Returning Tai Chi
In-person classes are important, but true mastery requires daily practice.
Learn a transformative daily practice from the comfort of your own home with in-depth instruction from one of the last-remaining teachers of the original Classical Yang (Yeung) Family Tai Chi Chuan Forms.
What can I expect from this class?
Returning Tai Chi Form Part 1 is a 28-lesson online course. Sifu Dimitri recommends one lesson per week, giving you plenty of practice time between each section! During those 28 lessons, you will begin to experience some of the many benefits tai chi offers, including improvements in strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, and a relaxed body and mind.
Additionally, "Returning Tai Chi Chuan Form," or "Pangu Tai Chi Chuan Form," is working on the fundamentals of martial arts, such as agility, balance, coordination and opening the body's joints by stretching the ligaments, tendons and muscle groups.
Pangu Tai Chi has two unique features. First, Pangu Tai Chi harnesses the qi of the universe in order for it to improve the body's physiological condition, including the immune system; and second, it emphasizes exercising the lower body, while not neglecting the upper torso, to improve blood circulation, thus making it easier for the blood to return to the heart.
Why is it called Returning Tai Chi?
The Form is called Returning Tai Chi because it takes you back in time, returning to the historic Yang (Yeung) Family Tai Chi Chuan Form as it was originally practiced 200 years ago while incorporating movements from every other variation. Over the centuries, each Master in the Form varied the stances and postures to accommodate his body of students. Master Vincent Chu, a sixth-generation practitioner of the Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan Form, and Qigong Master Ou Wen Wei, creator of the Pangu Qi Gong Form, developed and perfected the Returning Tai Chi Form over the course of 13+ years.
Benefits of Regular Practice
The more you practice, the greater the rewards: increased strength and flexibility, improved coordination and balance, and relaxation and trust in your body and mind. This course is optimized for success.
You'll learn and practice one small set of movements each week. By mastering one set of movements at a time, you will perfect your form to get the most from the exercise. You may even memorize the form so you no longer have to reference the videos as a guide.
Enjoy a Daily Practice
By the end of the course, you'll have learned the full Returning Tai Chi Part 1 Form. By continuing to practice the full Part 1 form each morning, you'll start your day with an empowered state of mind.
Is this course right for me?
Sessions are tailored for beginner & intermediate levels.
Those who are new to Tai Chi will gain an understanding of each basic movement while developing the skill of implementing each posture and stance. By committing to weekly lessons and daily practice, beginners will learn a skill that brings benefits for a lifetime.
Intermediate practitioners will benefit from honing the intricacies of the Form and experience a fundamental understanding of the mind-body connection as they deepen their practice. Join Sifu Dimitri's loyal following of students who have experienced improved health and wellness through Tai Chi and Qigong.
Try risk-free for 30 days!
Dimitri's in-person courses are sold by form, just like his online classes. When in-person, you will get personalized feedback. In this online course, you can reference Sifu Dimitri's instruction step-by-step and progress at your own pace with lifetime access to the content.
Returning Tai Chi Part 1 has 28 lessons, grouped into 8 modules. If following Sifu Dimitri's recommendation of learning one lesson per week, the entire course will take 28 weeks to complete.
Each lesson has an instruction video and a demonstration video.
- The "instruction" video teaches the nuances of the movement you need to keep in mind as you practice.
- The "demonstration" video is silent demonstration of the form for practice.
At the end of every module there is a silent review demonstration of all the lessons in the section, perfect for follow-along practice.
The entire Returning Tai Chi Part 1 Form without instruction is 10-12 minutes of continuous motion.
By the end of the course, you should be able to complete the entire form without looking at the video for guidance. If you choose to follow along, a silent demonstration of the complete form is available after the last module.
The full form - parts 1, 2 and 3 - is 35-40 minutes long. Parts 2 and 3 are not yet available for purchase.
Video Lengths & Lesson Structure:
- Module 1 (2:37)
- Lesson 1: Instruction (6:00)
- Lesson 1: Demonstration (1:27)
- Lesson 2: Instruction (6:56)
- Lesson 2: Demonstration (1:05)
- Lesson 3: Instruction (6:16)
- Lesson 3: Demonstration (0:51)
- Lesson 4: Instruction (6:12)
- Lesson 4: Demonstration (0:41)
- Module 2 (1:35)
- Lesson 5: Instruction (3:54)
- Lesson 5: Foot Adjustment Close-up (1:51)
- Lesson 5: Demonstration (0:40)
- Lesson 6: Instruction (3:32)
- Lesson 6: Demonstration (0:30)
- Lesson 7: Instruction (6:43)
- Lesson 7: Demonstration (0:48)
- Module 3 (2:43)
- Lesson 8: Instruction (9:09)
- Lesson 8: Demonstration (0:53)
- Lesson 9: Instruction (3:28)
- Lesson 9: Demonstration (1:01)
- Lesson 10: Instruction (2:48)
- Lesson 10: Demonstration (0:57)
- Lesson 11: Instruction (2:16)
- Lesson 11: Demonstration (0:32)
- Module 4 (1:03)
- Lesson 12: Instruction (2:18)
- Lesson 12: Demonstration (0:44)
- Lesson 13: Instruction (2:18)
- Lesson 13: Demonstration (0:47)
- Module 5 (1:35)
- Lesson 14: Instruction (2:28)
- Lesson 14: Demonstration (0:45)
- Lesson 15: Instruction (1:54)
- Lesson 15: Demonstration (0:25)
- Lesson 16: Instruction (2:50)
- Lesson 16: Demonstration (0:23)
- Lesson 17: Instruction (2:52)
- Lesson 17: Demonstration (0:27)
- Lesson 18: Instruction (1:53)
- Lesson 18: Demonstration (0:22)
- Lesson 19: Instruction (1:25)
- Lesson 19: Demonstration (0:26)
- Module 6 (0:40)
- Lesson 20: Instruction (2:04)
- Lesson 20: Demonstration (0:27)
- Lesson 21: Instruction (3:01)
- Lesson 21: Demonstration (0:30)
- Module 7 (1:09)
- Lesson 22: Instruction (7:18)
- Lesson 22: Demonstration (0:32)
- Lesson 23: Instruction (1:35)
- Lesson 23: Demonstration (0:20)
- Lesson 24: Instruction (2:16)
- Lesson 24: Demonstration (0:34)
- Lesson 25: Instruction (1:35)
- Lesson 25: Demonstration (0:21)
- Lesson 26: Instruction (2:45)
- Lesson 26: Demonstration (0:25)
- Module 8 (1:04)
- Lesson 27: Instruction (4:33)
- Lesson 27: Demonstration (0:43)
- Lesson 28: Instruction (2:18)
- Lesson 28: Demonstration (0:52)
- Full Form Demonstration (11:19)
Yes! After purchasing the course, you will have lifetime access to the recordings.
No. Returning Tai Chi Part 1 is a full course on its own, broken down into 28 sections. Every movement of the form is nuanced and requires dedicated regular practice. Once learned, Part 1 takes 10-12 minutes to complete. The full Returning Tai Chi Form (parts 1, 2, and 3) consists of 35-40 minutes of fluid motion through postures that have a unique meaning and purpose. Each Part requires its own course for proper instruction, but you do not have to purchase all 3 parts to gain value from one.
If you love what you learn in part one and want to extend your daily practice, we encourage you to invest in parts 2 and 3 when they become available.
Sifu Dimitri K. Mougdis is a world expert in Classical Yang (Yeung) Family Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong and holds direct teaching lineages from China and the U.S. He began his studies in 1983 under Grandmaster Gin Soon Chu and Master Vincent Chu from Boston, with whom he continues to study. Sifu Dimitri also studied, and teaches, Pan Gu Shen Gong (PGSG) from Professor Fang Ning.
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About Sifu Dimitri
Learn tai chi from one of the last-remaining teachers of the original Classical Yang (Yeung) Family Tai Chi Chuan.
Dimitri K. Mougdis is a world expert in Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong, holding direct teaching lineages from the U.S. and China. Originally from Abelonas, Greece, just south of Mount Olympus, Sifu Dimitri began his study of Tai Chi Chuan under Grand Master Gin Soon Chu and Master Vincent Chu in Boston in 1983. Sifu Dimitri has more than 41 years of study and 22 years of teaching experience. He is one of a few remaining teachers sanctioned in the original Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan.
In June 2000, Sifu Dimitri established the Internal Arts Institute with the encouragement of Professor Fang Ning and the approval of Grand Master Gin Soon Chu and Master Vincent Chu. He continues his studies under Master Vincent Chu. The Internal Arts Institute is dedicated to teaching the true Classical Yang Family Tai Chi Chuan for promoting good mental and physical health as well as self-defense.
Sifu Dimitri also studied with Professor Fang Ning, who graduated from American Mission School St. John University in Shanghai, China, in 1947 with degrees in Political Science and Economics. Professor Fang Ning practiced and researched Qigong all his life and was the 5th-generation successor (as he called it) to Orthodox Wudan Yang-Family Tai-Chi Chuan.
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