Relaxing the mind and body

Relaxing the mind and body

There are times in peoples lives, which they find it difficult to completely relax and feel good about themselves and their body. Relaxation is for sure one of the most challenging aspects of not only of our Tai Chi, but in our every day lives to overcome. Well this is the main problem, 'Overcome' why are we trying to overcome  stress, tension and all other things that prevent us from being relaxed, when this should be a normal state of mind and body for us. What have we forgot or lost along the way, when we walk the path of life.

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Tao Lou

Tao Lou

What is this wonderful art you may ask. In some short words I will do my best to explain. It is known as a small dance or the circle of the eight classical postures of Tai Chi. It can be done solo, and with a partner. 

Tao Lou covers the eight points in the Ba Gua circle, focussing in on the basic four applications of Pull down, split, shoulder and elbow, though hidden within the tao Lou are the remaining four postures, which are ward off, roll back, press and push.

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Tai Chi History of the Fan Form

Tai Chi History of the Fan Form

Due to the popularity of the Fan Form at the school, I have revised this post for you all, in case you missed it the first time round. So what is about the Fan Form that fascinates so many people, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful forms in Tai Chi and is practiced by many people all over the world,

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Grasping the sparrows tail and single whip

Grasping the sparrows tail and single whip

Seeing as so many of you have asked me for some video assistance for the form in smaller chunks, I have hopefully obliged. This short video is to help those of you who are just starting to learn the beginners form or short form. In the video I cover the, ward off, roll back, press, double push and single whip and for the first time I have tried my best to do a voice over for you.

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Video for Strike Tigers for Long form Right Side

Video for Strike Tigers for Long form Right Side

Working with the tiger appears everywhere in the forms, from embracing them, to striking them, bending the bow to shoot them and then eventually riding them. The Tiger is a powerful part of all martial arts, the practitioners of all of the martial arts take the Tigers spirit of courage, strength and mental agility and try emulate these factors into their arts, which is good. All arts such as these and Yoga are based on animal movements and the philosophy of animal life. 

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Synchronisation

Synchronisation

We spend much time during Tai Chi working on our own, even in the class room we stand alone, enjoying the company of others, but some of us are unaware of the energy exchange, which is taking place. One of the remarkable aspects of connecting with someone is the Synchronisation, of our energies, as this is how we connect to each other. I try to explain to students that we are all doing form together, on occasions we will Synchronisation,

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Tan Tien the cradle of our energy

Tan Tien the cradle of our energy

Most of you here me talk about the Tan Tien, during class, which is where our Qi is stored and formed. There are three centres in the energy lines, which we at the early stages of our Tai Chi focus on and these are the Tan Tien, which is just below the navel and then there is the middle Tan Tien, which over the solar plexus and finally the upper Tan Tien, which is over the third eye. These three energy centres are also know as the three kingdoms, or three jewels of life.

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Sinking and rooting

Sinking and rooting

During my years in Tai Chi, sinking is the word which comes to mind the most. It is the key to laying down a good foundation in Tai Chi, if you can fully understand the true meaning of sinking. The only way to learn is through practicing the forms and applying this principle. Recently I have been working with you all, regarding the principal of holding the head in the correct position, which is upright and with the chin slightly lowered.

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Step Back To Repel The Monkey

Step Back To Repel The Monkey

This a wonderful posture based on one of natures finest species. What is it about this posture that makes it seem so strong, upright and having the ability to use the entire body and mind at the same time so special. If we look and feel the posture more closely, we will notice how every single principal of Tai Chi comes together in a single movement and breath.

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