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Taiji and other Internal Arts

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


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.


Basic Principles of Chen Style Taijiquan

This basic teaching emphasizes the necessity of mind training in Taiji Quan, and reminds us of the ultimate goal of health and kindness in our practice.


Yiquan Combat and Health Sitting Postures

Sitting postures were developed because of the inability to predict when an attack would be initiated. Practitioners had to be ready to counter an attack at any time, whether standing, or sitting. In modern China, sitting postures are also used for enhancing health.


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