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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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Readings from the Classics

We are due for a new classics passage for the white board in the studio.  Reading Yang Ban Hou’s next thesis, I see that his thoughts are getting too complex for our many beginner students.  I will have to go … Continue reading

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Feeling Peng

Tonight we practiced with our new students in the beginning class an exercise I call “feeling peng.”  One persons stands in a peng posture such as ward off left and another pushes on the first person’s wrist.   It occurred … Continue reading

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Normal Abdominal Breathing (NAB)

We covered NAB last evening during the first session of the new series The Inner Structure of Taiji.  When students start Taijiquan or Qigong training, one of the first changes I try to make in their lifestyle is the switch … Continue reading

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