George Bolger is a Taichi Instructor, teaching private and semi-private classes in the Tucson area. He is also available
for group or private instruction in-home, at your Spa, Holistic Center or other location. This section of the site is dedicated to the Art of Taichi
and George’s Taichi classes, including locations, times and cost of classes. Also featured is George’s
music for Taichi practice, meditation, or relaxation. In addition there will be articles in the
Taichi Notes section discussing topics related to the study of Taichi and Taichi Philosophy, as well as practice pointers
to help you improve your Taichi practice. An archive of all past articles is located in the Taichi Notes Archive.
The most common question asked by people is "What is Taichi?".
The art of Taichi has been around for thousands of years, and is one of the few complete systems of moving meditation in existence today.
Through repeated movements, you learn how to flow your Chi or Life Energy to improve your health and well-being. As you clean and restore
your Life Energy, you can again connect with your True Self. This can only be accomplished by reestablishing an unrestricted flow of your
Life Energy and moving meditation is the key.
The best way to achieve this end is through Single Form Practice. What this means is that, instead of learning a long sequence of
movements, each form is practiced one at a time repetitively. When training in this manner, the energy begins to flow properly, each form developing
a different energy flow. This strengthens the flow and allows the energy to grow, returning your Life Energy to the way it was when you
As the student advances, the practice evolves from being strictly physical level practice, to what is described as mental level practice.
At this stage, energy flow plays the main role in the movements. Now the student feels the energy move the body, rather than the mind sending
messages to the muscles to move. This is where the true flow comes into the Taichi movements, and the density and frequency of the energy
Taichi then, is an internal art. It is not strictly a Martial Art, or healing art, but rather, these are ways you can choose to use
the internal energy that you develop. More important is to connect with your True Self, your original Life Energy, and that is what each
of the different practices you learn are really designed to do. This is not accomplished through physical motions, but through learning
to flow your internal energy, your Chi. Moving Meditation is the key to accomplishing this.
What makes this Taichi different from others?
Taichi learned in a Single Form manner, also know as Temple Style Taichi, focuses on one form at a time, first learning the details of how the form is done from
the perspective of physical posture. Rather than stopping there though, the specific flow of energy associated with the form is also learned, giving the student a
full understanding of what the form is really intended to teach. By the time the student has learned each form and is ready to put them together into the longer
sequence, the student has a good understanding not only of the physical posture, but also the associated energy flow of that posture. Then, the longer sequence, rather
than just being a succession of physical moves, becomes one long flowing sequence, which is the reason for learning the longer form. You want to be able to flow your
energy without break from form to form, the same way you do when doing a single form repeatedly. Taichi is about energy flow, not simply learning a sequence of forms
to be practiced by rote, hence the term Moving Meditation.
This flow is also emphasized in Two Person Practice. Practice starts in a slow, soft manner so that you can develop the sensitivity to sense the overall energy
flow that you and your partner are generating. You have to be slow and soft to develop this skill, so this is the emphasis of Two Person Practice in the beginning.
By practicing this way, both you and your practice partner benefit by gaining heightened awareness and stronger energy flow. At the higher levels of this practice,
you learn to sense your partner’s energy flow, thus allowing you to follow energy, rather than relying on physical pushing to move you. From here,
you will learn to broadcast a signal, and use that to move your partner, instead of relying on strength, speed, or size.
As you progress into the higher levels of your study, referred to as being an indoor student, your study begins of the Taoist principles behind Taichi. Here you are
introduced first to Chi Gung Meditations, and then later, as you reach higher levels, Tao Gung Meditation forms. These studies are based on the principles of the
Tao Te Ching, which becomes an important part of your studies. At this point Taichi becomes not only an Art, but a lifestyle. Your goal now is to get in touch with
your Teh, that piece of the Tao that we all have, allowing you to reconnect with your True Self. This is the beginning of the Spiritual level of Taichi practice.