Tai chi is not about where the move is leading to, rather it is where the move is leading from. One common expression from traditional tai chi is: “Pull the silk.” Why the metaphor? In the time that this phrase came into being it made sense because pulling silk was familiar to many people in that that part of the world. It’s not so familiar now because most people are so many steps away from how fabric makes its way from the plant to cloth and the shirt on your back. But it is a perfect analogy for moving the the tai chi manner.