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weight transfer

Posted in practice with tags , on August 21, 2011 by marksun

Transfer of weight from foot to foot should be gradual and purposeful.  There should be a sensing of  where the weight is on the feet, e.g. side, front, heel, toes etc.  In many moves the heel touches first, and the toe leaves the ground last.

Practicing gradual weight transfer is a tool to observe that all parts of the body are in motion at all times.  The feet don’t move without other parts of the body contributing their part in the coordination of a move.


2011 – Dig deeper

Posted in practice with tags on May 1, 2011 by marksun

Our goal for this year is to “dig deeper”.   What next after learning the form? Dig deeper.

Digging deeper.

There is  space  between every moment of the smallest movement. In the space of the movement there is  time.  In tai chi we  slow down.  The feeling of space and time are amplified.

When a stray thought enters the mind,  the sense of space and time collapses as the mind wanders off with the thought.  When observing the move without thinking,  there is time to look around inside of the space of movement, and space between the moments of time.

No thinking

Posted in practice, taiji, words and concepts on October 24, 2010 by marksun

In practicing taichi, thinking is a distraction from concentration and focus, the holding of one point.  In qigong, we are admonished – “no thinking! only to feel…”

Slant Flying (21)

Posted in instruction, practice, taiji with tags , on October 17, 2010 by marksun

Slant Flying,  which comes after repulse monkey and before crane spreads its wings is a thrust  directed forward and not a chop delivered horizontally as is the case with the similar looking the Wild Horse’s Mane is Flying – 55, aka parting the mane.

fist under elbow and the connection of hands with feet

Posted in instruction, practice, taiji with tags on September 26, 2010 by marksun

The left hand in fist under elbow should have the thumb spread apart from the other four fingers (as if to catch a hand attacking the head).

In clouds hands the movement of the hands and the feet, a beginners error occurs when hands are disconnected from the waist.  Most can see the difference in the overall coordination of movement if the move is demonstrated.

Second Cross Hand

Posted in practice, taiji with tags , , , on September 19, 2010 by marksun

The second cross hands begin with a turn and peng ji li an.  An, the press movement, should not extend beyond the natural reach,  and there is relaxation of the arms and upper body. In the movement from an, the relaxation of the body causes the hands to be positioned down near the waist rather than high, and the blocking motions of the initial turn to the left then right preceeding fist-under-elbow are what raise the hands.  The left foot in the final fist-under-elbow posture positioned heel down should be such that nearly all the weight is on the right foot, allowing easy repositioning the left foot if necessary.

Qigong and Healing

Posted in practice with tags , on September 19, 2010 by marksun

For the first time since her meditation retreat in China many months ago, Limin practiced the standing Qigong program with the class. Afterwards, she remarked that nothing promotes healing as much as when we allow our minds to focus completely in the way we try to do in Qigong.