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Every day is a school day

I'm a student of T'ai Chi Ch'uan & Qigong, I've spent the last 16 years learning, studying & practising. I recall how challenging it was for me initially learning the basic 'steps'. I remember thinking “If I stick at this & practice daily it will get easier....” I've never been more wrong about anything in my life!

Yet herein lies the joy of the everlasting journey, the process of continuous refinements, peeling away the layers of the proverbial onion. …

Lily the Pink

Some of you may be old enough to remember the song by the group Scaffold - Lily the Pink. "She invented a medicinal compound efficacious in every case".  What you may not know is that the song was about Lilian Pinkham who was an American "Snake Oil Seller" in the latter part of the 19th century. She did indeed invent a "medicinal compound" and sold it all over America as a miracle cure for everything. …

Energies

What do Catherine the Great, Vlad the Impaler and Kermit the Frog have in common?

They all share the same middle name. ("the"). What do Chi Ball, Aqua Chi and Reiki have in common? They all found they could make easy money with the minimum amount of training and experience. The Chi Ball and Aqua Chi come off the back of T'ai Chi with the magic word Chi attached. …

Zaha Hadid

The death of Zaha Hadid, the Iranian architect, was announced earlier this year. Zaha designed Maggies Cancer Care Centre in Kirkcaldy Fife. The building itself is the epitome of the  two great and primal energies of T'ai Chi - Yin and Yang. On the outside the building is black and angular with a rough surface, representing the traditional Fife industries of coal mining and shipbuilding. …

Further Musings

In my last blog, I told a bit of a porky. Just a little porky mind you, but I thought I'd better own up and explain it here. In my last blog I said that "Grasp the Birds Tail" was the most important posture in the Traditional Yang Family T'ai Chi form. Well it is and it isn't. Arguably the most important posture is "Preparation for T'ai Chi", followed closely by "Grasp the Birds Tail".  …

T'ai Chi Musings

There is a paradox that faces every T'ai Chi Instructor. "Should I teach what the student needs, or should I teach what the student wants"? Because they are certainly not the same thing. Sometimes what the student perceives is not necessarily what the Instructor is trying to teach!

In the traditional Chinese way of teaching students would spend weeks if not months, repeating the same move until the teacher was satisfied that they could not only do it, but they had a thorough understanding of what was happening within the move itself. …

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