Although single basics are repetitive, they are not repetitious, so to speak. You repeat a pattern, intent on refining, not on repeating it exactly the same way as before. Change is the key. "Changeability" as Master Xu puts it. How do you refine? Pick out a particular locus and focus your attention on how you… Continue reading Refining and Single-Basic Exercises
I used to assume that we westerners prefer explanations as we learn tai chi. In contrast, in China, teachers might not explain anything at all. However, explanations, or descriptions, are not as defined culturally as an individual preference, I think. We learn by listening to explanations and by doing. We had a productive practice Saturday… Continue reading Notes from practicing “peng” and a stimulating conversation
Here is an audio clip of me describing the goal of tai chi from my perspective. Comments are welcome on the usefulness of audio clips on this blog. Thanks for listening.
Tai chi learning is an incremental process that can’t be rushed. Of course, it helps to practice consistently with mindful attempts to recall what you were exposed to in class. Even though promoters often say tai chi is simple and easy, most beginners don't practice at home between classes. If I could offer you a… Continue reading The Tai Chi There and the Now
We may not notice that we change as we mature and age. We may wake one morning to discover that our bodies are not functioning as they once did. Tired and sluggish, aching and stiff, we push on against the natural inclination to just stop to rest. Really rest. But that could be the death… Continue reading Tai chi and hope