Monthly Archives: May 2012

Wearing Glasses or Bifocals Can Mess Up Your Tai Chi – Here’s How to Turn it Around and Make Progress Instead!

Think that a good pair of eyeglasses helps you learn tai chi better? Guess again! You may be surprised to know that simple things – like wearing bifocals or trifocals – can train your body and energy to cause more harm than good! Find out how Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

Why are acupuncture charts labeled differently with acupoints “mislabled” or inconsistent?

No, you are not imagining it. YES, there are acupuncture charts that label points differently. This happened to me several times while teaching acupressure self-help to my tai chi NJ students. I use a textbook that is used in Chinese and in American acupuncture schools (text translated into English). But I also have laminated acupoint…

How to Add More Whole-Body Power to Your Tai Chi Opening Posture – Yang Tai Chi Example

Your tai chi is like garden soil – the more balanced nutrients it contains, the more nourishing will be your harvest. So learn ways to “power up” your tai chi so that you can get all the good health, wisdom, qi and self-defense (both physical and “psychic”) training from it that you possibly can! Below,…

4+ Tips to Easily Learn Tai Chi from Video or Tai Chi Book Sketches

Tai chi videos and tai chi books seem like good tools to help you learn. Sadly, the opposite often happens: people realize they can’t follow the videos/books, so they quit. This does not need to happen! I’m going to share with you, 4 tips on video, and one extra written tip at the end of…

Chen Tai Chi 6 Sealings and 4 Closings Application

Here’s an alternative tai chi application for 6 Sealings and 4 Closings, as done in the Chen tai chi expressed from the Jou Tsung Hwa lineage of taijiquan. It’s a little different than the standard way the modern Chen tai chi family uses their Six Sealings and Four Closings application: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this…

Yang Tai Chi Brush Knee & Twist Step Application

Below is a possible way to use “Brush Knee & Twist Step” for self-defense.  Make sure to do the twist step correctly and “seal” the arm of the opponent.  This short video shows you the nuances: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share…

The tai chi martial arts use of the triangular arms shape and the rooster stance

The triangle tai chi “wedge” shape in the arms is used a lot in taijiquan. The rooster stance (legs) works in similar ways. Watch the tai chi video below to see why these stances are so important for tai chi applications and martial arts self-defense use. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook…

Reviewing the secrets of Taoist/Daoist “Breathing Without Breathing” Qi Cultivation of Jou Tsung Hwa lineage

Enjoy your video below. It will review the “breathing without breathing” technique from very old Daoist philosophy and how to apply it in your tai chi form.  The idea is to remove so many of the manmade rules of breathing, and just focus on the dantian compressions and expansions.  Most folks struggle with this because…