mind-body

Two steps to finding your weakness in tai chi practice

In martial-arts two-person practice, such as push hands, you look for your opponent’s weakness then attack there. My teacher, Master Xu, looks for where the other person lacks qi. It's actually a location in or around the body. In solo practice you can look for your own weakness. You’re doing that in both settings, but… Continue reading Two steps to finding your weakness in tai chi practice

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mind-body, philosophy of tai chi, Tai chi

Reminder: Tai Chi foundation of breath and movement

Applying breath and movement from tai chi practice is not just more stuff to add to your daily activities. It is the foundational thing that you do before everything else. Every breath, like every moment, underlies every movement. To get from here to there, you use awareness of breath, body position and intention. These are… Continue reading Reminder: Tai Chi foundation of breath and movement

mind-body, Qigong, Tai chi

If mental states influence physical conditions, where does tai chi play a role?

If mental states affect physical conditions, and researchers don’t know how it happens, then how can the cause/effect relationship be proven? As Stephen Locke, MD, states in The Healer Within (1986), “‘Knowing’ that one’s state of mind influences one’s body does not prove that it does." In his book he talks about the trend in… Continue reading If mental states influence physical conditions, where does tai chi play a role?

mind-body, Tai chi, taiji, taijiquan

Article: Tai chi not just for “old”

"Tai chi is not just for old people," says columnist Viki Mather. I know what she's talking about. People hate anything that resembles "exercise." Not my problem. They are so WRONG. "There is a stigma about tai chi that it is for old people. And it is true that doing tai chi can help regain… Continue reading Article: Tai chi not just for “old”

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10 tips for stimulating your tai chi practice

Whether you're sure you want to do tai chi or not, here are things you can consider to help find out if it's the right thing for you. But DO NOT take someone else's word for it one way or the other. Which means, technically speaking, don't take my word for whatever you're about to… Continue reading 10 tips for stimulating your tai chi practice

chen style tai chi, chinese internal martial arts, mind-body, tai chi school news

Tai chi silk reeling and martial applications

About a year ago, my teacher, George Xu, came out with a name to his system of Chinese martial art as Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. This year he updated the name to Xin Tian Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. The system is the practical application of his so-called "predator theory," through which he explains… Continue reading Tai chi silk reeling and martial applications

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Another article on research about research on tai chi

"Falling is the primary cause of traumatic death for older adults, and more than 17% of older adults report between one and five falls in the past three months. The problem seems to be getting worse." More research of research on tai chi. There seems to be a steady stream of it for sometime. This… Continue reading Another article on research about research on tai chi