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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Summer Term Classes Cancelled
    time for September s classes and the new academic year About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 2 Comments Shang Lee says April 20th 2010 at 11 40 pm Get well soon Stuart Val Brown says April 22nd 2010 at 4 04 pm Best of luck for the 27th Hope you make a speedy recovery I ll practise every day until classes start again in September Love Val x Add Your Comments To This Article Using The Form Below Your name required Your email address will not be published required Your website Your comment Your comments may not appear until they have been approved by a moderator Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » News
    Classes News Just a quick note to tell everyone that there will be a class on Tuesday night 25th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre as previously arranged My banged up knee came through my first full practice on Saturday so I m up for testing it for a full two hour class on Tuesday Hope to see all my students there Be the first to leave a comment Back To Classes On Saturday Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 16th 2009 in Classes News I m planning to be back down the Knapp on Saturday 22nd August as normal I ve got some ligament damage in my knee from the car accident so I ve got to take it a bit easy but I m looking forward getting back to training Be the first to leave a comment Tonight s Class Cancelled Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 4th 2009 in Classes News Apologies for the short notice but I ve had to cancel tonight s class at Barry Island Community Centre My wife and I were in a car accident last week and unfortunately I m not able to travel to tonight s class I hope the next Tuesday class planned for 25th August will go ahead I don t know yet whether or not I ll be at the Knapp on Saturday morning 2 comments Summer Class Schedule Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th 2009 in Classes News Now that the academic year is over congrats to everyone who completed my Tai Chi for Beginners and Tai Chi for Improvers classes btw we re now on the summer schedule for classes Tuesday 14th July 7pm Barry Island Community Centre Tuesday 4th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre Tuesday 25th August 7pm Barry Island Community Centre All of my students are welcome regardless of whether you re returning next academic year or not And if you re curious about Tai Chi and would like to find out what it is and what our classes are like you re very welcome to come too 2 comments Mini Tai Chi Podcasts Using Audioboo Posted by Stuart Herbert on June 11th 2009 in News Podcast A busy career doesn t always leave time for blogging as regularly as I d like but it s also true to say that with tai chi I prefer to blog about something whilst it s still fresh in my mind Throw in the art s tradition of oral transmission as the primary means of communication and preservation and I hope you ll agree that podcasting might be a great way to share my experiences studying tai chi I ve started creating little tai chi podcasts using Audioboo The beauty about Audioboo is that I can record the podcasts on my iPhone no matter where I am and immediately upload them and publish them At the moment I m recording an audioboo immediately after every class which means that it is uploaded and available for

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » The Difference Between Not Knowing And Not Doing
    with that A couple of the ladies tonight mentioned that when they practice they sometimes forget to do certain sections but that it s a different section each time The point I wanted to emphasis to them and what I want to share with everybody else is the difference between what my Improvers are experiencing when they miss out pieces of the form from time to time compared to my Beginners who find that they hit a wall and stop With the Beginners they practice the form until they get to a point where they don t know what to do and they get stuck They get stuck because they don t know that part of the form and they stop They are unable to continue and unable to complete the form because they don t know it well enough to play it on their own yet The difference with the Improvers is they do know the form the whole way through and on any given day they re able to play so much of it but they miss bits out Not because they don t know the form or they don t know the sequence of the form or the individual moves but they miss bits out because they re now working at the next level which is their attention and their mindfulness and they miss bits out because their concentration isn t yet at the level where they can practice for 15 to 20 minutes and keep the form in mind the whole time And that is an important difference they know the form and are now working on the next level which is their mindfulness and being there for the whole time they are playing the form About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Your Practice
    Ed you can go and see what medical studies proper research has been finding out Those things aside I always come back to the point that T ai Chi is not a mechanical skill that you learn It is not a tool that you pick up and use for a certain purpose and then put back T ai Chi is something that you make part of you it becomes part of you and you become part of it It is a symbiotic relationship and those people who come to class learning the form to keep themselves happy and who don t practice during the week they only play the form in the class and then drop it for whatever reason they ve completely missed out on what T ai Chi has to offer them for the rest of their lives If you re listening to this podcast and you re thinking that you don t know when you re going to practice between classes I imagine that your teacher would be like my teacher and like me imploring you to practice this every day twice a day if you can rain or shine No matter how you feel do what you can every day and the benefits mentally and physically will soon add up 3 comments Thoughts On Practicing Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 21st 2010 in Podcast Teaching Your Practice This blog post was originally published as a podcast in June 2009 I m slowly transcribing all of my podcasts to share them with my readers who either cannot play podcasts on their computer or who simply prefer reading instead of listening I ve just completed tonight s class teaching the beginners on a Thursday night and there are two key lessons we ve taken from tonight s class First of all no matter what the weather no matter how hot or how cold it is the class always goes easier if it is nice and lighthearted and people are able to have a good old laugh as part of the class It makes them enjoy themselves a lot more as a result they actually find that they re more focused As a teacher you ll see that in the students because they re not looking to escape they re not watching the clock they re here they re in the moment and they are enjoying themselves And then the second lesson we ve taken from tonight s class is that there s no substitute for hard work no substitute at all Repetition going over the moves bit by bit breaking them down and practicing practicing practicing 10 15 20 times a night in the class really helps people learn and re enforces the teaching they ve already picked up for each of the moves It s amazing what difference you can see in two hours between everybody in the group and it s a real joy to see it s one of the things that as a

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » What A Difference Every Day Makes
    learn It is not a tool that you pick up and use for a certain purpose and then put back T ai Chi is something that you make part of you it becomes part of you and you become part of it It is a symbiotic relationship and those people who come to class learning the form to keep themselves happy and who don t practice during the week they only play the form in the class and then drop it for whatever reason they ve completely missed out on what T ai Chi has to offer them for the rest of their lives If you re listening to this podcast and you re thinking that you don t know when you re going to practice between classes I imagine that your teacher would be like my teacher and like me imploring you to practice this every day twice a day if you can rain or shine No matter how you feel do what you can every day and the benefits mentally and physically will soon add up About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and has been contributing to open source software since 1994 He was an early writer for php architect a co author of the Official Zend Certification Study Guide for PHP 4 and a regular speaker at conferences and user groups since 2004 When he s not designing software Stuart loves to explore the world through a camera lens spend time with his beloved guitars and continue his study to T ai Chi Chu an Taijiquan 3 Comments Teapotmonk says March 5th 2010 at 3 31 pm Thanks for sharing those views on Tai Chi One thing is to practice the form the other is to integrate the principles in to life

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Benefits
    injury Don t take my word for it checkout all of the third party studies and testimonials for yourself Ed In our form one of the moves is called the Lotus Sweep You can view this on the YouTube video that I have of the form it s towards the end of the Part 2 video Ed This move really challenges your balance especially for a beginner What you have to do is go into cat stance weight is in the left and you sweep in with the right leg and you then sweep out once and then twice in a big circle before placing the feet heels in line to finish When I play this move my right knee the leg that is doing the sweeping the right knee comes up to hip height as I sweep in and out It s quite natural for beginners to want to try and copy that shape because as a beginner you are learning the shapes But what happens as you play the form with the knee up when you don t yet have Single Weight and when you don t yet have Relax The Hips and you don t yet have the uprightness that comes from Head And Body Moves As One Unit what happens to the beginner is that the sweep in and the sweep out cause the body to wobble left and right quite substantially It s not unusual for beginners to fall over at this point because they are trying to stand on one foot but don t yet have the balance to achieve it I saw a great thing in tonight s class where one of my students made a choice Instead of bringing the knee up high he chose to preserve his balance and his uprightness by playing the sweep low to the floor instead He brought the right foot up just enough to clear the floor so that he could sweep in once and sweep out twice and keep his uprightness I must point this out as being a great choice that he made and a great tip for everyone who is beginning to try and find their balance One of the reasons T ai Chi teaches balance is that it is teaching the body to understand what it feels like and what it means to be upright This is part of the mindfulness side of T ai Chi But as a beginner if you are wobbling left and right all the time as beginners are want to do and as I did too when I was a beginner what are you teaching the body there You re not You re continuing to confuse the body by lurching from one side and back to the other By smoothing these things out by focusing and saying right being upright is the most important thing and my form will have to grow around that core pillar over time it improves your balance far quicker and far better

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Conditioning
    that makes the difference in how you feel You feel completely different after a while As you progress you feel different again and the feeling keeps changing and it keeps improving The reason it gets even better is that it is the practice of the form and the application of the principles to the form that ultimately change you on the inside both mentally and physically On the website we ve got a lot of studies listed including medical studies of how practicing T ai Chi improves various aspects of people s health You don t have to take my word for it in fact you never should have to everything any T ai Chi teacher tells you should be verifiable and backed up by evidence Ed you can go and see what medical studies proper research has been finding out Those things aside I always come back to the point that T ai Chi is not a mechanical skill that you learn It is not a tool that you pick up and use for a certain purpose and then put back T ai Chi is something that you make part of you it becomes part of you and you become part of it It is a symbiotic relationship and those people who come to class learning the form to keep themselves happy and who don t practice during the week they only play the form in the class and then drop it for whatever reason they ve completely missed out on what T ai Chi has to offer them for the rest of their lives If you re listening to this podcast and you re thinking that you don t know when you re going to practice between classes I imagine that your teacher would be like my teacher

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » Principles Are Yin And Yang Too
    people go away on holiday etc and have had to double up tonight I obviously meant catch up Ed I had one of those doh forehead slapping moments as part of that tonight because although it is blatantly obvious I only just realised tonight that of course the principles go together just like yin and yang Mrs H at this point helpfully pointed out that forehead slapping is surely the sound of one hand clapping Ed I d never noticed that before it s so obvious and I m feeling very foolish about it It is good to admit these things for one day we all forget what it was like when we were at the beginning of our journey and that is when we lose our way Ed The principles we looked at tonight were Continuous Movement and Stillness In Motion two principles that absolutely complement each other You can take any move of the form and you ve got Continuous Movement firing off and it is being supported at all times by its exact opposite which is a lack of movement Stillness In Motion To explore Stillness In Motion a little bit more what we were looking at tonight was the difference between stillness and Stillness In Motion Stillness is where you stick where you stop and you feel that you have stopped Stillness In Motion by contrast is where you ve become more efficient and you re still moving but you re only moving that which needs to be moved So for me that was a very entertaining class tonight and for me very educational even though I m the one teaching it and I hope you find this point helpful too in your practice About The Author Stuart has been writing PHP applications since 2003 and

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