Statue of Chen Wangting at ChengiagouI was intrigued by a story on the radio recently of a western freediver who went to learn from Japanese pearl divers – whose only advice was ” get in the water and dive”

It reminded me of the only advice I got while in the Chen village ” relax and sink, practice the form”

While it does not appear that simple from our western deconstructionist viewpoint – it actually is – as I am finding yet again with my golf. In a lesson today with my coach I found that I need to relax and sink my right hip and my right shoulder. So there is an element of learning which bits need to relax and sink – but only because they are the tense bits in the first place – if you just relax and sink everything then you can move naturally.

There comes a point where you have to make it your own – as my Karate teacher Vince Morris used to say “wear your Karate like your own suit of clothes”.

I more and more appreciate Chen Wangting’s nickname of Chen the Tablet – so named for his upright and no doubt relaxed and sinking posture.


My 2nd golf lesson yesterday – chipping to the green – this time using hips – just as in Tai Chi with some conscious adjustment needed to accommodate the mechanics of the club but basically pulling it through from the centre as one pulls a sword or ones arms in silk reeling – controlling power and body position by sensitivity of the feeling. Ultimately a case of creating an intention ( to put the ball in the hole ) and then letting the unconscious mind/body get on with it. A good example of a complex action requiring consistent perfection – achieved with mindfulness and simplification according to basic principles – very much like practicing a Tai Chi form – with instructor James providing skilled correction and an excellent example to model – good fun!

Golf lessons!


Never having played golf in my life I had my first golf lesson on Thurs last week and did some practice on my own yesterday – it was interesting to note how loose I need to hold my shoulders to putt properly. And to turn about the chest chakra. Very Sung and soft with a very light grip so that the putter is like a soft extension of the arm – and the arm/putter swing from the body like a flexible pendulum – a weight on a rope pulled by the body movement.

I managed to sink 2 out of 4 from – 4 feet, 7 feet and 14 feet and left with a sense of being able to recognise when I get it right – quite satisfying.

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To contact James at Mount Pleasant Golf Club – click here.

I had some thoughts recently about Tai Chi in life a general sense and put some notes together – there are 3 quite short pieces which may provoke further thought :

Application of Tai Chi practice to other activities, e.g. golf, swimming, football, manual work etc

How Tai Chi links to Western models of medicine, biology, neuro-science, quantum physics, psychology etc

Levels of exercise – why not go all out?

In addition we have several new links to interesting videos on Youtube – click here to see more

You can put Tai Chi into anything!

25 October 2011

I have noticed over the years that I have had a number of students with sporting interests – such as golf or running – who have told me of their improved sporting performance following a period of Tai Chi practice. I think the first I remember was one who said he reduced his handicap by […]

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