Dear followers of Downtown Tai Chi Winnipeg. My health has returned after a health challenge in summer of 2017. My health is such that I may now return to generating posts and answering questions related to your tai chi practice. I hope to help those in need or that require some specific assistance. 
I invite any questions, comments or suggestions in posts or in private and my services are again available. Please take advantage of my Videos and Posts. Thanks for your patience.



Practice the Foundation: 17 Move Practice Video for students

Practice the Foundation: 17 Move Simple Sitting Tai Chi Set

Article: Harvard University and from Lifestyle section of Financial Express:

VIDEO: Bruce Frantzis best explains my approach to enjoying and reaping the health benefits from tai chi! Many classes teach you the moves, but I instruct 'how tai chi feels'! 
Yin and Yang is The Tao (The Way) moving in balance

Whether or not you have a body that is overweight, underweight, an imbalance of movement from a dysfunctional part of your structure, you can find balance. Balance promotes ease of movement. Balance is alignment.

Practising Tai Chi is learning to find your balance and alignment inside the structure you have now. Learn how to find where you are out of balance. The answers may surprise you. The mind works with and is integrally tied to the body; both are connected to the spirit. Work positively on any one and the other two receive the same benefit.

Where there is balance, there is ease of movement and alignment.

Where balance is needed, there is disease in movement and misalignment.  

A Little About Tai Chi...

Who Can Practice Tai Chi?

Over decades of tai chi practice, I have not met anyone who cannot practice at least some tai chi. Tai chi offers health benefits to anyone regardless of the individual’s level of fitness or mobility. Prior knowledge of tai chi or the set is not required when signing up for a class. (Mobility Challenged? Specialized classes for individualized instruction are available one on one or small groups.)

What is Tai Chi?

Tai chi is a form of qigong practice which is a Chinese system of physical exercises to improve general health. Tai chi was developed to maintain or regain good health, by ancient Taoist sages in collaboration with Shaolin monks in ancient China.
A tai chi set is a structured series of body postures attained through slow and continuous movement while either standing, sitting or a combination of both. The practice will gently stretch your entire body while maintaining alignment and balance. Besides the set, there are the tai chi ‘standing jongs’. These standing exercises are usually performed prior to the set. They are intended to strengthen, warm-up and loosen the body. The instructor will then guide you on how these ‘standing jongs’ are incorporated into and become various parts of the set. Regular practice of either the set or standing jongs or both will result in surprising health benefits.

What is Our Approach?

Tai chi is tailored to suit each individual so it becomes ‘your tai chi’. There is no ‘incorrect’ tai chi because the individual’s level is exactly what is needed at the time. If you wish to learn the basics of the set of tai chi, then a Level 1 class is all you need.

What are the Benefits of Tai Chi Practice?

Tai chi will improve both physical and mental balance as well as overall health. Your tai chi will improve with practice and become more efficient to achieve greater blood/chi circulation and even more improvements to overall health. Regular practice enhances physical balance, range of motion, flexibility and strength. Tai chi also balances the emotions resulting in overall sense of well-being.

Tai Chi for the Mobility Challenged?

Tai chi can be practiced sitting, standing or a combination of both. The sitting tai chi provides a surprisingly superior workout that enhances mobility, strength and balance. It is often used to refine the tai chi of advanced practitioners. Regular practice of either sitting or standing of tai chi will help regain your health, vigour and resiliency. Regardless of your level of mobility the instructor will adapt the jongs and/or set to suit your tai chi.