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Tai Chi Chuan As Meditation
William C. Phillips
In order to understand Tai Chi Chuan as meditation, it is first necessary to have a working definition of meditation. This obtained, we can see how Tai Chi Chuan fits that definition and exactly what . . . keep reading
One Way of Practicing Form
Michael R. Pekor
Do you "feel" your form when you practice? Or are you plagued by internal dialog? How should one really be practicing, anyway? . . . keep reading
Why Do You Practice Tai Chi?
Avi Schneier
Why do you practice Tai Chi? Do you know? Do you remember? Why do you still practice it now? When was the last time you asked yourself these questions and stepped back and took a serious long look at . . . keep reading
The Nature of Push Hands Competition in America
Michael R. Pekor
The problem with push hands competition is the judges. But before you can say that, you have to understand exactly what that means. . . . keep reading
Taoism and Tai Chi Chuan
James Leporati, L. Ac.
Outside of Confucianism, Taoism is probably the most important and influential school of thought native to China. In almost direct contrast to the solemn gravity and social responsibilities en . . . keep reading
Ten Essential Points of Practice for Tai Chi Chuan
William C. Phillips
No matter how long we may have been practicing Tai Chi Chuan, be it weeks, months, years, or decades, these ten points are essential for our continued development. . . . keep reading
Tai Chi and Hypnotherapy: Complimentary Healing Modalities
Michael R. Pekor
Tai Chi has long been recognized as a highly effective means of finding relief from tension, stress and anxiety. By bringing the attention down into the sensations of the body, we are temporarily remo . . . keep reading
As Stanley Israel Used to Say... Just PUSH!
Michael R. Pekor
In most sports, there are standardized rules and methods of officiating that athletes can count on. But in Push Hands, the "rule" has been that there are no standard rules. . . . keep reading
The True Transmission: Exploring the Controversy
John Leporati
What constitutes an "authentic" transmission in terms of martial arts and which individuals received that transmission from their teachers is one of the most controversial topics in martial arts today. . . . keep reading
Tai Chi Push Hands and Wing Chun Sticky Hands: A Comparison
Michael R. Pekor
As practiced in America, Tai Chi Push Hands is an exercise primarily designed to enhance a player's ability to remain balanced while in contact with an opponent. Push hands training improves one's ability to disrupt the balance of an opponent by "feeling" where his or her center of gravity is and exploiting it. To protect one's own balance . . . keep reading
Acupuncture and Fitness
William C. Phillips
When we think of Acupuncture, we often tend to think of a sedentary older person with a bad back who has tried everything else. And now he's going to seek relief by having a bunch of needles stuck in . . . keep reading
Supreme Ultimate Boxing: Considering Tai Chi Chuan In Its Original Martial Context
John Leporati
Over the years, I have noticed that, since Tai Chi and other "internal arts" have been promoted in the U.S. primarily for their health and energetic benefits, many people perceive them in just that wa . . . keep reading
Some Thoughts on the Passing of Two Masters
William C. Phillips
This year (1998) Master Zhang Lu Ping and Master Jou Tsung Hwa h . . . keep reading
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