Category Archives: tai chi chuan

Centering

Centering, like other combat training exercises in Taijiquan, should not be practiced as though it were an end in itself. Always keep in mind that it is a step in a progression to building skills in Taijiquan fighting. When I … Continue reading

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Taiji Cane

During the past two years I have been developing a Taiji Cane program for Qi Elements Taijiquan curriculum. We have been teaching Taiji Saber for a while, but our saber lacked foundation. I have to admit to a serious prejudice … Continue reading

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Who are you?

Some people want to gain others’ respect, so they take out a mortgage and buy a big house. Since they can’t take their big house with them when they step outside, they take out another loan and buy a fancy … Continue reading

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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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Functional meditation, continued

Our discussion of how we can use the wisdom mind to control the emotional mind to reduce stress and achieve a calm state of mind has helped develop and refine the principle we discussed two weeks ago.  I am going … 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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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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Taiji Ball Patterns

Learning point from this week’s taiji ball practice in pushing hands seminar.  Make the ball pattern three dimensional by turning the body from side to side.  There is also another stepping pattern where you step to center and root and … Continue reading

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