For beginning students who have never been exposed to T'ai Chi Chih before, Rocking Motion is one of the most difficult movements in the series for them in which to experience "softness and continuity" early on. Instead, they frequently experience balance problems, momentum challenges and locked knees. So, to address these issues, before moving I have taken to starting the first class out with a multi-sensory tactile exploration of softness. Read more
Continuity - "Push Pull" and "Rocking Motion" Through the Lens of Expansion and Contraction
Another aspect of feeling the chi more strongly in Push Pull has to do with the palms at the backward flowing transition point of the movement. What I have observed is that practitioners loose out on the full power of both this movement and Rocking Motion by turning the hands around too soon, prior to completing the backward weight shift. Read more
Wrist Vitality - Feeling the Chi
When practicing TCC, one of the essential elements to enhanced "chi" circulation in my experience is found within the wrists and knowing how to engage them in various movements. Read more
Tension vs. Form: How do we distinguish between the two via the forward-backward weight shift?
Recently a senior T’ai Chi Chih practitioner mentioned that she was no longer lifting up the front foot completely via the backward weight shift, as this seemed to be more relaxing for the foot. Her approach provoked an exciting internal exploration. Read more
Adjustments and Jellyfish
Last year I taught a particularly challenging T’ai Chi Chih class. I suppose one could equate the discomfort I experienced with my rowdy students to a notion of form and formlessness and raise the question again (an ongoing one for me): Where is the form in the formless? Where is the formless in the form? Read more
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