Everyone of us teachers encounters a time in his journey when he feels he doesn’t know how to teach. He knows he doesn’t and perhaps never did. This is not surprising. It may last only a hour or two, or maybe forever, but the time comes when you thought you knew what you were doing… Continue reading Thoughts on teaching tai chi
My friend and teacher, Wang Ming Bo gave me a scroll with the calligraphy characters hadwritting on by his aged father. It says, "Golden Rooster Stands on One Leg." I've seen birds of different kinds standing on one leg many times. In taiji, you should be to test yourself by standing on one leg. So… Continue reading Tai Chi Tip: Stand on one leg
Tai Chi teacher says stand straight and we think we are. Then you have someone like Susan Matthews adjust your posture to be straighter and you feel kiltered to one side or another. We think we’re straight and we’re not. Becoming sensitive enough to recognize the difference between straight and not straight is a core… Continue reading Are you really as straight as you think?
The goal of basic exercises and tai chi overall is actually simple. It’s natural movement. Easy, natural movement. That’s it. It’s just unbelievable that so few of us have this. If life were as simple as just achieving natural movement, easy flowing natural movement, there wouldn’t be wars. There would be hardly any kind of… Continue reading Goals of Basic Taiji Training
I looked for my glasses. Only a moment before I had recalled that I was not wearing them. I often take them off to read and then forget where I tossed them last. I gazed at the clutter on the desktop. Papers, printer, power cords, headset, computer. No glasses. I got up and searched the… Continue reading Did you forget where you put your tai chi?
I recently talked about focusing on one thing in your practice in order to develop your powers of observation, as well as perfecting the move. But I want to make clear that “whole body moves as a single movement” is the goal. That is the ultimate expression of any move. The whole body moves as… Continue reading Reminder: whole body must move as single unit in taijiquan