is a Chinese martial art and movement practice that is renowned for its unlimited health and life benefits. An exercise, a learning tool, a self defense method, a scope through which one can re-envision the entire universe; T’ai Chi is an art that allows the practitioner to engage all aspects of the self. It is for everyone: weak or strong, old or young. You step on the floor and do the work. It begins and ends in your practice. Many benefits come along the way.
is the form that I teach. It is practiced slowly, focusing on structure, alignment, and sequence. The stance size can be varied to suit the needs of the practitioner. Lee Shiu Pak (pictured here) was my teacher’s teacher. His work exemplified the dynamic balances of stillness and movement, structure and freedom. While it is each individual’s work on the training floor that earns the benefits, the form that we have inherited from Mr Lee is unique in its beauty and proportions. It is the most effective learning tool that I have encountered in a lifetime of movement study.
I met Sam in a T’ai Chi seminar in 1994 in Kingston Ontario. We were standing in the opening posture at the beginning of the workshop and Sam came up and made a small adjustment of my forearm and wrist. From that seemingly small realignment I could feel my feet under me much more clearly than ever before. He looked at me and said "you can feel your feet now can't you". I knew immediately that I had found my teacher. His approach to the art is deeply traditional and also completely his own. He is a unique voice, a living treasure, and my great friend. Please visit Sam's website here: https://www.samslutsky.com
The T'ai Chi form exists to serve all people. We are all here to help each other. Though the solo form is the largest part of T'ai Chi practice there is a spirit in this art that is uniquely cooperative. I took up T'ai Chi with the aim of developing my martial skill. Over time I have come to see that my greatest enjoyment in the art has always been in teaching and the bonds that I have shared with my T'ai Chi family.
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