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.

Exploring Each Move – 8/8/16

Greetings. Practicing on the wharf. Dolphins, eagles, seals, otters, heron, every sea bird imaginable. Water, snow capped mountains, mild weather. Typical day in Port Townsend. Hope you are well and enjoying being where you are. Exploring Each Move One of the best...

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Musing about Tai Chi and Life – 8/1/16

Greetings. I hope this email finds you well. Our lovely weather continues, and the Studio takes a month vacation so we instructors can focus a bit more on our own practice. I will continue sending the tips, and classes will resume in September. Musing about Tai Chi...

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Answers to Questions – 7/25/16

Greetings. While the rest of the U.S. bakes under extreme heat, we here in the Pacific Northwest enjoy mild conditions. The Park was nice and cool. There were groups of Native Americans who stopped off in Port Townsend on their way to Alaska in dug-out canoes. Way...

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Tai Chi Welcome Mat – 7/18/16

Greetings. Feels like summer here at the moment, but still lovely. Our practice at the Park was made even more interesting by the addition of dozens and dozens of small fishing boats, plying the Straits, right in front of us, fishing for salmon. I empathize with the...

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Roses & Tissue – 7/11/16

Greetings. Saturday in the Park was lovely this week. The day before, I had a call from a woman in Illinois. She wanted to order some DVDs. In chatting, she shared that the temperatures were in the 90's and quite humid. I told her it was in the 60's here, and she...

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Goals and Desires – 7/4/16

Greetings. Happy Independence Day. We here in the U.S. have so much to be thankful for. We have the opportunity to do and to be whatever our hearts and minds direct, either through desire or setting goals. I wish each and every one of you the energy you need to make...

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Progress in Tai Chi – 6/27/16

Greetings. There is a saying in our area - June Gloom. When most of the rest of the country is starting summer like conditions, Port Townsend, like Seattle, seems stuck in spring. Yet, being raised in San Francisco, I like the cooler conditions. But it is hard to...

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Invest in Lost & A Simple Way – 6/20/16

Greetings. I used to live in Tucson, Arizona. Started my Tai Chi teaching career there. It is supposed to reach 115 degrees today! Boy, am I glad I moved to Port Townsend, where the high temperature should almost reach 70! Hope all is well for you and yours. Invest in...

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Advice for Teachers and Students of Tai Chi – 6/13/16

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for making my life meaningful. I lost my family at a young age, and didn't have children, which are the normal ways people find meaning in their lives. The other way is to spend one's...

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Facing Life and Death – 6/6/16

Greetings. Hot, sunny weather. Unusual for Port Townsend. Plants growing like crazy. I was going through some old writings, and found the following. I didn't remember writing it but it sure fits into our Tips sharing. Be well. Tip #1 Tai Chi is about learning to be...

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