Training Tips

Greetings. I have been writing and sending these out since 2015, and for you who have just joined us, welcome to the Gilman Studio Training Tips. These Tips are a result of my desire to share my life’s study and teaching in the area of Internal Arts and human potential.

I have taught Tai Chi and Qigong since 1973 and shared with thousands of people, and yet feel limited, as I live in a small community in the northwest corner of Washington State. I wanted to reach a larger audience on a regular basis. Thus, the Training Tips was born.

Most books on Tai Chi are written by an instructor to share his or her form. They are meant to teach the movements. They also, usually include short chapters on history and philosophy, but that is usually limited. I have written two Tai Chi books and now these Training Tips, not as “how to” books, but as “why to” books. Most people who are attracted to Tai Chi seek relaxation, focus, balance, health improvement, and a very few, martial skills. What most people need to carry on with their studies is motivation. That is what these Tips are all about. I want to encourage students to continue to practice, and continue looking deeper into this marvelous art form, and that only comes from regular and continuous practice.

I hope you read through all of these and maybe one or more will stimulate you to stay with your initial interest and enthusiasm. You can bookmark the ones you like to go back to in the future. As you grow and change, the meaning of these Tips will change, and hopefully you will find you understand them in your body, mind and spirit. If you aren’t already receiving these in your mailbox, subscribe and it will come as regular as clockwork on Monday mornings. The Gilman Studio never shares your information.

I sincerely hope you enjoy these and share them with your friends. You will make me happy. Thank you for your interest in our beloved art.

Feeing of Space/Big Bang Qigong – 12/10/18

Feeling of Space Buckminister Fuller, one of the true geniuses of our time, once said that, in proportion, we have more space between each cell in our body than there is between each star in the galaxy. Yet, when we look at our body, we see solid mass, and when we...

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Horizon of Possibilities – 12/3/18

Horizon of Possibilities I recently ran across the phrase “Horizon of Possibilities” in a book I was reading. It made me put on my Tai Chi thinking cap. Who designed Tai Chi into a form – when and why? How did each individual move get incorporated, and then a...

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So You Want to be a Master of Tai Chi – 11/5/18

So you want to be a Master of Tai Chi First let me say that there is a popular misconception about being a “Tai Chi Master”. We tend to think that such a person has reached a near mystical state. When we say someone has mastered carpentry, or painting, or sailing a...

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Essential Nature and Sat. in the Park Update – 10/22/18

Essential Nature The most powerful martial art, and life skill, is meditation. If we have a calm, relaxed mind, we will be able to see clearly and be able to deal with situations before they build up to a point of no return. Only when you stake out a position and...

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Success and Saturday in the Park – 10/15/18

Success My wife Dana was going through some old papers and came across this piece of advice. It was passed to her from her grandmother who passed away at 101 and was so sharp, even at her advanced age. It certainly rings true to me. I hope it does to you also. I know...

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Qigong Exercise – The Eyedropper – 10/08/18

Greetings. I hope you give this exercise a good try-out. The Eyedropper This exercise is designed to help you practice breathing into your Dan Tien, relaxing and cleaning all body systems, and connecting the center to various parts of the body.  1) Begin by standing...

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