I’m honored to report at the recent Kuoshu Tournament in Baltimore I got a silver in Baguazhang sword and bronze in Baguazhang empty hand. I’ve taken up the Cheng style of this sister art to Taijiquan in the last few years. *Taiji for 21 years* I’ll put up some photos and vids when I can.
Very thankful to have the opportunity to give a first taste of the healing and relaxation benefits of Tai Chi to over 120 staff from 19 of our Hudson Valley school districts. It was wonderful to hear and see their immediate release of tension and begin the healing of many injuries. Special thanks to my student Karen for her valuable assistance.
We’ve relocated to Poughkeepsie – group classes starting November 3rd!
Happy New Year.
Over the break I hope you were able to maintain your training and focus on the three foundational principles of alignment, breathing and relaxation. As my teacher used to say, “If you practice 95% correct, you get 95% benefit. If you practice 5% correct, you get 5% benefit.”
The challenge within this, and the manifestation of the yin/yang philosophy that is the root of all tai chi chuan is how to practice correct alignment without forsaking relaxation. The answer is to not forget your breath work. Slow, deep, abdominal breathing is the engine that drives our practice. Remember daily training is the key to success.
Good luck and hope to see you soon.
What is the key to successful tai chi chuan practice? Daily practice.
Daily practice. Daily practice. Daily practice.
It’s best to try to schedule your training before breakfast and/or before dinner. In the beginning 10-15 a day is ideal. Don’t push yourself too hard. If you don’t have 10 mins, do 5. If you don’t have 5 mins, do 2. If you don’t have 2 mins, do 1. You have a minute. You do. Any practice is better than none.
Like my teacher said many times, it’s guaranteed to work – as long as you DO the practice!
Woodstock classes start again next weekend Saturday May 6 – time to dust off your Tai Chi shoes! If you don’t have I totally recommend them. They’ll enhance your practice a lot.