Eight pieces of brocade (ba duan jin) is an ancient Qigong that incorporates powerstretching, spiraling, open/close, up/down, left/right and energetic realignment. It seems to be a physical exercise at first, but it is more. It is a medical qigong, since each move positively affects an organ, such as liver, heart, lungs, stomach, kidneys, and central… Continue reading How to think about eight pieces of brocade
I would say that most people who have heard of tai chi have no accurate idea of what it is, so they’re reticent to try it without knowing more. But no one knows what tai chi is without doing it. You cannot know it second hand. You must experience it first hand. If you're not already… Continue reading You have to do tai chi to know what it is
It’s Friday…the rest of the country is heading for happy hour. It's been happy hours for me since this morning and I’m still celebrating. The day isn’t done and the night hasn’t begun. The sun still hangs over the horizon of a blue, blue Colorado sky and I still have time before day wanes and… Continue reading This place is good for me
I began doing yoga at the age of 36, Shotokan karate at 44, and tai chi at 46. I wish I had been exposed to tai chi sooner in life. I wish the same for everyone else. I was always active in my work, physical labor, for most of my life, but during my mid-thirties… Continue reading Expose yourself to taiji early in life
I recently viewed the new film, Man of Tai Chi directed by Keanu Reeves, who also stars along with Tiger Chen. Critics rated it poorly and it went to Netflix very soon after release. Not much play in theatres in the US anyway. I don’t know about Hong Kong or China. I imagine it is… Continue reading Does Man of Tai Chi cover up the real message with the usual plot elements of a martial arts film?
Research has shown that your brain registers the same impulses whether you mentally go through actions in your mind or actually do them with your body. So it goes without saying that you can learn the tai chi form you're working on by going through it in your mind. This technique is a "mnemonic" tool… Continue reading Two more memory aids to learn a tai chi form
Back to the (tai chi) basics. Breathing practice. Postures. Zhong ding. Dantian gong. Chan si qin. Qi go through. Whole body moves as single unit. Develop spine power and sensitivity not only for balance, but even more for energy refining. Develop dantian for both of those benefits and with more volume energy than a linear… Continue reading Back to the (tai chi) basics