Saturday, February 10, 2018

Liked on YouTube: The Walk

The Walk For lower body movement, the power from the abdomen and back is transmitted through the pelvis to the legs. Visualize that the pelvis is an extension of the leg. To take a step, use the abdomen and back to lift the pelvis, which in turn lifts the leg. Move the foot forward and stretch the pelvis downward until the foot is fully planted. All of these movements are internally driven with the upper body remaining still. Then, the foot will pull the body forward to complete the step.
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Liked on YouTube: The Block

The Block The arm and shoulder are relaxed with no movement relative to each other. The motion is entirely driven internally. In addition, other parts of the body are essentially not moving serving as the supporting structure for this movement. Another example of this upper-quarter body movement is the blocking motion.
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Liked on YouTube: The Push

The Push Pushing the right hand forward with the arm and shoulder is an external movement. Internal movement uses the abdomen and the back moving the entire upper-quarter of the body, including the arm and hand, forward.
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Liked on YouTube: The Turn

The Turn Turning of the upper body with the feet stationary is usually carried out by crossing the legs. This is a weak external move with little power, balance and stability. An internal move centers on the waist using the power of the abdomen and back while the pelvis and the legs essentially are not moving.
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Liked on YouTube: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics | Robert Wright & Dan Harris [The Wright Show]

Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics | Robert Wright & Dan Harris [The Wright Show]
01:03 Dan’s new book, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics 08:52 The liberation of realizing you’re crazy (and so is everyone else) 17:59 Why Dan gave names to his inner voices 29:48 Dan’s 10% Happier meditation app 42:35 Dan: One minute of mindfulness meditation a day can be enough 47:01 Applying the Buddhist metaphor of the “second arrow” to everyday life 52:20 Meditating without losing your edge Robert Wright (, The Evolution of God, Nonzero, Why Buddhism Is True) and Dan Harris (Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics, 10% Happier) Recorded on December 27, 2017 Join the conversation on Subscribe to the YouTube channel: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow our RSS feed:
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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

I'd like to say that everyone I have taught over the years including advanced students and teachers, needs to remember to look down a couple of times and check which direction their feet are pointing in, each time they practice. In moves where the feet are supposed to be parallel, a toe even slightly out here, a toe out there and I recall images in my mind of each student I've taught being reminded consistently to point their feet in the forward direction. The phrase "...feet are parallel..." is more than just talking about it. Now here are some of Master Hwa's practice reminders from the Classical Tai Chi Forum that mesh with his recent videos on keeping the knees and back healthy:
"I wish to reemphasize some of the points in the video to help you visualize and think about key elements of practice.
In the instructional video one has to be concerned with many aspects of the position of the body. Two of primary importance are the (Master Hwa has changed this to "stretch the tailbone down" in his videos) tuck in and the knee over toe Tuck in or bringing the pelvis forward and up is easy to forget when you are thinking about all the other aspects of practicing tai chi. Yet it is of utmost importance. If done correctly then the practice of tai chi will alleviate lower back problems. If not done, then the movement can exacerbate lower back problems.
Knee over toe eventually can harm or injure the knee. Your step size can more or less determine whether your knee will go over the toe. The step size in the video with the front foot heel even with the back foot toe should normally avoid the problem of unconsciously bending the knee over the toe.
If you have a knee problem to start with,, you should try to use an even smaller step size. Keep the front foot heel just behind the back foot toe until your knee feels more comfortable. With such small step size you can till learn the form movements and develop the Internal Discipline."

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Master Hwas Square Form Instructions analyzed and excerpted here by Sifu Jim Roach.Students do these wrong and miss the martial intent and ultimate application of the movement: The "hand has to end up in line with the curve of the elbow" as in photo 3, otherwise, it is out of position to have intent on the fingertips thus able to strike upward to the throat. These 4 photos represent movements at the end of Posture 2 and the beginning of posture 3 of the square form. I see students get the position of the elbow wrong in the 3rd photo. They do not draw in the elbow by keeping it down but allowing it to rise to a right angle, sometimes to the level of the shoulder. 
One key is the right palm becomes centered, behind left palm but IT IS ALSO IN LINE WITH THE CURVE OF THE LEFT ELBOW, then after the shift of the body forward into posture 3, we can talk about "the right elbow pull slightly down and out, causing the right hand to slide slightly to the right"

Monday, October 9, 2017

Delineation between moving and non-moving in Classical Tai Chi

In the above video the movements of the Square Form are crisp, resolute and due to what we see as a "delineation" between what is moving and not moving:
Is this Yin/Yang symbol, a white figure on a gray figure or a gray figure on a white? Is this what one might call "ambiguous"? Yet, when not caught up in ambiguity we see a yin-yang "pair", clearly delineated. The Classical Tai Chi Square Form has this "delineation" as its primary purpose and it is our "template" for learning the "Round". This is necessary because most of us move instinctively, one might say "ambiguously".
Most do not understand the fact that our bodies have segments, we are naturally segmented but have never learned how to use it. One part of the body moves, the other part is non-moving, this has to be taught to the conscious mind but as Stephen Hwa states in his book "Uncovering the Treasure", the subconscious also has its role: "We gradually absorb the essence of the forms and shapes we practice into our subconscious. Eventually, every move we make will instinctively follow the way." Note he says we will not continue to move instinctively, ambiguously but that the moves we make will "...instinctively follow the way..."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Liked on YouTube: Tai Chi Exercises for Lower Back Pain. Improve Your Spine & Back

Tai Chi Exercises for Lower Back Pain. Improve Your Spine & Back
Classical Tai Chi Form is designed to keep a healthy spine and healthy back. This video shows those key considerations to achieve this. Many examples are shown here. For more information see: See our website for other training: Introduction to Wu Style Tai Chi - Tai Chi Martial Arts Application - Tai Chi Internal Discipline - Tai Chi Health Benefits - Tai Chi DVD Library -
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