Sunday, December 8, 2019 He will tell you himself: To an untrained eye what you see as "continuous" movement is an illusion.Doing the Lions share of repairing the hole where logical reasoning disappeared, "righting the ship" and saving Tai Chi.

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Classical Tai Chi is an the "untrained eye"

He will tell you himself: To the eye of a body/mind not trained with "internal discipline", what you see at the Facebook video link is an illusion. What you see is really the illusion of continuous movement and the untrained eye does not see the Yin/Yang (not moving/moving) of each movement. First you learn that Yin/Yang for each move then connect the moves. Other than that and one is dancing no better than training for the "Prom".New free Tai Chi classes, starting Jan. 8, 2020, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Free classes also continuing Sundays 10-11 AM. Rockwell Hall, Room 302, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Bflo., NY. Prior registration for class is mandated at

Sunday, December 1, 2019

"Ordinary Force" v. "Non-ordinary Force"

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Jim R. said: New free Tai Chi classes now available Wed., Jan. 8, 2020, 6:30-7:30 PM and free classes also continuing Sundays 10-11 AM. Rockwell Hall, Rm., 302, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Bflo., NY. Try this little experiment: "Ordinary Force" can be felt if you stand absolutely perpendicular and push with your arms as hard as possible against a wall. The "reaction force" will make you careen backward. In this video, I am in a discussion about the pitfalls of external ("ordinary") force with Master Hwa, Tom K., and Ike Schultz. What Ike says about the "snapping" REACTION FORCE effect on the shoulder joint when punching is also true of "snapping" REACTION FORCE effect on knees and hips when kicking. So, doesn't logic also dictate "ordinary" force stopping at the hips when pushing with the back leg? Stand with the same hand position but not using arm muscles to push, just legs. It can be felt if you stand perfectly perpendicular and push with your legs as hard as possible through your arms and hands against a wall. The "REACTION FORCE" will make you careen back as well.

Jim R. said: "There is a thing called "NON-ORDINARY" Force that is not "external" and is a skill to be learned via internal discipline. The comment at this point might be, "but what if I take a large step forward and tilt my body forward?" Of course, you won't careen back because the "Reaction Force" is absorbed by the back foot...but your force is still "external and ordinary". The conundrum is how to take a "SMALL" step (small frame, small circle), tilt the body forward or even stand perpendicular like Master Hwa in this photo...and not careen back from "reaction force". He used the "non-ordinary" force."

Adarsh Vazhakandy said: "clear explanation. this student has grasped the essence of internal power"

Friday, November 1, 2019

A push is no push unless it's ordinsry

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Note that Tom is going upward as well as going backward with the punch. In light of that, I would not bet any money make the stereotype remark and say this is a "push".  If it was a push then Dr. Hwa would be pushed back by a reaction force. "Push" yourself back from the wall for yourselves and note the reaction. The reaction force from a push is a hallmark of ordinary force. The reaction force of ordinary force is also in accord with Newton's 3rd Law. You know this as every action having an equal and opposite reaction. He is doing a punch that uses 1/4 body internal discipline. There would be a reaction force if his punch did not adhere to the following path: Relax arm,  Tense arm, Relax the arm and he is able to do this because force comes from the core and not external (arms and legs). So, is his 1/4 body "punch" in violation of Newton's 3rd law or not?   There is logical and scientific reasoning at work here. In Classical Tai Chi We are doing Lion's share of repairing the hole where logical reasoning disappeared, "righting the ship" and saving Tai Chi.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

R.F. revs up for momentum by turning pelvis and swinging the arm BUT just before hitting the ball he stabilizes the pelvis and engaged "upper body turning move" a Hallmark of Classical Tai Chi internal discipline. the Lions share of repairing the hole where logical reasoning disappeared, "righting the ship" and saving Tai Chi.

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Play tennis like "grasping a peacock's tail" 

Stephen Hwa:  

"I was a tennis player from a very young age. My game
started going downhill when I was approaching forty
years of age. That was when I started to learn Tai Chi.
As I was beginning to master the Internal Discipline in
my Tai Chi Form practice in my fifties, my tennis game
started to improve rapidly. It eventually reached a level
way beyond my younger years. Take some specific
moves as examples: I did not learn the proper technique
to volley at the net when I was young. Later, I found my
upper quarter-body push move is exactly the correct
move for a volley, described by tennis pros as a "punch"
move. The body turning move in "Grasp Peacock's Tail"
greatly improved my two-handed backhand. Overall,
my moves were much more natural, powerful and I had
a faster response on the court, as if I had rebuilt myself
from ground up into an entirely different person with
physical and mental abilities beyond my youthful years."