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.

Let the Play Begin & Hydraulic System – 3/21/16

Greetings. This week I have chosen to share with you a couple of ideas from my second book - 101 Reflections on Tai Chi Chuan. For my foreign friends, this book, as well as my first book - 108 Insights into Tai Chi Chuan - is translated into French and Italian. Hope...

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Dependable Strengths – 3/14/16

Greetings. The wettest winter in history here in Port Townsend. Also quite mild. Spring officially starts on Sunday. I hope yours is pleasant. I also hope this weeks tip will stimulate some new ideas or confirmation that you are on the right path for yourself....

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Five Animals – 3/7/16

Greetings. This meditative form practice is one of the most interesting and beneficial for exploring the form. Try to loosen up when practicing and you will find your desire to spend more time with Tai Chi increasing. Let me know how you do with this. Five Animals The...

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Change of Focus – 3/2/16

Greetings. I mainly wanted to notify people that I won't be presenting a first Saturday Workshop this month (March 5). I added a thought that I hope you enjoy. Change of Focus We all know that stress kills. Heart attacks are the leading killer of humans. Eliminating...

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Posture & Sensation – 2/29/16

Greetings. This week I am offering a couple of ideas to help you find more enjoyment in your practice. I wish you well. Posture Man's posture is mostly determined by how he thinks he should look and move. We are conditioned to stand and move in ways that we have been...

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Push the Earth Away – 2/22/16

Greetings. Here in the state of Washington where I live, we have been having record amounts of rain and record warmth. Makes for a wonderful spring. This weeks tip has to do with moving the body in Tai Chi. I hope you enjoy it. Also, we will be having a guest...

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Yin and Yang Approach to Learning Tai Chi – 2/15/16

Greetings. Spring is fast approaching here in the Pacific Northwest. Many bulbs are in flower, buds are growing on the fruit trees. I love this time of year. I have been able to go outside for my practice whenever I want. Great place to live. Yin and Yang Approach to...

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Visiting Pai-an Pavilion – 2/8/16

Greetings. It seems like ages since my last post. This week I want to share something special with you. Sam Hamill, a good friend of the Studio and creator of Cooper Canyon Press in Port Townsend, translated this ancient poem from the Chinese. It seems to me to...

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Tides – 2/1/16

Greetings. I have decided to switch to a once a week format. I have had some wonderful feedback, and some comments that said the tips were sometimes too elementary, sometimes too complicated, sometimes too advanced, and sometimes too frequent. This email is read by...

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Atmospheric Pressure – 1/31/16

Greetings. Congratulations. We have just completed our first month of daily tips. I'm not slowing down yet, and I hope you continue enjoying this sharing. I welcome all your comments and questions. Atmospheric pressure The earth is a huge yin/yang machine. We can use...

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