Taiji can be practiced while walking, standing or lying down. Always use Taiji principles and work on Taiji, in any situation. For example, try to pick up a cup or glass using a lot of energy and then with very little. Pay attention while walking, are your steps heavy or light? Compare standing with knees locked and then bent, with hips relaxed or on one foot versus both. These are all excellent learning experiences.
Master Alex Dong's new book, Taijiquan Explained - Workshop Notes is the most clearly written book on taijiquan that I have read. These are real notes from his real workshops over the past few years, I know because I was at many of them. His generosity in sharing the information in these notes with the greater Taiji community, not just his students, took courage and is unprecedented in his family and most masters in general. I can't recommend this book enough. I have it with me all the time, I quote it all the time, my students are quoting it all the time. - Toni DeMoulin
This book includes many fundamentals on the body, mind and energies. Pictures (color) and instructions of every move in the slow form. There is also a section call the "Often Misunderstood", "Understand in Depth" and a chapter just on Push Hands training and strategies. A must have for new students who just learning or those who wants to improve their Slow Form. Great for the more advanced students to learn more about Push Hands and understand more depth.
The sticks form has the same movements and sequence as the advance Saber form. But the energies and techniques are executed differently. The sticks are even quicker than the Saber and movements comes more from the wrists. Two sticks are used to block, strike and balance each other. Sticks are designed for quick strikes.
Master Alex Dong has produced an extraordinary series of demonstration videos, and all three are available in DVD format, and include full length demonstrations and describe the benefits of each form. Along with music soundtrack, the video captures the essence of Master Alex's softness and mastery through close-ups of his hands and face.
Follow the history of Four Generations of the Dong Family, featuring Dong (Tung) Ying Chieh, Dong Hu (Tung Fu) Ling, and Dong Zeng Chen performing the 108 sequence form of the Traditional Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan.