Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Yi is not a "belief of mind", it is an "intent of mind"

It is not Master Hwa's "belief" that he is sweeping Toms leg...it is his Yi or "intent" on the edge of his right leg to sweep Tom. 

In a well-known book that uses prestigious academic/scientific credentials, the author states that there is sometimes a need to completely dispense with the scientific framework of Tai Chi. There is also a statement that rational thinking in so many words needs to be turned off and rely on intuition and imagination. The Tai Chi Classics are even quoted as saying "Belief or Mind move the Qi". 

I have to say the correct use is that Yi or intent of mind moves the Qi for it is certainly not belief, intuition or imagination that can get the job done.  One cannot say for instance my “belief” or even my “belief” in my palm allowed me to strike the opponent. However, If I say my intent to strike with the edge of my hand allowed me to strike the opponent there is undoubtedly a better outcome in the offing. 

There are big problems that occur and reoccur with this type of thinking which unfortunately permeates modern day Tai Chi.  Stephen Hwa Ph.D. addresses these problems in his book “Uncovering the Treasure”:

“ Modern Tai Chi teaching has been shrouded in ethereal language as if logical thinking and scientific analysis do not apply to Tai Chi. Without a rational framework, Tai Chi practice has degenerated into multitudes of forms with no relevance to the original intent of the practice. Many of them have movements that could cause problems for the practitioner rather than improve their health.”

Monday, September 24, 2018

Why one does not have internal motion, internal energy and internal discipline in everyday activities?

"Having good technique in Classical Tai Chi is very important. Learning forms correctly will gradually change how you move during your day for a more healthful posture." Master Stephen Hwa

It occurred to me  as I was driving the car yesterday and then today while washing the dishes that most people really do learn Tai Chi for other than martial art reasons. Then I remembered Master Stephen Hwa's article on "Yi, Martial Art Intention" from the Classical Tai Chi Forum, October 2003 Then today's practice with the "Square Form" really drove the nail home.  WHAT WE DO IN EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES MOST OFTEN HAS NO REAL "INTENTION" OF MOVEMENT AKA DOING THINGS MINDLESSLY, IT IS NO WONDER PEOPLE CANNOT INTEGRATE THE TAI CHI MOVEMENT INTO THEIR EVERYDAY LIFE.

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Classics: If opponents raise up, I seem taller

Tai Chi Classics say: "If you look up it seems higher", "If the opponent raises up, I seem taller", etc.  One has to take this into account when they are both doing form and applications. It is "by the same token" in both Tai Chi Application and Tai Chi Form practice, even though most think they are at opposites. Because I am much taller, I will be able to crush down on Master Stephen Hwa during application if his body structure is not good. If I'm not a "winner" in the execution of Form practice I will be a "loser" in the execution of an application.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Liked on YouTube: Tai Chi Exercises for Knee Pain or Arthritis. Improve Your Knee (Enhanced)

Tai Chi Exercises for Knee Pain or Arthritis. Improve Your Knee (Enhanced)
Classical Tai Chi Form is designed to keep healthy knee. Those measures to keep knee healthy are illustrated here and should be used for everyday life. For more information see https://ift.tt/2wuNs8q See our website for other training: Introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi - https://ift.tt/2vBxltp Tai Chi Martial Arts Application - https://ift.tt/2wupeew Tai Chi Internal Discipline - https://ift.tt/2wuNs8q Tai Chi Health Benefits - https://ift.tt/2vBzghu Tai Chi DVD Library - https://ift.tt/2wuoqX1 Online School: https://ift.tt/2OfwbtJ First Online Video Tai Chi Class: https://ift.tt/2A8C8Wt
via YouTube https://youtu.be/kfyPm-NPSZI

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Online course on round and square forms

So excited to be working on my newest Small Circle Classical #TaiChi online courses teaching the 108 long form! This course will teach small form in a way that speeds up the learning process. Since it's online, you can use a variety of internet-connected devices to learn.

Meanwhile, here is a link to my first online course. The info here will help you with the upcoming one.http://www.classicaltaichi.com/healthandstrength.htm

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Liked on YouTube: Small vs Large Circle Tai Chi Forms

Small vs Large Circle Tai Chi Forms
Illustrates the basic differences between Tai Chi Small Circle or Frame forms vs Large Circle or Frame forms.
via YouTube https://youtu.be/iPfi2ImZrss

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What martial art is the most dangerous?

Notice I did not say the worlds' deadliest, the most deadly, the most dangerous and when we put those modifiers in most would think of how they can really hurt someone else.  But what if you hurt yourself when doing your martial art?  As Master Stephen Hwa once said paraphrased: "...all the opponent has to do is wait till you hurt yourself, then they can step in and do the job..."

So, in keeping the discussion going on what transpires in the latest Classical Tai Chi video course at "Teachable" as we wrote in our last post:

What martial art is the most dangerous?

We hear from a 1988 article in which a sports medicine physician breaks down common injuries by style.  No surprise but Tai Chi is much healthier than other martial arts. Of course, you also have to do Tai Chi correctly to not hurt yourself.  Classical Tai Chi is the most admirable in this regard since it relies on moving from the core, "internal discipline" which does not involve the use of shoulders and other joints in detrimental movements.

Martial art shoulder injury at age 74 doing Tai Chi?

I cringe as I write this as one reads of a 74-year-old Tai Chi practitioner who has shoulder arthritis.  He also does Wing Chun and punches concrete walls in his practice.  Well, what more need be said about learning "internal discipline" in Tai Chi, Tai Chi has to be good for health as well as martial arts, and it does not involve punching concrete walls.

Pitfalls of external movement

I include some injury statistics here from NIH: The new online course "Martial Origins of Tai Chi" (Classical Tai Chi at Teachable.com)
discusses how virulent "pitfalls of external" the injuries in external martial arts are. Participants Ike Schultz and yours truly both studied Karate, Tae Kwon Do to Black Belt level and saw first hand how external movement in Kata, sparring exercises, etc. would cause injury because of "snapping" movements and "stopping" or it is called "pulling" the punch or kick whereas Classical Tai Chi moves slowly but teaches to punch or kick "all the way through" with no gaps, stops or snaps in the energy. The NIH reports on how many injuries in martial arts like Karate as well as their most likely commonality:
"The hand/wrist was the most common area injured (53%), followed by the shoulder/upper arm (27%) and the forearm/elbow (19%). Joint sprains/muscle strains were the most frequent injuries reported overall (47%), followed by abrasions/bruises (26%). ... Injuries may result in chronic upper extremity symptoms."

Monday, March 26, 2018

New Online Video Courses to complement "Face to Face" teaching

We will be continuing our discussions at the Blog but in the meantime, enjoy our older posts and:  
Come to our face to face classes once or twice a week at rock bottom prices. The Spring sale means our 1st month of studio-class (face to face) is packaged along with Master Hwa's 1st online video instruction course in Internal Discipline. Both are included in one initial payment for the first month when you enroll online. The first online video course payment is set at $27 and subsequent online courses at that same amount. Along with that, the face to face classes are only $25 per month. One might well think they are getting both for the low price of $52 per month. You will have videos from which to learn and reference with the added bonus of an experienced teacher to monitor and/or critique your progress in person.
Please go to http://www.classicaltaichiofbuffalo.com/live_classes to enroll in Master Hwa's class and register for ours.