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We are teachers, practitioners, and students of internal martial arts. We work to present foundational concepts on tai chi that dramatically influence progress and are digestible by western readers. Enjoy this content, deepen or begin your development, and join the conversation.


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Tai Chi Clothing

Do I need special clothing? One huge monetary benefit and reason for the proliferation of tai chi is that you don’t necessarily need facilities or materials in order to train.  That being said, once you have been practicing for a while, certain purchases make a lot of sense. Uncomfortable pants limit stance work and typical athletic shoes can impinge on the ankles and stick to the floor when pivoting (more on tai chi shoes here).  When you join a class or eventually ... Read More
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Tai Chi Shoes

              Choosing the best footwear for tai chi is actually very important because the wrong shoes can lead to injury. Why can’t I wear my athletic shoes for tai chi? Wearing athletic shoes is okay to begin with but understand that the soles of these shoes have been designed not to slide.  Your foot is rotating frequently throughout taichi which can put strain on the knee if there is any drag.  When you step in tai chi, eventually you don’t have weight on ... Read More
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Chinese Symbolism and Tai Chi

              Let’s start with why Chinese Symbolism is WONDERFUL For many, it offers a connection to something more complex or greater than ourselves and is probably a big part of why people are drawn to internal arts as opposed to training in something like Crossfit, boxing, or MMA. Additionally, concepts like internal strength and movement of chi are incredibly complex and humans lack the vocabulary to describe the internal process or effects.  Symbolism in this context means “metaphor.” And more obvious, why is chinese ... Read More
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Benefits of Standing Meditation – Improve Your Health and Fitness with Zhan Zhuang

During a seminar in the United States, Chen Qingzhou (Ching Joe) was asked: what was the most important thing that someone could do to improve. He responded:     “I will tell you exactly what to do and it will improve your health, tai chi, your martial and mental abilities, and will only take you three minutes a day.  But you won’t do it.” Are you on the edge of your seat?  We were. “Why won’t I do it?” he was further probed. “Because I have ... Read More
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What is Zhan Zhuang (pole standing) and how is it different than Qi Gong Meditation?

Most styles of internal martial arts incorporate standing meditation as a core component, if not the most important part of their training.  While the practices are elegantly simple and instruction on correct posture abounds.  Most students do not maintain a standing practice and never achieve the benefits of Zhan Zhuang.  Why is this?  Lack of commitment is normally due to lack of understanding and therefore lack of buy-in. This essay is a two part series where I will first better define WHAT pole-standing ... Read More