Tags: t'ai chi

More T'ai Chi

Remembered more from class--hands need to face each other a lot of the time, but it doesn't have to be palms directly opposite each other--that tends to be forcing things. The same applies to "holding a ball"--the hands and arms can be anywhere on the surface. What's important is keeping the arms/shoulders/upper body open and not jamming or pulling on anything.

And the lower hand needs attention as well as the upper hand--the lower hand has to be someplace where it's actually got a chance to protect a knee or the groin or something, not just vaguely in the air. I mostly worked on the stuff in the first paragraph, though.

These are both really valuable--a lot of what Dave Borofsky (my teacher) and I have been working on lately has been cleaning up the effects of earlier teaching approximations.

Still no comments on T'ai Chi stuff. Maybe it should be a separate lj?

On writing about T'ai Chi

Well, writing for the lj is already an education--I hadn't realized that writing anything interesting about T'ai Chi would be so difficult/not a default. While the sort of thing I've written could still be useful for me as practice and class notes, if T'ai Chi were as dull as I make it sound, I wouldn't have been doing it for 20-odd years.

Aside from doing more introspection and putting in more effort when I write and rereading some of my better T'ai Chi books (reviews will follow when I've got that amazon link set up--does anyone actually make money from those?) with attention to what they're actually doing, are there any lj's with substantive writing about T'ai Chi or other movement arts? Or good stuff about writing about hard-to-specify sensations?

T'ai Chi class

A lot of time was spent on the sternum--just paying attention to the spine means that the front of the body isn't adequately involved.

In particular, the body needs to bend a little leading into moves and then straighten (without overdoing it--not arching the lower back) at the culmination of moves.

This is difficult, but it helps tremoundously.

We also worked on my not pushing/overextending when I do push hands--it's a pervasive problem. I'm not having as much fun shoving as I used to, but that just clarifies how compulsive it is.

T'ai Chi

One of my goals in this lj is to write regularly about my t'ai chi practice. Partly it's the hope of something a little more interesting than all those gym stats and partly it's as an incentive to practice more regularly (though I'd better intend to practice even if I don't have time to write about it) and partly it's the hope of getting some advice/discussion/chance to give advice.

So, today's practice was a warm-up set (the one my t'ai chi teacher teacher--I need to come up with names for various warm-up sets I do) and two forms--total time, about half an hour. Left NPR on--not the best habit, but it increases the odds that I'll practice.

My focus was mostly on moving from the center/relaxing. The moving from the center part was mostly trying (and sometimes somewhat succeeding) to pay attention to my center (a little below the navel) and its connection to whatever I was moving at the time, while aiming for putting least effort into movement.

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