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Shoes for Tai Chi

What to wear when you do tai chi is a common question for (and from) beginners. Loose, comfortable clothing is typical. Shoes are perhaps more important for tai chi and martial art attire. Flat, low volume shoes are the best. I prefer something I can wear in practice and on the street, but it’s not… Continue reading Shoes for Tai Chi

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Tai Chi Central Equilibrium Training Notes

... third leg and zhong ding practice. Zhong ding, or central equilibrium, is a pivotal aspect of tai chi practice. A few years ago, George Xu incorporated the concept of "third leg" to describe zhong ding in motion. The concept of third leg helps to refine the movement by focusing on a point from which… Continue reading Tai Chi Central Equilibrium Training Notes

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The “I know you, you don’t know me” saying in martial arts

George Xu says, “I know you, you don't know me,” to describe a key characteristic of his approach to martial awareness. Whether you're practicing tai chi or qigong, or taking a walk in a park, his refrain applies to how you listen to yourself and to others, even to things. I don't grasp this fully… Continue reading The “I know you, you don’t know me” saying in martial arts