The Chi Studio was the name of my Taichi practice in Toronto, Canada, from 2013 to 2015. I was the Canada representative for Wu Tunan Taichi, in which I received direct-lineage training in Singapore since 2007.
Although I am not teaching publicly now, I have retained this site as a resource on the Wu Tunan lineage and Taichi.
I am currently focused on advanced Taichi research and solitary training, Zen meditation and spirituality, as well as Dzogchen – an advanced meditation based on Tibetan Buddhism. At the same time, I seek ways to integrate these related artforms into a new, unique system.
The chi (氣) is a natural energy or life-force which exists all around us. For centuries, it is at the core of many practices in ancient Asia, such as traditional medicine and martial arts.
Contrary to common belief, chi is a distinct energy that can be felt and harnessed by anyone within a short period of time – regardless of age, health condition, or cultural background. The ability to harness and manipulate chi is natural to all humans.
(Chigong refers to all practices that harness chi; Taichi is a specific type of Chigong)
Complete Taichi Systems
A complete Taichi (太極) system from an authetic lineage should bestow the ability to nurture, store, activate, and use chi.
It is a deep system that requires many years to understand, and a lifetime to master. In other words, it is impossible to learn authentic Taichi in a matter of months.
There would be a few stages of attainment throughout your practice. These stages can be summarized as:
1. Training body to cultivate chi (煉精化氣)
Generally speaking, a complete system includes the following types of training:
1. Chigong: to nurture chi for self-healing and strengthening the body.
2. Moving meditation sequences: unarmed and sometimes with traditional weapons, so learners can flow chi into all parts of the body and acquire advanced meditation methods– in motion.
3. Self-defense training: after all, Taichi was a renowned martial art for much of ancient Chinese history.
4. Philosophy and principles: usually based on mantras (心法), priciples, or spiritual concepts on nature (such as Taoist concepts).
During my stint in Canada I worked with a host of wonderful, industry-leading wellness institutions. In Toronto they were: Fly Girl Fitness, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Mindful Bodyworks, Six Degrees Community Acupuncture, The Healing Cooperative, and Urban Wellness; in Kingston my partner was Feel Yoga Studio.
As with other traditional schools, my teaching system was cumulative. For example, you practice ‘A’ in the first class, ‘A+B’ in the second class, then 'A+B+C' in the next class. In time, the earlier methods are dropped or modified as your skill progresses; new methods will take their place.
I also taught private classes, gave special seminars, and conducted chi healing– on request.
Historically, a learner needs to train regularly for about one year to gain basic knowledge for practising independently. About three years are needed to attain basic teaching expertise. True Taichi masters are nurtured after around ten years of progressive training.
Schools today are trying to adapt and shorten training regimens, as modern people have greater time constraints and wider choices of interests to choose from.
1. News and Research
Nothing beats practicing and experiencing chi for yourself. Beyond that, plenty of research and media coverage have been done on the health benefits of Chigong and Taichi. Here are some notable ones:
Research papers for the technically inclined:
You can find many videos online featuring Great-Grandmaster Wu Tunan. Here are the more interesting ones:
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