With Terry Dunn

The T'ai Chi Ruler is a very rare system of Taoist Yoga, a qigong art utilizing a specially designed curvaceous and perfectly balanced wooden dowel or "ruler" designed with sacred geometry in the shape of the ancient Chinese sword handle. T'ai Chi Ruler consists of eight sets of exercises done in repetition with deep, slow breathing and the ruler held between the palms. Each exercise coordinates breath, mental and visual concentration, and physical movement with a specific Tai Chi energy pathway.  This art is attributed to the legendary Taoist sage, yogin, and patron saint of Huashan, Chen Tuan (Chen Hsi-I), who also created the Six Harmonies & Eight Methods (Liu He Ba Fa) internal martial art. Tai Chi Ruler is an incredibly compact yet complete system of Taoist Yoga as complete as Hatha, Kundalini and Shakti yogas--that integrates mind and body to purify the human spirit and develops supreme one-pointedness to unify man with the Tai Chi, or the forming principle behind Nature. The T'ai Chi Ruler art develops internal energy for martial empowerment by coordinating eyes, mind, breath and perfect natural movement, and provides an excellent core foundation and complement to T'ai Chi Ch'uan or any Chinese martial art.

60 minutes. With score by Robert Scott Thompson.


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with Master York Why Loo.

Created in the 10th century A.D. during the Sung Dynasty by Chen Hsi-I (Chen Tuan), a legendary yogin and the venerated sage of Huashan Taoist Monastery, the Six Harmonies and Eight Methods ("Liou He Ba Fa") is a rare internal martial art of the Northern School that contains 510 fluid martial techniques. Also known as "Water Boxing" (shwei ch'uan), 6H-8M Boxing has unique philosophical and alchemic principles unrelated to other internal arts.  Beyond basic martial techniques that some people try to identify with Tai Chi, Pa-Kua and Hsing-Yi boxing, the Six Harmonies/Eight Methods is a beautiful form that trains the practitioner to apply its naturally flowing techniques to multiple combatants attacking from different directions--especially from in front and behind. 

Water Boxing reflects the founder's oneness with nature, as it enhances human potential through the cultivation of six "harmonies," or "cooperations":   body and mind, mind and will, will and chi, chi and spirit, and spirit and emptiness--and through the Eight Methods. The Six Harmonies/Eight Methods has less repeating patterns of movements and more changes of direction than Tai Chi forms.  It is thus a little more challenging to learn than Tai Chi (and any background in Tai Chi is helpful in learning this complete martial art).

This program contains outstanding demonstrations by Master York Loo and a teaching round by Terry Dunn in which he holds each posture at length to establish "root" and relaxation.  Music by Victoria Bearden and Robert Scott Thompson.

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with Master York Why Loo.

The straight, double-edged sword (jian) is the queen of weapons in the art of Tai Chi Chuan. Tai Chi swordplay is practiced after students attain proficiency in solo form practice. The sword becomes an extension of the Tai Chi player's energy and consciousness. A common correction by a Tai Chi master to his student practicing a Tai Chi sword form is the admonishment: "(Your) energy to the tip of the sword."

The Tai Chi oral tradition advises that after 10,000 rounds of practicing the sword form, the sword should then move like "a dragon swimming through clouds."  Master Loo demonstrates in his 77-movment Yang Sword Form superb fencing technique at just such a level.

The second half of the program features Master Loo's demonstrations of the 40-movement Yang style broadsword form--performed with the energy of "a tiger charging through the jungle"--again in accord with the classical oral teachings of Tai Chi.

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