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by Juan Botero
Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Daily practise
Replies: 24
Views: 11636

Re: Daily practise

[quote]I'm trying something new with a beginner student over here. I told her to practise zhan zhuang for just 3 minutes a day for the first month, then add one minute daily per month from then on.[/quote] Hi Linda, I did something different: Instead of doing half an hour, I just did only three minu...
by Juan Botero
Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:15 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Just a few general questions from a new student
Replies: 12
Views: 9178

On the issue of how to relax, the thread An aspect of fangsong may be helpful.


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by Juan Botero
Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:01 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: ideal practice time
Replies: 8
Views: 10104

In my experience, anytime during day or night is the same to practice Tai Chi. No matter when or where, and no matter if it is form or basics or zhan zhan. One hour of practice is one hour of practice is one hour of practice.

I'd also like to see what more senior students think about it.
Juan
by Juan Botero
Tue Oct 21, 2008 6:06 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: starting Neigong and others
Replies: 5
Views: 4168

In my limited experience, the more you practice the better. It was helpful to me to practice at home with Laoshi's video, in order to take better advantage of instruction at class.
by Juan Botero
Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:35 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: DC Push Hands
Replies: 5
Views: 5190

Informal practice on Fridays.

Hi there, Some of us will start practicing on Fridays, at 12:30 pm, at Lafayette Park: 16th street between H and Pennsylvania. It is about one and a half blocks from the McPherson and Farragut metro stations and about three blocks from Metro Center (13th street exit). All are invited to join. If I u...
by Juan Botero
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:46 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji as Spiritual Practice
Replies: 9
Views: 8275

[i]"As martial artists, we strive for total mastery of our art. Reaching absolute mastery of outward skill is our means of self-mastery. To be a master of our art or any art is to be a master of one's self, of the self.... I am my only real opponent[/i]", Taiji Notebook for Martial Artists. Page 77.
by Juan Botero
Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:20 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: 37 Form Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 22667

Cheng Man-ching

For people just starting Taiji, this might be helpful. http://ru.youtube.com/watch?v=dGBfmEocCoM&feature=related http://ru.youtube.com/watch?v=IqLxMPIVAlo&feature=related I saw these videos of Cheng Man-ching a while ago and I remember asking Ben why they looked so different to what we were doing in...
by Juan Botero
Wed Feb 20, 2008 11:35 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 10721

Roland and Courtney, thank you for your comments. You are right. It is not that other students will not harm you, but rather that they will not intentionally harm you beyond what is necessary for your training. And I greatly appreciate Roland's thought on accepting it from the outset. They do in fac...
by Juan Botero
Fri Jan 18, 2008 3:03 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 10721

Thank you very much.
Juan
by Juan Botero
Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fear
Replies: 14
Views: 10721

Fear

In sanshou practice, I have absolute trust that other students will not intentionally harm me, yet the automatic (non-rational, basic) instinct of fear reactions always trigger in regardless. Like an automatic pilot that takes control of the plane when the altitude indicator gets below certain level...
by Juan Botero
Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:26 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: An aspect of fangsong.
Replies: 21
Views: 16918

At the outset of this topic is Roland´s cup of tea analogy that I mentioned after class today. Apparently you just decide to let go of tension as you decide to let go of a cup of tea... it seems to be as much in the mind as it is in the body. A second aspect seems to be form practice. Verticality he...
by Juan Botero
Sat Aug 04, 2007 9:37 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: sticking and following
Replies: 3
Views: 3409

Roland,
Thank you very much.
by Juan Botero
Thu Aug 02, 2007 1:30 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: sticking and following
Replies: 3
Views: 3409

sticking and following

Hi all,
I would appreciate some guidance on the concepts of sticking and following and listening and how they relate to fang song. Thank you.
Juan
by Juan Botero
Tue Apr 10, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: About michuan learning possibilities around the world
Replies: 7
Views: 7013

Harvard and MIT are in Cambridge, MA. Still Mountain school (a school close to GRTC) is in Sommerville, MA. Both towns are just part of Boston metropolitan area, very close and connected by public transportation. They also have classes close to Philadelphia, where you have UPenn, a great school. Geo...
by Juan Botero
Mon Mar 05, 2007 7:07 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: 37 Form Discussion
Replies: 28
Views: 22667

here is the other video of Master Zheng that I mentioned in class

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4603FB2 ... ed&search=