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Mutual Resistance and Double Weighting

The Taiji classics warn against creating a situation of mutual resistance, also called, less clearly, double weighting. What is mutual resistance? A simple illustration would be when in pushing hands one partner is pushing and the other is responding with … Continue reading

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Change in Second Sunday Class Format

We tried something new with our 2-3 PM Sunday class today.  Instead of devoting the whole hour to Qin Na, we worked on techniques from all four categories of applications:  Qin Na (joint locking), Da (hand and elbow strikes), Ti … Continue reading

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Comparison and Competition

American culture can be very competitive.  Advertising media, to take just one example, constantly entice you to compare yourself to others and to acquire newer, flashier or more expensive things to catch up and get ahead of others.   There … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Philadelphia woman’s abduction caught on video

If you saw the video of the woman in Philadelphia being abducted, I am sure that we are all glad that she was rescued alive and apparently not seriously injured.  She is lucky because she beat the odds.  Most of … Continue reading

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It’s fight training not a waltz

Often when I see video of people performing moving pushing hands routines such as Peng Lu Ji An or Da Lu and even performing the taijiquan fighting set, it looks as if they are waltzing. The moves are smooth and … Continue reading

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Standard Application of Apparent Close-up (Yang, Chengfu’s Outdoor form)

There are several important points to watch in the standard or teaching application of this movement.  We begin by having the opponent grab your right wrist and attempt to pull you toward him.  Here the first important point is the … Continue reading

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Misunderstanding or misleading conception of “double weighting”

In yesterday’s lecture, Master Yang talked about the concept of double weighting.  The concept is sometimes misunderstood as having equal weight on each leg.  The Chinese words can be confusing.  He pointed out that the correct understanding of the Chinese … Continue reading

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Second Day of Pushing Hands Seminar

Yesterday we reviewed double pushing hands and single pushing hands moving.  Nothing much to say new about techniques 1-6 and yin coil in double.  In single pushing hand and coiling practice it is important to remember that the neutralization of … Continue reading

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Strategy in Taijiquan

I posted the following on Linkedin in response to a question about how do you think of strategy in Taijiquan: If I think of strategy in terms of dealing with physical attack by a human opponent, then strategy is first … Continue reading

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Spiraling and boring-in during centering

During tonight’s advanced Taijiquan class, I was centering with Marc on long bricks.  Since Marc has developed a good root, and I have taught him all my centering stratagems, I was having trouble with him.  I am working on a … Continue reading

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