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.
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 248 Yang's Ten Essential Points #9 – Continuity Without Interruption This is probably the favorite element of my Tai Chi practice, one that really separates Tai Chi from almost all forms of martial arts and exercise. If you look...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 247 Note: Please excuse the brievity of this tip. We are expecting a snow storm to hit this week-end so I want to post this early in case we lose power. Yang's Ten Essential Points #8 – Unity of the Internal and External Yin and...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 246 Year Number 5 For Tips This Tip starts my 5th year of doing Monday Morning Tai Chi Tips. I've never missed one Monday! It has been a joy and challenge, and I look forward to many more years. The more I practice and teach, the...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 245 Yang's 10 Essential Points Yang's Essential Points #6 – Use the Mind and Not Strength This one is mysterious and miraculous. One of those ideas that is easy to say and difficult to really understand. I will share my feelings...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 244 Yang's 10 Essential Points #5 – Sink the Shoulders and Drop the Elbows This is good, common sense advice for all aspects of our lives. All the Essential Points have something to do with growing a deep root to bring up the Yin...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 243 Yang's 10 Essential Points #4 – Distinguish Empty and Full Now here is one that on the surface appears simple. Take a glass and fill it with water – full. Now empty the water out – empty. Simple. But wait. When you filled the...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 242 Yang's 10 Essential Points #3 – Relax the Waist The Tai Chi Body can be thought of being divided into three sections – the legs, the waist, and the upper body (includes the head). These three can and should function on their...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 241 Yang's Ten Essential Points 2. Sink the Chest and Raise the Back The most effective and powerful results happen as a result of using the torso to do an action. Look at any sport – tennis, baseball, golf, track and field – and...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 240 Yang's Ten Essential Points of Tai Chi Chuan These are ten essential principles or points that make Tai Chi unique among meditative/martial exercises. You must study and contemplate these ideas until your mind has integrated...read more
Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip - Number 239 Live for Today? We in the West are not encouraged to plan for the future. We often hear the philosophy of living just for today, for there most probably won't be a tomorrow, because of the threats of growing population,...read more