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The interesting books I find useful for better understanding process of practice

“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

I’m reading the book, “Simple Steps to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet” by Katy Bowman.

I think anyone who works seriously with movement should read this book. Great book about how our feet work.


We Made a New Film

We made with Zofia  a new film, this time about one of Qi Gong system, Pa Tuan Chin (Ba Duan Jin). The purpose of the film is to help participants our different courses to practice at home, too. There are different versions of Pa Tuan Chin (Ba Duan Jin).

It’s a very popular form of Qi Gong. The version on the film is practicing in our school.

We have a lot of students german speaking, too. The film has also german language version.


Tai Chi Caledonia

Very busy summer is waiting for me this year. I go after my summer Tai Chi camp with advanced students for international Tai Chi meeting, Tai Chi Caledonia. I’m invited to teach there on one of the workshops.

Tai Ch Caledonia will be from 17th to 24th July 2015 and this year is special. The meeting in Scotland has a long tradition in Europe. This year is the 20th anniversary of Tai Chi Caledonia and  the 20th anniversary of The Taijiquan & Qigong Federation for Europe.

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Thomas Nowakowski Shapes of Balance Studio

I have a channel on YouTube, Thomas Nowakowski Shapes of Balance Studio. It is a part of my larger project. I publish my films there.

Thomas Nowakowski Shapes of Balance Studio link:

A film from one of my regular workshop in London, for example:


Ward off in “Moving Hands Like Clouds”

The Tai Chi Forms, even the simplest, are the composition of movements created by thirteen fundamental ways of the force emission, known as “Thirteen Fundamental Tai Chi Forms” or “Thirteen Basic Tai Chi Forms”.

For example, in the form “Moving Hands Softly Like Clouds”, we use the most time “Ward Off” force in the site step. This version of the form is more popular and better known to Tai Chi practitioners.

Although the form “Moving Hands Softly Like Clouds” is possible to performance different way with clearer emphasize of spiral movement of “twisting” force. We use in this case different type of the force emission, “Roll Back”. Second most important of 13th fundamental Tai Chi forms after “Ward Off”.

It is also possible to use different legs’ work by using different positions and steps. For example: “Bow Position”, different types of steps and directions of the movement. The form can be practiced individual as well as a double form with the partner. This type of more advanced training goes over “standard” form’s performance.

On the film, I show classical, standard version of “Moving Hands Softly like Clouds” form with emphasizing “Ward Off” force from “13th Fundamental Tai Chi Forms”.