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Tai Chi Journal / Blog




Martial arts vs Stress and "The Insanity of it All"

- by Adam ChanSo far in June, there were four shootings and eight stabbings that made it to the news here in Vancouver. The crazys are out and about. Walking around downtown, I can't help but see how stress out - about to explode - peoples faces are.Talking to people, counselling them, it seem to be the same old thing in Vancouver: everything is too expensive, you work a job you absolutely hate to
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Winning the war without winning a single battle.

- by Ian SinclairAll hail, The Internet! It offers me the power to influence the world in small steps. It can even offer the possibility for the butterfly to see the effect his fluttering has on the other side of the world.All hail, email! It gives the world the ability to thank the butterfly, and to encourage him to keep on fluttering.I am often advised to quit my business and get a "real job." As
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There are some things for which all the Tai chi in the world cannot prepare you.

Transcript:I've spent years training to harmonize mind, body and spirit, with varying degrees of success. I have managed to faced down opponents who were literally twice my size. But I have also had to deal with the humiliation of being defeated by male and female senior citizens half my size. I've faced fierce opponents in the ring and on the mat. I've spent countless hours
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4 Words of Tuishou - a video by Roberto Sharpe

In this video, recorded in 2007 in Manhattan's East Village, we are treated to a lesson,  by Roberto Sharpe, on "4 key words" applied to tuishou (pushing hands).Roberto Sharp is a martial artist with about 4 decades of experience. His training includes, but is not limited to, Tai chi, baguazhang, xingyiquan, capoeira, judo, karate, boxing, jiu-jitsu, and shuaijiao.Editor's commentaryThe Four
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Push Hands for Fun and Profit

- by Michael GilmanThis article is reprinted by permission of the author, Michael Gilman. You can subscribe to his newsletter at http://gilmanstudio.com/Greetings. The Gilman Studio has been working with Push Hands for the last few First Saturday Workshops. We will continue this next month - June 7. Several years ago I had an idea of how to make Push Hands competitions more fun. I want to share
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Teachers and Students of Tai Chi Chuan

- by Michael GilmanThis article is reprinted by permission of the author, Michael Gilman. You can subscribe to his newsletter at http://gilmanstudio.com/Greetings. A few thoughts about teachers and students of Tai Chi Chuan. I am happy to hear any feedback to these musings. Also, a reminder that the First Saturday workshop on June 7 will focus on push hands. Hope all is going well for you and
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If Dirty Harry did tai chi.....

A diversion.If Dirty Harry did tai chi.....
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Finding the right teacher. Finding a good student.

The greatest challenge when teaching a profound art is getting students who want to learn the art, who also want to learn it from you, and who are suitable students for you. Not every teacher is right for every student, and not every student is right for every school.As teachers gain experience and insight, they learn to discern more quickly the appropriateness of aspiring students for a particular
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The secret of Awesome Tai Chi Power! Conserving Momentum and Kinetic Energy by Relaxing the Arms.

This is one of the most important lessons I have ever taught. In it I discuss principles that are of great importance to all martial artists. It explains why an exercise that is so good for health and relaxation can be so practical as a martial art. In this lesson I also explain why so many tai chi students are unable to use tai chi as a martial art. It is not a problem that is unique to tai chi.
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Happy New Year! Happy New Website!

2013 was a year of many failures and some successes for TaiChiCentral.com. Sometimes I felt like I was herding cats. Sometimes I felt as if I were trying to chase a swarm of bees through a blizzard with a cow switch. Some times it was like trying to build a platypus out of parts from a rusty Edsel. Sometimes I..... Well, I hope you know what I mean. Early in 2013 I made the switch from the manually
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