While practicing, you are relaxed, aligned, your movements are smooth, deliberate. In other words, you are actively maintaining your tai chi composure. The question is, when do you stop? Do you turn your tai chi on when you practice the form, and turn it off when you stop? Do you turn it off when class … Continue reading When Do You Turn Your Tai Chi Off?
Tai chi is a mirror for life. Your practice can be a mirror for your life. But the effect goes both ways. What is showing up in your life will show up in your practice. The qualities you cultivate in your practice will show up in your life. Reflection and correction go hand … Continue reading How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything
There are many ideas about how to develop good fighting skills. My experience has revealed the following three principles common to good kung fu practice. Good kung fu is both powerful and effortless. Naturally it should be practiced the same way. If there is an uncomfortable strain being exerted anywhere in your body it is … Continue reading Three Principles of Kung Fu
A good teacher should not teach by adding but by taking away. Learning tai chi is not a process of adding skills but of removing inhibitions to reveal the natural virtue of the body's functioning.
To learn how to do something, make it as easy as possible for yourself. When it becomes so easy that you become bored with it, you will naturally want to increase the intensity. If you let the natural learning process proceed in this way, your skill will progress automatically, without any conscious striving. In tai chi this is … Continue reading How to Learn Anything, the Tai Chi Way