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The moves have names. Some of them are pretty and poetic like ‘Wave hands like clouds’ or ‘Grasp the bird’s tail’. Some of them are blunt ‘brush knee and push’ or ‘deflect downward, parry and punch’. And some are just strange ‘single whip’ or ‘separation of right foot’. No matter if they are coherent or not, all the names have meaning. They are part of the instruction. The name points the way to the fullest expression of the movement. Some ...

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Connection

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When we connect to another person there is risk. We become exposed. Through that connection we create a pathway through which information is exchanged. This can be frightening. It can leave us feeling vulnerable. It can trigger all sorts of things. And it often puts us in touch with our baseline unresolved emotions. We can see this in our practice. If we push hands and refuse to connect, constantly try to control our partner and attempt to be on the ...

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Pieces

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We have a tendency to break things down into smaller pieces. In some cases tis is valuable. Attempting to swallow a cow or even a chicken could prove fatal. Chemistry and physics seek to find the basic elements which comprise the universe, the smallest discernible parts of the biggest thing we know. And we don’t teach children to read with Heidegger. So it makes sense to break things down into manageable pieces. But often we forget the pieces are part ...

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Balance

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We are inundated with people talking about balance. There is tons of information telling us to balance our lives, our diets, our emotions, our busy lives, our portfolio, etc., etc….ad nauseam. We are given strategies and tips for balance. It’s a great buzz word. But there is little discussion as to what balance is, how it works or is achieved. It’s discussed as a goal, an achievement. But that is only one idea about balance. And it’s a bad one. ...

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Instructions

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One of the most difficult things in training is to follow instructions. Often we think we know things we don’t. We may have a cognitive understanding, or a rough idea. But this is a different type of information. It is not experience, skill or physical comprehension. Or we may have learned something “just like” what we are learning now, or have seen something like it before. But this is not experience. Nor is it skill. These things are all obstacles ...

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Polarities

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In practicing Tai Chi we are concerned with yin/yang. This is the most basic illustration of polar relationships. When considering yin/yang many fundamental aspects of polar opposites become evident. The first thing is that polarities are always relative. There is no essential yin just as there is no essential down. Yin relates to yang as down relates to up. They are connected and mutually dependent. They cannot exist independently. They are always in comparison to one another.  They are not ...

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Sipmlicity and Ease

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There is often confusion with simplicity and ease. In our practice, there are many things which are simple: stepping, punches, coiling, weight shifting, yin/yang, rooting, etc… All simple. These are not difficult things to grasp. But that doesn’t make them easy. This is often a problem within our perception. For if simple = easy, then complex = difficult. And while the latter is somewhat true, I think the simple is more difficult than the complex. (The mind reels….) for the ...

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