You’ve probably heard it a billion times from your teacher. “Don’t use strength!” But did you know that this phrase originally comes from a famous Tai Chi master named Yang Cheng Fu (1883–1936)?
No matter what style of Tai Chi you practice, no matter what lineage you claim, no matter how you place your hands and feet — you still use the same set of guiding principles. Those principles have been handed down through the generations, and inherited by ALL styles of Tai Chi, in the form of the Tai Chi classics.
If you’ve been paying attention lately — if you’ve been practicing mindfulness — then you’ve noticed a sudden increase in media attention about something called mindfulness meditation. Mindfulness is the latest craze sweeping across America…
Ten years ago, I did something stupid. Totally crazy. And risky. At least that’s what the voices in my head told me.
But there were other voices in there too. You know — the voices that encourage you to be brave, to go for what you want, to chase your dreams.
You know what I’m talking about. I know you do.
But more about you later. First, let’s talk about me.
In the movie “The Matrix”, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves) wakes up from a training session and then says the 4 words that I often dreamed of saying as a kid: “I know Kung Fu.”
Now imagine Neo waking up and saying this instead: “I know Tai Chi.”
Not quite the same impact, right?