Mastodon Productions is rooted in Don Ethan Miller’s more than forty years’ practice of Tai Chi and other martial and healing arts.  In addition to Yang Style Tai Chi  in the Cheng Man Ching lineage, he has studied Kuntao-Silat, Yiquan, Xingyi, Jeet Kune Do, Judo, TaeKwonDo, and Ermei Qigong.

Don was four-time national Champion in Tai Chi Tuishou (Pushing Hands) competition, and has taught thousands of people in workshops and classes across North America.

Don is also a prize-winning poet, non-fiction author, and screenwriter. He regards it as his mission to bring authentic, powerful, non-form based internal arts to the world through a variety of media, ranging from instructional DVDs to inspirational calendars, master classes, e-books, and feature films.

He may be reached directly at DonMillerTaiChi@gmail.com.

 

Now Available from Mastodon Productions

WILLEM DE THOUARS: THE MASTER TAPES VOLUME ONE, CHAPTER FOUR: CHI KUNG

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This is not your grandmother’s chi kung.

This is the chi kung you do at three in the morning, while the rest of the world sleeps.

This is the chi kung you do on a cliff’s edge in a hurricane, in a slot canyon a hundred miles from civilization, among bare trees in a city park on a freezing January morning.

This is the chi kung you do before going out to do battle; or upon returning, whether Defeated or Victorious.

This is the chi kung of freedom, of spontaneity, of good energy, of authenticity and naturalness.

This is the chi kung to dispel fatigue, tension, pain, fear, and disharmony.

This is the chi kung to become like a child, like an animal, like a force of nature; like yourself.

This is Willem’s chi kung, the secret to his vitality, his martial prowess, his energy- longevity. Use it to find your own.

PRICE: $65 PLUS S+H






SPECIAL DISCOUNT: CHI KUNG plus any other WDT Master Tapes DVD (Old Hand Kuntao or Ten Forms or Monkey!) for $99.95 (plus S+H)


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NEW: Willem de Thouars: The Master Tapes Volume One, Chapter Three: MONKEY

WDT Master Tapes Monkey

In the third installment of the WDT Master Tapes,

“Uncle Bill” demonstrates the mobility,  speed, unpredictability, and ferocity of the monkey, one of the key components of the Kuntao-Silat de Thouars System.

Not based on any of the “monkey kungfu” styles, Uncle’s understanding of monkey energy and movement comes directly from his experiences with macaque monkeys growing up in java, including an unforgettable fight with a 60-lb macaque,  the memory of which remains in his body to this day.

This amazing DVD includes over 40 separate segments of Uncle teaching monkey solo moves and sequences, ferocious combat applications, and basic exercises to “bring out the primate in you.”

(With bonus instruction section: “Activating Monkey Hands” with Sifu Don Ethan Miller.)

PRICE: $65 PLUS S+H.




SPECIAL DISCOUNT: MONKEY PLUS OLD HAND KUNTAO TRAINING OR TEN FORMS FOR $99.95 PLUS S+H


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Monkeys

VOLUME ONE, CHAPTER TWO: TEN FORMS

WDT_Master_Tapes_V1C2In this extraordinary DVD, we introduce ten of the barehand training sequences of Kuntao-Silat, performed with unmatched energy and martial authenticity by Willem de Thouars himself.

Culled from archival footage filmed from the late 1960′s to the mid 2000′s, this is a rare opportunity to discover the breadth and depth of this art, and the incredible variety of qualities it contains.

The DVD includes:

I. BASIC FORMS

1. 18 Move Hand Form

2. Fukien Short Form

3. Serak Djurus 1-5

II. INTERMEDIATE FORMS

4. Djuru Satu

5. Wu Kung 180

6. Shantung Tiger

III. ADVANCED FORMS

7. Pamur Silat

8. Small Tiger 1969

9. Bok Chin Power Form

IV. PA KUA ZEN

10. Two Tastes of Pakua

From the Introduction:

Unlike the forms in other martial systems, KSDT forms are not fixed in stone: they change, they are meant to be practiced with a wide variety of qualities, intents, and energies , and sometimes with additions of jumps, turns, extra strikes, and the like.  They are alive, not dead. 

The worst thing one can do is to perform a KSDT form without spirit, without presence, without putting fully yourself into it.  As Uncle Bill constantly reminds us, it is not the movement or the technique that matters, as much as the energy and attitude behind it.  And, remarkably, when one practices the KSDT forms in this manner,  they give you back much more than you put in.  You gain something unexpected every time.

PRICE: $65 PLUS S+H.




SPECIAL DISCOUNT: OLD HAND KUNTAO TRAINING AND TEN FORMS FOR $99.95 PLUS S+H




 

 

VOLUME ONE, CHAPTER ONE: OLD HAND KUNTAO TRAINING

WDT_Master_Tapes_V1C1Willem de Thouars, known to his friends and students as “Uncle Bill”, is one of the world’s greatest living martial arts masters. Born in East Java in 1936, he has trained almost continuously in internal and external martial arts– Chinese, Indonesian, and Western–for more than 70 years.

Old Hand Kuntao Training introduces the methods by which Uncle Bill built a foundation of rooting, functional strength, mobility and explosive power that lasts a lifetime. Many of these training methods are virtually unknown today, not only in the West but in Asia as well.

Sections in this incredible 2-hour DVD, culled from more than 25 years of footage of Uncle’s Classes, seminars, and “closed door” sessions, include:

  • Horse Stance Training (the “old school” way)
  • Rocks, Trees and other Equipment Training
  • 2-Person Power Exercises
  • Rooting in Static Positions and in Motion
  • Body Conditioning
  • Mobility Training

and much more….

This is the first in a 12-DVD Series, WILLEM DE THOUARS: THE MASTER TAPES, to be released by Mastodon Productions, one per month, over the next year.

(NOTE: Unlike other DVD’s available, the Mastodon Productions series has the full authorization of Uncle Bill and 50% of profits from the series go directly to him.)

PRICE: $65 PLUS S+H
(Discounts available on orders of 10 or more.)




The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance Book

Tai Chi for Better BalanceJoin Tai Chi Master-Instructor Don Ethan Miller in a ground-breaking new book to increase your physical stability and overall well-being: The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance.

Each exercise and key Tai Chi concept is explained in detail and organized in a safe, easy-to-follow progression of levels.

By practicing the 3 Levels of Tai Chi Balance Training, you will soon embody the Tai Chi principles of Rooting, Central Equilibrium, and Yin-Yang Balance, through such ancient exercises as:

  • Wu Chi Standing
  • Master Cheng’s Single Leg Rooting
  • The Universal Post
  • Dragon Scans The Horizon
  • Tai Chi Cat Walking
  • Primal Movement

and many, many more….

Tai Chi Way to Better Balance (available directly from Amazon.com): $24.95

 

The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD

Tai Chi for Better BalanceYou won’t find out-of-context seminar footage, bad recording angles, or endless flowery forms on the Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD. Just as in the book, we recorded simple, direct explanations and demonstrations.

Designed as a supplement to the Tai Chi Way to Better Balance book, this DVD will become your treasured practice resource, if:

  • You are an auditory learner who likes to follow GUIDED AUDIO instruction for each exercise.
  • You learn by watching breakdowns of each EXERCISE IN MOTION (and stillness!).
  • You want level-by-level PRACTICE ROUTINES that make following along as easy as pressing “play.”

Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD: $29

Tai Chi Equipment Training

TaiChiEquipmentIn ancient times, practicioners of Tai Chi and other internal/martial arts used rocks, logs, iron weights, stone balls, sashes, heavy staves and swords, and other forms of equipment to develop their gongfu—to enhance structural strength and alignment, increase ability to move swiftly and powerfully, and to develop a full array of jings—advanced ways of transmitting energy or force. In the modern era, however, most of these “old school” methods have been lost, in favor of empty-hand form work and perhaps push hands.

In this 90-minute DVD, Don Ethan Miller reveals both ancient and modern equipment training to enhance movement, rooting, speed, power, jings, and chi flow. You will be amazed at the almost-immediate improvement in your abilities. These rarely-seen training methods will enhance abilities of Tai Chi (and other Internal gongfu players) players of all levels. Upgrades guaranteed!

90-minute DVD: $45




Cheng Man Ching, The Master Tapes

BoxSet2Cheng Man Ching (Zheng Manqing) was one of the great Tai Chi masters of the 20th Century.  His students include William Chen, Huang Shyen Shen,  T.T. Liang, Ben Lo,  Stanley Israel, Maggie Newman, and many others. A “Master of Five Excellences” he was also a renowned poet, brush painter, calligrapher, and Chinese medical doctor.  In this rare collection of previously-unreleased tapes, Professor Cheng is seem teaching, pushing hands, fencing, telling stories, laughing, and demonstrating mastery in every gesture.  The original footage of this remarkable man was shot at Cheng’s Shr Jung school in New York City, between 1969 and 1971.

“The tapes are amazing. They are an outstanding piece of history and  should be in the library of anyone interested in the legacy of Cheng Man Ching.  Thank you so much for producing such an inspiring set of tapes.”  — W.B.

Individual DVDs:  $39.95


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CHENG MAN CHING: THE MASTER TAPES, 4-DVD Boxed Set: $119.95




The Twenty Minute Tai Chi Workout

treefrontThis digitally remastered version of the acclaimed 1998 Mastodon videotape,  Stand Like A Tree, Move Like A River includes over 2 hours of instruction, including two separate versions of the Workout in real time.

Designed for people with limited time who wish to practice all the most important Tai Chi movements and internal processes, the Workout includes:

  • Standing Qigong
  • Pulsing Qigong
  • Rooted Free Movement
  • 3 types of Tai Chi Walking and
  • 8 Essential Movements from Yang Family Tai Chi


Recommended by Andrew Weill, M.D. in his health newsletter

2-Hour DVD :  $25