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Are you doing Taiji entirely for meditation, relaxation, and chi-kung? If so, go ahead and do it with your eyes closed. Or better yet, do it sitting down on the floor while just "thinking" of how the movement should feel. You'll make more progress at your intended purpose that way. If, however, your purpose for learning Taiji is at least partially for ...


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You should not try to match your instructor's breathing rate. This would be like trying to lift the same weight as your weightlifting instructor; it does not make sense to do this because your instructor's body is different from yours. The general advice for basic breathing exercises is to make your breathing relaxed, continuous, deep, and even. Pay ...


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This may be new information to you, or it might be something you already understand. Taiji is done slowly for a very good reason. It's not for meditation, although many Taiji schools teach it that way. The real reason it's done slowly is because you're trying to move your body in a very special way that requires your brain to concentrate on many variables at ...


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The best answer is to do it at the rate your class executes it at. However, it sounds like you may be trying to learn this without a teacher and a class, which is a less typical way to learn Tai Chi, so you will need other benchmarks. If you look at youtube for recommendations, you will find several videos in the 5 minute region. I found one in the 10 ...


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Perspective is important in choice and understanding of taijiquan. Chen style is THE original art from which all present arts (Yang, Wu2, Wu3, Zhaobao and Sun) are derived. Keep in mind that Chenjiagou borrowed their art from surrounding Shaolin temple and village arts they came in contact with. There is a thread that a Li family also assisted in this ...


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Taiji (Tai Chi) can be very effective for fighting. Historically speaking, taiji masters like Yang Luchan were among the most skilled fighters in China. In his time, taiji was known for fighting, and not for health benefits. However, it is necessary to understand how taiji has changed in the years since this time. In the 20th century, China experienced a ...


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in my experience of defying my elders and getting hurt so many times, i'd say if you really want to master the deepest roots & principles of how tai chi actually works... and your sifu is good? always listen to your sifu. that's my take on it. sifu is like your dad in the way that, when he gets to know you, he really starts to care. if he has a good soul,...


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I see I'm late here. But if it helps other people, here's a go. Taiji breathing depends on the kind of movement you do and is grounded in the yin-yang theory (not just duality but ever-changing duality). There are 4 phases to breathing - inhalation, pause, exhalation, pause. And there are 4 primary physical jing or energies: peng (wardoff), ji (press), ...


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Taiji and other meditative practices teach deep breathing, which has been scientifically linked to health benefits. Taiji will provide these benefits without the potential health problems that accompany meditation practices requiring long periods of sitting. Sympathetic nerve activity is decreased during device-guided slow breathing Effect of short-term ...



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