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...

Essential Elements for the Inner Journey/Question – 7/6/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 273 Essential Elements for the Inner Journey Tai Chi is a blending of the inner thought and the translating of this into physical action. Tai Chi is a meditative movement art. The more the mind is involved, the greater the...

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...

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 –...

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...

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...

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...

Sinking Elbows Exercise – 5/25/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 267 Tai Chi to Ward Off Loneliness In these times of stay home and social distancing, community is so important for one’s sanity and well being. The feeling of loneliness can break one’s heart. For the last three...

Music and Acting/ Long Form Names – 5/18/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 266 Music and Acting Music and acting have a lot in common with Tai Chi. In music, there are notes and tunes written down, very specifically. In acting, there are lines written. In both cases, the artist must play or say what the...

Unique Hand Movements – 5/11/20

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 265 Unique Hands Of Tai Chi Chuan Last week I talked a bit about some of the ways we change feet. Today I want to talk about the hands, and specifically about the difference between the Striking Hand, and the Pushing Hand. Some...