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Ask Me Anything [May 2016 Edition]

In this edition: gallbladder surgery and qigong; healing tinnitus with qigong; practicing qigong on an airplane; learning tai chi forms; building strength and flexibility for tai chi; feeling qi all day long; mixing fitness and tai chi training; seasonal allergies and qigong.

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What Everyone Ought to Know About Jedi Mastery

“I’ve been practicing Tai Chi an hour a day for 30 years,” he said, “but I’m still a long way from being a master.” It was a beautiful, cloudless day in Golden Gate Park. I was 25 years old, and I had recently earned a black belt in Goju-Ryu Karate. Tai Chi was completely foreign […]

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How a Tai Chi Master Changes a Light Bulb

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 […]

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Internal Strength: What It Is (and Isn’t)

In the world of martial arts, there are countless legends about past masters and their feats of internal strength. These legends run from the believable (poking a hole through a wall with just a finger), to the eyebrow-raising (killing a horse with a gentle pat on the back), to the hard-to-swallow (striking someone from 30 […]

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How Tai Chi Lost Its Mojo

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?

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Where in the World is Dantian?

“”Schweeet!” I thought. I was 19 years old, and my karate teacher was talking about a mysterious energy field located in the abdomen. I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself! That was my first exposure to the concept of dantian (丹田), and it turned out to be a huge disappointment. I had to wait […]

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