Essential Nature and Sat. in the Park Update – 10/22/18

Essential Nature The most powerful martial art, and life skill, is meditation. If we have a calm, relaxed mind, we will be able to see clearly and be able to deal with situations before they build up to a point of no return. Only when you stake out a position and...

Success and Saturday in the Park – 10/15/18

Success My wife Dana was going through some old papers and came across this piece of advice. It was passed to her from her grandmother who passed away at 101 and was so sharp, even at her advanced age. It certainly rings true to me. I hope it does to you also. I know...

Qigong Exercise – The Eyedropper – 10/08/18

Greetings. I hope you give this exercise a good try-out. The Eyedropper This exercise is designed to help you practice breathing into your Dan Tien, relaxing and cleaning all body systems, and connecting the center to various parts of the body.  1) Begin by standing...

The Hose/Push Hands – 10/1/18

The Hose I was watering plants in my garden recently and had this Ah-Ha moment about Tai Chi. There is a very large container holding a 65 year old Maple tree. In order to water it thoroughly, I take off the sprayer head attached to the hose, and let the full, smooth...

Small Wonderful World/Life and Death – 9/24/18

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...

Internal Arts and Choy Family Tai Chi – 9/17/18

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...

Evolution of Tai Chi Chuan/Tai Chi Forms – 09/10/18

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...

Joyful Movement/Tui Shou/Reminder – 9/03/18

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...

Keep It Simple – 8/27/18

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...

Conseal Your Strength/Practical Exercise/New Instructor – 8/20/18

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,...