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Protecting and Nurturing Your Spirit

The practice of Taijiquan and Qigong should not be confined to the classroom or the training ground because these arts art not just a classroom exercise; they are a way of life. By living according to their principles, you learn … Continue reading

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Preparing for autumn’s arrival

As you know, autumn will be arriving soon.  The Yin organ that bears the burden of the seasonal changes from late summer to autumn is the lungs, and the corresponding Yang organ is the large intestine.  Past experience shows that … Continue reading

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What every young girl should know

If there is a teenage or pre-teen girl in your life that you love, please consider showing her the video at this link and having a discussion with her about what to do if she ever is faced with a … Continue reading

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Sayings of the Taiji Classics applied to partner work

Here is the handout I used today in the special Sunday class on pushing hands.  We went over the five learning points in centering and pushing hands exercises.  Many of the points, of course, also apply to solo form. Sayings … Continue reading

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Alertness and Awareness

My master often mentions the principles of alertness and awareness when he talks about martial spirit.  As an assistant Scoutmaster, I stressed the same ideas to the Scouts.  What I observe, however, is that many of us in the human … Continue reading

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Hit the Books

I’m taking the opportunity of Monday’s day off at the YMAA Retreat Center to rest my body and hit the books.  Does “hit the books” sound strange for a post in a blog about Taijiquan and Qigong?  It shouldn’t.  The … 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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Root and Fa Jin

It is very common for students of Taijiquan to lose their root when they begin training Fa Jin or power manifestation. When I watch my students first try punching the BOB (Body Opponent Bag) with power or striking with Taiji … Continue reading

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Can’t find the time?????

Sorry, I have neglected my blog recently. I could say that I couldn’t find the time to blog. You often hear people say that they “can’t find the time.” But that expression would not be accurate in my case just … Continue reading

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The Concept of Functional Meditation

In Qigong practice (which you know includes Taijiquan–martial qigong) we learn to use the wisdom mind to regulate the emotional mind. Persons who let their emotional mind run without regulation can be constantly buffeted about by the external and even … Continue reading

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