Tai Chi Info & Resources

16 points to remember (New)

Conversations about peng and the manifestation of chi. 

A Study Of Taiji Push-Hands By Xiang Kairen 

Conversations about Reverse Breathing 

Yang's Ten Important Points

Meridian Balancing Massage

  1. Tai Chi for the Living Room
  2. Taiji (tai chi)  
    Taiji is a centuries old Chinese discipline for health, relaxation, balance, flexibility, strength, meditation, self-defense and self-cultivation. It improves circulation, balance, coordination, and helps relax and strengthen the muscular and nervous systems.   
    The stretching movements make the body limber, tone up muscles, and help release tension. As a meditation, Taiji is a way of harmonizing body, mind and spirit, dynamically. 
  3. Taiji warm-ups -Introduction to taiji - Tai Chi Warm-up is a specific set of easy to do circular and spiral movements designed to aid in opening and lubricating all the joints of the body. Anyone of can learn and benefit from doing Tai Chi Warm-up. You do not have to be a taichi practitioner to do Tai Chi Warm-up. The graceful, flowing movements are fun and relaxing.
    Tai Chi Warm-up uses mind-intent to move from the core through a series of physical and mental exercises that allow you to release stress, detoxify the body, and improve overall circulation.
    This is great way to prepare for doing your taichi routine (form), or to use in place of taichi when your time is limited. This is an excellent exercise for senior citizens to do every day.  
  4. Grounding: Correct structural alignment with, and proper grounding to the earth, provide the basis for Taichi and Qigong practice. Through essential standing postures, breath exercises, and work on opening of the primary Yin centers (Perineum and Kidney 1 Points), a deep sense of rooting and connection with the earth is developed. Simple standing in prescribed postures develops correct structural alignment, and a lower center of
    gravity, greatly aiding Qi flow.
  5. Yang Style Simplified Form is a set of taiji forms created for the city people, in China, It is easier and requires a shorter time to practice. It is now the most popular and widely practiced throughout the world. It is used to stimulate the internal organs, gently exercise the body, calm the nervous system and mobilize the joints.
  6. Silk reeling - posture exercises that are used to develop the spiraling power and to open up all the major joints of the body.
  7. Randomized Control Trials Testing the Benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi
  8. Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research Position of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi
    The NIH office for Complementary and Integrative Medicine (NCCAM) says that Qigong and Tai Chi is Mind-Body Medicine.

Joe Martin

Mr. Martin teaches Chinese T'ai Chi for CHI. His 52 years of experience in Chinese martial arts provides an excellent opportunity to obtain the best instruction in the area. He has studied with several Tai Chi instructors over the years, but studied most intensively the Yang style T'ai Chi with Todd Qian (Chian) of Shanghai, China. 
Joe is a Certified Taichi/Qigong Instructor with the Healing Tao USA where he studied with Mantak Chia and others in the

Healing Tao Instructor's Association.
Joe is President of the Esoma Society of Martial Arts, founder Esoma Kungfu, head instructor of the Silver Dragon Kung fu Academy, and head instructor of T'ai Chi at the Lake. He taught at Central Piedmont Community College for 10 years before coming to teach in Davidson in 1987.

Joe Martin is a Certified Instructor of Mantak Chia's Tai Chi/Chi Gong Method of Tai Chi. View a photo of Joe Martin and Mantak Chia.

Grandmaster Joe Martin with his latest teacher,
Todd Qian (Qian Xinyu).

Xinyu is the son of Grandmaster Qian Timing. (More about Qian Timing.)


  1. Shaolin Chi Gong Breathing 
  2. Another Shaolin Breathing Set 
  3. Another Chi Gong Set 
  4. Buddha Palm Chi Gong Set 

Tai Chi in the News

Mayo Clinic's Top 10 Complementary Therapies
BottomLine Secrets August 1, 2007

Tai Chi Boosts Immunity to Shingles Virus in Older Adults, NIH-Sponsored Study Reports
National Institutes of Health News April 6, 2007

LSU Professor Uses Tai Chi To Fight Degenerative Nerve Disease
Medical News Today 26 Jan 2007

Staying Young with Tai Chi
Prevention.com September 5, 2006

Living Well At Any Age: Gallery Mind/body Exercise
CNN.com Special Reports December 28, 2005

Tai Chi can reduce falls in older people, says new research
EurekAlert.org June 27, 2005

Tai Chi: Fluid Movements for Health and Happiness
Discovery Health Channel DiscoveryHealth.com May 30, 2005

Health Benefits, Tai Chi Linked
Tufts E-News April 28, 2004

Tai Chi - a beneficial health practice
NarragansettTimes.com March 23, 2005

Tai Chi 'can treat heart failure'
BBC News UK Edition October 9, 2004

Seniors Take Up Tai Chi, Yoga
FoxNews.com September 30, 2004.

Tai Chi may aid in arthritis treatment
CNN.com May 5,2004

Tai chi's healing effects are a Chinese puzzle
Sydney Morning Herald April 29, 2004

Tai Chi
MayoClinic.com Tools for Healthier Lives December 19, 2003

Boost Your Balance by Kathleen Doheny, Master these moves, and nothing will topple you
AARP Magazine Online, July-August 2003

Tai Chi Proven To Have Healing Power: Form Of Martial Arts Can Ease Joint Pain, Restore Balance
NBCSanDiego.com December 13, 2002

With slow movements as fluid as silk, the gentle Chinese practice of Tai Chi seems tailor-made for easing sore joints and muscles
Arthritis Today July 8, 2000

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