Tai Chi Easy 8 (Integral Tai Chi) DVD

This DVD, created in 2010, is consists of  8 basic Tai Chi movement forms plus opening and closing movements. These tai chi movements are common to all forms of Tai Chi and are done in a sitting, standing, and walking posture to make them easier to learn and do.  Once comfortable with the hand movements, move to the standing version, then combine it all with the walking for a more traditional simplified Tai Chi form.  The Integral Tai Chi series and Tai Chi Easy teaching method were developed by my teacher Dr Roger Jahnke, OMD.

Step 1 – Learn the Hand Movements

Your first step should be to learn the hand movements.

  • 1 Tai Chi Start
  • 2 Harmonizing Yin & Yang
  • 3 Brush Knee Push Chi
  • 4 Cutting through to Clarity
  • 5 Stroking the Bird’s Tail
  • 6 Opening the Gate
  • 7 Moving Hands like Clouds
  • 8 Dragon Dance
  • 9 Placing Sun & Moon in Sky
  • 10 Gathering Heaven & Earth
  • 11 Tai Chi Close

Your first step should be to learn the hand movements.

1 Tai Chi Start

2 Harmonizing Yin & Yang

3 Brush Knee Push Chi

4 Cutting through to Clarity

5 Stroking the Bird’s Tail

6 Opening the Gate

7 Moving Hands like Clouds

8 Dragon Dance

9 Placing Sun & Moon in Sky

10 Gathering Heaven & Earth

11 Tai Chi Close

Step 2 – Hand Movements – Let’s tie it all together

Now let’s work through the entire series, flowing from one movement to the next, learning the transitions. Practice until you are comfortable with both the movements and the transitions:

Step 3 – Use the Hand Movements in a standing position

Now that your comfortable with the hand movements and the transitions, let’s do them in a standing form. 

1 Tai Chi Start

2 Harmonizing Yin & Yang

3 Brush Knee Push Chi

4 Cutting through to Clarity

5 Stroking the Bird’s Tail

6 Opening the Gate

7 Moving Hands like Clouds

8 Dragon Dance

9 Placing Sun & Moon in Sky

10 Gathering Heaven & Earth

11 Tai Chi Close

Step 4 – All the exercises standing

Now we are really making progress. We have learned the hand movements, their transitions, and their correct standing posture. Now, we’ll do our first practice session in a standing position.

Now, let’s add some stepping – again, review, then practice along with it

Step 5 – Let’s learn the walking

Great job sticking with it! We are now going to add the walking element to this Tai Chi form.

First, here is a short video that explains the foot movement – review and practice along with it.

Now you are ready to tie the entire movement with the walking.  The next two videos are both the front and rear view of the exercises.  Review them and then go ahead and follow along.  Use either the front or rear view.

Step 6 – Practice Videos

Nicely Done! ! You have now mastered Tai Chi Easy – 8.

Terms of Use

Please Note: As with any exercise, the practice of the exercises and meditation techniques described on this DVD may carry risks.  The Information presented are not in any way intended as a substitute for medical, mental or emotional counseling with a licensed physician or healthcare provider.  The viewer should consult a professional before undertaking any movement, meditative arts, health or exercises programs to reduce the chance of injury or any other harm that may result from pursuing or trying any technique discussed on this DVD.  Any physical or other distress experienced during or after any exercise should not be ignored and should be brought to the attention of a healthcare professional.  The creators and publishers of the content found on this DVD disclaim any liabilities for loss in connection with following any of the practices described, and their implementation are at the discretion, decision, and risk of the viewer.