William C. Phillips

March 15, 2017

The Elusiveness of Traditional Chinese Teaching

The way Tai Chi and other martial arts have traditionally been taught in China has often raised some eyebrows in the West. Let’s try to understand […]
March 15, 2017

Tai Chi’s “Hidden” Secrets

In every martial art, people search for the “secrets” – the elusive techniques that are shrouded in mystery. But in Tai Chi, these “hidden” skills aren’t […]
March 15, 2017

How Long Does It Take to Learn Tai Chi Form?

This week’s question comes from an anonymous inquirer, who asks, “How long does it take to learn Tai Chi?” That is a relative question. The first […]
March 15, 2017

What Made Cheng Man-Ch’ing So Brilliant and Influential to So Many People?

Here is a question from Rachel in Michigan. She asks: “Having met the man himself, (Professor Cheng Man-Ch’ing) what do you think made him so brilliant […]
March 15, 2017

What should you think about when you do Tai Chi?

I suppose if I was the kind of teacher who enjoyed being cryptic,I could simply answer this question with “so much, and yet, so little!” But, […]
February 28, 2016

Tai Chi Chuan As Meditation

In order to understand Tai Chi Chuan as meditation, it is first necessary to have a working definition of meditation. This obtained, we can see how […]
February 15, 2016

Ten Essential Points of Practice for Tai Chi Chuan

William C. Phillips No matter how long we may have been practicing Tai Chi Chuan, be it weeks, months, years, or decades, these ten points are […]
February 10, 2016
The doctor sticks needles into the woman's body on the acupuncture, close-up view

Acupuncture and Fitness

When we think of Acupuncture, we often tend to think of a sedentary older person with a bad back who has tried everything else. And now […]
February 8, 2015

Some Thoughts on the Passing of Two Masters

William C. Phillips This year (1998) Master Zhang Lu Ping and Master Jou Tsung Hwa have passed on. They will be missed. While they will be […]
March 16, 2012

Basic Tai Chi Concepts

When practicing the Tai Chi Form there are many things to pay attention to. You can find some of them in Sifu William C. Phillips’ Ten […]
March 15, 2012
Open book with radiant light emiting from it.

Recommended Reading

Want to know more about Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Taoism and Oriental Medicine? Here’s a listing of important texts you may wish to read to help […]
February 28, 2010

What is Tai Chi Chuan?

Tai Chi (also written as T’ai Chi, Taiji, Tai Chi Chuan, among others) is a slow-motion, moving meditative exercise for relaxation, health and self-defense. Originally from […]