Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Knowing and learning can be a first step in building confidence.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Friday, April 3, 2015
In T'ai Chi Push Hands (Tui Shou), I learned how to sense the center of a partner and thus to uproot him, all the while keeping my center and root. Ken Gullette points out how easy it is to defeat an attacker, once you know T'ai Chi principles of posture and movement and also grasp the spirit and practice of self defense.
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The forms are a means of practicing the body mechanics to make the applications powerful.This point is an important lesson from Ken Gullette about the fact that practice doesn't just make perfect but it also makes powerful. This is Roll Back and Press, applied in self defense. Notice, too, that in a movement like Single Whip, there can be multiple applications: from the sweeping right arm, to the parry with the left arm and punch (press) with the right hand. To learn T'ai Chi martial arts, it helps to watch instructional videos, but be sure to learn by practicing it with a friend or classmate.