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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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Help Me Help You Deepen your Tai Chi Practice!

Loading... This amazing community increasingly asks for ways to deepen their practice, improve their tai chi, and have tai chi dramatically impact on their lives. I am thinking about writing a book to help us all advance in a positive direction. Please take two minutes to share your thoughts and I will commit to creating something to help you deepen your practice. If you are interested, leave your email at the end. I may reach out to you to talk to ... Read More
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Using the 3 Dantiens to find Enthusiasm

I recently went through a time at work where I really wasn’t motivated.  Projects I was part of took on a gruelingly slow pace.  Activities I would normally do without any real effort required coffee. And rather than be energized by what I was doing, I was really exhausted by the end of day. At the time I can assure you that I came up with all sorts of excuses as to what the problem was, no of which were me ... Read More
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Our Obsession over How to Find Your Dan Tien

We obsess, as a community, over how to find your dan tien.  Google it, and you will find inconceivably anatomical approaches to describe its location as well as mystical proclamations on par with poets’ descriptions of “love.” On one hand, we are told that our tai chi development cannot progress without a full understanding of the Dan Tien.  On the other hand, we are told that it doesn’t physically exist. What to do?  What to do? I found an elegant answer to this ... Read More
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Qigong Healing – Are cultural beliefs stopping qigong from healing your body?

There is so much debate about the potential for qigong healing the body.  I for one believe that qigong can heal the body and benefit from my practice. However, aside from my personal experience I do not feel that there is a large enough body of evidence to sway non-believers or people who have not had positive results (yet!)   So what to do? What I can do is share how my cultural beliefs (and maybe yours) didn’t let me accept the potential for ... Read More
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Why Learning Qi Gong is Unbelievably Hard

Most pursuits in life have a pretty gentle learning curve in the beginning.  You can take a weekend cooking workshop and come away with enough skills and ideas to enhance how you eat.  You can take an “Intro to Piano” intensive and come out with some semblance of a song and an understanding of how much time you would have to put in to get to where you would want to be. Not so with Learning Qi Gong. A weekend workshop could ... Read More