Wednesday, November 15, 2017

What Is Tai Chi?


When I ask people what think about Tai Chi, they tell me it's about 90-year-old Asians in a park, moving slowly like astronauts on the moon.  

I even had one friend of mine said it was one of those expensive coffee house drinks; I told him, no, that drink would be "chai tea.”

A fast growing exercise with about 85 million training it daily internationally (source: http://qialance.com/how-many-people-practice-tai-chi/), there's more than just Asians or old folks making it part of their lives, with or without tea.

Friday, June 9, 2017

My Tai Chi Story





My Tai Chi Story

I’ve practiced Tai Chi for over 40 years, learned and experienced the tremendous benefits, how it’s kept me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.

What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (translated means “grand ultimate fist”) is an internal martial art created about 300 years ago, when a Buddhist monk observed movements between a snake and crane fighting.  The monk emulated these movements and created a method of martial arts.  Years passed and this exercise was developed into what we know now is Tai Chi and Kung fu.  

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Martial Arts for Seniors


Retired baby boomers with time on their hand are now considering taking martial arts whether it be karate, tae kwon do, kung fu, or tai chi. Though many have joined the softer and less aggressive arts like qigong or tai chi, a percentage of them are donning cotton white gis and attending karate classes. Some old timers in denial attempt mix martial arts till they end up the emergency room: Mind is willing but the body says no. Many that have decided to go back into martial arts after retirement are those with some experience, quitting, years back as lower ranking belts returning to finally earn the coveted black belt. Some do so after watching their kids through the years take martial arts but didn’t have the guts to take it then. For whatever reason, it’s something that baby boomers want to do now; a bucket list kind of thing.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

STRESS!!!

Courtesy of paleoplan.com
I'm going to make a bold statement, and you may not agree with, but I'm going to stick my neck out and say, forget about guns and bullets.

What will kill you, probably, is stress.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The 70% Rule

Summer, late 1960’s, I earned college money by working in the Delano grape fields.  My Filipino co-workers were in their 60’s and 70’s, including my dad, who worked and moved about with ease and efficiency. 

Those of you who had the pleasure of doing this kind of work appreciated the conditions and methodologies needed to get through a decent ten-hour day (at the time 10-hour days were the norm).

As I struggled to keep up with this back breaking work, my dad would tell me to “take my time, but hurry up.”

I was young, strong and athletically fit.  Hurrying up was not problem.  Doing it efficiently like my dad and his compatriots was not possible.  I didn’t have the wherewithal to “take my time.”

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70 Percent Rule


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tai Chi for Cancer Patients and Survivors

I decided that it's time I help cancer patients and survivors with my skills.  If I can, in a small way, provide hope and inspiration, then it's all worth it.  Wednesday morning 10 to 11.  See calendar below.