10 Essentials – #5 – Sink the shoulders and droop the elbows

10 Essentials – #5 – Sink the shoulders and droop the elbows   The 10 essentials are as follows: 1 – Empty, lively, pushing up and energetic 2 – Hold in the chest, pull up the back 3 – Relax the waist 4 – Separate empty and full 5 – Sink the shoulders and droop […]

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10 Essentials – #4 Separate Empty and Full

10 Essentials – #4 Separate Empty and Full The 10 essentials are as follows: 1 – Empty, lively, pushing up and energetic 2 – Hold in the chest, pull up the back 3 – Relax the waist 4 – Separate empty and full 5 – Sink the shoulders and droop the elbows 6 – Use […]

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The 10 Essentials – #3

The 10 Essentials – #3 The 10 essentials are as follows: 1 – Empty, lively, pushing up and energetic 2 – Hold in the chest, pull up the back 3 – Relax the waist 4 – Separate empty and full 5 – Sink the shoulders and droop the elbows 6 – Use intent rather than […]

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The 10 Essentials

The 10 Essentials I find that I consistently refer to approx. 15 teaching points. Class after class I plant conceptual seeds that I hope my students will first hear then digest and finally incorporate into their practices. Grandmaster Yang Chengfu who was grandson to the Yang style founder Yang Lu-chan had his 10 essentials which […]

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A Still Summer Pond

A Still Summer Pond A classic challenge for the taiji student is that one will make faster gains if you stop thinking. What? Stop thinking? How am I to stop thinking when there’s so freakin’ much to think about? Ahhh… the paradox of taiji 😉 Of course there’s a element of learning taiji that is […]

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A Training Tip

A Training Tip I have been introducing some advanced taiji concepts to my in-studio students lately that I thought might be interesting to TRY to express in writing. I say it this way because anyone who has tried to document internal art techniques knows that expressing movement and feeling in a text format is quite […]

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