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.

Peng and Lu/ First Saturday Workshop – 4/15/19

Peng and Lu Even though the legs are the most important aspect of Tai Chi practice and excellence, most players seem to be more familiar with the upper body or torso terms and usage. I received quite a few comments from last weeks post saying the information was quite...

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Tai Chi Chuan’s Thirteen Methods – 4/8/19

Shi San Shi – Thirteen Methods I have been sharing my ideas about applications and their role in the enlightening aspects of Tai Chi Chuan for the last few weeks. Understanding applications requires an understanding of the underlying principles that are the...

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Focus on the Inside – 4/1/19

Focus on the Inside Internal Arts means doing actions with the focus on the inside of the body. We are concerned with howan action is done, not just the end product of an action. If I want to move from here to there, I do not focus on there. I look at how I am getting...

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Enlightenment – 03/25/19

Enlightenment Greetings. To the park this morning. Worked on the 216. Not easy, but, oh so interesting. We have been experiencing record high heat in the last week – the warmest days of winter ever. Positive (nice warm sun) and negative (always fears of drought during...

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Application Principles of Tai Chi Chuan – 03/18/19

Application Principles for Tai Chi Chuan Intention is the Master Key to Tai Chi. Applications create intention - deciding what to do, when to do it, and how to get it done in the simplest fashion. Intention (through understanding applications) creates energetic...

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Correct Stances/New Class – 03/04/19

Correct Stances The only stance that is correct in Tai Chi, as well as other internal arts, is a natural, comfortable stance. If it is not natural and comfortable, you will lose relaxation, causing tension, which will result in loss of strength, speed, clarity of...

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Problems Stimulate Growth/No First Saturday/New Class

Problems Stimulate Growth Greetings. This is my 201st Monday Morning Training Tip post. This has encouraged me to dive ever deeper into Tai Chi. It gives me so much satisfaction to share this with all of you. Don't forget that all the previous 200 are archived up at...

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Problems Stimulate Growth Greetings. This is my 201st Monday Morning Training Tip post. This has encouraged me to dive ever deeper into Tai Chi. It gives me so much satisfaction to share this with all of you. Don't forget that all the previous 200 are archived up at...

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Hokusai Speaks About Tai Chi – 2/18/19

Hokusai Speaks about (Tai Chi) in your Life Greetings. I have been posting these Training Tips every Monday since the end of 2015. I enjoy doing it, and am inspired to keep it up because of the positive feed-back I receive. I appreciate it. In this time, I have posted...

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The 216 Yang Form/Snowed Out – 02/11/19

The 216 Form In this day and age of shorter and shorter Tai Chi forms ( as short as 8 moves), I have designed a form of 216 movements. It is my belief and experience that longer forms encourage the player to concentrate and focus to a deeper level. Since most of my...

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