Master George Xu Introduces “Ling Cong Shen Si Men”: A universal martial arts system

In his Annual Weekend Workshop to Cortez, Colorado July 15-17, Master George Xu introduced his system he entitles “Ling Cong Shen Si Men” (Light, Agile, Empty, Spiritual, Invisible, Indirect Potential System). He describes it in a July 15th lecture in Cortez, Colorado that will be made available on streaming video at mastersfromchina.com. We first heard his term for the system last April during a one-day workshop in San Francisco, CA. “I finally Read More …

What you learn in Teacher Tim’s tai chi class

The basics, including “single basic moves” to train for specific objectives, such as loosening, relaxing and strengthening joints, ligaments and tendons, which is an exclusive offering of the tai chi exercise system. Other forms of exercise tend to strain those sections of the body. Form … which is essentially postures and transitions. Great for memory improvement, balance, circulation, and lot more. Form is the culmination of basics training. Qigong … takes you Read More …

Five (maybe six) questions people (might) ask before deciding to learn tai chi

You have to learn tai chi to see its effects. It doesn’t seem easy to do, but it’s simpler than many people think. People make a choice to learn when they start tai chi. They understand it takes effort and commitment. They can see that much about it. I identified five (maybe six) basic questions you can ask if you’re thinking about doing tai chi. As a teacher, my answer is yes Read More …

Play the pipa and the real thing

Students new to taijiquan often ask what is a pipa when they learn the “play the pipa” posture in the Wu style tai chi form. I found this video on facebook.com of Wu Man playing the instrument, the four-string lute, with Haruka Fujii playing Japanese symbols. View and then see for yourself what a pipa is. Also check out the Silkroad Project, Yo Yo Ma’s current project. https://www.facebook.com/rsrc.php/v2/y4/r/-PAXP-deijE.gif

You don’t have to learn it all at once

I think many would-be tai chi practitioners quit or don’t even get started when they see how much there is to learning it. It certainly takes some effort to learn, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. I learned about the concept of “tiny steps” from the Institute of Wellness Education, where I’ve begun working on earning a wellness coach certificate. I think tiny steps applies to anyone considering learning some tai Read More …