21ST CENTURY TAI CHI
Ideas to bridge the space between thought and action
In need of a reboot? Want to re-discover some of the most elemental aspects of the art? Grab a pen and paper for here is the crucial list of 5 sentences to reinvigorate your flagging tai chi FORM:
1: "I shut my eyes in order to see"
Paul Gauguin whilst performing Grasp the Sparrows Tail
One of the most beautiful and practical exercises with a partner is this routine in which one person adheres to another, follows or sticks to another person.
Aim: Not to hold on but instead to "feel" the direction, tension, breath, angle of movement and pace through softness and yielding.
Rules: Minimal finger-tip contact and keep your eyes closed in order to see.
2:"Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens"
Jimi Hendrix whilst pondering over which strings not to bite.
3:If you hold on tight you will lose your grip.
Lao Tzu whilst searching for wifi cover.
4:It is not our abilities that show us who we really are, but our choices.
Professor Albus Dumbledore before issuing wands.
Demonstrating a complex or advanced technique isn't always the right thing. Don't stay on the stage.
If you want to help someone understand, then learn to step back, forget the theatricals.
Choosing to engage rather than to impress may just be the better choice when new students are looking for someone to learn from.
5:It's not where we get it from, it's who we give it to that matters
Jean Luc Godard upon being told the idea wasn't his (Whilst eating a scone and jam)
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