Taijiquan Progress

Prince Zuko: Enough. I've been drilling this sequence all day. Teach me the next set. I'm more than ready. Uncle Iroh: No, you are impatient. You have yet to master your basics. Drill it again! - Avatar: The Last Airbender We get the same corrections repeatedly. It's not that we don't improve, but with each new challenge, some basics can be harder to maintain. Rooting, body alignment, softness, relaxation, certain mechanics, focus, intent, etc... You can develop them at slow speed Taijiquan practice and they'll go out the window once you speed up and/or add fa jing. You can focus on a few corrections and some of the others will slip. It gets even uglier when you're under pressure during a s

Challenges in Preserving Traditions in Modern Times

One month left in the semester and this is my first blog post! We've been back at the center as "super seniors" and things are no less busy than before. It's great being just a "visitor" and having many responsibilities passed on to other students. On the other hand, I end up taking on other tasks so the pressure and anxiety aren't actually diminished. It's against my nature to sit back when I see areas for improvement. It works both for and against me. I was asked to write an article about the Retreat Center graduation celebration. It started as a recap of the day and evolved into something quite different. The process itself was reminiscent of the mental and emotional hurdles I encountered

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