Seek Stillness in Motion 

“The external martial arts view leaping and stumbling as ability. They employ exertion of qi and strength, so that after training they are invariably gasping for breath. Taijiquan uses stillness to manage movement. Even when there is movement there is stillness. Therefore, in practicing the form, the slower the better. When practicing slowly, the breathing […]

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The Six Harmonies

There are three external and three internal harmonies to become aware of and intimate with. The three external harmonies are: ankles and wrists, knees and elbows and waist and shoulders The player should strive to co-ordinate these matching pairs understanding their relationships. Do not think about these relationships in a linear fashion, but instead incorporate […]

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Iron Wrapped in Cotton

“When Taiji martial arts are in action, the external movements are extremely soft. However the internal mind and spirit, which are used to lead the Qi must be strong. When the mind is strong, the Qi led will be abundant and the power manifested will naturally be powerful. Even though it is powerful it is […]

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“There is always an element within you of that which you oppose”

“Regular practice of Tai Chi helps you to focus your mind without forming rigid attachment to a single point of view. This is known as Tai Chi mind: perceiving the unifying elements of a situation rather than those that divide, and remembering that there is always an element within you of that which you oppose. […]

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Drop the Day

I often see students come to class and they bring their day with them. What I mean by this is that the past is sticking to them like stink on a dirty sock. Carrying around the stresses of the day is in no way a good thing to do. What we learn to do as […]

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You Can’t Change What You Don’t Notice

You can’t change what you don’t notice. Once you notice, a behavior, an attitude, a structural position, then you have the power to change it. Be willing to engage this process: “Notice. Question. Pursue an answer. Notice.”Beginners get stuck at the first step of noticing something and never get to the second step of questioning […]

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