512 914-2082 email@example.com I have been a serious student of meditation and various movement disciplines for 48 years. I began studying meditation seriously at the age of 19 although I did some of my best meditation starting at the age of 6. I study and teach Alexander Technique. It is a body and mind synchronization discipline, helping people to find more joy in life, relieve stress, get the most out their potential. My main teachers are Jane Bick, Bob Lada and Mio Morales. I started studying hatha yoga at age 19. I came to Tai Chi Chuan and Alexander Technique soon thereafter. I studied Tai Chi intensively for many years. My school is through Da Liu of New York, Yang style. Da Liu and Cheng Man Ching had the same teacher although the 2 dominant styles differ. I began studying and soon began teaching Kyudo in 1979. Kyudo is Zen Archery. It is a bit reminiscent of Tai Chi. I taught that in Austin for 35 years. I started studying Tai Chi Chih 20 years ago. I have taught it for 8 years. I started studying Chi Kung in various forms 40 years ago. I embarked on studying the Zhan Zhuang system of Chi Kung internal energy exercise 15 years ago. I have taught it for 8 years. I like to teach push hands, a gentle Tai Chi dance with a partner, resembling sparring. I have been working with a bokken, short wooden sword (wakazashi), and staff for 5 years or so. I spar some with rubber weapons. I study and teach East Asian calligraphy.
I have been studying with the brush somewhat intensely since 1981. I guess it is largely in the context of the Shambhala stroke practice, but I have also incorporated zen style calligraphy.
I suppose my ideal is Tessu, arguably the greatest calligrapher and swordsman that Japan ever produced. I have studied a great deal of Japanese literature, history, and calligraphy texts. Some of the calligraphy training has been from akido teachers writing about their discoveries. A very large influence in all of this is, of course, the study of the Alexander Technique. I have had teachings from Barbara Bash.
I have taught several brush workshops at Austin Shambhala Center.
I study and teach Kyudo (Zen Archery) with Austin Kyudo Group, part of Zenko International. I was lucky to get a lot of intensive training in kyudo early in my kyudo career. I have led the Austin group for 33 years.
I study Tai Chi Chuan. I was doing Tai Chi as a full time occupation for a couple of years early in my career. I studied Yang style, from Da Liu. Lately I mostly do a bit of Tai Chi Chih.
I have studied Chi Kung. I work mostly with the standing still style presented in “The Way of Energy” by Master Lam; forward by Richard Reoch.
I have been working with a bokken, short wooden sword (wakazashi), and staff for 5 years or so.
I spar some with rubber weapons.
Tai Chi Chih is a simplified form of Tai Chi Chuan that is easy to learn, easy to re-learn if you need to return to it, and brings great benefit. “Nothing is more important than knowing how to circulate and balance the Intrinsic Energy, the Vital Force of the body, known as Chi in Chinese,” says T’ai Chi Chih® founder Justin Stone, who lived to be 95 years old. “The rewards in good health, wisdom, serenity, and longevity are great for the one who learns the ancient principles and applies them in a modern way.” Craig Thompson has been studying and teaching Tai Chi Chuan for 47 years and Tai Chi Chih for 25 years.
Tai Chi Chih movements
Rocking Motion Bird Flaps it’s Wings Around the Platter Around the Platter (variation) Bass Drum Daughter on the Mountaintop Daughter in the Valley Carry Ball to the Side Push Pull Pulling in the Energy Pulling Taffy (and variations) Working the Pulley Light at top of the Head Passing Clouds Six Healing Sounds Cosmic Consciousness Pose Optional Indian Dance