Embryonic Breathing – 10/23/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 442 Embryonic Breathing Breath is life. Breath affects every aspect of our life – physical, emotional, spiritual. I think we can all agree that the more one breathes, the more alive one feels. Notice your breath when something...

Seeing is Believing – 10/16/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tips # 441 Seeing is Believing I went to the wharf early one morning and it was one of those perfect, early Fall days here in Port Townsend. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, the water in the bay like a lake, the mountains in all...

Tai Chi and Mother Nature – 10/9/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 440 Trees Trees are beautiful and marvelous teachers if we care to listen. Trees can live thousands of years, producing countless leaves and fruits all to the purpose of continuing life on earth, and not just their own. They make...

TC Instructors – 10/2/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tips # 439 Tai Chi Instructors I, modestly, admit to being one of the longest serving full time Tai Chi instructors in the U.S. I am on my 50th year of teaching. Length of teaching doesn’t mean much besides persistence and a love...

Uncomfortable-Comfortable/Schedule Change – 9/25/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 438 Uncomfortable-Comfortable The process of learning Tai Chi, as well as most physical activities, involves educating the body how to do an action in a relaxed, yet efficient manner. In Tai Chi, the student first tries to mimic...

Stance Progression – 9/18/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 437 Stance Progression We have three major widths for our stances in Tai Chi – wide, medium, and narrow. Each has advantages and disadvantages. I have discussed these in previous Tips. Usually in the form, we stick to one width...

Pictures, Words, Video – 9/11/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 436 Pictures, Words, and Video There are three ways to teach Tai Chi and Chi Kung (Qigong) from a distance – words, pictures, and video. What I am trying to do with these weekly training tips is to use words to share with...

Stable and Moveable – 9/4/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 435 Stability and Mobility The concepts of stability and mobility are the foundation of the internal arts. Stability implies something resistant to change or something that maintains equilibrium. Mobility implies something that is...

Sung/Good vs Wise – 8/21/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 433 Sung Every student of Tai Chi and other internal arts has heard the word ”Relax” countless times. Each time I say this word I see students tense up slightly in trying to find relaxation in their body. We have placed more...

Life and Death -8/14/2023

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 432 Special Tip                                    Tai Chi is about learning to be aware of one’s actions;  Push Hands is about...