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Taiji and other Internal Arts

(22 articles online)

 

Taijiquan (T'ai Chi) and other Internal Martial Arts Articles:


Three Speeds of Taiji

When it comes to learning Taiji everyone starts out being way too fast, not only in doing the form, but also in wanting to learn the form.


Internal Martial Arts (Q&A)

A brief Question and Answer session with well known martial artist Wong Kiew Kit.


Philosophy and Principles of Taijiquan

A philosophy subsumes principles. In taijiquan there are abundant principles to fill many inch-thick books published. All these principles tie-in with the philosophy of taiji. Taiji is the draw-string of a net of principles. To talk about principles without touching on philosophy makes for diverse beliefs and different schools


Knee Warm-Up

Knee injuries are regrettably common among martial artists and people in general. They’re stubborn and slow to heal. Using massage and self-applied acupressure, this exercise nourishes the knee with blood and qi. It can speed the repair process and, better yet, prevent injuries from occurring.


Finding Qi in Internal Martial Arts

Internal power manifests when there is a merging of physical mechanics with what we might term physical-energetic poles. In terms of the internal ­martial arts, it is the result of a ­special kind of force brought about by solving the puzzle at the core of the healing and martial arts: how to find the proper relationship be­tween energy and structure.


Enjoying Being Pushed Around

The process of learning to take punches, hits, blows, or pushes is very important to help us deepen our practice and ground us in our taiji. Unfortunately, people believe that taiji is this pretty soft style where everyone floats around and is spaced out; where no real contact or rough stuff goes on in class.


Feather Walking

Tai Chi teaches us how to walk. Every step is slow and exaggerated, so we have a chance to notice and shape every detail of the process. My students and I practice what I call feather walking to prepare us physically and mentally to do the Tai Chi sequence.


Strategies for Improving Tai Chi

To improve your tai chi you must understand the tai chi principles and practice regularly and with awareness.


What It Takes To Be An Effective Teacher

Three attributes measure your effectiveness as a tai chi (taiji) teacher: your attitude, your tai chi skills and your teaching skills.


Taiji and Music

It cannot be ignored that the authentic taijiquan which existed not too many decades ago did not have access to boom boxes much less iTunes.


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