Welcome to glacial Tai Chi!

22 April 2020

No not an ancient technique taught to me by a monk in the ice and snow of Tibet – just a suggestion from my teacher Karel Koskuba that I am finding very rewarding. Simply practice the form as slowly and as smoothly as you can – it may surprise you what you notice. Perhaps the […]

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Tai Chi if you can see it – then you can do it – but first you need to know what you are looking at!

20 April 2020

When looking at a master in life or on video it seems true to say that if you can see what is going on then you can – probably – do it (given a body that is actually capable) and only need practice to learn how to make it work. If on the other hand […]

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J-J-just jiggle it as Ronnie Barker said

16 April 2020

I find that shaking is an excellent way to loosen the body – quite vigorous to get the whole body loose and then soft and small shaking to relax the small muscles and gently open up the joints. When doing our form this is also a useful technique – a bit like trying to fit […]

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On the development of skill and how that accumulates with age

15 April 2020

I have been considering development of skill and how that accumulates with age – once you learn to ride a bike do you ever forget? Swimming, playing a musical instrument, in fact any skill once learned seems never forgotten. If not practiced we lose some measure perhaps but once a skill is acquired a little […]

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Dealing with our fight, flight, freeze reaction with Tai Chi

15 April 2020

Hysteria vs reality – our current viral pandemic reminds me somewhat of those online viruses where the message itself is the virus and we all get panicked thinking that there is a danger we cannot see. The same is true of Tai Chi where our own worst enemy is our fight, flight, freeze reaction which […]

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Never ever underestimate your own ability to not understand

15 April 2020

I have lost count of the number of times that a student has said – “but I am doing what you said” – which is actually quite rude when I can clearly see that they are not – and of course it can easily become an argument after that, so the teacher maybe tries another […]

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Practicing Tai Chi on your own

12 April 2020

We often associate meditation – especially Buddhist mind emptying – with Tai Chi and now when we are forced to practice on our own it is a good opportunity to explore meditation as an aid to our movement. Let us consider for a moment watching the birds in our garden or lemurs on a nature […]

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Using the form as a learning tool

11 April 2020

When practicing your form – whatever style and however long – it is important to consider how you practice – there are many ways. We can think of the form as a training in itself with all the benefits of slow movement, but it is also a structure from which we can learn. You may […]

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Free sessions for existing students

7 April 2020

I am deriving great benefit from my own personal practice in my garden – and am missing my usual students – what can I say Tai Chi is paradoxical! Now I know that Zoom is all the rage for classes at the moment but while it clearly helps beginners with motivation and engagement – I […]

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Training on your own

5 April 2020

Some simple training tips I have found useful: Pick a part of your body to focus on – legs, arms, hips, shoulders or whatever then do your exercises and form while focusing on them trying to keep that part 50% relaxed. Then do the same while working with your lower abdomen – tantien. Read a […]

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