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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2010 » April
    September My knee was damaged in a car accident last summer I m going into hospital on Tuesday 27th April for surgery on the knee which is expected to resolve the problem Fingers crossed I ll have the summer to complete my rehabilitation in 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 Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives August 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Recent Posts Planning For A September Return

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2010 » March
    of their second year with me and their third year overall playing T ai Chi One of the things we concentrated on tonight was the difference between when they started and where they are now One of the points that was made which I thought was very valid was that it is the regular practice playing T ai Chi regularly 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 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 Principles Are Yin And Yang Too Posted by Stuart Herbert on March

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2010 » February
    perhaps a larger topic for another discussion Part of the key for this is that ultimately there is just T ai Chi and all these other things they just blend and they all merge and they become as one And that is our half way goal That s what we re aiming to get to Once we ve got to there we can start thinking about how to use T ai Chi once you can do it 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 Be the first to leave a comment Elbows Low Exercise Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 21st 2010 in Podcast Principles Technique 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 We ve just done the Tuesday night class the Improvers class and tonight we did a recap of the principle of Elbows Low which was highly entertaining for everybody and quite informative too I hope The main thing we were looking at with Elbows Low tonight was the idea that in order to keep your elbows low it s all about relaxing the shoulders as much as possible getting the tension out of the shoulders This results in the elbow naturally falling by your side in much the same way that your hips naturally tilt forward if you eliminate the tension in the lower back Ed We also looked at situations where the elbow is raised up There s a great exercise for this to let you feel the difference between what we re looking for with Elbows Low and what to avoid The question always is if your elbow is not held at your side but is deliberately held up in the air how can that possibly be Elbows Low The exercise very simply is to hold your right arm out in front of you turn the right hand out so that wrist and elbow are at the same height forming a bar facing to your right From that position raise the wrist a little bit to ensure your wrist is higher than your elbow Take a moment to feel what that s like at the shoulder That doesn t feel too bad I hope unless you ve had shoulder surgery or you ve got a damaged shoulder at which point you ve got to learn to work within your own particular limits To compare and contrast this instead of raising the wrist to be higher than the elbow raise the elbow to be higher than the wrist Can you feel the extra tension that has now entered the shoulder That tension limits the mobility of the shoulder It unbalances you as well because your shoulder has had to rise in order to bring the elbow higher than the wrist and I m willing to bet that for a lot of people listening to this podcast if someone was to stand in front of you and look at you they d see that you re now leaning to one side because of the raised shoulder It s very disruptive to your bio mechanical structure just by making the elbow too high That s just a little exercise we did tonight in the class to show how Elbows Low works 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 Be the first to leave a comment 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

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2009 » September
    any interest to anyone If you enjoy them let me know in the comments 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 1 comment Open Source T ai Chi Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 21st 2009 in Books News Teaching Over the past two years I ve been working on a set of notes for my Beginners class With the help of feedback from my students the notes have been polished tried and tested and I m now happy enough with them to share them online for anyone else who is interested in reading them To make my notes easy to find I ve added a new Class Notes page to the website which lists all of the notes I ve uploaded I still need to finish off and publish my T ai Chi for Improvers notes plus the notes I m scribbling away about my own practice And to make my notes as free as possible I m licensing them under the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike 2 0 UK license This license allows you to re use my notes and to make your own version of these notes provided you give the original author me credit and that you also distribute your own version of the notes under the same license This makes our T ai Chi notes a Free Cultural Work Why am I doing this Our art has a tradition going back at least to Yang Cheng fu in the 1930 s of sharing everything we know This means you don t have to take any modern teacher s word on T ai Chi you can go and track down a translation of Yang Cheng fu s book and see for yourself When my teacher died his surviving family chose to withdraw the two instructional aids he had made during his lifetime videos of both himself and his teacher playing the form This sadly means that my students and in time their students cannot compare their own understanding and practice to that of the teachers who went before me My own work such as it is is now a Free Cultural Work and can never be withdrawn from my students when I die I hope you find these notes helpful and I m always keen to receive feedback to help me improve them still further 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

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2009 » August
    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 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 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 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 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

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2009 » July
    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 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 June Tai Chi Podcast Round up Posted by Stuart Herbert on July 11th 2009 in Podcast Here s a list of the Tai Chi podcasts that I published in June through AudioBoo I hope you find them interesting and informative A Night Of Reflection An Observation On Looking At The Ten Principles Begining To Find Your Balance Elbows Low Exercise Principles Are Yin And Yang Too The Difference Between Not Knowing And Not Doing Thoughts On Practicing Thunderstorm What A Difference Every Day Makes Where Do You Practice 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 Be the first to leave a comment Categories

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2009 » June
    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 you to listen to before I ve finished the drive home And because they are short between 2 and 5 mins on average it doesn t take up a lot of time to listen to them Check out my tai chi podcasts and keep checking back for fresh ones If you enjoy them please let me know by leaving a comment below 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

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  • Ten Principles Tai Chi - » 2009 » March
    Chi Chuan form that I teach here you go This is a demonstration video I made recently for my beginners class Both videos include a detailed commentary of the form the exact same oral transmission that I use in my weekly classes I hope you find it interesting 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 Categories Applications Benefits Books Classes Conditioning News Podcast Principles Teaching Technique Video Your Practice Archives August 2010 April 2010 March 2010 February 2010 September 2009 August 2009 July 2009 June 2009 March 2009 January 2009 October 2008 July 2008 June 2008 May 2008 April 2008 March 2008 February 2008 January 2008 Recent Posts Planning For A September Return Course Notes Back Online Summer Term

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