What are single basics?

Single basics are standing in a posture and moving in a pattern, such as circles and figure eights repeatedly. A posture is established by foot position, primarily. The movement entails paying attention to specific methods of moving—where to move from, how to initiate a move, how fast, how slow. Key to it is attention to changing directions and where to sustain focus. If you know what do, then you have a better Read More …

Learning Beyond Wai Gong in Tai Chi Practice

I am amazed at how tai chi learning progresses. Once I had a time remembering basic moves and sequences. Now, even after not practicing for a while, I think I don’t remember the sequence correctly. Well, I actually do, and then I realize I’m at the cusp of being free to truly practice the internal components: precision, shape, force, control, eloquence. Something to look forward to if you practice long enough.

Tai Chi Rewards Effort

To tell the truth, it takes a long time to learn taijiquan. You must be dedicated to unraveling the mystery of internal awareness which is the trademark quest of tai chi. If you are one of those who pursues such knowledge, chances are you will be rewarded. Understanding is one of those returns for your effort. That which intrigues the imagination so much will be like the feeling of returning home after Read More …

Tai chi is a practical activity

Tai chi is a practical activity. You pare it down to evermore simple moves. It’s like trying to find a path through a dense forest. You have to navigate the forest to find your way. The forest is your body, your whole being. In time you become familiar and finding your way is easier, more rewarding. Don’t be arrogant, be humble, accept what you discover, not as a blessing or curse. It Read More …

Reshape your body with tai chi

I recently caught an article in the New York Times about the effects of swimming and running on heart size and function in athletes. It resonated with me because it seems like something kind of similar happens from long-term tai chi practice. For example, it’s reasonable to see that tai chi can reshape the body by virtue of improved posture, for one thing. Plus, physiological functions, such as breathing and blood and Read More …

Another attempt to give meaning to the term tai chi

A lot of people don’t know what tai chi is . . . . really is. We’ve all heard a bunch to stuff from different sources, but I think that the best way to know what tai chi is is to do it. I think more people would be more likely to do it if they understood a little more about. I’ve taken it upon myself to to write and talk about Read More …

How we move says so much

Sunday, June 9, 2019 How we move says so much about us. We identify so closely with how we move. Whether or not we are aware of it, our manner of moving is very often a matter of self-image. Posture and gait even develop from attitudes—how we see ourselves and how we wish others to see us. It’s a personality thing. We would not be the person we know if we moved Read More …