How do you generate internal power in taijiquan? For years I have emphasized the essential triad of: Energetic coherence. Central equilibrium. Ball-Knee-Kua Energetic coherence brings your body-mind into a state of wholeness by marshaling the organizing power of the liquid crystal matrix, your connective tissue system. The easiest, most reliable way to do this is to point and reach with your index fingers. Central equilibrium is that sweet spot that connects you up to the Big Qi of Heaven and Earth. It is most easily found by centering your body’s mass over the balls of your feet. Instant root.… Read More
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Demonstration of the T'ai Chi Chuan Yong Short Form
Taijiquan is an internal martial art. What that actually means can provoke some heated arguments. For my nickel, it means that most of what makes a movement or posture effective is happening on a non-physical level. It still manifests as physical, but initiates in the mind. There’s a lot more going on than we can keep track of in any moment, but we can lead the parade with our conscious attention. That’s what leads the qi, and the body follows. This video shows the sequence I follow when doing any taiji movement. Push is one of the simplest, so it… Read More
Here is a little clip I filmed during our most recent Tai Chi Alchemy workshop in Sedona, Arizona. Guru Mike Casto demonstrates a short, daily sequence that helps reduce the chance of injuries in your own practice, whatever it may be. This is what he has to say about it: The warm up “Strain Prevention” program I shared that everyone loved is from a man named Scott Sonnon. You can find his page athttps://www.facebook.com/sonnon I met him at an event in 2000 and was very impressed with him both as a person and with what he taught. Since then I’ve… Read More
I got this question re: my YouTube video: Rick Barrett demonstrates energetic coherence at Tai Chi Alchemy. So by Energetic Coherence with regards to Tai Ji Quan, do you mean to convey that from moment to moment we should be aware of the forces of mass, velocity, and direction? http://www.youtube.com/user/syphen888 Thanks for the great question, syphen888. When I speak of energetic coherence, it means something quite different than that. Mechanical terms like mass, velocity, direction, momentum, etc. are useful in mapping out the interplay of objects. When describing the interactions of living creatures, they are considerably less accurate. And woefully… Read More