Question about changing directions in Wu Style Tai Chi Form

Sometimes, I get questions from learners that merit sharing. This question is about whether we should pivot on the heels or the balls of the feet when changing directions in the Wu form. QUESTION: When you turn doing Tai Chi, is it always on your heels? ANSWER: This is a good question. By “always,” do you mean outside of class or inside? I learned in Wu style training, of which two lineages Read More …

THE CLOCK

We live by the clock. You might say we’re slaves to it. A lot of our discordant feelings are due to our yearning to be free from the clock. That’s one reason why we do tai chi—to get away from THE CLOCK. I see people looking at the clock in tai chi class. That means that they’re not concentrating enough on why they’re there in the first place. That’s OK though, because Read More …

Change is easier for some than others

Tai chi is all about change on several levels. Change is easier for some than for others. How can you make it easier for yourself? In tai chi, you can pinpoint how. It’s a matter of simply moving differently from what you are accustomed to. Visualize the parts of the body and see them move. Feel them and how they move. Describe to yourself what they are doing as they move one Read More …

Revitalizing after work blahs with tai chi

Work and job activities may cause energy to stagnate and decay. This negative inertia seems difficult to overcome after sitting long periods at a computer or performing repetitive motions for hours. We’re worn out when we get to tai chi class. We don’t feel like doing what seems like even more of the same depleting work. From within a state of fatigue, we fight a hopeless battle that can’t be won. Or Read More …

Tai chi is a way of grounding yourself and improving concentration

Tai chi is a way of grounding yourself while you explore your possibilities. It applies to many things you do that involve movement and personal development. In the beginning of learning tai chi, people have trouble remembering the movements. They stumble a little learning them. I think this is due partly to the degree of concentration they muster up. If you are unable to concentrate you must find out why. Are you 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 …

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

Tai chi is about control: Perfect for control freaks

What’s going in inside your body is important to explore regarding control. We seem to have concluded as a population that we can’t control our insides—the autonomic nervous system functions, such as breathing, heart beat, blood circulation. We are coming around in greater numbers to a different point of view of this. We believe more and more that we can, in fact, affect inner functions of the body and mind. We are Read More …