Nov 10, 2021

This morning my students took a lot longer to get started than normal.  I showed up early and was finished with an entire qigong routine before any of them had arrived.  They spent a great deal of time chatting and catching up – it’s been several weeks since we were all together, and it took…

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Nov 6, 2021

A few years ago, I was talking with someone about tai chi and she said she couldn’t do it because she was clumsy and had no balance.  I told her, “This is exactly what tai chi improves, which is why you should consider it” but she dug her heels in deeper – she was clumsy…

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Relaxation in Tai Chi

Oct 28, 2021

One of tai chi’s distinguishing characteristics is the challenge it presents communicating all the subtle concepts contained within it.  You’d be hard-pressed to find a tai chi blog or book anywhere that doesn’t have some version of the sentence, “This concept is difficult to describe.”  A direct example of this challenging aspect of tai chi…

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What it Do, Player?

Oct 20, 2021

You’ve seen me use the word “player” in regard to one who practices tai chi.  There are a few reasons for it which are worth going over. The first and most important is that it’s the word the Yang family uses.  Since I’m a dues-paying member of the International Yang Family Tai Chi Association and…

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Qigong, Tai Chi and Therapy – Similarities and Differences

Oct 6, 2021

Recently my friend Annette Evans, author of the “On Her Own” blog and website, referred to activities like going to the doctor, undertaking therapy and taking time for oneself as “radical self-care” and “the ultimate form of self-defense, defending yourself against your most intimate potential enemy: the demons in your own mind and the gremlins…

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The Difference Between Tai Chi and Qigong

Sep 1, 2021

A prospective student asked the studio not long ago what the difference was between tai chi and qigong.  I probably should have addressed this question earlier so people answering the phones would have a ready answer.  But since experience is a thing you don’t get until right after you need it, here we are. The…

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Jul 19, 2021

Ask any 100 tai chi students what the hardest part of tai chi is and I suspect the majority of answers you’ll get are variations of:o  Memorizing the formo  Getting the body position correcto  Remembering the Ten Essential Principleso  Doing well at push-handso  Feeling the energy…and so on. These are important, but to my thinking…

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Peng Jin

Jun 24, 2021

Now that we’ve begun in my Monday class to explore the possibilities and potential inherent in push-hands, the time has come to discuss “peng jin” or “ward-off-energy.” Like many Chinese words, “peng jin” is highly contextual.  A meaningful direct translation to English is all but impossible.  This author comes as close as I’ve seen to…

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Facebook Discussion Group Now Open

Jun 21, 2021

There’s a public Facebook group for the Tai Chi classes now: It’s a better way to interact when we’re not together – if you have questions, that’s an ideal place to ask them as they occur to you.  Likewise, it’s easy and quick to post resources, links and learning materials in a timely manner. The…

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Attack and Defend Don’t Exist

Jun 11, 2021
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