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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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Taijiquan free fighting

It takes a long time to train up for Taijiquan free fighting. There are a lot of intermediate steps between Taiji form and Taiji free fighting–centering, sticking and adhering, stationary and moving pushing hands, silk reeling yin and yang coiling, … 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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Coiling Practice

This morning we began the pushing hands seminar in the advanced group with solo coiling exercise done stationary, rocking and stepping. You use one hand to coil yin or yang over the other and then push or pluck. Important points … Continue reading

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Seeking Taiji Knowledge

I am always puzzled to meet people who call themselves taijiquan practitioners but do not know the name Yang, Jwing Ming. I think that is like calling yourself a physicist and not knowing about Robert Oppenheimer or Enrico Fermi. If … Continue reading

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Entering the Taiji Circle

Yang Ban Hou’s thesis on the Taiji Circle states that it is easy to retreat from the circle but hard to enter it. The Taiji Circle is short range fighting, at a distance where you can stick to your opponent … Continue reading

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