Kaile T'ai Chi: Table of Contents


These thoughts come from 40 years of making notes after class or practice or thinking. Some are almost-finished writing; others are only thought out, and need to be organized. If any of them capture your interest, please let me know via the Contact page, and I will finish up that essay in a few weeks. Nicholas

The Fundamental Concept: Focus vs. Full-Form Practice
Five years of improvement in six months
Learning to move like a great river
Repetition cannot completely replace the full form
Body/Space Awareness: Proprioception, Exteroception, and Interoception
The Need For Daily Practice
Developing Balance
Holding Postures - the Health Benefits
Muscle Innervation
Muscle Capillarization
Muscle Hypertrophy
Holding While Injured For Joint Rehabilitation
A Good Time to Relax Your Torso ("core")
Criticisms of Posture Holding
The Three DanTian

Three Mental Elements of Mastering T'ai Chi: Concentration, Discipline, and Patience
Overcoming Mental Blocks in T'ai Chi
Quiet Standing: an Essential Part of Qigong
T'ai Chi Breathing: Slowly
Practicing Indoors or Outdoors

The Trouble With American Feet
Cross-Training and T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi and Unnecessary Mysticism
Practicing Like a Lady Dancing
The Importance of Perfection in Practicing
T'ai Chi Relaxation Techniques
Beginners Cannot "Relax" - They Can Only Tense
"Dropping" (relaxing) the Shoulders

Cardio-Vascular Benefits of T'ai Chi Practice
Practicing When Sick or Injured
When Ill
When Injured
Chronic Illness Is a Great Motivator
T'ai Chi Vision: Seeing Far and Wide
Motivations That Lead to Success or Failure
The Precious Ten Minutes After Practice
Where Short-term Memory Becomes Long-Term Memory
Maintaining an Erect Posture in T'ai Chi
What Does Not Improve Posture
    Western Tips
    Eastern Advice
    Other Suggestions
What Does Work
Relaxing / "Sinking" / "Dropping" Your Shoulders
Real Qigong Teaching