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Relieve Spine Problems with the Tai Chi Ruler Form – Easy to Learn, Easy to Do!

There are many esoteric uses for the Tai Chi Ruler which involve the conscious manipulation of energy for the purpose of healing and spiritual growth. But novices may also use the Ruler to relieve back problems, especially in the lower … Continue reading

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Your Correct Tai Chi Practice

Like Yoga and so many other disciplines which combine the physical with the metaphysical, Tai Chi can be approached in many different ways. The motives for taking up the art of Tai Chi Chuan are as varied as the students who practice … Continue reading

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Hotai on Spring in the Winter Time

TODAY’S APHORISM from Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple “You can cut all the flowers,  but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”  — Pablo Neruda “Podrán cortar todas las flores,  pero no podrán detener la primavera” — Pablo Neruda Follow … Continue reading

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The Secret Way of Tai Chi

“The Way Is the Way” — Lao Tzu As with most other spiritual mysteries, the underlying secrets beyond the reach of the casual Tai Chi student operate whether we are conscious of them or not. This is because they are based … Continue reading

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Tai Chi and Yoga — A Brief Comparison

While both Tai Chi and Yoga offer many of the same benefits, they are practiced in very different ways. We compare the basic similarities and differences of these two extremely popular body-mind approaches in the paragraphs below. The Basics of Yoga … Continue reading

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Wave Hands like Clouds – the Colorful Tai Chi Positions

Like many martial arts pursuits, the venerable practice of Tai Chi Chuan carries with it an exotic flavor and a long tradition of mystique. These qualities alone attract today’s Western mentality to such arts. Of course, it is the long-term benefits that … Continue reading

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Is Tai Chi Religious? The Supple “Spirituality” of Tai Chi Chuan

A pervasive myth surrounds Tai Chi Chuan that it is either a religion or has religious overtones. This mistaken idea is gradually evaporating though, due to the current widespread practice of the art for its purely physical and psychological benefits. A … Continue reading

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Catching Flaming Arrows at a Martial Arts Temple

One of the many grueling challenges a black belt faces when he decides to go for his second degree black belt at Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple is catching flaming arrows with his hands. In this video, you see … Continue reading

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Simplify your Martial Arts and your Life

“A good martial artist is a simplifier.” This is a statement all students at Do No Kai Martial Arts Temple have heard at one time or another. The pursuit of mastery in martial arts can get complicated, just as mastery … Continue reading

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What Is “Chi?”

The “Chi” in “Tai Chi” is the same ubiquitous “Qi” that the Chinese use to indicate life energy. According to this ancient oriental concept, Chi is a vital, living force, one which is constantly changing and yet remains imperturbably the … Continue reading

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