There are no formal uniforms for practicing Taiji. Any loose pants will do; however, you should not feel the pants touching your legs or let them restrict your movement in any way. In Hong Junsheng’s book, Chen Style Practical Method Taijiquan, Volume One: Theory, he writes “Light silk garment and soft belt/ The style of […]
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Playing Tai Chi in Subway Stations
In February, I went to train in Oakland, CA, with Nathan Heintz. Nate crashed at my house while he was in BC for Taiji Traditions Camp, in November (2009) at Shawnigan Lake, and I went to California so he could return the favour. Leaving Canada during the winter is awesome, and going to train in […]
Tai Chi-ers: Wouldn't you like to get away?
A few nights ago, as I was heading out to tai chi class, I found myself singing the theme song from the TV show: Cheers: “You want to go where you can know/ your troubles are all the same./ You want to go where everybody knows your name”. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPx1lPoYtSU&feature=related] Long before I ever tried a […]
One Year of Twitter
Twitter is awesome and overwhelming. On March 4, 2009, I signed up – like millions of other people – to Twitter. Many of these millions of new users have been attributed to spam, advertisers, and ghost users, however the amount of real people posting quality links has kept me happily using Twitter. I use Twitter […]
What Does Chen Style Taiji Look Like?
One of many lectures by Master Chen Zhonghua, at Taiji Traditions Camp, Shawnigan Lake, BC, was sparked by a question, “what makes Chen Taiji ‘Chen Taiji’?”. Master Chen drew a diagram of the four prominent characteristics of “Gong”: “Fa”, to issue power or energy, “Hua”, to neutralize the oncoming forces or energy,“Da”, to hit, and […]
My Youtube Posts
Here are a couple youtube videos I produced, nothing special. Worth a watch though. This first is a documentary called Time on Task, about the Victoria Chen Style Tai Chi Academy. The second is a slide show/ video from our school’s annual dinner. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fc9DKsXR8lc&hl=en&fs=1&]
The Future of Tai Chi
After reading Matthew Honan’s article, Meet Online Friends in the Real World (Beware: It Will Be Weird), in the August ’09 issue of Wired Magazine, I was super reluctant to meet people in the Meatspace (I believe David Maguire coined the term) that I have met in Cyberspace. “Often, the trouble isn’t what you’re saying […]
The Tao of Communication
Two mysteries: What is a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications, and what is Tai Chi? Mention Prof. Comm., or Taiji, those two questions arise, followed by: “What can you do with with that Tai Chi practice?”, “Chi is like Zen, right?”, or “What can you do with an degree in Communications?”. The most common […]
Gorillas do not lift weights, so why do you?
Have you ever wondered why gorillas are estimated to be fifty times as strong as a human, yet you never see one in a gym pumping iron? Or, how a little cat can jump up to and above ten feet in the air, when you never see them training to do so? They use internal […]
Do You Squidoo?
This is a cross post from: http://www.squidoo.com/Jordanschoicebooks Book Recomedations I read, a lot. I love it when someone recommends a book to me or appreciates it when I do the same for them. So here is a list of books separated into three sections, Taichi books, Non-Fiction, and Fiction. Let me know what you think […]