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a thought about t'ai chi and our modern lifestyle

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the story so far...

the practice of wu style t'ai chi ch'uan has benefited my health, more than anything in my life.  it is for this reason that i desire, as much as anything, to give back (real shareware :+O)  some of the joy and energy that t'ai chi has given to me.  please accept these modest instructions in the spirit that they are offered, and feel free to share them with any body.

my friend michael taught me one of the most practical concepts i have learned in t'ai chi
(it is also very practical, generally, in life):

do not over-do     do not under-do

all of us are shaped from our 'individual' life experiences; like snowflakes, in that regard, no two are alike...yet, in more important regards, we are as ONE. whether short, tall, thin, fat, old, young, white, brown, or yellow (or any other distinctions), we share some common strand in this universe...we MOVE as one.  t'ai chi is the movement of our combined energies (which include, but are probably not limited to: breath, blood, water, electricity, peristalsis) as ONE: grounded, balanced, and whole.

the person in a wheelchair may have to exercise the chi primarily with the mind...yet this can be done, a sort of mental set *, if you will.  *(a set is what most t'ai chi students call the series of movements connected together, also called doing the form.)  a blind person can learn t'ai chi as surely as a sighted one; whatever condition we bring ourselves to t'ai chi ch'uan in,  it's benefits will accrue.  it is a healing art designed to accommodate the strengths and weaknesses of all individual practitioners.  so no matter where one is 'coming from', improvement may be had. 
 however, one must not over-do and one must not under-do.

each person alone can measure this.  the popular adage of recent times, "no pain, no gain", must be replaced with,
"don't over-do, don't under-do".  only you yourself will know
if you have stretched your chi 'enough', 'too much', or even 'not enough'.  what we desire to achieve with t'ai chi is balance: to get there, moderation, not excess, is required; as the 'baby bear' said in an older, more profound maxim,
'mine is just right'.

so keep in mind while upon this new journey that we do it for our health, for our joy, for our spiritual reawakening...not to suffer more, but to complete ourselves as beings,
and rejoice of the universe.

for more about t'ai chi's general benefits, click HERE

for more on research into specific healing aspects of t'ai chi, click HERE

i also highly recommend this website as an excellent source of
information about the wu style of t'ai chi ch'uan:

for more history about the Master who instructed Li Da,
Wu Kung Yi, click HERE



Li Da
With gratitude to Li Li Da  (1922-1982)

to Ruth, David, Lydia, Michael G, Shar'n, Harold, Eileen, Robert,
and all of the other people who have helped me learn T'ai Chi...
For anyone in or near (or just visiting) the San Francisco Bay Area, please accept our invitation to join us in our VIRTUAL REALITY PLAYSHOP
(real people), any Saturday morning from 8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
at 1819 10th Street, in Berkeley.
(The set usually begins @ 9:10 a.m. Saturday
Just take the outside stairs on the south side of Finnish Hall to the top to get in--or take the disabled folks elevator inside--if you need it)


   "It is important to spend time with a living teacher, one who can correct mistakes and discipline you.  But the object of such study should not be the creation of a new orthodoxy.  Rather, your goal should be to bring yourself to a state of independence.  All teachings are mere references.  The true experience is living your own life."
Deng Ming-Dao

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...nothing new here in this part of the Universe since
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we share some common strand in this

we  as one