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.

Seeds of Greatness Forever – 2/6/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tips #405 Seeds of Greatness Forever Thich Nhat Hanh, in his lovely book Peace is Every Step, talks about consciousness existing on two levels: as seeds and as manifestations of those seeds. Let me share this idea with you and how it...

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Tai Chi Learning Sequence – 1/30/23

Monday Morning Training Tip #404 Tai Chi Learning Sequence Learning Tai Chi is similar to moving through our educational system. Let me explain what I mean. Pre School: A majority of new students come to Tai Chi with only the most rudimentary idea of what it is. They...

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Calm and Relax – 1/23/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 403 Calm and Relax I have been a student of Tai Chi Chuan for 55 years and an instructor for 50. One of the most important ideas to keep in mind is that there is a lesson in everything we do if we just take the time to look. Tai...

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Tai Chi and Religion – 1/16/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 402 Tai Chi and Religion Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art, not a religion. Using a Martial Art means that one or more people or groups can't agree, and one person or group attempts to impose its view on others through the use of...

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Knowledgable Strength – 1/9/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 401 Knowledgable Strength This is a term I have just come up with to describe how the body is used in Tai Chi. And how do we arrive at “Knowledgable strength”? Experience through practice. And how do we gain that...

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Congratulations – #400 – 1/2/23

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 400 Congratulations We have arrived at #400 - Monday Morning Tai Chi Chuan Training Tip. It took your encouragement and interest to keep me going all these years. As I said in Tip #1, published on 12/23/2015, I planned on writing...

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Comment on You Tube – 12/26/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 399 “This is like your own version of the Yang Family Tai-Chi. It is not as taught by Yang Jun, who is 6th generation Yang Family. Sorry, I don't like your style.” I love hearing from people who view my offerings on YouTube....

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Tai Chi Weight Lifting – 12/19/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 398 Tai Chi Weight Lifting When I was 13, or so, years old, I got interested in making my body look a certain way – big and strong - so I bought a set of weights and started a regular regime of lifting. It wasn't long before I saw...

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Yin/Yang of Clean Up – 12/12/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 397 Yin/Yang of Clean-Up As I've said many times, these Tips are not designed to teach the physical movements of Tai Chi, but to give you motivation to practice what you know, or to seek out an instructor, online or in person. I...

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Crows and Empty/Full – 12/5/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 396 Crows and Empty/Full Beautiful morning. Went to Chetzemoka for an early morning practice. Sun up, barely. I was the only person in the park at this time. So lovely. I went over to the bluff and looked at the Straits. The tide...

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