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Gary Shapiro

who has written 14 posts for KaiMen.

Feb
12
2012

Qi Droppings #2: Use Your Qi for Good, Not Evil

Well, Shaolin Grandma was SUCH a success that we are moving on to the next choice video found by Intrepid Video Hunter, Gary Shapiro. This Japanese game show pits QI against Qi, and who comes out the winner is anyone’s guess… Want to share with a friend? embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt   Luckily, Gary […]

Jan
23
2012

Qi Droppings: All the Film That’s Fit to View #1

Plum’s intrepid correspondent, Gary Shapiro, scours the web, finding gems and treasures for our mutual entertainment. After receiving numerous links to these fine films, we finally decided we needed to share these with you, and offered to give him his own occasional column. These may not ever make it to a theatre near you, but […]

Jun
14
2010

BOXING WITH IZZY

I had been practicing how to pronounce “arrondisement”(district) and searching the internet for images of Parisians practicing Tai Chi in the Luxembourg Gardens. Then, a volcano in Iceland erupted…

Nov
3
2009

The Tai Chi Master

I tried to “dazzle” her with a some Chen silk reeling. “Oh yes, we did that too”, she said. Then, out of nowhere Betty did a double serving tea cups—without spilling a drop! Bagua! Who was this woman?

Sep
12
2008

Tai Chi with a Leg Bag

The shaved head and earring were permanent fixtures. I was often told that I looked in good shape, maybe ten years younger than I actually was.

May
19
2007

Ch’i at Sea Redux

A Caucasian Bruce Lee wannabe does all out battle with a very skillful digitalized cow in a wide open grassy field. It was udder nonsense.

Jan
20
2007

Ch’i at Sea

Two rounds of the form after rising, two rounds before retiring. That’s been my Cheng Man Ching protocol for the past 25 years…

Sep
3
2006

Full Circle

You don’t even need to leave your room, just sit at your table and wait. Don’t even wait, just listen. Be quiet, be still, be solitary. The world will offer itself to you, to be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka

Jun
7
2006

Could It Be That Simple?

I have started to integrate chi kung into my homecare practice. I have to write it up in my visit notes as “static unsupported standing”…

Jun
7
2006

Top of the World!

Based on what Bob wanted to accomplish, I started him on a gentle Yi Quan /Zhan Zhuang regimen. I had to “sell” him on this approach…

Feb
13
2006

Don’t Just Do Something – Stand There!

The basis for these skills is forged through hours of standing practice…

Nov
10
2005

Tai Chi for Seniors: Part #2

Regardless of the brevity of a form, these videos expect seniors to move in ways that may have become entirely foreign to them.

Oct
21
2004

Tai Chi, Balance and Longevity

Falls often result in permanent disability and shortened life spans. Tai Chi proved to be an effective, low cost method of improving balance.

Sep
25
2004

Tai Chi For Seniors: Part #1

Part One During an early scene in the 60’s classic Easy Rider, two biker/drug dealers stop for some R&R at a peaceful southwestern desert commune. The camera scans the assorted goings on, and among the different groups pictured is a solitary, bearded, shirtless fellow practicing what appears to be Tai Chi. This was fairly representative […]