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.
What a Small and Wonderful World The beauty of Tai Chi is that one can use it to express whatever ideas and philosophy one is living with or examining at the moment. After my first book “A String of Pearls” was published, I received a letter and a book written by a...read more
The Internal Arts The Internal Arts are based on the philosophy of Confucius, as well as Daoism and Buddhism. That makes them special in terms of exercise and fitness, as they also offer lessons on living peacefully with other people in our society. Every time I...read more
Tai Chi is an Evolving Art What is now called Tai Chi Chuan has its roots in the WuTang mountain area of China in the T'ang Dynasty (A.D. 618-906). This system had evolved from the earlier martial art now known as Sholin Kung Fu which was introduced to China by a...read more
Joyful Movement Man is probably the only creature on Earth that forms habits that are detrimental to its health and smooth functioning of its body. Society has caused more damage then nature ever has. Just look at tight clothes that restrict movement; high heel shoes...read more
Keep It Simple The more time I spend with Tai Chi, the more I realize how the true focus of study is to become simple. In my small town, we have a majority of senior, retired people. So most students are interested in a simple, easy, yet complete, exercise system. Tai...read more
Greetings. This week has been hard on those of us who practice on the wharf. The air is very hazy – filled with smoke. Port Townsend hasn't suffered from fire, but there are many fires in the surrounding areas. From the wharf, the mountains, usually in our view, have...read more
Greetings. This is one of the clearest and most interesting explanations of Push Hands by an excellent instructor. A lot to think about. Don't forget that our exploration of push hands starts on Saturday, September 1, 1 to 4 PM at the Studio. And don't be afraid of...read more
Push Hands (Tui Shou) Tai Chi Push Hands is a training exercise for developing many different skills associated with Tai Chi. They include: 1) Sensitivity training 2) Jing training 3) Understanding empty and full, substantial and insubstantial 4) Improving balance,...read more
Da Mo Wai Dan Wai Dan is the practice of increasing Chi circulation by stimulating one area of the body until a large enough energy potential builds up and overflows through the Chi channel system. In moving Wai Dan, a specific muscle or part of the body is repeatedly...read more
Distracted, Mindful, Mindless A majority of people who study Tai Chi do so for meditative exercise. There are plenty of wonderful exercise programs, and plenty of wonderful meditation programs. Tai Chi combines the two and that is why we love it so. There are three...read more