Archive for lightness

like rope

Posted in taiji with tags , , on November 10, 2008 by marksun

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the arms hang like they are made of rope, limbs are like wet noodles
when the arms are raised in the beginning of the set,
the arms aren’t just raised up  (demonstrating arms stiff like boards, jerking upward)
but more, pulled up from the center, an impulse to rise coming from the center 
travels the length of the rope

 Stop-Mo-Tec Armature Kit and 24 Feet of Wire - Click Image to Close


light like a balloon

Posted in taiji with tags , , , on November 9, 2008 by marksun


After the first cross hand, Limin says,  “Balloon!”

images; Empty like a baloon, Light like a balloon.

Balloons over Bratislava, Slovakia (photo by Peter M)

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

Large frame and Details

Posted in image, practice with tags , , , , on October 27, 2008 by marksun

In our practice  we worked with the idea of “lightness” in the beginning half of the class, visualizing the body as being light, and without substance.  Later in the practice emphasis was on the tailbone.  Usually in practice, we emphasize the tailbone, then lightness.

Portrait artists on the Waikiki sidewalks came to mind as they drew their subjects.  There seemed to be two approaches. One artist draws the eyes first, the eyebrows, then the rest of the face.  Another artist first draws in the outline, shape of the head, neck, shoulders, before filling in the details.  A saying in taichi is that the student draws the body of the dragon, the teacher puts in the eyes.

Working on the tailbone is like the first style, working on details.  Approaching practice with the image of lightness feeling the body as a whole,  is like framing the larger structure of the  portrait, working from the large scale first.