The gradual absorption: the gradual, often unconscious, absorption of knowledge or ideas through continual exposure, rather than deliberate learning Students seem to pick up a working knowledge of Taijiboxing by osmosis over the years of practice! The art of Taijiboxing is a discipline that is acquired after many years of tireless practice. It demands patience and persistence that only the few can maintain. The essence of this art is in its subtle application and innate assimilation, much like the process of osmosis. The beauty of this discipline is that, by a gradual approach, through patience as the way and consistency as the key, many people can benefit from Taijiquan’s inherent benefits. With diligent, yet integrated, practice the implementation of the skill of taijiboxing is available to all players. The method of osmosis, however subtle, is blatantly palpable as beginners practice and learn the “set” or form. Regardless of the family style, Chen Wu Yang or Sun, the congregation of mind, body and spirit, brought together with clear “Intention” and focused attention, creates the right ingredients for Passive osmosis. When you add a sensitive, experienced Instructor, you add the additional element of Facilitated Diffusion of knowledge, energy and purpose. This is…
The art of taijiquan is much like the art of being a masterful magician. It requires a subtle skill and a balanced blend of techniques and tools that come together to form a state of “synchronicity”. Just like being a magician, there are many layers to your craft. A magician may employ the skill of illusionist, or the skill of being an escapist, then there is the slight of hand techniques, and of course, the masterful ” vanishing act”. All these skills require dedication, practice and discipline, just like the art of taijiquan. Each facet of training should be intricately woven together so the final product appears to be flawless and limitless. The tools of a taiji boxer are hidden in his training and his ability to glean the skills from his daily practice, knowledge and interpretation of the classical text, with developed natural ability and persistent dedication to his craft. A demonstration of true synchronicity is like the quiet workings of a very exclusive watch. On the outside, the watch serves a basic function that is to measure and determine a constant known as time, but the mystery lies in the synchronicity of the unseen working parts, …the gears,…
Taijiboxing is a progressive martial art and a comprehensive exercise discipline it combines principles fro both eastern and western approaches to health and vitality. Recently I went on a visit to Toronto to celebrate my half a century birthday, with some friends and visit with my old sifu Master Ho Lo Lam. It was nice to visit the city see the hustle and bustle hear are the different languages and be expose to a wide variety of authentic ethnic culinary and cultural delights. I first visited my good friend by Instructor Ian Zachemski Gibbs a classical yet eclectic Hapkido Instructor, we shared some stories caught up with each others life’s and then decided to do some training. This was great fun, as we get to compare similarities between combat theories, applications, and executions. I was able to absorb some principles and learn a new kick called a “Wheel Kick”. I was also able to Introduce to them the concept of “Ghost Stepping” This is a principle absorbs from the Taijjutsi discipline, and the Japanese system of “Tai Subaki”. Tai Sabaki is related to Ashi Sabaki or (Footwork) and Te Sabaki or (handwork). The technique of Sabaki is a unique method…
 

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