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
The secret of Awesome Tai Chi Power! Conserving Momentum and Kinetic Energy by Relaxing the Arms.
Friday 17 Jan 2014 09:07 | Instruction and advice
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.
Happy New Year! Happy New Website!
Wednesday 01 Jan 2014 01:21 | News Events
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
Tai Chi Mural revived in Los Angeles - Tells a story about community, art, & tai chi.
This article was originally written in November 2011. But due to a technical glitch, it was lost in cyberspace until now. If you are ever in northeastern Los Angeles, California, USA, and you happen to be in the neighbourhood called Eagle Rock. Perhaps you may find yourself passing by 7171N. Figuerora Street. If so, then you will be passing a lovely piece of public art. A mural is painted on the walls
Taiji principles of movement - by John Rhoades
Monday 16 Dec 2013 20:11 | Instruction and advice
I have noticed many similarities between ballroom dancing and taiji prinicples of movement. For instance, move from your core. Lead your partner from your center; do not move your arms relative to your body when leading, know where your weight is, keep your head up and spine straight, etc.I tried to make a one page summary of Zhangsanfeng's princples for my dance teacher. On reading it, she was
Big Changes are De-Happening
Saturday 14 Dec 2013 20:41 | News |||amp; Events
I have spent the past 11 months struggling with various content management systems such as Joomla! and Wordpress, and navigating the disastrous mess of plugins and components like Community Builder, Joomgalaxy, SobiPro, Geodirectory, Directorypress, and many more. It was a horribly ridiculous and stressful experiment that can only be likened to switching from Mac to Windows, or perhaps likened to chasing
Xuanwu - by Steve Gilshenen
Sunday 16 Jun 2013 18:41 | Philosophy
The Black Tortoise, Lord of the North, Full Yin. Have you ever seen the symbols of the Five Elements? There is the cool White Tiger (Bai Hu) who represents the West and the Metal Element, the beautiful Vermillion Bird (Zhu Que) South/Fire, the mystical Azure Dragon (Qing Long) East/Wood and the hornless Yellow Dragon (Huang Long) Center/Earth. Then there's the Black Tortoise Xuanwu. Not the "coolest"
Dan Bian "Single Whip" - by Steve Gilshenen
Thursday 06 Jun 2013 11:31 | Instruction and advice
Dan Bian is a common "technique" seen in many different styles of Taijiquan with ample applications.This one movement is very common in many styles of Taijiquan. Take a look around the internet and you will see countless photos of Taijiquan practitioners in this position. While it must be said that there are countless applications for the various movements within each system, it is interesting to see
What's in a name? "He" style Taijiquan - by Steve Gilshenen
Thursday 06 Jun 2013 11:07 | Instruction and advice
The "style" of Taijiquan I do is called, in English, He-Style Taijiquan. In Chinese, this is known as He Shi Taijiquan. The "shi" means family, so a closer translation would be He Family Taijiquan. The extended name of this system is Wudang Zhao Bao He Shi Taijiquan. Wudang is used in the name as the origin of this style is from Zhang San Feng and Wudang (it is believed to be the origin style
Respect - by Steve Gilshenen
Wednesday 05 Jun 2013 18:41 | Opinion and Editorial
Respect is a major component of the Martial Arts that all practitioners should think deeply on.Respect. It is one of the most important aspects of the Martial Arts, if not life in general. The cultures that have given us the Martial Arts we practice have a strong level of respect deeply ingrained in them and have carried over to our daily training. That is not to say our Western cultures do not possess