Taijiquan is a guiding presence in everyday life. Doing the moves teaches me and I become more sensitive to subtle changes in the body.
Susan A. Matthews’ guided description of power stretching from the Lan Shou Quan system contains six steps to help the practitioner practice. I present step one in a previous post, which describes the beginning "basic mechanism of spiraling biomechanics and power stretching from the ground up through the legs to open/flatten the low back." This… Continue reading Power Stretching in Chinese Martial Arts, Step 2: Connect the Upper and Lower Body
I consider power stretching an essential practice for supporting tai chi practice or any other movement. Professional dancers, runners, swimmers, hikers, skiers, etc. know this of course, along with master martial artists. One thing I have learned about how people power stretch is that they over do it and can injure themselves, especially in the… Continue reading Power stretching tip for older people beginning tai chi
Be in wu chi (wuqi) in stillness and in motion. It is the center around which everything moves. It is the beginning and the end of movement where taiji becomes yin and yang. It is that part of us that is aware of everything even while our surface minds have forgotten its existence. It is replicated in… Continue reading Wu Chi, a Tai Chi Reminder
To cultivate connectedness in tai chi and build a strong, yet flexible root, and develop whole-body movement, sooner or later you’re going to discover power stretching. The following is from guest blogger Susan A. Matthews. It is part of her developing manuscript, Spiral Training. On her website, she generously offers the kind of information that more-seasoned… Continue reading Power Stretching Step One: Connect and Root