Available on DVD soon.
Plans to go to China were in effect for July of 2005 to complete the movie on The Spiritual Origins of Taijiquan.
The purpose of this DVD is to explain the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of Taijiquan. It was shot on location in the US and China with many important figures in Taijiquan practice as well as vital scholars of Chinese philosophy. This documentary demonstrates the importance and relevance of the ancient worldview and is a must-see for the restoration of modern society.
Dennis spent the month of July, 2005 traveling all over China with his eldest son, Jud (a film producer and director living in China for twelve years), and a crew of eight making a film on the "Spiritual Traditions of Taijiquan," based on an article Dennis published in the "Journal of Asian Martial Arts" in 1997.
You can view a preview of this movie at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4gJJXorivI&feature=youtu.be.
Please join us Saturday, June 12 at 6 PM at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA for the first public screening of our documentary on the spiritual origins of Taijiquan.
Grasping the Sparrow's Tail: A Taiji Journey
Inspired by an article Dennis Willmont wrote in The Journal of Martial Arts, titled "Sacrifice, Ritual, and Alchemy: the Spiritual Traditions of Taiji Quan,” this film documents his journey as he travels through China for the first time. Accompanied by his son Jud, Dennis sets out to find the historical and philosophical origins of Taiji Quan. (90 minutes)
* John Bruner 94F, producer
* Jud Willmont 92F, director
See http://www.hampshire.edu/anniversary/17213.htm#wonder for more details.