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Beginning tai chi at the end

You have to start somewhere so why not at the end? To start somewhere in the physical, begin in wuqi and end in wuqi. So, you see, in taiji you could say that you start at the end and end at the beginning.

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High blood pressure and Tai Chi

HBP signals that the heart is having to work harder to get nutrients and oxygen to the body's cells. Our cells are where life itself is generated. Too often life cut short by things that we can actually do something about. We all have a lot of life left in us to live longer and more… Continue reading High blood pressure and Tai Chi

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Now, how many eight pieces of brocade are there?

Eight pieces of brocade (Ba Duan Jin) are a well-known and commonly taught set of qigong postures. They are very old and they contain many secrets. I don’t really know the historical approaches to doing them, teaching them, and what all the internal secrets are. I haven’t looked into it much. I assume there is… Continue reading Now, how many eight pieces of brocade are there?

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Mindful techniques for performing basic tai chi exercises

A major goal for doing tai chi is relaxation: fang song. So, practice is a two-fold process of becoming aware of tension and releasing it. A single basic movement is a path to awareness and release. One technique to discern tight spots in the body is to focus on the movement of one part of the… Continue reading Mindful techniques for performing basic tai chi exercises

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Train with masterful practitioners whenever you can

Zhu Tian Cai, one of the four tigers from the famed Chen village in Henan Province in China, has been visiting martial art schools across the US with his translator, Master Kam Lee. I drove to El Paso, Tx with Susan Matthews to train with them for a weekend of excellent training at Ray Abeyta’s… Continue reading Train with masterful practitioners whenever you can