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by iglazer
Fri Oct 17, 2008 12:08 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Looking upward, downward, advancing and retreating
Replies: 3
Views: 4540

This is, to me, an expression of sticking and following. When the duifang tries to retreat, he finds you are the same distance from him as when he started. When the duifang attacks, you listen and follow, moving with him and he'll find that you are just as far away as when he started his attack.
by iglazer
Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:47 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Soft Targets: A Beginner's Impressions
Replies: 15
Views: 23596

Long time listener, first time caller

I tried my hand a cutting for the first time this weekend. Laoshr generously shared some of his bamboo stash allowing me to hack it up with a jian . The clearest lesson for me is that edge angle trumps blade speed (and strength) every day of the week. My pi and liao cuts with proper edge angle cut t...
by iglazer
Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: The Passing of William "Big Wily/The Black Death"
Replies: 0
Views: 7361

The Passing of William "Big Wily/The Black Death"

Rest well my friend. I'll remember you as this picture shows: hitting me in the head. You'll be dearly missed.


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by iglazer
Thu Oct 18, 2007 8:47 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taijiquan Principles
Replies: 19
Views: 17530

And upon considering this, I wanted to ask: During practice of the form/push-hands/sanshou/daily-life should the eyes focus on a single object in front of us, or are they softened into more of a gaze? Neither. Awareness is the key. One of the reasons that the school in DC is a good space for practi...
by iglazer
Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:42 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: About michuan learning possibilities around the world
Replies: 7
Views: 8759

Where are you moving to?
by iglazer
Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:09 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Dan Tien
Replies: 1
Views: 2991

Get in line. :)

The most I can say is that I feel something akin to blowing up a balloon. It's very hard to do at first, but becomes easier over time.

That being said... I still struggle with it.
by iglazer
Wed Feb 14, 2007 10:12 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: About balance and flat feet
Replies: 9
Views: 8772

In my experience, the most "important" leg for one legged postures is the leg attached to the ground. Too often people pay attention to the leg that is in the air, which not too helpful - that tends to draw the root up and out of the ground. Sounds like you aren't doing that, which is good.
by iglazer
Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: About balance and flat feet
Replies: 9
Views: 8772

The problem is that, to stand on my left leg, I have to gradually make that my centre. And thus I make it heavy, but my balance point is so fragile, that it is hard to maintain it. It's not an easy transmission for me. I think that my attention goes too low, and that I should try to have enough sup...
by iglazer
Wed Feb 14, 2007 8:52 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: About balance and flat feet
Replies: 9
Views: 8772

Tomita -

Describe how you lose your balance. Do you find that you fall backwards during kicking stretching? Do you litle front/back or left/right on one legged postures?
by iglazer
Sat Jan 27, 2007 1:26 pm
Forum: GRTC Announcements
Topic: Store has been updated
Replies: 1
Views: 8161

Store has been updated

We finally go the right desings up to the store. You can check out the shirts here.
by iglazer
Mon Jan 22, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: zhanzhuang and nausea
Replies: 23
Views: 20034

Linda Heenan wrote:Your illustrations and thoughts finally made things work better for me.
Great to hear things are working better for you.

Roland, can you share your illustrations with the rest of us? I am sure there are other students who could use some insights on this too.
by iglazer
Tue Jan 16, 2007 5:51 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: zhanzhuang and nausea
Replies: 23
Views: 20034

Linda, I would caution you in thinking this is an issue of sex. It belies an underlying belief that there is something about this art that is specifically geared towards men, which is not the case.
by iglazer
Mon Jan 15, 2007 11:03 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: zhanzhuang and nausea
Replies: 23
Views: 20034

I finally managed to do the zhanzhuang for 30 minutes Congratulations. Doing zhanzhuang by yourself is infinitely harder than in a group. but afterwards, I felt sick. I had a similar thing happen to me after Master Hu visited. We had done some Swimming Dragon chi gong. Afterwards, I thought I was g...
by iglazer
Mon Nov 13, 2006 8:20 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: directions?
Replies: 4
Views: 5489

I cannot say that I can comment on cardinals for different virtues. What I can comment on is the danger of practicing always facing the same thing every day. I know from my own experience that you get all too used to facing the same wall day after day. It can actual be to the detriment of your pract...
by iglazer
Fri Nov 03, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Mi Chuan Discussion
Topic: Chin-na?
Replies: 4
Views: 10288

Master George Wu has said that in every movement there is a strike, a kick, a lock, and a throw.



They are there is you look, but I'd say that aren't accentuated. Ban-lan-chui clearly has some locking in it. Grasp sparrow's tail is another.



Keep looking, they are there.