Project "The Way of Life". Tai Chi Yang style by Valery Prosvirov (2015)

06.12.2015
Project "The Way of Life". Tai Chi Yang style by Valery Prosvirov (2015)
“The Way of Life” - dedicated to the ancient art of Tai Chi Chuan.
While Tai Chi is a martial art which cultivates the ability to end human life, it is not paradoxical in its principle; it is actually dedicated to the preservation of life. It is, of course, safe to say that this art fosters the possibility of being effective in combat – which is very useful and necessary – but this is only a side effect of the art itself. The philosophy of Tai Chi teaches us to cultivate life, strengthening it from day to day, from year to year. Following its doctrines and principles, one is certain to gain good health, vitality, and long life. In a sense, it is a veritable fountain of youth, as it allows us counter the destructive course of time and aging upon the body. This is why when you see elders practicing Tai Chi, they are usually more spry and limber than elders that don't. It literally helps us to never grow old! It gives the practitioner indomitable spiritual power, making us strong even when our bodies appear weak. Rest assured, this is not mad delirium. Anyone who knows me will tell you that I do not subscribe to the esoteric belief that people, the gods, love, or pacifism will save the world. This thinking is flawed; while they would like to believe they are at times, people are not gods. There are no Supermen among us waiting to save us from the perils of our nature. While Love functions, it is not the whole of life, and in some situations, violence is in fact necessary. Sometimes, it is even good, as it is the only way to bring those who use violence rampantly to understand the truth of why it must not be used all of the time. Want to bet? Examine, if you will, the condition of a 'pacifist' – lazy, uncertain of oneself when in danger, waiting to be victimized. Would you say you do not possess these traits? If you can honestly say no, good on you. But if not, merit the truth, for lying to oneself is the zenith of immorality and sin. The absolute truth is that without knowledge of violence and how it is used, you are simply waiting to become a victim of it, and there is where it shall teach you its function.

You see, the principle is simple – it is a perfect state of life, where balance exists and awakens wisdom within us that allows us to see truth with an objective point of view. Contrary to popular opinion, wisdom is not a body of knowledge. It is something much more. It allows us to see the truth of what is happening within and around us, where we can seek answers to questions without the answers causing difficulties or being clouded by ego. You just see it, then do what you must without spending any extra effort on unnecessary thoughts and useless action. The presistent and increasing vitality gained from Tai Chi is only attained when you can achieve the desired result without spending excessive force. It sounds incredible and fantastical, but this is the fundamental principle of Tai Chi Chuan.

Practicing Tai Chi can give a person many incredible abilities while changing one's entire aspect on life at the same time. It is proven to change one's life for the better, as if painting the world into a much brighter picture than before. But you must be the painter; the only way for it to happen is through finding the Way in the art and practice of Tai Chi. This is the main objective of the “Way of Life.” Within its framework, we will cover the fundamentals and details of Tai Chi Chuan,explain basic principles, and show the direction you must go. From there, everything depends upon you.

Lao Tzu once said, “The road is made by walking.” Those words from 3,000 years ago – whether he knew it or not – offered the world the very principle of Tai Chi. These sagacious words from an enlightened man have stood the test of time, repeated by many others for three millenia. This shows they truly should be taken to heart... Be bold! Keep moving forward without doubt and you will find an amazing life full of victories and new opportunities.


About the Project:
The Way of Life will include a series of videos on Tai Chi Chuan style. They will discuss the theory and practice of Tai Chi, as well as the historical facts and medical aspects of the art. These films intend to teach the complete philosophy of Tai Chi as well as its practical application in real life. It will also explain both internal and external techniques – and how they are intrinsically one and the same – while teaching the practitioner how to manage the psycho-emotional sphere so that it may give you strength. This differs from other arts in that most martial arts disciplines place emphasis on taking and gaining power, instead of realizing the truth; which is that power can not be taken, but is simply employed.

“The Way of Life” is designed for all ages, genders, backgrounds, and skill levels, from beginners to serious practitioners of Tai Chi Chuan. The films included in the project will be as follows:
24 Forms of Tai Chi Chuan Yang style (Fundamentals and style breakdown)
Gung Fa Tai Chi Chuan ( Body development methods in Tai Chi)
Qigong of Tai Chi Chuan
Basic efforts of Tai Chi Chuan Yang style (basic and intermediate applictaion)
Tui Shou (partner work exercises for real-world combat applications of Tai Chi)
Traditional weapons of Tai Chi Chuan (Jiang Straight sword – structure, mechanics, and details of its use within the art form)
We plan to implement this project in 2016.
And now (as long as we are working on a draft) we offer  pictures outlining the 24 step form of Tai Chi Chuan to supplement the students' learning experience.

Valery Prosvirov creative production is done at his own expense, all your donations will help to move forward with projects. Your gift will make a difference!
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1.     Starting

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2. Grasp the bird tail

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3. White Crane spreads It’s wings

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4.  Brush knee

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5.  Playing the Lute

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6.  Repulse Monkey

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7.  Tai  Chi diagram

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8.   Single whip

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9.  Cloud hands

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10.   Single whip

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11.    Feed the wild horse, stroking the mane

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12.  A heron stands on one leg

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13.    Using palms to support the sky and right heel kick

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14.  Double punch in the ears

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15.    Turn around left, left heel kick

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16.  Down single whip    

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17.  Golden rooster stands on one leg

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18.   Down single whip

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19.  Fair lady works the shuttles

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20.   Needle at bottom of the sea

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21.    Fan through the back

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22.   Turn and strike the gong

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23.    Step forward, parry and punch

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24.   Close

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