Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Tai Chi Tuesday: Relaxation is the Key
Welcome back to Tai Chi Tuesday.
Here is a tip I have been sharing with my advanced students: it's the meditative relaxation of Tai Chi that makes it a formidable martial art.
Even if you have not reached the stage of being able to produce Jin, you still gain more power by being relaxed than by being tense.
Also, with Chi, awareness comes the ability of feeling your opponent's intentions before they happen. This makes it much easier to guide an opponent off his /her center in order to counter-attack.
Tai Chi classics say, "Move a thousand pound with four ounces." If we tense our bodies, we already have exceeded the four ounces.