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Martial Progress in Tai Chi: Using Yin and Yang Theory to Gauge our Development

When we're starting out practicing tai chi we often think we are soft and relaxed when we're actually pretty far from it.  This can be frustrating on a number of levels.  First of all, who am I (or your teacher) to tell you that you are not relaxed when your body is giving you every indication that you are?  Secondly, what is the value of a teacher pointing out this error continually which seems to undermine progress?  Fact 1:   Your body ... Read More
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The Five Levels of Development in Tai Chi

In a conversation with a friend who is a long time practitioner of Japanese martial arts I was envious at the structure that was imbued into the different levels of progress.  They have very defined levels which are defined by specific curriculum, vocabulary, knowledge, performance expectations, and even visible uniform upgrades.  What do the Chinese systems have? (crickets).  There are some schools that have tried to implement belt-systems or sashes or name walls but none of this has gotten any ... Read More
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Why People Say They Study Tai Chi

Understanding why we study taichi is extremely important to our own development and to the development of classmates and students. We posted a survey here for two months and collected information about why people study tai chi.  There were many responses that were expected but there were tons more that were not.  The combined results create a unique picture of the many reasons that people come to tai chi.  For instructors, it is valuable information in what to include in curriculum to ... Read More
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Ming-Men: An acupressure point with power-full implications

The Ming-men refers to an energy center located in the lower torso that is so power-full that it is associated with three acupuncture points (Governing Vessel 4 (Gv4), Conception Vessel 4 (Cv4) and Conception Vessel 5 (Cv5).  The Chinese admiration for the Ming-men is captured in the disagreement on how to describe it.  It has been called the Gate of Power, Proclamation Gate, Gate of Destiny, and Gate of Life. No matter how you define it, the healing ability and ... Read More
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A Solid Look at the Stances of Tai Chi

I decided to write this article as a point of differentiation between the stances of many external arts and the internal art of tai chi chu’an.  A student recently asked for corrections on a stance and I gave them.  He came back the following week hella deep in the stance ready to show me his progress.  I took the wind out of his sails by making more corrections and realized that he studied under Master YouTube for the weekend and ... Read More