The Path / Structural Alignment- 7/26/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #327 The Path The internal arts have always been a path to enlightenment, a path to the full knowing of ourselves. This path is not without its ups and downs, detours, and obstacles. When we decide to start learning Tai Chi, we keep...

Yin and Yang of Travel – 7/19/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 326 Yin/Yang of Travel Summer is upon us and that gets me thinking of travel. And, of course, there is a yin way and a yang way to travel. Let me share some ideas. In 1967, I was a television director in San Francisco, engaged to...

Bring Joy – 7/12/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip #325 Bring Joy It is, and has been, my life’s philosophy, to make everyone I come into contact with feel better about themselves and others. My marriage was based on the idea of doing whatever I could to make the other person...

Wave Hands – 7/5/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 324 Wave Hands I recently got an email question and comment from a long time Tai Chi/Qigong instructor who teaches in Argentina. He was interested in my thoughts regarding the yin/yang of the movements. He asked if some moves were...

Tai Chi Friends – 6/28/21

Dear Tai Chi Friend, I am sending this to you because I think it is very important. I am not one to easily ask for help, but I think this warrants your consideration. One of our Tai Chi students, Anna Young, has suffered from a rare lung disease since she was a young...

Yin/Yang – 6/21/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 323 Yin/Yang Think for a moment about yin and yang. What comes to your mind? Probably something about opposites: this and that, up and down, hot and cold, hard and soft, etc. But really, there is no such thing as yin and...

Sink the Elbows – 6/14/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip – #322 Sink the Elbows One of the Tips readers wrote to ask me about the meaning of “Sink the Elbows”. Let me share my take on this “Important Point”. Firstly, for form smoothness and harmony, we need to express yin and yang...

13 Important Points – 6/7/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 321 “13 Important Points” As we get started with our summer in the park “Microscope” examination of the Yang 54 Form, here are some important points to work towards understanding. As the summer progresses, review these points on...

Riding the Tai Chi Bicycle – 5/31/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip – #320 The art of Tai Chi Chuan is based on the philosophy of yin and yang. There is nothing mystical or magical about this philosophy. It compares two things, and only at one brief moment in time. Everything in the Universe...

Progress/Reminder – 5/24/21

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 319 Progress Progress in Tai Chi is hard to gauge. In most other martial arts there are levels of attainment as signified by belts. A black belt is said to have reached a higher level then a brown belt, for instance. In Tai Chi,...