Single Leg Stances

Single Leg Stances One of the concepts we continuously teach at our club is to “set your self up for success.” This concept definitely applies to any form or technique that requires a single leg stance. Single leg stance is used defensively to block an attack coming in from the side or offensively to issue […]

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Gong Fu

Keep your heart calm and mind quiet and practice slowly (stillness in movement). Feng Zhiqiang   Master Feng relates how important it is to be grounded and practice slowly in order to improve your internal qi. He also mentions that only by training this way for a long time will one see “what nature really […]

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Spotting a Lesson In Disguise

Spotting a Lesson In Disguise The lessons within our training (especially for beginners) are usually focused on the physical aspects such as weight distribution or structural alignment but not always so. There are five levels to tai chi training – physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual. Sometimes beginners have opportunities to gain insights into some […]

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The Second Level of Awareness

The Second Level of Awareness A while back ago I spoke of the first of four states of awareness detailing that the first state has to do with just becoming intimate with your body. The second level of awareness brings to light the energetic reality that most people do not taste even once within a lifetime. […]

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Taijiquan as a Method for Transformation

Taijiquan as a Method for Transformation After iron has been beaten thousands of times and refined hundreds of times, it changes its nature and becomes steel. Steel is firm internally and highly reflective externally. Iron by contrast is not only less flexible but its external appearance is rough. ‘Coarse strength’ , after undergoing persistent training […]

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Man – the Master Gardener

Man – the Master Gardener Just as a gardener cultivates his plot, keeping it free from weeds, and growing the flowers and fruits which he requires, so may a man tend the garden of his mind, weeding out all the wrong, useless, and impure thoughts, and cultivating toward perfection the flowers and fruits of right, […]

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