Two taiji concepts for a lifetime of practice

Talk to any master practitioners of tai chi and they will tell you that zhong ding and dantian are the two most important concepts in tai chi and Chinese internal martial arts. They are also the most basic. They are the two things you will work on for as long as you do tai chi. Hopefully, that will be a lifetime. It doesn’t take long to understand the concepts, just a lifetime to develop them and enjoy the benefits almost immediately. On Healing and the Mind, Bill Moyer’s show, Volume 1, The Mystery of Chi, the teacher of my lineage (Grandmaster Ma Yueh Liang) told him that it took him 10 years to understand what Chi 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 to all, but you might not agree. Ask them of yourself, read my remarks, which hopefully will help, then decide for yourself on a course of action. Can I do it? Am I able to meet any requirements. Am I big enough, strong enough, 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 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.

Tai Chi Resembles Drugs, Aerobics in Blood Pressure Lowering

This article is fromĀ  Medscape Medical News. “‘The traditional Chinese discipline offers possibilities for older people who can’t or don’t want to exercise strenuously, said Linda Pescatello, PhD, from the University of Connecticut in Storrs.’”    

Tai Chi Tip: Shoulder Rests on Dantian

If shoulder sits on dantian or hips, it’s good. If you can’t get this then coordinating shoulder with hip movement works and serves as a starting point to get shoulder on hip or dantian more fully, or whole body which includes mind, energy, and physical. This in itself is a stepping stone towards grasping “gravity” or “weighted in gravity.”

Eight Pieces of Brocade Pointer

The more to the side you turn in cow gazes at moon the more you have to spiral up and down in the horizontal turn and as you extend towards your back and look at your opposite heal.

Tai Chi Philosophy: You bring skills with you to begin

Everyone who comes to tai chi brings skills of their own to apply to learning tai chi and improve in the process those very same skills.

Tai Chi and Change

We normally like things to stay the same. We don’t want things to change much, especially when we have them working just the way we want them to. We spend our whole lives working to fix what’s wrong with it all, whatever it is. We don’t want to change in mid-stream, or especially as we age, because we’ve run out of the energy that we once had that it took to build our lives and living conditions. But many of us don’t want to see the fix become a fixation, all stagnant unresponsive to changing conditions. We definitely don’t want others to change them against our will. People who like tai chi feel this and know Read More …