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Return to the Mountain: A Tàijí Journey
Return to the Mountain: A Tij Journey
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A feature length film documentary on the Mythical, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Tijqun shot in China from Shanghai and Beijing to the magnificent Daoist mountain of Wudangshan by long-time acupuncturist and author Dennis Willmont and his son Jud. This journey unravels the Tij worldview by connecting it to its roots in ancient Chinese Medicine, ritual, meditation, art, and Daoism in general. It has subtitles in English, Chinese, and both and contains an extra section on deleted scenes including "Dennis on the Chinese Language" and "Teacher Cai on Tij and Painting."

In July 2005 Dennis spent a month in China making a movie on the Mythical, Cultural, and Spiritual Foundations of Tijqun with his eldest son Jud, a filmmaker living in China for twenty years. They toured together from the modern cities of Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, and Beijing to the remote countryside of Chen and Zhaobao Villages (where Taiji has been in continuous practice for over 400 years) and the magnificent and immensely significant Daoist mountain of Wudangshan. Throughout this journey we tried to unravel the worldview that produced and continues to sustain this wonderful Body, Mind, Spirit exercise by connecting it to its roots in ancient Chinese medicine, ritual, meditation, art, and Daoism in general.

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Tij Movie Reviews

When my friend and Tai Chi colleague Dennis Willmont invited me over for a viewing of the movie hed just produced - Return to the Mountain - a Taiji Journey - I wasnt quite sure what to expect. Dennis is a renowned is his field as a Five Phase acupuncturist, and is the author of quite a few critically acclaimed books. Let me say right off that there is much to be gleaned from this film. It offers material and perspectives that you simply wont find in other Tai Chi media. This film is a highly personalized account tracing Dennis' journey across the span of many decades (centuries actually) as he seeks to discern the inner meaning of Tai Chi through a shared sojourn (with his son Jud) to the country of Tai Chis origin.

One of Dennis own primary Tai Chi styles, and a style highlighted in much of this video, happens to be the Wu style. However the films focus is less on the stylistic techniques that characterize any one style of Tai chi and more on Tai Chis roots and underlying philosophy, rendering the films content as applicable to a wide and inclusive range of Tai Chi styles and interests. Throughout the film our author/producer/scholar interweaves the essential theme of restoring humanity as it applies to seeming diversities, including acupuncture, architecture, music, ancient Taoist philosophy, and more, all converging into one grand ultimate embodiment in Tai Chi as it was originally designed to be understood and practiced. Return to the Mountain is ostensibly a film about Dennis Willmonts personal journey. But it is really an exploration into how and why Tai Chi can serve the betterment of mankind. This is a film that should have a prominent place in any serious Tai Chi library.Review by John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E.

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