Monthly Archives: February 2012

Internal Gardens Tai Chi Is All About Good Energy – Our Sash Graduations are No-Stress

When people hear “Sash Graduation” at a tai chi school, they fear that they will have to get up in front of a group of people and perform while under intense scrutiny. Nothing is further from this than a Typical Sash Graduation at Internal Gardens Tai Chi (Diamond-Plus Members at the NJ Tai Chi location)….

No Time to Practice Tai Chi? No Problem! Here’s 5 Things You Can Do Instead:

I try to remind my students that real tai chi chuan (taijiquan) practice is not about fixating on memorizing the form. A lot of people will never understand this. But the ones that do, soar like eagles. My teacher, Master Jou Tsung Hwa, always emphasized that the highest form of tai chi practice was if…

What Does “Tai Chi Chuan” Mean, and Why is It Also Spelled as “Taijiquan?”

“Tai chi chuan” 太極拳 – casually referred to as “tai chi” – is a deep, meditative, internal Chinese practice. At its original core, it is a martial art, but is nowadays commonly practiced and taught in a manner that strengthens and promotes the mind/body health of dedicated practitioners. Though a myriad of people – several millions…

3 Easy Ways to Understand Yin & Yang in all Your Tai Chi Moves

One of the great old founding masters of tai chi chuan (taijiquan), Wang Zong Yue, stated in his tai chi classic, known as the Taijiquan Jing: “Yin cannot be separated from yang and vice-versa.  When yin and yang complement each other, you will interpret the tenacious energy, or dongjing, correctly.”  Dongjing translates to “the energy…

Master Jou on: “All Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan) is a Torso Method Art”

What is meant by the phrase, “All tai chi chuan (taijiquan) is to be done as a Torso Method?” The old masters of the traditional Chinese internal arts – such as tai chi chuan (taijiquan, baguazhang, xingyiquan, etc) mentioned the crucial skill of using the body as a whole unit.  Not only does this give…

Master Jou’s 3 Taoist Rules for Making Progress in Tai Chi (or anything else for that matter!)

Master Jou taught mentioned three Taoist rules of success that helped him develop an incredible life, despite having survived a brutal war and experiencing the resulting deaths of family and friends. He lost everything he had in his homeland China in World War II. He had to reinvent his life as he fled to Taiwan….

Tai Chi Has Withstood the Test of Time as an Effective Stress Management Program

The ancient art of tai chi neutralizes the number one destroyer of your health and lifespan – stress. All the money in the world can’t buy you a peaceful mind and more years of your life. So tai chi may be the wisest investment you’ll ever make, as for centuries it’s been granting its adherents…

How to Properly Do a Twist Step, Like in Yang Tai Chi Brush Knee Twist Step – No More Hurt Knees!

Too many people hurt their knees in tai chi. I never could understand this, as I took up tai chi to CURE a knee injury! One day I finally understood why people were getting hurt. The culprit was improper execution of “twist steps.” When you twist-step, you need to make sure about a few things….

Treat Nausea, Vertigo, Motion Sickness, Morning Sickness and Dizziness Naturally with This Acupoint

For millennia, the Chinese have relied on natural methods of healthcare, like acupuncture, to treat a vast array of health complaints. But you don’t need needles to gently stimulate the points yourself with acupressure (instead of acupuncture). A common acupoint to self-treat in symptoms of nausea as in conditions of vertigo, motion sickness, morning sickness,…

How to Structure Your Ribs and Energy in Tai Chi (taijiquan)

Few practitioners nowadays abide by the Tai Chi Classics – the founding principles of the art of tai chi chuan (taijiquan).  One such principle is the first of WuYuXiang’s “13 Torso Methods” of traditional taijiquan.  It is the principle of “han xiong.” Hanxiong is necessary for developing Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on…