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Houston Elemental Tai Chi - Background
Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan, or taiji) is an ancient Chinese martial art, practiced by most as a health exercise. Characterized by slow, flowing movements that can approach a state often called "meditation in motion", it offers a gentle, nonagressive approach to strengthening muscles and cultivating chi (qi), the essence of our breath/life energy.

Too much of modern life is devoted to rushing through our "multitasking" activities.  For practitioners, taiji is the perfect counterpoint:   to slow down, de-stress, and re-focus our lives as we regain a connection to our inner being.  This is not some spaced-out sense of feeling good: it provides very real and noticeable physical benefits, external as well as internal.

Elemental Tai Chi offers Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) based on the Yang medium frame Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan (YMT) and Traditional Yang large frame. Qigong and neigong training come from three sources: the Universal Dao system of Mantak Chia, the Jin Shan (Gold Mountain) system of Wang Yen-nien associated with YMT, and the Triple Sanctuary practices of the Sanctuary of Dao from Stuart Alve Olson. Sifu Dale Napier draws upon his expertise in these and other systems to provide training to achieve integrated health and strength in the mind, body, and spirit. 

Background & Resources
Sifu Napier
Sifu Napier's Writing
Grandmaster George Ling Hu
Grandmaster Wang Yen-nien
     Yen-nien Daoguan
Stuart Alve Olson
Grandmaster T.T. Liang
Sanctuary of Dao
Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan
American Yangjia Michuan Taijiquan Association
Great River Taoist Center

Sifu Napier's Articles --
"Standing Exercises for Taiji Qi Cultivation" (Kung Fu Magazine, Sept/Oct 2009)
"Validating Your Taijiquan" (AYMTA Journal, 2007)
"Yang Taiji as a Fighting Art" (Kung Fu Magazine, March/April 2007)
"Taiji in Your Life #2: Making a Connection" (AYMTA Journal, 2005)
"Taiji in Your Life #1: Getting Real with Intention" (AYMTA Journal, 2004)
"Taiji in Times of War and Peace" (AYMTA Journal, 2003)
"Welcome to Taijiquan" (2003)