Professor David-Dorian Ross, International Master Tai Chi Instructor

Professor David-Dorian Ross
  • San Francisco State University
Tai chi and qigong are often referred as “treasures of Chinese culture”; studying them is like holding a beautiful jewel, where each time you turn, you see a new facet.

David-Dorian Ross is the founder and CEO of TaijiFit and the creator of the TaijiFit mind-body exercise program. He has a B.A. in Human Movement Studies from San Francisco State University, has completed graduate course work in Physical Education and Chinese, and is currently developing a project with the head of the Harvard Medical School research department to study the stress-reduction benefits of tai chi (taiji) in the workplace.

Trained in China with championship martial arts coaches, Mr. Ross has had an illustrious career in competitive tai chi, winning seven U.S. gold medals, two world bronze medals, and a world silver medal—the highest awards ever given to an American for international tai chi performance. He was the founder and chief instructor of the Honolulu T’ai Chi Academy and a certified continuing educator for the American Council on Exercise. Mr. Ross is the host of the PBS series T’ai Chi: Health and Happiness and the author of five books on health and wellness, including Exercising the Soul: How Tai Ch’i Connects You to Your Authentic Self. Since 2012, he has collaborated with international action film star Jet Li on a mission to introduce tai chi to 100 million new people worldwide by the year 2020.

Professor Ross participated in our Professor Chat series. Read the chat to learn more about how to bring your whole life into better balance and harmony through the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong.

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"Mr. Ross is an excellent guide into the world of Tai Chi and Qi Gong. His manner is patient and helpful."

33 Courses and Sets

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33 Courses and Sets

  1. Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Sale

    Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    David-Dorian Ross
    4.5 out of 5
    85% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (301)
    Save up to $200.00 Starting at $49.95 $269.95 $49.95$269.95
    Science shows that tai chi and qigong are good medicine and good exercise. Discover the secrets of health and serenity with these 24 in-depth lessons from a renowned tai chi champion and instructor.
  2. Tai Chi Fitness Workouts

    Tai Chi Fitness Workouts

    David-Dorian Ross
    4.7 out of 5
    91% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (59)
    Starting at $169.95 Starting at $169.95 $199.95 $169.95$199.95
    Looking for a workout that is calming and never stressful, that will always leave you feeling better physically and mentally than when you started? Welcome to tai chi. The Great Courses has partnered with YMAA Publication Center to bring you Tai Chi Fitness Workouts, a series of five lessons to introduce the mental and physical benefits of this beautiful and calming moving meditation. There’s nothing to learn or...
  3. Mastering Tai Chi

    Mastering Tai Chi

    David-Dorian Ross
    4.6 out of 5
    87% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (71)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Step onto the path of greater health, strength, wisdom, and compassion. These 24 half-hour lessons, taught by an International Master Tai Chi Instructor, take you deeply into the practice, focusing on a routine known as the Yang-style 40-movement form. Known as moving meditation, tai chi is part exercise, part relaxation and is accessible to everyone, regardless of age of the current level of physical fitness.
  4. Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body

    Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body

    David-Dorian Ross
    4 out of 5
    80% of reviewers would recommend this product
    (30)
    Starting at $234.95 Starting at $234.95 $269.95 $234.95$269.95
    Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body offers an excellent introduction to nine types of martial arts. Hosted by Great Courses favorite David-Dorian Ross, these 25 powerful lessons give you a solid grounding in the different mental and physical techniques of the major martial arts families. Master Ross has hand-selected seven expert instructors to join him as your guides. Whether sensei, sifu, or champion competitor,...
  5. (Set) Qi Gong for Better Health and Wellness & Tai Chi Fitness Workouts Set on sale

    (Set) Qi Gong for Better Health and Wellness & Tai Chi Fitness Workouts

    David-Dorian Ross
    Save up to $372.00 Starting at $66.90 $469.90 $66.90$469.90
    Improve your personal health and wellness with the help of ancient Chinese arts of movement in this practical, enlightening two-course set. First, Master Instructor Lee Holden teaches you how Qi Gong practice can lead to increased energy, strength, and calm focus in Qi Gong for Better Health and Wellness. Then, Master Instructor David-Dorian Ross introduces you to the continuous and harmonious movement of body,...
  6. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Practicing Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Practicing Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $449.90 Starting at $449.90 $524.90 $449.90$524.90
    Forge a link between Tai Chi and mindfulness with this two-course set focusing on the practice and science of both. Learn the principals and techniques behind moving meditation with Mastering Tai Chi and unlock the deep and lasting benefits of meditation with Practicing Mindfulness.
  7. Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies & Mastering Tai Chi Set

    Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies & Mastering Tai Chi

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Empower yourself with new skills and self-awareness with this two-course set. Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies provides you with a series of interactive lessons about the body and its environment, while Mastering Tai Chi is your invitation to step onto the path of greater health, strength, wisdom, and compassion. 
  8. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    David-Dorian Ross
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Tai chi is a philosophy of balance and a pinnacle of the martial arts, known as tai chi chuan (or taijiquan), which means "the ultimate martial art." Master this moving meditation with a two-course set taught by an internationally renowned champion and trainer. Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong and Mastering Tai Chi provide you with a journey of health and fulfillment.
  9. (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & How to Stay Fit as You Age Set

    (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & How to Stay Fit as You Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $369.90 Starting at $369.90 $419.90 $369.90$419.90
    The changes in how our bodies move and behave as we get older can be alarming. Learn low-impact techniques to help you maintain health with this two-course set. Start by experiencing the gentle physical movements of tai chi with International Master Instructor David-Dorian Ross in Tai Chi Fitness Workouts. Then, learn how to create and practice a balanced, adaptable fitness program that will help you stay fit...
  10. (Set) How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Set

    (Set) How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Try this two-course set to improve your health, strength, balance, concentration, and mental well-being. Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong is a complete introduction to the practice, history, benefits, and philosophy of these immensely rewarding activities. How to Boost Your Physical and Mental Energy complements these practices with simple, daily tools to maximize your energy reserve and add vigor into each day.
  11. (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & Mastering Tai Chi Set

    (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & Mastering Tai Chi

    David-Dorian Ross
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Step onto the path of greater health, strength, wisdom, and compassion with this two-course set focused on mastering the art of tai chi. Begin by calming your body and spirit with the relaxed movements of Tai Chi as International Master Instructor David-Dorian Ross and Yang’s Martial Arts Association brings you Tai Chi Fitness Workouts. Then, get a more extended and deeper familiarity with Yang-style tai chi via...
  12. (Set) Tai Chi and Qigong & How to Stay Fit as You Age Set

    (Set) Tai Chi and Qigong & How to Stay Fit as You Age

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $434.90 Starting at $434.90 $489.90 $434.90$489.90
    Explore intriguing connections between Tai Chi and staying fit at any age with this set of courses. Science shows that tai chi is good medicine and good exercise. Discover the secrets of health and serenity with these lessons from a renowned tai chi champion and instructor. Then, make the choice to stay fit as you get older with the fundamentals of exercise and in-depth video workouts to keep you on track.
  13. (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Mastering Tai Chi Set

    (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Mastering Tai Chi

    David-Dorian Ross
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Step onto the path of greater health, strength, and wisdom with this two-course set. In Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body, you’ll uncover the mental and physical benefits of multiple styles of martial arts. Mastering Tai Chi takes you on a deep dive into tai chi chuan (taijiquan), while focusing on a routine known as the Yang-style 40-movement form.
  14. (Set) Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong & Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body Set

    (Set) Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong & Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    Get in the flow and find your peace with this two-course set. In Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong, learn the art of moving meditation. Then, in Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body, explore the different types of yoga to find the one best suited for you and your body.N/A
  15. (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Set

    (Set) Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    David-Dorian Ross
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Get an immersive introduction to martial arts with this two-course set. Martial Arts for Your Mind and Body provides an overview of nine different practices, while Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong gives you a deep dive into two popular and beneficial styles.
  16. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Your Best Brain Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & Your Best Brain

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Get inside and outside of your own head with this two-course set. Start by embarking on a journey of health through the ancient moving meditation with Mastering Tai Chi. Then, learn about the inner-workings of your mind as you explore the latest, peer-reviewed neuroscience research in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious world inside your head with Your Best Brain.
  17. Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Set on sale

    Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $539.90 $88.90$539.90
    Discover how defense is about more than flashy kicks and punches with this two-course set. Gain new physical skills and mental awareness of your surroundings with Understanding and Applying Self-Defense Strategies. Then, get a complete introduction to the practice, history, benefits, and philosophy of an immensely rewarding practice with Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong.
  18. (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & The Science of Mindfulness Set

    (Set) Mastering Tai Chi & The Science of Mindfulness

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $469.90 Starting at $469.90 $539.90 $469.90$539.90
    Discover the best forms of meditation and relaxation with this two-course set. Mastering Tai Chi helps you take a step onto the path of greater health, strength, wisdom, and compassion while The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being provides you with an understanding of the science behind meditation techniques.
  19. (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body Set

    (Set) Tai Chi Fitness Workouts & Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $339.90 Starting at $339.90 $399.90 $339.90$399.90
    Embark on a journey self-reflection as you take on low-impact exercises that help you stay fit and relax with this two-course set. Start by calming your body and spirit with the relaxed movements you’ll learn in Tai Chi Fitness Workouts. Then, take the first step to making yoga accessible and the poses doable with the 12 lessons of Yoga for a Healthy Mind and Body.
  20. (Set) The Science of Integrative Medicine &  Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong Set

    (Set) The Science of Integrative Medicine & Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $404.90 Starting at $404.90 $469.90 $404.90$469.90
    The practice of tai chi has numerous benefits, and this two-course set explores them inside and out. Learn what Mayo Clinic has discovered about tai chi and many other complementary practices, which can be added to a health plan to increase your overall wellness, with The Science of Integrative Medicine. Then go in-depth into tai chi practices and movements with Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong.