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#631820 - 09/23/10 10:47 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Ninjahedgewych]
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I will check that out, Ian. Thanks. The pages I had were copied from a book and I did not know the title.

My instructor was from China. He was in an exchange program at the college where I worked. We became so attached to him and were very sad when he went back home after one year. His teachings still are with me, not the steps so much, but his own personal comments and motivating phrases.
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#631823 - 09/23/10 10:52 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Ninjahedgewych]
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The only thing I could not do in Tai Chi was that one step where you have to jump and switch the leg you were standing on. The rest of it came fairly easy for me. Of course, I am much older now....hmmm....this will not be easy for me.
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#632199 - 09/24/10 09:15 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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Timing, flow, and balance are far more important than 'flashy" techniques. Work on those and everything will come together also remember "If you do not breath correctly you will not move correctly" and vice versa.
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#649944 - 12/16/10 02:07 AM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Jilly]
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Michelle, I love Tai Chi, and I am an old gal who went way past chubby years ago. That said, I have felt tired after class, but I never hurt.

For different information about Tai Chi, check out the website for Center States Tai Chi. This guy, Kim Kanzelberger, is the best teacher of any discipline that I have ever seen.

My son, who has AS, used to take Karate. Now he has found Capoeira. It mixes martial arts, music, and acrobatics. The structure is a natural social setting. Maybe if your son enjoys Tai Chi, he might want to try Capoeira.

On the ADD site, there are some articles in the Improve Symptoms subject about martial arts and ADD.

Stick with it. This can be a wonderful thing for you and your son.

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#676356 - 04/08/11 06:36 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Connie - ADD/Sandwiches]
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I just found this thread and I'm glad to see the discussion of tai chi.

I started out with a qigong class and then found a tai chi class at my local YMCA. The gigong are the energy exercises which open the meridians and are very easy to do but you feel so much better after you've dong about a half hour. This is easy to find on CD and do at home.

The tai chi instructor at the Y is wonderful. He is very exacting but we are learning so much.

For whoever said they hurt afterward. Your instructor should be stressing the total relaxing of the muscles while doing the moves. There should be no stress or tension in the body and you should only go as far in any stretch as your body can do. It gets easier with time. It's about flow and not muscle strength and tension.

Our instructor offers a beginner class and a more advanced class so in the beginner one he's always going over basics and no one gets lost in it.

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#676388 - 04/08/11 06:51 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Ninjahedgewych]
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Originally Posted By: Ninjahedgewych
Timing, flow, and balance are far more important than 'flashy" techniques. Work on those and everything will come together also remember "If you do not breath correctly you will not move correctly" and vice versa.


Yes, the breathing is so important. I cannot find my step by step visionary guide. Do you know where I can find one?

PS: I just read back a few posts and saw again your suggestion on Liang's book. I will look that up in Amazon. Thanks, Ian.


Edited by Phyllis-Folk/Myth (04/08/11 06:54 PM)
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#688776 - 05/20/11 12:06 PM Re: Tai Chi [Re: Phyllis Doyle Burns]
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Originally Posted By: Phyllis-Folk/Myth
The only thing I could not do in Tai Chi was that one step where you have to jump and switch the leg you were standing on. The rest of it came fairly easy for me. Of course, I am much older now....hmmm....this will not be easy for me.


Phyllis, a "jump to switch" is dependent upon the style/background of the Tai Chi you practice. There are some that are vigorous than others. You may want to look at a Yang with a 101 Simplified. There's no jumping in that.
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