The Biomechanics of Taiji: Power, Stability and the Fundamental Units of Human Motion


5.5 hours (with one break, one lunch)


25 participants (larger groups can be accommodated by request)


group exercise room

Forces like gravity, inertia and friction are the source of all movement. The tissues of the body are vessels designed for accessing, storing and releasing these forces as propulsion.

No movement practice on earth utilizes this principle more directly than Taiji.

The ancient practitioners of taiji were describing with movement the equations for leverage, acceleration, and elasticity long before Newton would ever do it with a pen. Today, we can discuss the traditional terms of taiji—dan t’ian, fajin, yong quan, and others—in the language of biomechanics and, in combining the two, learn something more about the practice.

This workshop will bridge the gap between taiji and the modern science of human movement, which, with thousands of years between them, are, amazingly, saying the same thing.

Course Breakdown

Introduction (15 minutes)
Opening taiji flow (30 minutes)

Discussion: (45 minutes)
Taiji terminology and its analog in the world of clinical biomechanics

Break (15 minutes)

Mobility Workshop: Hips (1 hours)

Mobility Workshop: Ribs (1 hour)

Break (30 minutes)

Taiji Transitions (1 hour)
Tackling common postural imbalances and restoring optimal force transfer

Q&A (30 minutes)