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Acupuncture’s Relationship to Tai Chi – The Extraordinary Vessels

      Acupuncture Smackyoupuncture!  I barely got my head wrapped around the Chinese words and foreign concepts and now you are telling me that there are a series of routes that run through my body that I didn’t know about AND I need to know this for tai chi?? Daunting isn’t it?  Still drives me nuts.  But not because I am overwhelmed (anymore) but because the more I progress and have novel feelings inside, I want to know what is going on. We ... Read More
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Progress in Tai Chi: Reducing Attrition in Tai Chi Classes

            If you are a teacher or a student of tai chi then this article is for you.  Actually, this article conveys one of the main goals of this website; expanded practice of taichi.  So many benefits have been ascribed to tai chi that it captivates the interest of nearly everyone.  However, we lose a lot of students who start off highly dedicated and then stop practicing.   So what happens?  Let’s start with some reasons that attendance is important and then ... Read More
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The Three Dantians

          This is a quick article introducing the novice to the dantian and the more experienced practitioner to the idea that there are three of them.  These three energy centers have been identified in the body.  They control and store energy and energy potential. The three dantians are each associated with one energy, collectively known as the three treasures.  They are: The Lower Dantian: (Jing) located two inches below the navel, it is the source of energy which builds the physical body ... Read More
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The Use of Meditation Tones

          This article is intended to clarify how tones are used in meditative sets.  There is an immense world history of chanting, singing, and using tones in meditation.  No religion or spiritual pursuit is devoid of them.  Equally so, taichi and qigong have sets that incorporate tones into the practice. I love debate and on this topic as it is sorely needed.  Let’s present two scenerios. Scenario 1:  A person learns the wrong use of tones, this leads to poor development, they miss ... Read More
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Why Study Tai Chi Weapons

        Weapons forms are an incredibly beautiful, fun, and are a way to practice some of the core principles of tai chi.  They are usually introduced after progress has been made in the open-hand form.  While you do not have to know an open-hand form to begin a weapon form, knowledge from the open-hand form speaks directly to the movements of all the weapons.  Your open-hand form and weapon form will benefit jointly as you progress. Why study tai chi weapons forms? They ... Read More
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Six Harmonies – The Cheat Sheet for Perfect Posture

              Here is a statement that needs to be intrinsically understood to progress in Tai Chi: Internal energy building and circulation, balance, and martial abilities are dependent on posture.  For those of you that are one step ahead of me, you are seeing the potential bang-for-your-buck by focusing on posture over other more trivial matters. Posture is the tai chi version of the Pareto Principle which states that 20% of your activities realize 80% of the results and vise-versa.  Small postural improvements ... Read More
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Health and Tai Chi

                How is tai chi good for health?  It’s the flexibility right?  No, it’s the meditative aspects isn’t it?  Can’t I get the same benefit from walking? Here is the overall picture.  The average form can take 6-12 minutes.  How can 1) we receive such huge payback in benefits in this short of time?  And 2) why is this 6-12 minutes so different from any other 6-12 walking, swimming, or the like? Firstly, yes the tai chi form does not take that long ... Read More
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The Art of Relaxation in Tai Chi (Song)

            It is my DUTY to try to explain “Song” in a way that is understandable to a tai chi novice.  Readers with experience in tai chi are probably feeling the low vibrations of the beginning of a good belly laugh.  It is something that we practitioners are told one hundred times over the  first few years and it seems as though you can never be relaxed enough.  Secondly, how do you do something that you already thought you were doing?  ... Read More
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The Origin of Tai Chi (in 68 seconds)

              The goal of this article is to: 1) introduce you to some names and places that will eventually become critical. At some point in everyone’s development an understanding of the origin of tai chi becomes essential.  Typically you begin to be in a conversation about yoga/work/religion/running and you say; “that sounds like tai chi.”  A need arises to understand how tai chi can be related to so much simultaneously and your historical pursuit begins. 2) give you confidence in the great tradition that ... Read More
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Why Practice Tai Chi?

              Think of your favorite hobby.  Does it speak to health, exercise, fun, history, and culture?  If so, good for you.  You are going to embrace tai chi.  If not, think of tai chi as a great hobby that you can run with in any direction. Think about your favorite physical activity.  Does it cause injury?  (or) Do you get excited about tweaks or sore muscles because they are messages that you’re improving?  Is there an age when you won’t be able ... Read More