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Milestones

Today, I reached several milestones. I have: Completed (and redone) a set of videos - BIG rock All the equipment necessary to keep going Video goals for the next 2 weeks And a plan for 3 months It's taken 2…

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My Favorite Silks

My Favorite Silks

Today is Sunday. My 'trip' started on Friday. I've been home mostly. But it's felt as if I had traveled back in time to the days when I was competing in tournaments. Still does. I know why. But it still…

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Wudang Mountain Winter 1999

The Five Elements: What is Earth 土?

In Taiji as well as in Xingyi, we pay attention to the 5 elements: metal, water, wood, fire, earth. They combine with the 8 directions to form the 13 postures of taiji. Among the elements, earth is the most pervasive…

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Calm Waters In The Morning

What is Qi (气)?

What is qi (气)? Literally, it means air. It also means breath, not the act of breathing (呼吸), the breath itself. But that's not quite accurate either. Qi is pervasive. Every living thing and some that once were living and…

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Basic Practice: November 30, 2019

The weather Saturday morning was perfect for this time of year in Florida. Sunny and cool with a slight breeze. Ducks on the water. Fisherman on the pier. We spent some time on different stepping methods and on the fundamentals…

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Gemini Springs Park 11/2/2019

Remaining calm

Remaining calm is a central tenant of taiji practice. The effort is within. The outward appearance should always be relaxed and flowing. The inner work requires strength and concentration. 内固精神,外是安逸 Nei gu jing shen, wai shi an yi. Strengthen the…

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Each in their own time

In what I call developmental learning, each person will grasp a piece of the puzzle in their own time. Developmental learning builds on whatever is being done. It's different than conceptual learning. In conceptual learning, once a person understands the…

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Calm Waters

What is Xin (心)?

What is xin (心)? Literally, it means heart. It can refer to the physical organ (心脏) or to the center of being that is most attuned to feelings and emotions. I'm not referring to sentimentality, but to those sincere, often…

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Saturday Morning Class

Saturday Morning Class Starts: April 27, 2019 Time: 7:00 am - 8:30 am Location: Gemini Springs Park (East side parking. Then, across the Spillway, opposite the Spring House) For a while now, I've been thinking about starting a class (or two).…

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My Old Notes

Notes. It’s good to keep notes.

Reviewing several of the forms I've learned after time away and finding I don't remember certain pieces isn't something I thought would ever happen. Silly me. Luckily, I took notes. Usually what happens is I will start a sequence, find a…

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