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Posted in image, taiji with tags on June 28, 2009 by marksun

Indy whipSoftness and flexibility in the body, especially upper body are necessary in taiji.  A whip illustrates how softness allows energy to flow.  Like in a whip,  speed and power comes from softness and flexibility.  A small and relatively slow movement of the handle develops into  extreme speed at the tip as the impulse travels the fibers in the lash.   When the upper body is soft and flexible it makes it possible for the power rooted by the full weight of the body  in the ground to travel up and out. The mind opens the path for energy to  flow through the body.


rooted movement

Posted in image, practice, words and concepts with tags , , , on June 28, 2009 by marksun

Limin used the image of wheat in the wind as an example a strong rooted connection to the ground and  flexibility above.  Where the root is strong and the stalk is flexible, the plant is not broken by the wind but remains planted and moves as a whole, yields to the wind, and relies on its roots to hold.   This image was used to convey the feeling of being strongly connected to the ground through the feet as we move,  pushing from one foot to another,  transferring  weight from one foot to the other.

dominoes, progressive movement

Posted in image, practice with tags , on June 9, 2009 by marksun dominoes are lined up with each tile standing on its end in a line, and you push the first in the line, the dominoes in the line  fall one after another  in turn.  This is an image of  progressive movement;  movement feels like this,  motion happens not all at one time everywhere but progresses from where the motion begins outward, as energy moves like an impulse through our body.

inkdrop in water, our mind is like an ink drop and our body is like the water

Posted in image, practice with tags , , on May 26, 2009 by marksun

(email from Verna) should have taken notes after practice on Sunday . . . now 2 days have passed; so am depending on my memory.  There were 4 of us at practice . . . not sure of all the names . . . the woman who has been coming on Sunday’s, Janice, myself and another woman.  We only did the first cross hand.

One image presented by Limin:  imagine a glass of clear water; then you drop ink into the water; the ink will eventually dissipate in the water.  Our mind is the ink drop; our body is the water . . . the dissipation of the ink in the water represents the unity of mind and body achieved through focused, careful and sincere practice.

Limin talked about her method of teaching in which form is secondary to understanding the relationship of mind and body and how the tools:  heavy tailbone, shoulders and elbows down can help you achieve total disbursement of the ink drops in water.  She mentioned teaching us the “essence” of taiji (using “xin” to listen to your body and guide your movements) rather than stressing perfect form. Limin also talked about peng, lu, ji, an.

Sunday afternoon I went to weapons class (practiced sai) since Monday was a holiday . . . amazing how the disbursement of ink in water can help when flipping and slashing . . . you really need to concentrate . . . otherwise you’ll hurt yourself…

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Posted in image, taiji with tags on November 8, 2008 by marksun


walking on the moon

Posted in image, practice, taiji with tags , , on November 2, 2008 by marksun

We practice with the image that  the body is so light,  like you are walking on the moon

verna’s vision

Posted in image, taiji on October 30, 2008 by marksun


what Verna saw

what Verna saw