Learning to See

You can gain a lot of insights into how Tai Chi works by learning to see.

In daily life, in work life, many little things can spark off your understanding, triggering that AHA! moment that suddenly awakens in you the significance of something you just saw or learned before and how it can advance your Tai Chi skills.

Read an example here.

Lockdown Begins

Today is Day 1 of 27 of our Singapore Circuit Breaker lockdown.

The day doesn’t feel that much different to me. I am still working, still exercising, still watching television, still listening to Spotify, still eating, and still writing except I haven’t written much here over the last 2 weeks. Why?

For years I’ve been meaning to plan out a series of eBooks on Tai Chi using the Scrivener app but not getting far. However, more teaching experience in recent years particularly for the Sam Kuen Do (三拳道) group on Slack has given me new insights into how to redefine the teaching of Tai Chi to further cut down on learning and mastering time.

I’ve been chewing and mulling these insights in my mind for some time now. And now the ideas are boiling over and its time to put them down. I don’t really want to write another eBook as once they are finished they tend to be another “dead” book that largely remains un-revised for years even as my insights change.

Instead, this time I am using the newsletter format to present the information. The advantage is that I can add or amend the information quickly. By using hyperlinks I can create a master content list in one post to link to the other content posts that acts as chapters in this informal eBook.

Some of the information from TaijiKinesis Vol 1 and 2 will be used. However, they are likely to be presented differently or expanded on.

I am calling the newsletter The Tai Chi Solo Player. The reason is the information is geared towards solo training. Why solo training?

The initial learning phase of Tai Chi is the solo training which is meant to develop your foundation. When you have a foundation to build on then it is easier for you to grasp subsequent teachings.

It will also help you when it comes to doing partner training. Otherwise, the gains you get from partner work will be lesser. This is because you will end up trying to fix your bad habits instead of using the training opportunity to refine your correct habits.

Solo training is also important because we can easily train whenever we feel like it without having to go out to meet a partner. More so during this COVID-19 pandemic period.

So there it is. That’s what I have been up to. Some see the lockdown as a negative, I see it as a positive in that I can focus more on writing the newsletter.