The Hands in Tai Chi

The Hands in Tai Chi The hands in tai chi are extremely important, so much so that if the hands are functioning incorrectly then the student might not reap the full benefits of the form work. The first concept we teach at Barrie Tai Chi & Qigong is relaxation and this concept must be incorporated […]

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The Only Constant is Change

The Only Constant is Change When starting to develop a true internal practice, whether yoga or qigong or taiji, you will have set along a path of individual growth. That is the REASON why you are doing that particular practice. You are looking for answers even though you probably don’t really know the actual question. […]

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An Energy (storage and expression)

An Energy (storage and expression) “An” energy is most often associated with “push” performed with two open hands pushing against the opponent or uprooting the opponent. Most students do not take into consideration the first or second section of this form when contemplating the energetic aspects. An starts with a withdrawal into your center. As […]

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Ingest and digest through self study

Ingest and digest through self study I sent out copies of the Song of the 13 Postures to some students this week along with the 13 Principles of Taijiquan. These two documents are foundational to any student who truly wants to know Taijiquan. I use the word know because I distinguish between knowing and understanding. […]

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A Variation on Form Training

A Variation on Form Training In the past we have discussed a training technique that breaks down each individual form into ten parts (or 100 parts) in order to allow the player to analyze each form in micro sequential detail. This week I will explain another variation of form training. Yang style Tai Chi sets […]

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Why We Learn to Root

Why We Learn to Root At a specific juncture of our curriculum here at Barrie Tai Chi & Qigong the students are required to focus on increasing root. This is a very common practice in a lot of internal arts schools but I wanted to go over the reasons for why this is a fundamental […]

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