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
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
The beautiful lookout on
You can also learn to lead the trip up
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
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
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
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
In modern times it has spread around the world. In
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.
On your computer, see www.monkeymountaintaichi.ca or for pictures of
For Information or to learn Monkey Mountain Story Tai Chi contact
Michael White by email to firstname.lastname@example.org