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

Three Special Offers from Mastodon Productions!

Special Offer #1


Volume One Complete: Old Hand Kuntao/Ten Forms/Monkey!/Chi Kung The perfect gift for any martial arts enthusiast. Finally, the complete Volume One of the acclaimed Master Tapes series is available in a Limited Edition Boxed Set, containing more than four hours of incredible instruction and demonstration of Kuntao Silat De Thouars by "Uncle Bill" himself. See descriptions of individual disk contents below.

Retail Price: $149.95.

SPECIAL SALE DISCOUNT: the complete set is available for 20% off (a $30 discount), for only $119.95.

Special Offer #2

For customers who have already purchased 1 or more disk in the set, and wish to COMPLETE THE SET (and receive the 4-Disk Box to hold them), we are offering the following discounts:

Single Disk + Limited Edition Box

Choose any one of the 4 DVDs to complete your set. Price includes 1 DVD and limited edition box.

Choose One

Two Disks + Limited Edition Box

Choose any two of the 4 DVDs to complete your set. Price includes 1 DVD and limited edition box. Please indicate which DVDs you are ordering in the form below (Old Hand Kuntao, Ten Forms, Monkey! or Chi Kung)
Choose Any Two DVDs -- $79

Three Disks + Limited Edition Box

Choose any three of the 4 DVDs to complete your set. Price includes 1 DVD and limited edition box. Please indicate which DVDs you are ordering in the form below (Old Hand Kuntao, Ten Forms, Monkey! or Chi Kung)
Choose Any Three DVDs -- $99

Special Offer #3

Cheng Man Ching, The Master Tapes

The indispensable set for practicioners of Cheng Man Ching Tai Chi and all serious Tai Chi players. This beautiful four DVD box set has been universally acclaimed and contains material kept within the Cheng family for over 35 years before being released to Mastodon Productions in 2008.

Originally priced at $149.95, the set is now available, only from Mastodon productions, at the incredible price of only $99.95.

Cheng 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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Mastodon Productions Books and DVDs


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.

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)
Chi Kung plus:

Willem de Thouars: The Master Tapes Volume One, Chapter Three: 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.)

Monkey plus:


In 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:

  1. 18 Move Hand Form
  2. Fukien Short Form
  3. Serak Djurus 1-5
  1. Djuru Satu
  2. Wu Kung 180
  3. Shantung Tiger
  1. Pamur Silat
  2. Small Tiger 1969
  3. Bok Chin Power Form
  1. 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.



Willem 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:

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.)


(Discounts available on orders of 10 or more.)

The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance Book

Join 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:

and many, many more….

Tai Chi Way to Better Balance (available directly from $24.95

The Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD

You 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:

Tai Chi Way to Better Balance DVD: $29

Tai Chi Equipment Training

In 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

The Twenty Minute Tai Chi Workout

This 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:

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

2-Hour DVD : $25