[ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: HELLO,
AND WELCOME TO TAI CHI CLASS. I’M DR. DANIEL HOOVER, AND
ASSISTING ME IS VERONIKA HOOVER. WE’LL BEGIN WITH A
TRADITIONAL GREETING. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
LET’S GO AHEAD AND GET INTO A HORSE STANCE. REMEMBER, IT’S LIKE
YOU’RE SITTING ON A HORSE, FEEL YOUR CONNECTION TO THE
EARTH AND WAIST OPENING. LOOSENING UP THE WAY;
IT’S NICE AND EASY. DON’T OVERDO IT;
DON’T OVER THINK IT. A COUPLE OF THINGS, KEEP YOUR
SHOULDERS DOWN AND RELAX, LENGTHEN YOUR SPINE
EVER SO GENTLY. REMEMBER TO GENTLY TAP
YOUR KIDNEYS AND THE BACK. THAT’S WHERE OUR ENERGY AND
OUR CHI OR ESSENCE IS STORED, AND WE’RE ACTIVATING IT SO WE CAN USE IT
THROUGHOUT TODAY’S TAI CHI CULTIVATION PRACTICE. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: ALL RIGHT. I FEEL PRETTY WARM. LET’S BRING OUR FEET TOGETHER. WARM AT THE KNEES. WARM UP YOUR HANDS
FIRST, AND WE’RE GOING TO SUPPORT OUR KNEES
ON THE OUTSIDES. NEVER PUSH DOWN ON THE
PATELLA OR THE KNEECAP. OUTSIDE HERE, AND CIRCLES. WELL DO ABOUT FIVE
IN EACH DIRECTION. AS YOU CAN SEE, VERONIKA
IS MODIFYING. I WANT YOU TO MODIFY
ANY AND EVERY MOVE THAT YOU FEEL YOU NEED
TO, OTHER DIRECTION, SO YOU DON’T HURT YOURSELF. REMEMBER, THIS IS A PRACTICE
YOU CAN DO THROUGHOUT YOUR LIFE. NO NEED TO HURT YOURSELF
IN THE BEGINNING. WE’RE LOOKING FOR
INCREMENTAL GAINS AND PROGRESS. NEXT, WE’RE GOING TO
TAKE OUR MIDDLE FINGERS, AND PRESS YOUR MIDDLE FINGER
INTO THE BACK OF YOUR KNEE, THE MIDDLE MOST POINT IN
THE CREASE OF YOUR KNEE. PRESS FIRMLY. IT’S RIGHT HERE. YOU CAN’T MISS IT. SHOULD BE A LITTLE TENDER. WE USUALLY PRESS IT
FOR 10 TO 30 SECONDS. IT’S A GREAT LOCAL POINT FOR
CIRCULATION HERE AND ALSO IN MASTER POINT FOR THE LOW BACK IN ACUPUNCTURE, EASTERN
MEDICINE. BACK TO OUR HORSE STANCE. LET’S MAKE IT A LITTLE
BIT WIDE IF WE CAN. DRAGON DRINKS FROM THE RIVER. HANDS ON YOUR HIPS. THIS IS A GREAT HIP OPENER. SHIFT YOUR RIGHT TO YOUR LEFT
LEG; BRING YOUR HIPS BACK, STRAIGHTENING YOUR LEFT LEG. PUSH THE HIPS FORWARD
TO COMPLETE THAT CIRCLE, AND WE’LL DO IT A
COUPLE OF MORE TIMES. TAKE YOUR TIME WITH IT. REALLY LISTEN TO THE
SIGNALS OF YOUR BODY HERE. PUSH THE PELVIS FORWARD,
STRAIGHTENING THE RIGHT LEG, AND THEN THE LEFT LEG. PUSH THE HIPS FORWARD, AND
THEN WE’LL GO THE OTHER WAY. BACK THE OTHER WAY, SO
TO THE RIGHT AND BACK. HERE WE GO. IF YOU HEAR SOME POPPING,
SOME CREAKING, THAT’S OKAY. WE’RE JUST STABILIZING
THOSE JOINTS, GETTING SOME MOTION IN THERE. PUSH THE HIPS FORWARD,
ONE MORE TIME. THIS SHOULD FEEL REALLY
GOOD IF YOU DON’T OVERDO IT. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
AND FORWARD. GOOD. HORSE STANCE. WE’RE GOING TO REVIEW THE
ROOSTER; GOLDEN ROOSTER STANDS ON ONE LEG, JUST TO
GET OUR BALANCE GOING. HORSE STANCE. NOTICE THE SHOULDERS ARE
DOWN, DOWN AND RELAX. LENGTHEN THE SPINE
EVER SO SLIGHTLY. SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT TO YOUR
LEFT LEG; YOUR RIGHT LEG AND HAND COME UP TOGETHER. KEEP YOUR ROOT DOWN. IF YOU’RE GETTING LIKE
THIS, CENTER A LITTLE BIT. JUST RELAX, OKAY. LOOSEN UP THE ANKLE
A LITTLE BIT. OKAY. HAVE A DIRECTION. AND VERONIKA, HOW LONG
DID WE SAY WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS THIS TIME? FIVE MINUTES?>>VERONIKA HOOVER: YEAH.>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: OKAY. JUST KIDDING. BRING THE FOOT DOWN; OTHER SIDE. MOVING SLOWLY AND MINDFULLY,
LEFT LEG AND HAND COME UP. AND IF YOU REMEMBER FROM ONE
OF OUR PREVIOUS EPISODES, THIS HAND COMES DOWN AS
A BLOCK AND A STRIKE. KEEP THIS LINE UP RIGHT. IF YOU’RE GETTING A
LITTLE WOBBLY, COME DOWN. LOOSENING UP THE
ANKLE, OTHER DIRECTION. BRING IT DOWN. WE’RE GOING TO OPEN
UP THE CHEST. INTERLOCK YOUR FINGERS
BEHIND YOU. ROLL THOSE SHOULDERS
BACK AND DOWN AS YOU STRAIGHTEN
YOUR ARMS LIKE THIS. NOW THAT THE CHEST IS OPEN, LET’S LOOSEN UP THE
NECK MUSCLES. WE’RE GOING TO DO SOME
HEAD ROTATIONS TO THE LEFT. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: AGAIN,
TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THESE. NO NEED TO RUSH. I LIKE TO DO THREE AS A MINIMUM. WHEN WE HAVE TIME,
WE’LL DO EVEN MORE. OKAY. OTHER DIRECTION. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: WHAT’S
YOUR NECK TELLING YOU? MINE’S SAYING I NEED TO
GO TO MY CHIROPRACTOR. BUT I SHOULD [INAUDIBLE]. AND CENTER. FEEL GOOD. I THINK WE’RE WARMED UP. YOU FEEL GOOD? ALL RIGHT. WE’RE GOING TO GO THROUGH
THE ENTIRE TAI FORMS. IN TODAY’S EPISODE, WE’RE GOING TO SHOW YOU THE LAST THREE
MAJOR MOVEMENT PATTERNS IN THE TAI CHI 24 SEQUENCE, SO
WE’LL GO THROUGH THE WHOLE FORM, AND THEN WE’LL BREAK DOWN THOSE
LAST THREE MOVEMENT PATTERNS FOR YOU. LET’S BEGIN. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
HOW ABOUT THERE? [I7NAUDIBLE] MAYBE A
LITTLE HALF STEP NOW. OKAY. FEET TOGETHER. SHOULDERS DOWN AND RELAX. REMEMBER, THIS FIRST MOVEMENT
PATTERN IS NO MOVEMENT. CENTERING YOUR MIND,
CENTERING YOUR BODY, YOUR HEART TO GET ALL THE
GOOD THINGS DEEP WITHIN; LET THEM ALIGN. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: START. STEPPING OUT WITH
OUR LEFT, OR STAND. BREATHE IN. LEAD WITH THE WRIST. BREATHE OUT, INCREASING YOUR
CONNECTION WITH THE EARTH. SHIFTING RIGHT RIGHT,
HOLDING THOSE TOES OUTWARD. AND WE’RE GOING TO REACH
OUT, GRAB YOUR TAI CHI BALL. BRING IT IN. STEP OUT, HEEL TO TOE, PARTING
THE HORSE’S MANE, THREE TIMES. PROCEED. THE HAND
ON TOP STAYS ON TOP, PARTING THE HORSE’S MANE. PROCEED. THE LEFT
HAND COMES UNDERNEATH, COMPLETING THE TAI CHI BALL. HEEL TO TOE AS USUAL,
PARTING THE MANE. FIRST TRANSITION STEP,
SIT BACK AND RELAX. CAT STANDS. LIKE CRANE, SPREAD WINGS. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
BRUSH KNEE, THREE TIMES. LEFT-HANDED FLOPPING,
RIGHT HAND, [INAUDIBLE]. PROCEED. KEEP GOING. WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT
VERONIKA, SEE HOW SHE’S DOING. SHE’S TAKING HER TIME. SHE’S COMPLETING EACH MOVEMENT. [INAUDIBLE] BEFORE WE GET — DON’T SHORTEN ANY
OF THE MOVEMENTS. BUT ALSO, YOU DON’T
WANT TO GO TOO FAR. HALF STEP FORWARD. HANDS ON GUARD. HEEL STOP. CIRCLE BACK. REPULSE MARKING, FOUR TIMES. SHE’S GOING TO KEEP GOING, AND
IF YOU RECALL, THAT’S A STRIKE. OH! IF I GET IN TOO CLOSE,
SHE GRABS MY HAND AND, OH! OKAY. A FEW MORE TIMES. GOOD JOB. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: AND, OR
ONE MORE TIME, GATHER BALL. WARD OFF. IMAGINE THE BACK SIDE OF YOUR FOREARM HERE IS A
SHIELD PUSHING EVERYTHING AWAY. AND NOW RECEIVE IT ALL AS
WE GRAB THE BRUTE’S TAIL. PRESS. CLEAR. PUSH. RECEIVE. TURN TOWARDS THE FRONT. SHIFT RIGHT/LEFT, THE BALL. COMPLETING THAT PATTERN
AGAIN, TOWARDS YOUR RIGHT. WARD OFF. ROLL BACK. THESE HAVE DIFFERENT NAMES,
DIFFERENT APPLICATIONS. PRESS. RECEIVE. FULL BODY PUSH. RECEIVE, TURN TOWARD THE FRONT. WE’RE GOING TO SINGLE
WIDTH, AND THAT LEFT FOOT IN WITH YOUR RIGHT WRIST OUT. NOTICE THE LEFT HAND
IS ALWAYS ON GUARD WHEN YOU’RE NOT SURE
WHAT IT’S DOING. CALM. SHIFT WEIGHT RIGHT. WAVE HAND THREE TIMES. NOW, REMEMBER, THIS MOVEMENT
HERE IS LIKE WAX ON [PHONETIC], WAX OFF; SIMPLY A
BLOGGING PATTERN. WE REVIEWED THIS A
FEW EPISODES AGO. BUT THE WHOLE BODY
IS MOVING TOGETHER. IT’S NOT JUST YOUR ARMS. THE WAIST AND THE ARMS TOGETHER. SINGLE WIDTH, AND
PUSH THAT WRIST OUT. HAND ON [INAUDIBLE]. OPEN. PALMS THINKING
OF ITS POSTURE. HALF STEP FORWARD. PAT ON HORSE. SO, IMAGINE YOU HAVE A HORSE’S
HEAD AND YOU PET THE HORSE. LEFT FOOT UP, AND DOWN. CROSSING THE BLOCK
UP, OPEN, KICK. LAND HEEL TO TOE,
BOXING THE EARS. SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT
TOWARDS YOUR LEFT. TURN TOWARDS THE BACK, AND THEN
LEFT HEEL KICK, AS I PUNCH IN, SHE BLOCKS AND KICKS ME AWAY. SNAKE CREEPS THROUGH THE GRASS. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
WE GIVE AND RECEIVE. ROOSTER STANDS ON ONE LEG. DROP THAT LEG; TURN
TOWARDS THE FRONT. SNAKE CREEPS AGAIN. PUSH YOURSELF HERE. GIVE. RECEIVE. ROOSTER STANDS ON ONE LEG. PLACE THE FOOT DOWN. FORM YOUR BALL. JADE LADY WORKS SHUTTLES. TO THE RIGHT. IT’S GOING TO BE A
HIGH BLOCK AND A POND. RECEIVE. NOTICE YOUR HANDS ARE
READY FOR BALL, SO JUST BRING THAT BALL IN, AND JADE
LADY WORKS SHUTTLES. HALF STEP FORWARD, COMING DOWN
FOR A NEEDLE AT BOTTOM OF SEA. STEP FORWARD, HEEL TO TOE. FAN BACK. SHIFT WEIGHT RIGHT. TURN TOWARDS YOUR RIGHT. SHIFT WEIGHT LEFT. RIGHT FOOT IN; RIGHT
FOOT OUT AS WE BLOCK. STEP FORWARD WITH YOUR LEFT. PUNCH FROM YOUR HIP. CLEAR YOUR FOREARM, AND PUSH. RECEIVE, TURN BACK TOWARDS
THE FRONT, INTO HORSE STANCE. TAKE A CLEANSING
BREATH, AND OPEN. OH! [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
AND FEET TOGETHER. AHH, I FEEL LIKE WE JUST DID
TAI CHI, AND WE’RE GOOD TO GO. BUT WE’RE HERE TO
TRAIN AND PRACTICE. SO, WE’RE GOING TO SHOW
YOU A FEW MORE MOVES. THE LAST THREE MOVES, STARTING WITH JADE LADY WORKS
THE SHUTTLES. VERONIKA, WILL YOU
HELP ME WITH THIS? AGAIN, WE BOW FOR SELF-CONTROL,
RESPECTING THAT AGAIN. PUNCHING POSITION, PLEASE. SO, IF YOU RECALL, THE PUNCH
COMES IN — WHEN SHE’S READY. I’M JUST GOING TO MEET THAT
PUNCH, AND I’M GOING TO OPEN UP. PALM TO THE CHEST OR
STOMACH, AND PUSH THROUGH. GET ON MAT, PUSHING THIS WAY. LET’S GO SEE OUTSIDE. AND JADE LADY WORKS SHUTTLE. SO, LET’S GET IN JUST
A NATURAL POSITION. IT DOESN’T ALWAYS HAPPEN ONE
MOVE AFTER THE OTHER, OBVIOUSLY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THE
OPPONENT IS GOING TO DO. SO, I’M JUST GOING TO
SIT UP AND DO IT MORE IN A PRACTICAL SITUATION. THE BALL HELPS ME
TO GATHER MY POWER. BUT ONCE I HAVE THAT POWER, I
CAN RELEASE IT HOWEVER I WANT. PUNCH COMES IN. I’M JUST GOING TO MEET IT. PALM, CHEST, GENTLY
ON TO THE STERNUM, AND MOVE FORWARD WITH MY BODY. THAT’S JADE LADY WORKS SHUTTLE. AND LOOK, WE JUST HAPPEN TO
HAVE SOME JADE RIGHT HERE. OKAY. LET’S REVIEW. IT’S RIGHT AFTER THE GO TO
ROOSTER STANDS ON ONE LEG. EVERYONE HEAR? LEFT LEG AND HANDLE OUT. PLACE THAT FOOT DOWN. NOTICE YOUR LEFT HAND IS UP
AND YOUR RIGHT HAND IS DOWN. JUST BRING IT TO BALL. STEP OUT TO THE RIGHT. HIGH BLOCK. PALM, IT COMES FROM YOUR
HIP, COMES FROM YOUR HIP. RECEIVE BALL. OPEN TO THE LEFT, AND
AS YOU COME FORWARD, THAT POWER COMES THROUGH. NOW, A VERY COMMON THING, IF
YOU CAN HOLD THAT POSITION. SHE’S IN A REALLY GOOD POSITION
BECAUSE I CAN’T HIT HER. BUT A LOT OF TIMES WHAT
PEOPLE WILL DO IS SOMETHING LIKE THIS, OR LIKE THIS. KEEP IN MIND YOU’RE
COVERING YOUR HEAD. SO, AND SOMETIMES IT’S DOWN
HERE, AND I CAN STILL HIT. SO, SHE’S GOING TO RAISE HER
ARM UP, AND I CAN’T HIT HER, EVEN IF I COME DOWN LIKE THIS. AND NOTICE, I’M PUTTING
SOME POWER HERE, AND HER ARM IS NOT COLLAPSING. WHY IS THAT? YES, SHE’S STRONG. BUT WE’RE ALSO USING
BIOMECHANICAL DAMAGE. WE WANT TO AVOID
THE 90 DEGREE ANGLE. SO, IF I HAVE 90 DEGREES
HERE, AND SHE’S GOING TO PUSH DOWN ON MY ARM — GO
AHEAD AND PUSH DOWN, PUSH. IT’S GOING TO COLLAPSE. BUT IF I GO GREATER
THAN A 90 DEGREE ANGLE, SHE’S GOING TO PUSH DOWN AND IT
JUST GOES INTO MY BODY, OKAY. SO, NICE JOB WITH
THAT, VERONIKA. NEXT MOVE, FAN TO THE BACK. OVER HERE, PLEASE. NOW, KEEP IN MIND, WE JUST
DID NEEDLE AT BOTTOM OF SEA, WHICH WE’LL GO OVER
NEXT EPISODE. AND LOOK, SHE’S COMING
IN FOR A PUNCH. PUNCH COMES IN. I’M JUST GOING TO, OKAY,
YOU WANT TO PUNCH ME? THERE GOES YOUR PUNCH. HERE COMES MY STRIKE. ANOTHER WAY TO THINK
ABOUT THIS MOVEMENT, THERE ARE MULTIPLE FACTORS. PUNCH COMES IN. I’M GOING TO DEFLECT,
BLOCK, AND STRIKE. SO, WE’RE OPENING UP. THANK YOU. LET’S REVIEW FAN TO
THE BACK TOGETHER IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FORM. WE’LL TAKE IT FROM, WE’LL
START IN YOUR POSITION. LET’S TAKE IT FROM THE END
OF NEEDLE AND BOTTOM OF SEA. HERE. LOOK UP. STEP TOWARDS THEM. HEEL TO TOE. FAN TO THE BACK. NOTICE, WE’RE NOT GOING
TO BE 90 DEGREE ANGLES. WE’RE GOING TO OPEN UP. I’D LIKE TO TAKE A STEP BACK
HERE FOR A MOMENT AND INVITE YOU TO THINK OF THE CONCEPT
OF AWARENESS. TODAY’S EPISODE IS
ALL ABOUT AWARENESS; NOT JUST ABOUT THE AWARENESS
OF OUR BODIES, OUR ENERGY, OUR BREATH, BUT THE
AWARENESS OF THOSE AROUND US. LET’S REVIEW THIS ONE MORE
TIME, THINKING OF THE AWARENESS, EXCUSE ME, THINKING OF THE
PERSON AND PEOPLE AROUND US. NEEDLE AT BOTTOM OF SEA. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
LOOK UP AND TOWARDS THEM. SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT TO YOUR RIGHT. I THINK I HEARD SOMETHING. LOOK. AH, THERE’S THAT
AWARENESS THERE’S GOING TO BE AN ATTACKER HERE, AND
WE’RE GOING TO PREPARE, PREPARE, BLOCK, AND PUNCH, WHICH
WE’LL DEMONSTRATE RIGHT NOW. SHALL WE? [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
PAIRING, BLOCK, AND PUNCH. PUNCHING POSITION, PLEASE. SO, WE JUST TOOK CARE OF
THIS OPPONENT, ALL RIGHT, AND I THINK I HEAR SOMEONE
COMING UP BEHIND ME. AND WE’RE GOING TO
SHIFT MY WEIGHT AND LET, OH MY GOSH, IT’S VERONIKA AGAIN. SHE MUST HAVE GOTTEN UP. PUNCH COMES IN. I’M GOING TO SHIFT MY WEIGHT, GIVING MYSELF SOME TIME
BECAUSE SHE’S FAST. I’M GOING TO BLOCK WITH A FISH
BECAUSE I WANT HER TO REMEMBER THAT AND NOT COME BACK, RIGHT. I’M GOING TO CHECK HER ELBOW. NOW, IT’S NICE HERE. CAN SHE PUNCH ME WITH
THAT HAND RIGHT NOW? HOW ABOUT HER OTHER HAND? NOT REALLY, NOT REALLY. SO, I HAVE AN ADVANTAGE HERE. NOTICE, I HAVEN’T SHIFTED
MY WEIGHT FORWARD YET. IT’S CHAMBERED. MY FIST IS CHAMBERED HERE. ALL I HAVE TO DO IS ROLL
MY WEIGHT FORWARD — OOOM, DEVASTATED PUNCH, SO
MUCH SO SHE HAS TO HOLD ON. OH, YOU WANT MY WRIST. WELL, YOU CAN HAVE IT. HERE, HAVE MY WRIST. SHE COMES RIGHT INTO THIS. ONE MORE TIME, LET’S DO
IT WITH A FLIP, OKAY. SAND [PHONETIC] THROUGH
THE BACK. I TURN AND LOOK. THE PUNCH COMES IN, AND IT
JUST FLOWS OUT LIKE THIS. BOOM! IF SHE CATCHES IT, FINE. HERE YOU GO. WALK INTO THIS. AND NOTICE, I DIDN’T
HAVE TO PUSH HER. I’M SMART ENOUGH
NOT TO PUSH HER; THAT’S ALSO THE OTHER THING. AND WOW! THOSE ARE THE, ALL
THE MAJOR MOVEMENT PATTERNS OF TAI CHI CHUAN IN TERMS
OF THE MARSHALL APPLICATION. NEXT EPISODE, WE’RE GOING
TO GO TO THOSE TRANSITIONS. FOR NOW, I’D LIKE FOR US TO REVIEW THE MOVEMENTS ONE MORE
TIME SO WE JUST HAVE THE FORM, AND WE CAN PRACTICE IT AT
HOME UNTIL THE NEXT EPISODE. READY? [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER: ALL RIGHT. STARTING POSITIONS. MAKE SURE YOU MOVE ANY FURNITURE OUT OF THE WAY THAT
YOU MAY NEED TO. AS YOU START TO GET BETTER AND
BETTER, OR MORE COMFORTABLE WITH THE MOVEMENTS,
YOU MAY START STEPPING, TAKING LARGER STEPS. AS A RESULT, YOU’RE
GOING TO TRAVEL MORE. SO, MAKE SURE THE AREA IS CLEAR. WE CLEANED UP OUR
LIVING ROOM HERE, SO. FEET TOGETHER, SHOULDERS
DOWN AND RELAXED. TAI CHI 24. STARTING. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
BREATHE IN THROUGH THE NOSE. OUT, THROUGH THE MOUTH. SHIFT WEIGHT RIGHT. OPEN THE TOES UP. BREATHE IN AS YOU
GATHER YOUR TAI CHI BALL. BREATHE OUT AS YOU GIVE;
IN, AS YOU GATHER YOUR BALL. OUT, AS YOU GIVE. YOU CAN DO A LITTLE
BREATH IN AND OUT HERE. AND THEN, IN AGAIN,
FULL IN, FULL OUT. HALF STEP FORWARD, WHITE
CRANE SPREADS WINGS. NOW, THIS IS ONE OF THOSE
TRANSITIONS I WAS TALKING ABOUT EARLIER. THERE’S FOUR MAJOR TRANSITIONS. NEXT EPISODE. STAY TUNED. BRUSH KNEE THREE TIMES. RECEIVE. NOW, I’M GOING
TO OBSERVE VERONIKA AGAIN. I DON’T WANT TO GET OUT OF YOUR
VIEW, SO I’LL BE MOVING AROUND. AND AGAIN, SHE’S
COMPLETING THE MOTION; NO 90 DEGREE ANGLES,
AND RECEIVE. SHE’S TRANSFERRING HER WEIGHT
TO HER RIGHT LEG, ROOT IT, AND IT JUST FLOWS OUT. HALF STEP FORWARD. THIS IS THE SECOND TRANSITION. HANDS ON GUARD. REPOSTMENT [PHONETIC]. JUST GLIDING BACK. REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR
FOOT STRAIGHT BACK BECAUSE WHAT WE WANT TO HAVE
IS A LITTLE BIT OF SPACE BETWEEN THOSE FEET, OKAY. IF MY FEET ARE LIKE
THIS, I’M NOT BALANCED. BUT IF I HAVE JUST A
LITTLE BIT OF SPACE BETWEEN MY FEET, I’M ROOTED. GATHERING THE TAI CHI BALL. BRING IT IN. WARD OFF. WARD EVERYTHING
AWAY — GRASP THE BIRD’S TAIL. IMAGINE THE TAIL FEATHERS. PULL THEM DOWN. PRESS PALM TO REST. RECEIVE. PUSH. TURN TOWARDS THE FRONT. SHIFT WEIGHT LEFT. WARD OFF TO THE RIGHT. GIVE. RECEIVE, BREATHING
IN, BREATHING OUT, AND OUT. SHIFT WEIGHT LEFT,
PREPARING FOR SINGLE WHIP. SHOULDERS FORWARD AND BACK. PRESS THAT WRIST FORWARD. WE’RE GOING TO STEP
OUT THE LEFT. REMEMBER THAT AWARENESS,
THAT CENTER. SHIFT WEIGHT RIGHT. WAVE HANDS; ALSO KNOWN AS
WAVE HANDS LIKE CLOUDS. USING THE WAIST TO TURN,
WAIST TURNS, NOT THE ARMS. THE ARMS SIMPLY FOLLOW THE
BODY, AND RIGHT FOOT IN. SINGLE WHIP AGAIN. SHOULDER COMES FORWARD. SHOULDER GOES BACK, AND
PUSH WITH THE WRIST. OPEN PALM. HALF STEP. TIME FOR OUR THIRD
TRANSITION, HIGH PAT ON HORSE. FOOT UP, FOOT DOWN. BLOCKING UP, OPEN,
REFIRMING OF THAT LEG, AND THEN PLACE IT DOWN. FINISH EACH MOVEMENT, RECEIVE. TURN TOWARDS THE BACK. LEFT HEEL KICK. SNAKE CREEPS THROUGH THE GRASS. GOLDEN ROOSTER STANDS
ON ONE LEG. PLACE THE LEG DOWN. TURN TOWARDS THE FRONT. SNAKE, CREEP, STRIKE, RECEIVE. ROOSTER. PLACE THAT LEG DOWN. NOW, REMEMBER THOSE LAST
THREE MOVES, HERE THEY COME — BALL, OPEN UP FOR JADE
LADY WORKS THE SHUTTLE. RECEIVE. REMEMBER THE
ARM POSITIONING TOO. YOU WANT TO CLEAR YOUR HEAD. MAKE SURE YOU CAN
BLOCK YOUR HEAD. HALF STEP FORWARD. THIS IS THE FOURTH AND
FINAL TRANSITION STEP. NEEDLE AT BOTTOM OF SEA. FAN BACK. SHIFT WEIGHT RIGHT. TURN TO THE RIGHT. AWARENESS. BLOCK. STEP THROUGH. PUNCH. CLEAR YOUR WRIST. PUSH. TURN TOWARDS THE FRONT. HORSE STANCE. BIG BREATH IN, CLEANSING
BREATH IN. YOU’RE GATHERING
ALL THAT ENERGY. YOU’RE BATHING YOURSELF
WITH THAT ENERGY. OPEN AND OUT, AS WE RETURN
IT BACK TO THE EARTH. FEET TOGETHER. JUST STAND FORMALLY. ENJOY THE SUBTLE AND MAYBE NOT SO SUBTLE SENSATIONS
IN YOUR BODY. HOW DO YOUR HANDS FEEL? ARE THEY WARM? NOTICE YOUR BREATH. [ MUSIC ]>>DR. DANIEL HOOVER:
AHH, THAT WAS GOOD! ALL RIGHT. AND NOTICE YOU SWEAT. YOU WORKING? I’M WORKING AGAIN TODAY. THANK YOU, VERONIKA. WHAT I’D LIKE TO DO WITH THESE
LAST FEW MOMENTS, FEW MINUTES, IS SOMETHING WE CAN DO AT WORK
TODAY, OR AT SCHOOL TODAY. WHEN WE GET HOME, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO TRANSITION
OR DECOMPRESS. LET’S GET INTO A HORSE STANCE. WE’LL STAND SIDE-BY-SIDE, AND
WE’RE GOING TO DO OUR BALL WORK. GATHER YOUR TAI CHI BALL. GREAT WAY TO CENTER. SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT TO YOUR LEFT
LEG, KEEPING THE SPINE STRAIGHT. SHIFT YOUR WEIGHT
TO YOUR RIGHT LEG. THIS IS ALSO A NICE
WAY TO COOL DOWN. SHIFT WEIGHT LEFT, FOCUSING ON THAT ENERGY FIELD
BETWEEN YOUR PALMS. AND SHIFT WEIGHT BACK. WE’RE GOING TO TRANSITION
TO WAVE HANDS. I LIKE TO THINK OF
IT ENERGETICALLY NOW AS CLEARING THE ENERGY IN FRONT
OF YOU, JUST CLEARING SPACE. THERE’S NO LONGER AN
OPPONENT, NO BLOCKING, JUST CLEARING GENTLY, CLEARING
THE CANVAS ON WHICH YOU’RE GOING TO CREATE AND MANIFEST YOUR
DAY, TOMORROW, THE YEAR. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO CLEAR? WE MUST FIRST CLEAR OUR MINDS,
OUR HEADS, AND OUR ENERGY FIELD. WE’LL JUST CLEAR
IT, NICE AND EASY. REMEMBER TO REGULATE
YOUR BREATHING. WE BREATHE IN, ALL THE
WAY ACROSS ONE SIDE, AND PAUSE FOR THE TRANSITION; OUT THE OTHER SIDE,
AND TRANSITION. IN, LAST TIME; OUT. VERY GOOD. KEEP IN MIND THE SLOWER YOU MOVE
THE HARDER IT IS TO SNEAK UP AND CONNECT THE BREATH
TO THE MOVEMENT. YOU CAN ALSO JUST DO
NATURAL ABDOMINAL BREATHING. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF
YOU’RE GOING LEFT OR RIGHT, JUST NATURAL SOFTNESS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING
US WITH THIS TAI CHI CLASS. YOU NOW HAVE ALL THE
MAJOR MOVEMENT PATTERNS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD
TO SHOWING YOU MORE. SEE YOU NEXT TIME. [ MUSIC ]

10 thoughts on “Tai Chi for Beginners 05 – “Awareness””

  1. Thank you for demonstrating the self-defense applications of the form. This truly enhances one's understanding of the individual moves and combinations of moves for the sake of applying proper technique. Exercised with control this understanding reduces the risk of injuries to one's self and trainig partners. Woe be to any potential assailants in the street, however, as control of good technique also means control of the force redirected back to the attacker. Great job with this training approach. Many praticioners seeking only the health benefits of tai chi are learning movements of the forms and passing them on without any understanding of proper technique. Over time this dillutes the preservation of the art by changing tradional forms and the original purpose of the moves. Commend your excellent kung fu and attempt to pass on expert knowledge.

  2. Thank you Thank you Hoover couple, for making this wonderful video ….. you guys rock !!
    17:00 LOL love how you demonstrated the moves applications in self defense.
    "OMG its that sweet Veronica….LOL"

  3. Thank you for the videos. They are a great way for a beginner like me to get some basic knowledge of Tai Chi. Many of the episodes mention an episode on the transitions. This is where I'm getting lost. When is this going to be published?

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