Learning From Everything – 6/13/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 372 Learning from Everything I was so fortunate to grow up where and when I did. I was raised in San Francisco, and just up the block from my house was a playground, containing a baseball diamond, grassy field, basketball court...

Same Name-Different Applications/Class Note – 6/6/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 371 Same Name – Different Applications Last week in the park we worked on Needle at Sea Bottom. In the Yang Style Long Form, there are two repetitions. As I evolved my form, I gave a different application to each repeated...

Time and Space – 5/30/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 370 Time and Space It is interesting how we mark time and space. In Tai Chi, we have a form composed of movements (from 34 to 108) that appear as one as they flow from one move to the next. In our school, the Traditional Yang...

Meditate on Simplicity – 5/23/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 369 Meditate on Simplicity The higher the skill, the simpler it is. This seems to contradict all we have ever learned, but think about this in relation to internal energy. Don’t we want the thought and action to be one? In...

Hokusai Speaks About Tai Chi – 5/16/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 368 Hokusai Speaks about (Tai Chi) in your Life Greetings. I have been posting these Training Tips every Monday since the end of 2015. I enjoy doing it, and am inspired to keep it up because of the positive feed-back I receive. I...

Structural Relaxation/New Class Reminder – 5/9/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 367 Structural Relaxation It takes strength to overcome structure, and that is where technique plays a part. If you set your body structure correctly, you will force your opponent to use strength against you. It is this use of...

Rituals/New Tai Chi Class – 5/2/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 366 Rituals Rituals evolve from need. If a farmer needs water, and he does something that results in water, the chances are good that he will repeat the same actions again. If baseball player is on a streak, many times he will do...

Marvelous Hands/New Long Form Class – 4/25/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 365 Marvelous Hands The hands are the fine tools of the internal arts practitioner. They have to be able to sense and convey to the brain the most subtle messages, as well as, when needed, being able to concentrate and emit a most...

Working With Energy – 4/18/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 364 Working with Energy    Compression, torsion, and rebounding are three of the main ways that we work with energy in Tai Chi, to produce seemingly effortless results. All of these actions are used in every day movements, yet...

Comfortable Stance/Still the Same – 4/11/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 363 Comfortable Stance The only stance that is correct in Tai Chi, as well as other internal arts, is a natural, comfortable stance. If it is not natural and comfortable, you will lose relaxation, causing tension, which will...