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.

Laughing and Crying – 9/19/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 386 Laughing and Crying The serious Tai Chi player views life in the terms of yin and yang. He is always seeking to understand how to find balance in life – not too much of this or that. Moderation in all things. Mother...

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Allowing Change/New Schedule October – 9/12/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 385 Allowing Change Tai Chi and Chi Kung have been used for a long time to aid an individual in his or her quest for physical, mental, and spiritual growth. We practice and hope for positive results. We feel better after practice...

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Dumb Waiter – 9/5/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 384 Dumb Waiter and Elevator I was so fortunate to have been born and raised in San Francisco in the 1940's, 50's, and 60's. San Francisco was the home to so many liberal and future looking ideas, not the least of which was Tai...

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Bowl of Soup Meditation – 8/29/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 383 Bowl of Soup Meditation It has been so glorious – weather wise – here in Port Townsend. The Park is the perfect place to play Tai Chi. This is 42 years we've been coming here. This last Wednesday, we did a moving meditation...

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The Bully – 8/22/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 382 Bully When I was in my first year of high school, my friend from across the street and I would walk to and from school, about two miles. Our route took us through an area we never used to go to before this. We soon discovered,...

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Workshop Lesson/Special Book Offer – 8/15/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 381 Workshop Lesson There was a poster up on the bulletin board at the Food Co-op advertising a free Tai Chi workshop scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. Kan and Li, both long time students, decided it would be worth the effort,...

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More On Kan and Li – 8/8/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 380 More on Kan and Li Kan and Li decided to cook dinner together. They agreed on rice and veggies. “Let's cook up a pot of rice, and while that is cooking, we can prep up the veggies,” suggested Li. Kan put two cups of water in a...

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Kan and Li – 8/1/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 379 Kan and Li One of Tai Chi's guiding principles is the idea of balance – always balance for me and never balance for the opponent. One of the terms to describe this balance so it can be more easily understood is Kan and...

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Jay and Hummers – 7/25/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 378 Jay and Hummers Up on the top of the Summer House. Perfect weather – low 70's, clear blue skies. I put out peanuts, and along came a singular Stellar Jay. It was almost ready to pick one out of the 20 I placed on the rail. He...

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Summer House Thoughts – 7/18/22

Monday Morning Tai Chi Training Tip # 377 Summer House Thoughts As I have shared with you in the past, I so enjoy sitting on the top of the outbuilding, at our house, which we call the Summer House, feeding the Stellar Jays, and letting my thoughts run around like the...

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