

Arthritis Therapy - Exercise: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Chi Kung    

Audio Recordings, Making This Life Significant, Classics Series  

Bagua Zhang (Eight Trigrams Boxing)    

Balls - Taiji and Qigong Exercises, Medicine Balls

Bear, Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

The Bear: The Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)    

Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang, Northern Energy Taijiquan Cane

Bibliography - Ch'i Kung

Bibliography - Taijiquan     

Bicycling in Northern California    

Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)  

Blog - Cloud Hands: Taijiquan and Qigong by Michael P. Garofalo  

Blog - Green Way by Michael P. Garofalo  

Bodhidharma's Damo Cane, Cudgel, Gun, Zhang

Book of Changes (I Ching) and Qigong (Dao-yin)

Breathing and Taijiquan     

Breathing and Yoga    

Breathing Practices: Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes    

Breath Working   

Broadsword - Chen Taijiquan    

Broadsword (Dao, Saber) 

Broadsword (Dao, Saber): Yang Style 

Buddha's Sayings: The Dharmapada Sutra

Buddhism and Martial Arts    

Buddhism - Tibetan: Shambhala Warriorship, Tantra, Yoga

Buddhist Ethics 

Buddhist Sutras - Scriptures, Sacred Books, Holy Books

California (Northern) T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information

Cane (Zhang, Guai Quan, Jo, Walking Stick, Short Staff, Gun Quan, Aikijo)

Cane Index

Charkas (Energy Centers of the Subtle Body)

Chan Ssu Chin - Silk Reeling    

Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901-1975)    

Chen Style Taijiquan Internal Training

Chen Style Taijiquan    

Chen Style Taijiquan Index, Valley Spirit Taijiquan 

Chen Style Taijiquan Sword (Jian)

Chen Style Weapons

Ch'i - Breathwork  

Chih - Taiji Ruler

Ch'i or Qi

Chi Kung (Qigong) and Yoga Classes, Red Bluff, California.  Instructor:  Mike Garofalo.

Ch'i Kung: Bibliography and Links    

Chi Kung: Bibliography and Links 2007

Chi Kung Blog  

Chi Kung for Seniors

Ch'i Kung Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California   

Chi Kung - Qigong 2009-

Chi Kung: Valley Spirit Center     Red Bluff, California

Chinese Massage   

Chinese Yoga - 12 Animals

Ch'i or Qi and Taijiquan     

Circle Walking - Bagua Zhang (Eight Trigrams Boxing)    

Circles and Spheres - Sacred Circles

Class Schedule, Taijiquan, Instructor: Mike Garofalo, Red Bluff, California  

Class Schedule, Hatha Yoga, Instructor: Mike Garofalo, Red Bluff California   

Classes, Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Instructional Program 

Classical Taiji Sword (Jian) Yang Style 55 Movements

Classics of T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Classics Series, Making This Life Significant

Cloud Hands Blog  

Cloud Hands Blog, Mind/Body Movement Arts: Taijiquan, Qigong, Yoga, Walking and Gardening

Cloud Hands Blog RSS Feed

Cloud Hands Website: T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Ch'i Kung     

Cloud Hands T'ai Chi Ch'uan Journal     

Cold Mountain: Han Shan

Comments and Notes on the Yang Style Taijiquan     

Concrete and Visual Poetry     

Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu)  (551 - 479 BCE)    

Contemplation    

Correct Taijiquan Practice Principles

Crane - Bird - Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)

Crane, Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

Cuttings: Short Poems by Michael P. Garofalo  

Cuttings: Above the Fog  

Dance and Taijiquan       

Dance Fan (Shan): Tai Chi Fan, Wushu Fan Dance, Kung Fu Fan Dances 

Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) by Lao Tzu

Daoist Medical Qigong Center Studies in 2007       

Daoist Perspectives

Dao (Saber, Broadsword) 

Dao (Saber, Broadsword) - Yang Style

Dao-yin (Qigong, Chi Kung)

Dayan - Wild Goose Qigong

The Deer: The Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)    

Dhammapada Sutta (Dharmapada Sutra)

Diabetes Therapy - Exercise: Taijiquan and Qigong   

Dictionary of Internal Martial Arts (Nei Jia Quan)

Direction of Movements in Taijiquan and Qigong

Disclaimer of the Cloud Hands Website  

Dragon Qigong, Dragon Yoga, Eight Dragons Qigong 

Dragon Gate - Taoism - Wudang Mountain Qigong    

Druids, Neo-Pagans, Green Men, Shamans

Eight Animals Qigong 

Eight Dragons Qigong 

Eight Immortals Cane Zhang Form, Routine One, 36 Movements, Yang Taijiquan Style 

Eight Immortal's Cane Zhang Form, Routine Two, Cannon Cane, Chen Taijiquan Style

Eight Part Models of the Cosmos

Eight Ox Herding Songs -  A Ch'an/Zen Parable

Eight Rivers Qigong

Eight Section Brocade Ch'i Kung       

Eight Silken Treasures Qigong    

Eight Trigrams Boxing (Bagua Zhang, Pa Kua Quan)    

Eight Trigrams of the I Ching

Eight Trigrams and Taijiquan          

Eight Ways of Walking Qigong       

Embrace the One - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree  

Email to Michael P. Garofalo

Emptiness in Full Bloom    

Energy - Quotations    

Entering Tranquility (Ru Jing) Meditation      

Essentials of Taijiquan Movement Art

Exercise - Diabetes Therapy - Taijiquan and Qigong   

External and Internal Aspects of Chinese Martial Arts    

Fan (Shan): Tai Chi Fan, Wushu Fan Dance, Kung Fu Fan Dances

Feedback, Kudos and Reviews for the Cloud Hand's Website     

Fitness and Well Being Website    

Fitness for Older Persons     

Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi): Tiger, Bear, Crane, Deer, and Monkey 

Five Fists of Hsing I Chuan 

Five Precepts of Buddhism     

Five Elements (Wu-Xing) and Taijiquan   

Five Stepping Movements of Taijiquan    

Flexibility and Stretching     

Five Elements (Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Metal)

Flowers

Flowers in the Sky     

Frolics Qigong, Frolics Yoga, Five Animal Frolics Exercise Regimen

Gardening: Quotes, Poems, History, Sayings

Gardening: Quips and Maxims by Michael P. Garofalo

The Four Gates: Grasping the Sparrow's Tail    

Michael P. Garofalo's Biography

Michael P. Garofalo's T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Glossary of Taijiquan Terms in English and Chinese (Pinyin)

The Goddess - Quotations, Poems, Sayings, Prayers, Songs    

Goose - Bird - Five Animal Frolics (Wu Qin Xi)  

Goose - Wild Goose Qigong             

Grasping the Sparrow's Tail       

Green Men, Neo-Pagans, Druids, Shamans

Green Paths in the Valley Blog   (2008-)

Green Way Blog   (2005-2008)

Green Way Research  Michael P. Garofalo, M.S..  Red Bluff, California.         

Green Way Research - Taijiquan and Qigong       

Green Wizard: Druids, Neo-Pagans, Witchcraft, Earth Religions   

Gun Quan Short Staff, 50" Walking/Martial Staff,

Gu Shen Taijiquan Journal     

Gu Shen (Valley Spirit) Taijiquan Instructional Program

Haiku and Short Poems     

Han Shan

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga Classes, Red Bluff, California, Instructor: Mike Garofalo 

Healing Sounds: Six Taoist Healing Sounds

Health and Fitness - T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Hexagrams and Trigrams of the I Ching (Book of Changes)

Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan   

High Blood Pressure Reduction and Practicing Taijiquan and Qigong

Hsing I Chuan   

Hsing I Chuan   Five Fists

The Human Body: Quotations, Sayings, Facts, Lore, Wisdom

I Ching (Book of Changes) and Taijiquan and Qigong

Index to the Cloud Hands Website   

Indoor Cycling, Stationary Bicycling, Spinning   

Indoor Practice, Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong           

Instructional Program, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan    

Internal and External Aspects of Chinese Martial Arts  

Internal Martial Arts (Nei Jia Quan) Dictionary

Jian, Chen Style Taijiquan

Jian or Gim, Sword Weapons  

Jian 32 Standard Sword Form - Yang Style        

Jian 55 Yang Style

Jian - Wu Dang    

Jo Short Staff, 48" Walking Stick, Cane, Zhang, Way of the Jo

Jo Do: Way of the Short Staff: Jo Do, Aikijo, Cane, Zhang, Jojutsu, Gun Quan

Journal - Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo   

Kinhin -  Walking Meditation    

Kriya Yoga    

Kudos for the Cloud Hands Website

Kundalini (Coiled Serpent) Energy

Kwang Ping Taijiquan of Kuo Lien Ying     

Labyrinths and Mazes   

Lao Tzu: The Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing)

Learning and Teaching Taijiquan, Qigong and Yoga  

Lifestyle Advice for Wise Persons

Links and Bibliography: Qigong    

Links and Bibliography: Taijiquan       

Long Form 108 Yang Style Taijiquan     

Long Qigong (Dragon Qigong), Dragon Yoga, Eight Dragons Qigong      

Making This Life Significant, Classics Series

Martial Arts - Virtures

Massage  

Massage: Valley Spirit Center    Red Bluff, California

Master Chang San-Feng  (circa 1350)       

Master Cheng Man-Ch'ing  (1901 - 1975)    

Master Han Shan  (circa 750)    

Master Kuo Lien Ying   (1895-1984)     

Master Sun Lu-Tang  (1861-1932)   

Master Yang Cheng-Fu  (1883-1936)   

Mastery, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power, Strength of Character 

Medicine Balls, Taiji and Qigong Exercise Balls

Meditation - General

Meditation and Breathing

Meditation and Walking    

Meditation Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Meditation Methods and Techniques  

Meditation Quotations    

Meditation - Standing Like A Tree  

Meditation - Standing - General

Meditation - Wu Ji - The Edge of Emptiness     

Michael P. Garofalo, M.S. - Brief Biography        

Michael P. Garofalo - Email

Michael P. Garofalo - Internal Martial Arts Practice History      

Michael P. Garofalo - Resume     

Michael P. Garofalo -  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Practice    

Minding the Breath 

The Monkey: The Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)    

Months of the Year: Quotes, Poems, Links     

Mountain Biking in Northern California    

Movement Direction Instructions for Taijiquan and Qigong Forms  

Movement Principles of Tai Chi Chuan

Moving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Muscle and Tendon Changing (Yi Jin Jing) Qigong

Nature Mysticism   

Nei Jia Quan (Internal Martial Arts) Dictionary 

Neo-Pagans, Druids, Green Men, Shamans

Nine Movement Temple Ch'i Kung Exercise Set    

Northern California Taijiquan and Qigong News in Cloud Hands Blog  

Northern California T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information  

Northern Energy Tajiquan Cane Form, Beifang Qi Taiji Zhang

Northwestern U.S. Tajiquan and Qigong News in Cloud Hands Blog  

Notes and Comments on the Yang Style Taijiquan     

Oak Tree in the Courtyard    

Octonary Models of the Cosmos

Old Cloud Hands Website

Older Persons Exercise and Wellness Programs   

One Druids Journey

Oregon T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information   

Original Cloud Hands URL    

Original Waving Hands Like Clouds URL    

Outdoor Practice, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Pa Kua Chang (Eight Trigrams Boxing)       

Photography - Valley Spirit Photography Gallery    

Pilates: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes   

Pole Weapons, Chen Style Taijiquan

Pranayama: Breathing Techniques from Yoga     

Principles of T'ai Chi Ch'uan Movement Art

Private Instruction by Michael P. Garofalo, Instructional Programs

Pulling Onions: The Quips and Maxims of a Gardener

Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

Qigong 2007

Qigong    (GWRW)

Qigong    (GDW)  

Qigong Animal Frolics, Wu Qin Xi, The Five Animal Frolics: Crane, Bear, Deer, Monkey, and Tiger    

Qigong Ball Exercises, Medicine Balls, Taiji Balls

Qigong: Bibliography and Links 2005    

Qigong: Bibliography and Links 2009 - 

Qigong Blog  

Qigong - Breathwork

Qigong, Ch'i Kung - Chinese Mind-Body Exercises    

Qigong - Eight Dragons Qigong 

Qigong and Yoga Classes, Red Bluff, California.  Instructor:  Mike Garofalo.

Qigong for Seniors

Qigong Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California      

Qigong Practice: Tips, Suggestions, Lessons

Qigong Ruler - Taiji Chih

Qigong: Valley Spirit Center  

Qigong Walking      

Qigong-Yoga Exercise Cycle   

Qin Xi, The Five Animal Frolics: Crane, Bear, Deer, Monkey, and Tiger    

Qi or Ch'i and Taijiquan   

Questions and Answers in Cloud Hands Blog    

Raja Yoga    

Red Bluff, California, Qigong Classes

Red Bluff, California, Yoga Classes   

Red Bluff, California: Valley Spirit Center    

Red Bluff, California: Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Red Bluff, Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program    

Reiki (Ushi Shiki Ryoho) - Karen Garofalo, Reiki Practitioner    

Reiki: Valley Spirit Center    Red Bluff, California

Relaxation and Taijiquan     

Resolve, Will. Willpower, Self Control, Self Discipline   

Resume of Michael P. Garofalo

Reviews of the Cloud Hand's Website     

Riding the Ox - A Zen Parable   

Royal (Raja) Yoga

RSS Feed for the Cloud Hands Blog  

RSS Feed for the Green Way Blog

Ruler, Chen Style Taijiquan

Ruler - T'ai Chi   

Saber - Chen Taijiquan    

Saber (Dao, Broadsword)  

Saber or Broadsword - Yang Style

Sacred Circles and Spheres

Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Will Power    

Self-Massage 

Send Email to Michael P. Garofalo

Senior Citizens Fitness Programs  

Senior Fitness - Red Bluff, CA

Sensing Hands: Push Hands - T'ui Shou   

73 Standard Competition Form, Sun Style Taijiquan  

Shamans, Neo-Pagans, Druids, Green Men

Shambhala Warriorship: Tibetan Buddhism    

Shaolin Cane, Cudgel, Staff, Gun, Zhang

Shoong, Sung, Song  - Loose, Relaxed, Open, Yielding, Responsive     

Short Form, Yang Style, Beijing Simplified 24  

Short Staff Martial Arts: Jo Do, Zhang, Cane, Aikijo, Jojutsu, Gun Quan  

Silk Reeling, Chen Style Taijiquan

Silk Reeling    

Simplified 24 From, Yang Style       

Sinew, Tendon, and Muscle and Tendon Changing (Yi Jin Jing) Qigong 

Six Daoist Healing Sounds

Soaring Crane, Intermediate Program, Level 3, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Soulful Gardening 

Sounds: Six Daoist Healing Sounds

Speaking to the Spirit Meditation  

Spear Weapons, Chen Style Taijiquan   

The Spirit of Gardening    3,300 quotations arranged by 135 topics. 

Staff Weapons: Chen Style Taijiquan

Staff Weapons: Jo, Bo, Can, Staff, Spear    

Standard Orthodox 32 Sword (Jian) Form - Yang Style   Bibliography, Links, Quotes, Notes.

Standing Bear, Level 1 Ranking, Valley Spirit Taijiquan

Standing Like A Tree - Zhan Zhuang  

Standing Meditation (Wu Ji)   

Standing Meditation - General

Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Stork - Bird - Five Animal Frolics

Strength Training    

Strength Training for Seniors    

Stretching and Flexibility

Subject Index to the Cloud Hands Website

Sun Lu-Tang's (1861-1933) Chronology   

Sun Lu-Tang's (1861-1933) Biography

Sun Lu-Tang (1861-1933): Baguaquan, Hsingyiquan, and Taijiquan Grandmaster

Sun Style Bagua Quan     

Sun Style Internal Martial Arts Glossary

Sun Style Hsingyi Quan   

Sun Style Qigong   

Sun Style Sword

Sun Style Taijiquan     

Sun Style Taijiquan Index  

Sun Style Taijiquan Online Videos

Sun Style Taijiquan, 73 Standard Competition Form

Sword, Chen Style Taijiquan

Swordsmanship and T'ai Chi Ch'uan     

Sword 32 Standard Sword (Jian) Form - Yang Style  

Sword 55 Yang Taiji Traditional

Sword - Wudang Style  

Tai Chi Ball Exercises, Qigong Balls, Medicine Balls, Exercise Balls

T'ai Chi Chuan Blog  

T'ai Ch'i Classics      

Tai Chi for Arthritis

Tai Chi for Diabetes   

Tai Chi for Seniors  

Tai Chi Chuan   (GWR)

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Bibliography and Links     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information, Workshops      
Northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California      

Tai Chi Chuan Movement Principles

T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Red Bluff, CA  

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Short Form, Beijing Simplified 24, Yang Style     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Links and Bibliography      

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Staff     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword (Jian)     

T'ai Chi Ch'uan: Valley Spirit Center     Red Bluff, California  

Tai Chi Kung Fu Fan Dance:  Wushu Fan Dance, Kung Fu Fan Dancing    

T'ai Chi Ruler - Chih

Taijiquan: Bibliography and Links  

Taijiquan Blog  

Taijiquan - Breathwork

Taijiquan Classics      

Taijiquan For Good Health, Fitness and Vitality         

Taijiquan Glossary

Taijiquan Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo in Red Bluff, California        

Taijiquan Jian (Sword)     

Taijiquan - Princiles of Practice

Taijiquan: Valley Spirit Center    Red Bluff, California

Taijiquan Yang Style Sword 55 Form

Taming the Ox - A Zen Allegory or Parable     

Tantric Yoga   

Tantric Buddhism: Shambhala Warriorship, Yoga

Taoism, Nature Mysticism, Alchemy      

Taoism - Wudang Qigong    

Taoist and Eastern Classics, Making This Life Significant Series  

Taoist Druids 

Taoist Meditation

Taoist Perspectives 

Tao Te Ching (Dao De Jing) by Lao Tzu

Teaching and Learning Taijiquan, Qigong and Yoga 

Tehama Family Fitness Center, Red Bluff, California

Temple Qigong - A Nine Movement Exercise Set     

Tendon, Muscle and Sinew Changing (Yi Jin Jing) Qigong

Thirteen Postures: 8 Gates and 5 Steps      

32 Standard Sword (Jian) Form - Yang Style        

The 300 Missing Poems of Han Shan      

Tibetan Buddhism: Shambhala Warriorship, Yoga, Tantra

The Tiger: The Five Animal Frolics Qigong (Wu Qin Xi)    

Tiger, Hidden Tiger, Beginning Program, Level 2, Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan

Tips, Suggestions and Lessons for Qigong Practice

Tree Qigong - Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree   

Trees - Quotations, Poems, Lore, Wisdom  

Trees - Lore, Magick, Myths, Magick    

Trigrams and Hexagrams of the I Ching (Book of Changes)  

Twelve Animals of Chinese Yoga   

Twelve Animals of Hsing I Chuan (Xing I Quan) 

24 From, Yang Style, Standard       

Valley Spirit Center    Michael P. Garofalo, M.S.. Red Bluff, California

Valley Spirit Fitness and Well Being Website   

Valley Spirit Idea

Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo (May 2003-July 2005)     

Valley Spirit Journal by Michael P. Garofalo (August 2005- )     

Valley Spirit Labyrinths  

Valley Spirit Qigong

Valley Spirit Photography Gallery - Old      

Valley Spirit Photography Gallery - New - Coppermine      

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan Club        

Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Red Bluff, California

Valley Spirit Taijiquan Instructional Program    

Valley Spirit - Green Way Blog       

Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong Journal (5/2003-7/2005) by Michael P. Garofalo       

Valley Spirit Taijiquan and Qigong Journal (8/2005-) by Michael P. Garofalo       

Valley Spirit T'ai Chi Ch'uan, Qigong, and Yoga    

Valley Spirit - Tao Te Ching 

Values for Wise Persons

Vancouver, B.C., T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools     

Virtues in the Martial Arts

Vitality, Health and Qigong   

Walking and Labyrinths

Walking and Taijiquan     

Walking - Eight Ways of Walking Qigong       

Walking - General Fitness Exercise   

Walking Meditation

Walking - Quotations   

Walking: Valley Spirit Center     Red Bluff, California  

Walking Stick, Cane (Zhang, Jo, Short Staff, Gun Quan, Aikijo)

War Powers Authorization by Public Vote - 28th Amendment Proposal

Washington T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong Directory: Instructors, Schools, Information 

Waving Hands Like Clouds:  T'ai Chi Ch'uan and Qigong    

Way of the Short Staff: Jo Do, Aikijo, Jojutsu, Gun Quan

The Ways of Walking

Wild Goose Qigong

Will Power, Self Control, Self Mastery, Choices, Strength of Character   

Wizards   

Wudang Cane, Cudgel, Gun, Zhang, Staff

Wudang Mountain - Taoism, Taijiquan and Qigong    

Wudang Martial Arts    

Wudang Mind/Body Arts    

Wudang Qigong    

Wudang Sword (Jian, Dao)    

Wuji Qigong    

Wu Ji - Standing Meditation   

Wu Qin Xi, The Five Animal Frolics: Crane, Bear, Deer, Monkey, and Tiger    

Xing Yi Quan   

Xing Yi Quan   Five Fists  

Xing I Quan (Hsing I Chuan) - Twelve Animals 

Yang Family Taijiquan Genealogy     

Yang Style Internal Martial Arts Index     

Yang Style Push Hands and Da Lu   

Yang Style Saber

Yang Style Staff

Yang Style 55 Movement Taiji Sword    

Yang Style Taijiquan Index     

Yang Style Traditional Taijiquan Long Form 108 Movements     

Yang Style Taijiquan - Notes and Comments     

Yang Style Taijiquan Short Form 24 Movements       

Yang Style Taijiquan Sword (Jian) 55 Movements

Yi Jin Jing - Muscle and Tendon Changing Qigong

Yin-Yang Sensitivity Training: Sticking Hands - T'ui Shou   

Yoga  

Yoga Blog    

Yoga - Chinese - 12 Animals

Yoga Class, TFFC, Tehama Family Fitness Center, Red Bluff, CA   

Yoga Class, Red Bluff, CA - Instructor: Michael P. Garofalo

Yoga and Qigong Classes, Red Bluff, California.  Instructor:  Mike Garofalo.

Yoga - Breathwork   

Yoga - Dragon Yoga, Dragon Qigong      

Yoga - Hatha   

Yoga - Kriya     

Yogalates: Links, Bibliography, Resources, Quotes, Notes    

Yoga - Red Bluff, CA

Yoga -Tantric

Yoga - Taiji Index 

Yoga - Valley Spirit Center

Zhan Zhuang - Standing Like A Tree

Zen/Chan Buddhist  Poetry       

Zen Buddhist Quotations   

Zen Poems: "Above the Fog" by Mike Garofalo

Zen Poetry: Bibliography, Links, Quotations, Resources

Zhang, Gaui Gun, Cane, Walking Stick (Jo, Short Staff, Gun Quan, Aikijo)


 

 

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