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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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Eliciting the Relaxation Response with Tai Chi

While the name Herbert Benson might not ring a bell, his research is essential reading for anyone looking to understand eastern practices through the lens of western medicine.  His book, The Relaxation Response is a scientific validation of age-old wisdom.  It is a scientific study of how meditative practices can encourage the body to release chemicals and brain signals that cause the musculature and organs to slow down and increase blood flow to the brain. The Relaxation Response In his book he ... Read More
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Connecting Mindfulness and Tai Chi

  It is extremely difficult to bridge the gap between actually doing the tai chi form and improving your meditative-mindful state.  On one hand, doing the form feels good and we definitely feel better afterwards.  But how do we answer the questions from students, classmates, and ourselves such as:   What should I be thinking about when I do the form? Does your mind race? Are you concentrating on something? I will admit to you dear reader that I have historically been at a loss for ... Read More
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Using Tai Chi to Prevent Illness

  Here is the issue: I practice tai chi. Tai chi has purported health benefits. Am I healthy?   Am I healthier than average because I practice tai chi?   If not, can I change this? Last summer I was on a vacation with my family out of the country and caught the flu from a 6-year-old boy staying in the same place we were.  Vomiting, diarrhea, knocked out for 48 hours. Plus add on two days of a slow climb back to the land of the living.   ... Read More
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How to Judge People’s Energy Level

  Tai chi steady improves the attention and awareness that we bring to different aspects of our life.  This same awareness can act as an early warning system for disease and illness if you are attuned to the signs.  In this essay I will share insights gathered at a seminar with Master Chen Bin.  It led me to conduct a 6-month experiment on my health.  I will share those results in next month's post. Three ways to evaluate the health of another ... Read More
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The Best Way to Learn Qi Gong without a Teacher

You thought it was difficult to find a good tai chi teacher?  Try finding a good qi gong teacher.  Qi gong is an energy art that can dramatically improve health, concentration and well-being.  It can be undertaken by people of any age and with any physical limitation.  Learning qi gong on your own is possible and valuable because the benefits are huge. Here is where the hard part comes in.  Great progress usually demands 1) a great teacher and 2) an explanation ... Read More