About David Silver

     “David Silver is a certified Qigong instructor offering private and group Qigong and Taijiquan classes on Cape Cod, MA. He works as a writer, producer, and director of instructional martial arts and health videos, and is the co-author of several books and videos.”

David Silver has studied and trained since 2000 to become a certified Y.M.A.A. Qigong Instructor, under Master Yang, Jwing-Ming. YMAA (Yang’s Martial Arts Association) is the world’s leading Chinese martial arts organization, with over 50 schools in 18 countries. He has taught thousands of classes on Cape Cod since 2006.

“Dr. Yang’s background as a physics professor and Ph.D in mechanical engineering and his Western scientific perspective in his qigong theory teaching appeals to me. I’m interested in a modern understanding of the human energetic circulatory system, with supporting data from current research in the field. I am an editor of Dr. Yang’s articles and more recently his book Qigong Meditation: Small Circulation. In 2007, I co-authored a book with a colleague who works in Boston using the techniques we practice in class to help improve the quality of life of people with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and cancer.

I work as a writer/producer/director of instructional martial arts and health DVDs for YMAA, available online. – David Silver”

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8 thoughts on “About David Silver

  1. Good Morning,
    I am interested in training in your qigong and tai chi classes tonight, Wednesday September 9, 2015. I took a limited number do tai chi classes several years ago studying the 24.
    Are both classes in Harwich or is the qi gong class in Dennis?
    So looking forward to training with you.
    Betsy Bearse

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  2. Greetings Sifu,

    The Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association (GPYTCA) is proud to hold this year’s annual conference from Oct 20-22 at the beautiful Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis, MA. We wanted to make you aware of this great opportunity to join in workshops taught by nine amazing tai chi masters from across the United States. Registration information for the conference is included. For additional information, visit http://www.gpytca.org.

    Additionally, on Friday Oct 20th, GPYTCA is hosting an evening of demonstrations which will be open to the general public ($5 donations appreciated). This event will occur from 8:30pm – approximately 9:30pm. We welcome you and your students to see some fun performances. For those schools interested in participating in the demonstrations, please contact dchosid@gmail.com. We request that all demos are limited to 5 minutes.

    Be well and good practice.

    David Chosid
    Guang Ping Yang Tai Chi Association board member


  3. Hi David Silver, I am reading Sunrise Tai Chi co-authored by you and Ramel Rones and have two questions I hope you would answer:
    1) When I began learning 108-form Tai Chi, my teacher instructed me to use what I now recognize as the Taoist Breathing method as described on page 25 of your book. At the very beginning I thought that the Taoist breathing method was inappropriate and ignored it, because I had already learned what was called diaphragmatic breathing, which was equivalent to Buddhist breathing, and believed it would be more appropriate for achieving a relaxed meditative state. Also, other healthcare experts had strongly recommended diaphragmatic breathing (i.e., when one inhales as the abdomen expands) as the best way to achieve a positive therapeutic effect. Please tell me which of these two types of breathing would be better for practicing 108 Tai Chi.
    2) I think that the 108-form Tai Chi was derived from a much longer series of forms (maybe up into the hundreds of forms) that were originally designed to train warriors in closed, secret societies, and also later by various military organizations; that this large number of forms were later chiseled down to 108 mainly based on the belief that that number had a great religious significance. Do you know of a record that documents the existence of such a great number of forms that existed before the 108-form Tai Chi?


  4. Hello, Taoist breathing is ideal during tai chi and qigong practice. It generates more energy, more quickly, than Buddhist breathing.
    The number 108 comes from Buddhism, and refers to the 108 defilements. Taijiquan comes originally from Daoist monasteries on Wudang mountain, but many of the moving patterns are much older and originate at Shaolin Temple. Each posture or moving pattern can have multiple martial applications. The history of tai chi is completely lost in the mists of time and will remain so unless documents are unearthed with more detailed history. Check out: https://ymaa.com/articles/2016/05/the-hidden-taizhu-chang-quan-roots-of-chen-taijiquan
    (I don’t check this website often, forgive delayed replies.)


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