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.

The Breathing Box – 8/3/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 277 The Breathing Box There is something I'm sure we can all agree upon – breath is life. There are perhaps hundreds, if not thousands, of qigong or breathing exercises connected to our Tai Chi practice. When students asked Master...

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Tai Chi on Buddha’s Head – 7/27/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 276 Tai Chi on Buddha's Head In 1970, after a couple of years of Tai Chi study, and an interest in Yoga/meditation, I decided to head to India. (As an aside, my flights to London from San Francisco, and back from Amsterdam to San...

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High to Low/Essential Element – 7/20/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 275 High to Low I have been sharing lately about my thoughts about how energy moves from areas of high concentration to areas of less concentration. When doing the form, we put most of the weight on one leg or the other making it...

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Energy Circuits in the Body – 7/13/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 274 Energy Circuits in the Body All spiritual meditative practices use the same method for achieving the highest levels of unity with the life force – that of moving energy from the gross to the refined, from heavy to light, from...

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Tai Chi Principles in Action – 6/29/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 272 Tai Chi Principles in Action I was sorting some old papers and came across this article. A favorite of mine. I think you will find it touching and meaningful. It was written by Terry Dobson about Aikido , but could just as...

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Gather and Release – 6/22/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 271 Gather and Release Tai Chi, like most everything, is composed of mental and physical. You can increase the physical with exercises, and also the mental. One can do physical acts without thinking about what you are doing –...

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Kicks in the Form – 6/15/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 270 Kicks in the Form As I said last week, this week we will examine what type of kick goes where in the Yang Style Long Form, as I interpret it. Your applications might be different than mine, and even if it is, this should give...

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Kicks – 6/8/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 269 Kicks Yoga uses a lot of standing on one leg to improve strength, balance, co-ordination. Tai Chi uses Kicks for the same reason. For many, especially older folks, kicks are a challenge, but that doesn't mean not to do them....

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Adapt Form to Environment – 6/1/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 268 Adapt form to environment An important lesson I learned in my Tai Chi practice is to adapt my form to the environment. I learned not to get stuck doing moves in places that might cause structural problems to the body just...

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