Monday, December 27, 2010

New Year's Day Tai Chi practice

We will meet at Roadrunner's Park on New Year's Day, at 8am for Tai Chi practice.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tai Chi practice on 12/10/10

Attended: Gerry, Marvin, Peter, Adam (new), Albert (new)

Foundation and Yilu

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tai Chi practice on 12/3/10

Attended: Gerry, Marvin, and Peter

Discussed what Gerry learned at Tai Chi intensive week in Nov in Edmonton.
Only had time to do yilu twice.

When I was taking adult piano lessons, my teacher always said that piano techniques are accumulative. The new technique is built upon the previous acquired techniques. You need to build a solid foundation. Same as Tai Chi skills. When we learn new techniques, don't forget previously learned techniques.

The practical method foundation is two circles--positive and negative.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Tai Chi practice on 11/28/10

Attended: Marvin, Peter, Courtney, and Duane

Started with 2 circles, then we did yilu twice.
Then, detailed instruction from "Draping over body fist" to "Brush knee and twist step" (just before "Flashing the back"), for Courtney and Duane.
Marvin and Peter did 3 more yilu before finished their practice.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Post Thanksgiving Tai Chi Practice

When: 8 to 10am, Sunday, November 28
Where: Roadrunner's Park (51 freeway exit at Cactus)

What: 5 x Yilu, 3 x Sword, and push hands

Student Pictures




My dad in Wuxi, China

Two years ago I asked my dad, who was 70 years old, if he was interested in learning Tai Chi. His only concern was if and how he could remember all those moves. I told him not to worry about if and how, just try. A year later, he learned all the moves of Yang style long form (total 108 moves). Now, he goes to the city park every morning and join the regular group to practice 3 times of the Yang style tai chi without stop, which is about one full hour long.
When I visited him this October, I went to the park with him a few times. I would practice my Chen style tai chi, he would practice his Yang style tai chi with his group. I had to admit I miss my own practice group. It's more fun to have other people practice along with you.