Monkey Mountain Tai Chi 2012


A NEW WAY to introduce TAI CHI

                                 Take the Trip up Monkey Mountain                Sept. 2012 


            In the year 2000, a new way of learning Tai Chi was invented in Canada. It is called the Monkey Mountain Story.

And because some of the traditional moves are changed for the Story it is also called Monkey Mountain Tai Chi.


             The Story takes you on a trip up imagined MonkeyMountain in Western China. On this trip up and down the mountain you visit 15 stations. At each of these stations in the trip you learn to do new and 24 different Tai Chi moves. These are, or are based on, the 24 moves of the most popular Tai Chi set, the Short Form of Yang Style Tai Chi with some additional interpreted moves from a special traditional set. The Story can be an introduction to any style of Tai Chi.


            The beautiful lookout on MonkeyMountain is the home of a mischievous band of Monkeys. The Monkeys give the name to the mountain ridge, to our Story and to this Tai Chi. The Story has been created to help each person who plays it to learn and remember its Tai Chi moves. The Story becomes part of each person’s own daily Tai Chi exercise.


            You can also learn to lead the trip up MonkeyMountain in order to help others learn and do Tai Chi.


The Story, the 15 Stations and the Moves of the Trip Up Monkey Mountain


Station 1. Outside the cottage in our village in the valley below MonkeyMountain, the Sun Rises.

Station 2.  From a rack beside the back garden gate, we saddle up ponies who take us to the Bridge.

Station 3. In the marshes beside the bridge, The White Cranes dance, stretching their wings.

Station 4. We step down off the bridge and begin the climb up MonkeyMountain, opening a gate into the farms, up through the trees, up the steps to the ridge that the locals call MonkeyMountain. A young tiger cub and a baby panda were found wandering in the village. We carry them up to their calling mothers.

Station 5. At the Monkey Mountain Lookout we release the young animals, enjoy the view, play music, write poetry.

But soon, when we get out our lunch, we must also repulse the MonkeyMountain monkeys.

Then the food bell rings from the hermit’s house up the mountain and the monkey band leaves. It is peaceful on the Lookout again. You may have tea.

Station 6. We begin to descend the road down the back of the mountain. We free Songbirds from the hunters’ net in a valley beside the road.

Station 7. Above us an eagle soars high up above the valleys. Your hand becomes the eagle's head and beak. Your arms become wings until your hands float like clouds.

The eagle flies to the roof of a temple.

Station 8. The temple’s round door opens. The monks exercise with us.

Station 9. Again we walk down the road. We pick berries. We throw snakes off the path.

Station 10. In the village in the valley below, we hear laughing and singing. The fair ladies meet in the square each fine day to set up their looms. They talk, laugh, sing with their children and weave, throwing shuttles. A bell rings. The ladies stop for tea.

Station 11. The fisherman waits at the village dock to take us across the lake. He gives each of us a fishing rod. The lines go deep down into the lake. How big a fish can you catch? Open your hands wide like a fan. How high do the sails of the boat rise? How smooth is the lake we cross.

Station 12. We arrive at our the village dock. Beside the dock are water lilies. Their broad leaves float on the water taking the sunshine down into their roots in the mud. Green buds rise up through the water. They burst open as beautiful lotus blooms.

Station 13. A small dragonfly flies from a lotus bloom across the lake. From out of a dark cave across the lake the Yang Dragon roars, full of the energy of the sun. Then from up the great river, the pure white Bird of Ying energy, flies until she lands by her nest, and shakes the colors of the  flowers and the birdsout of her great tail.

Station 14.On the fisherman’s boat we continue to the dock of our village. There the wood seller tells us to chop up a block of his wood into kindling to cook our supper. We then saw off another block for the woodsman.

Station 15. Gather up woven blanket, fish, kindling. Take them back to the cottage. We are home. It is the end of the trip and of the Story . We have done another Tai Chi set, 24 Tai Chi moves and more. We thank the long tradition of teachers of Tai Chi. We thank our friends and thank ourselves for our good health, our good sense and good fortune.


            About Tai Chi (particularly for senior westerners):

            Tai Chi is a wonderful daily exercise. It was developed in China more then 2000 years ago.

             In modern times it has spread around the world.  In America, Australia, Africa, India and

             Europe it is now played by many, many thousands of people of all ages each day.

            Tai Chi is a dance. It has slow, precise and sometimes graceful movements.

             Do these movements each day to keep your body flexible. It will make legs stronger.

             It will improve your the balance. It will prevent falls.

             Learning and doing Tai Chi develops your concentration and calms the mind.

            Tai Chi’s moves can be used for safety and self defence.

            Tai Chi is a way to better health through exercise each day, for all ages, especially for the handicapped or in a wheel

            chairs. Tai Chi, as little as 15 minutes each day, adds to the other best exercise, walking.


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For Information or to learn Monkey Mountain Story Tai Chi contact

Michael White by email to