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01-16-2001, 05:54 PM
Does anyone on this board know of any place either here in the West or on Mainland China or Taiwan where it is still possible to train in tai chi chuan full-time? It's not going to be an option for me anytime soon, but I'd still like to know if the possibility exists :-)

Boulder Student
01-16-2001, 06:13 PM
Bataan Faigao and Jane Faigao are Directors of the Traditional Eastern Arts Department at the Naropa Institute in Boulder. You can major in Tai Chi Chuan and obtain a four year degree from Naropa. They started studying Tai Chi in the 60s win Professor Cheng Man-ch'ing. Full time tai chi and a college degree...ah, to be 18 again. You can get more info from their web site.


Good luck.


One must toughen up without losing one's tenderness.

01-17-2001, 11:01 AM
THANK YOU BoulderStudent! That is exactly what I was hoping for! Now all I have to do is save up the incredible amount of money required to study in the US! :)

09-04-2015, 09:08 AM
I was thinking of launching some new thread titled 'tai chi pastime' or 'candid tai chi'.... something to post articles like this in case there are more. But then I wondered if I ever launched such a thread already, and if not, why would I think there would be more? So a little thread necromancy here to post this slightly OT article.

Man stuck in Eurotunnel queue transcends traffic stress by doing Tai Chi in middle of road (http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/man-stuck-eurotunnel-queue-transcends-6372504)
10:20, 3 September 2015
Updated 10:30, 4 September 2015
By Ruth Halkon

This middle aged man astonished drivers by practicing Tai Chi in the middle lane of the road approaching the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal

Drivers stuck in long queues as they wait to cross the Channel Tunnel could spend the time venting their frustration at striking workers, or the British or French governments' failure to deal with the migrant crisis.

Or they could follow this man's example and find a much calmer way to get all that tension off their chests.

The middle-aged man astonished drivers by practicing Tai Chi in the middle lane of the road approaching the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone.

Tai Chi while you wait: Man lets all of that negative Eurostar energy go

Leonie Tremain, who shared the bizarre video, praised the man for achieving a zen-like state by practising the ancient Chinese art.

She said: "If being stuck in a queue for the #Eurotunnel really frustrates you, just get out of your car and let go of all that negative energy by doing some Tai Chi in the middle of one of the lanes.

"Worked for this chap."
Works for most of Asia too. There, this is commonplace.

09-06-2015, 09:42 AM
I don't know if this interests you, but we're offering a full-time Jon Jitsu course; get in touch if you like the sound of it. (For more on JJ see the main thread)

10-05-2018, 09:18 AM
One more and maybe this is worth it's own indie thread.

China auntie practises Tai Chi for almost 2 hours while stuck in traffic jam (http://www.asiaone.com/china/watch-china-auntie-practises-tai-chi-over-hour-while-stuck-traffic-jam)

PHOTO: Weibo
ASIAONE Oct 05, 2018

Ever got stuck in traffic jams so terrible that your feet fall asleep and your body gets increasingly fidgety?

To combat the restlessness, a woman in China took it one step further when she practised tai chi for well over an hour on a gridlocked expressway.

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial arts form that is practised by many as a form of exercise. Accompanied by regulated deep breathing, it has purported health benefits, allowing the body to achieve a state of relaxation and harmony.

With the surge of traffic caused by China's Golden Week travellers in the first week of October, drivers on the Cheng Nan expressway in Sichuan were treated to an unexpected performance when the auntie 'performed' for almost two hours as she waited for the jam to clear out.

Your moment of Zen. Auntie practices tai chi on expressway while waiting for traffic jam to clear

In the video, she can be seen focusing intently on her moves even as it begins to drizzle.

The video was posted and went viral on Chinese microblogging site Weibo, garnering over 300 million views after it was uploaded on October 2.

Guess not even the rain can dampen this feisty auntie's spirit.