Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

July 22, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Step Back to Ride The Tiger (Othmar)

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May 26, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Running Thunder Hand (Wim Demeere-Brussels)

We talk about this a lot in class; and practice it almost every session. Here, Wim, has fleshed out some nuances and applied it ways that, once you see them demonstrated, seem intuitive and natural – given everything else that we do.

March 6, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Footwork & Rolling Thunder Fist

February 17, 2017

For Tai Chi Students: Sanda

October 2, 2016

For Tai Chi Students: Step Back & Repulse Monkey

 

November 23, 2013

Defense Against the Knockout Game

One Approach

One Approach

I hadn’t even heard of the “knockout game” until I saw Wim’s Blog Post. Like any safety issue it all starts with awareness: Wim got it right on.

Good to know. Another good reason to work on your skills, carry protection, and be careful.

October 12, 2013

Tai Chi Class Starts Monday!

Persistence Pays Off!!

Persistence Pays Off!!

CLASSES MONDAY EVENINGS 7 – 8:30 PM at PEAK Health & Fitness in Everett, 2902 Rucker Avenue (corner of Rucker and Hewitt Avenue).

FEE: $5 per class (This is the day rate and there is no need to be a member of the Gym to participate in classes.)

“Tai Chi may well be called ‘medication in motion’ because of all the myriad health issues it can prevent or even treat.”
— Harvard Health Publication

“I have studied with a number of tai chi masters and teachers. Their teaching methods often caused me pain- sometimes lasting for months, or did nothing to alleviate the pain my wrong postures were causing. I have read hundreds of books and articles on tai chi and memorized lots of tai chi movements and forms, but after all of that study, my back, knees, ankles, and feet were still hurting. In just two classes you showed me how my physical postures were creating that pain, and you showed me how to move properly, which has reduced my pain by about 90%. I have never seen tai chi presented as effectively as you present it.” – Student (Summer, 2010)

June 8, 2013

The Harvard Medical School Guide To Tai Chi – A Book Review26

Parry and Punch 1/2

Parry and Punch 1/2

Parry and Punch 2/2

Parry and Punch 2/2

8. Embodied Spirituality (Including Philosophy and Ritual)

“The core Tai Chi principles provide a roadmap not only for maintaining health, but also, more generally, for guiding your path through life. Taoist philosophy espouses a more natural, holistic view of life that integrates body, mind, and spirit. This view includes an appreciation of balance in all activities and pursuits, for example, avoiding excesses; accepting change and the need for adaptability (going with the flow); and honoring the importance of individual responsibility and self cultivation.”

About the Photo

There are several pieces missing here, but you can see one of the Parry moves and you can see how the punch can end: more Back Stance, Front Stance stuff… and another 45° angle, imagine that:-)

February 27, 2006

Sabres and Shoulders; Three Minutes Well Spent

Filed under: Tai Chi Chuan — Tags: , , , , , , , — doctordilday @ 5:19 pm

The traditional tai chi chuan weapons include the sabre, the spear and the sword. Like the hand techniques the weapons are learned and practiced both by doing “forms” as well as practicing the individual self-defense techniques. I started learning the right-handed sabre form, in earnest, last summer. It’s about two and a half to three minutes long from start to finish, but as a matter of priorities I was still working on the last of it at the end of the year. Since then doing the sabre form has been a part of my four days a week forms practice.

Like all tai chi forms and all other steep learning curves, everything was extremely difficult in the beginning. There are many places where the right arm is pulled all the way back and the sabre follows the line of the thigh; not too tough. There are several other places where the sabre is swung around the body, the arm brought around and over the head. This is done after a slashing down motion and before a thrust, but at the same time there is a jump, a 270 degree spinning around of the body, and a kind of studder step.

The point of all this is that not too long ago while attending the Thursday night class that I help teach, the instructor had us doing a shoulder flexibility exercise which we had not done in a very long time. To my great surprise and delight, my right shoulder – the one that had been handling the sabre for nine months – was way more flexible than ever before.

It took only a couple seconds of thinking about it before I realized that while I had been doing all that concentrating on the correct performance of the sabre form; while I was noticing that it was slowly getting easier and easier and slowly getting smoother and smoother – I was also developing increased shoulder flexibility. I had noticed how heavy the arm sometimes feels and knew that strength and endurance were developing. I had experienced the soreness in one of the calf muscles and the inside of the thigh near the knee on one side, and knew that that was my body adapting to the “different way of moving” referred to by my teacher. And I had noticed how tight I continue to be, realizing that ever so slowly that too will change and I will be able to relax throughout the form. What I have found and have come to expect with tai chi chuan is that with a modest amount of regular effort (read practice) it will deliver benefits that compound over time.

A great way to loosen up the shoulder and… three minutes well spent.

DD

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