Chinatown Tai Chi Center

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May 2010
Posted By: Sifu Calph
On September 25, 2010 at 06:30

The reading from the Tai Chi Dictionary that is being compiled was a fun and invigorating time! What follows are some excerpts from the reading, listed alphabetically, for those who were unable to attend.

On breathing: “Tai chi breathing is comfortable and without burden, as if breathing in one’s sleep.”

On energy: “Tai chi breathing is not the practice of forms or techniques, but the study of the water-like characteristics of its energy. The ocean has no technique: it sinks you, floats you, and surrounds you. If you jump in you are soaked.”

On form: “Take each movement and polish it like a fine jewel.” “The outside of the form is like a tea cup that holds tea. It’s the tea, or internal energy inside, that has the value.”

On practice: “Tai chi breathing is like the making of fine wine: time and patience are necessary.”

On push hands: “In push hands, your partner is your teacher.”

On relaxation: “Relax from the soles of your feet to the hair on the top of your head.”

And last but not least: “Eventually, tai chi becomes a part of a person’s total life, so that every response will be a tai chi response.” The Chinese have a saying: “The kung-fu has now got into your body. It is part of you now.”

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