Mastering Through Motivation

Want to really, really master Tai Chi?

Listen to Arnold’s sound advice :-

For those who give excuses like no time to practice at home, listen carefully to what he said about time management.

Also, listen to the advice on losing because this fear can hamper your ability to master push hands.

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Woodpecker’s Tongue

Just finished reading the biography of Leonardo da Vinci. The heavy book makes for good lifting exercise for the arm.

Anyway, the very last chapter is on the woodpecker’s tongue. After putting the book down I found and read additional information on the topic.

Some videos particularly this one has good information that can help us to understand about the nature of forces.

Watched the video and think through its implications. It will help to understand some of the teachings that are found in Grandmaster Wei Shuren’s Tai Chi book on the 22-form.

Sensitive Topics

Have not recorded any Tai Chi videos lately except for the SKD learning group.

The last two weeks Tai Chi lessons coverage were on topics that are “sensitive” hence no taping was conducted.

In the learning of Tai Chi there are topics we can share with anyone and there are topics we keep to ourselves.

Topics we would keep to ourselves are the maxims, song, ditties, tactics, indepth explanation of techniques that are verbally passed down.

We don’t keep them inside for the sake of done so or to be elite. Instead, such topics are like “intellectual properties” and meant to give a competitive advantage to practitioners.

However, to be able to realize the competitive advantage each practitioner has the responsibility to put the knowledge into practice, to make the knowledge come alive, to make the knowledge practical. Then the knowledge is meaningful and is worthy to be passed down.

Power Training 6

Most of the time we cannot relax because we are mentally tense. It requires the know how to make you relax mentally.

When you can relax mentally fajing is easy as shown :-

If you cannot then we make tricks to make you relax and let your tension go :-

After learning to relax and focus then its time to test if the requirements hold when we do fajing quickly :-

Power Training 5

True internal power is not just using the rear foot to push off the ground to generate power. Instead, true internal power is tapping the power from the ground and running it through the body before exiting the striking hand into opponent’s body.

The video below illustrates this principle :-

Close up of the internal process (if you can’t see it its because its “internal” get it?) :-

Internal training involves feeling carefully what is happening inside the body. Just externally moving the body is not internal. Moving the power through the nine crooked pearls is true internal power.