What is taichi and how you can benefit from the practice.Part 2.

Lets see how else will you benefit from the regular taiji practice. I intentionally underline a necessity of regular practice- it is the most important condition to get the  outcome. If you decide to practice taiji for a month, to look how it goes and then quit it, just because you haven’t  experienced many changes, it is not because taiji doesn’t work. Any Chinese way of treatment requires  time  and patience. I’d say this is the most difficult part for our western mind that want to get a quick and obvious result right away.

You always  have to remember,   you  are changing your body by the most natural way for it, without any side effects. But it takes time.


After a while you will  be surprised to find out that your mind becomes sharper. You think faster, your memory and attention have been improved. It ‘s not the time to explore the depth of neurophysiology to explain this phenomenon I will just ask you to do one  exercise- try to draw a circle with your right hand, and a cross with your leaf hand at the same time.

Then, change your hands.

Now, think, taijiquan movements always require  asynchronous movements from you- your hands and your feet do different things. Can you imagine what a great gymnastics for your mind.

I can share my personal experience. Before I came to my taiji school in Wudang mountains, I had used a special application that developed and monitored such cognitive processes as memory, attention, logic and concentration.  But after my training program began, I quit using it, since I was practicing taiji  for 6 hours per day and had no time to focus  on my mental training. About a year later, I decided to pass the test one more time.  I was surprised when my results improved for about 25-30%.

What  other changes one might experience while practicing taijiquan?

Lets switch from the mind to the body and body psychotherapy. The main concept of which is any problems, stresses and negative events of our life are located in our body as blockages and tension. Therefore if we can find out where are the blockages and remove them ( aka relax it),  the problem will disappear.

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Sex and the city from the Chinese perspective)))))

To make my living and  to support myself financially so I can stay in China and learn taiji, I am teaching English.  And now I am teaching a wonderful Chinese lady- a teacher of Art, who is 24,  married, has a baby.  Our class lasts for 2 hours, so today  I decided we could watch a video. Not just 10 minutes, but the whole episode of some interesting TV series and I chose Sex and the City. My sister loved it and I thought that for a young Chinese  woman it would be interesting to see  the life of women on the other side of the Globe. So, we started watching  Season one, Episode one.


After ten minutes I stopped it. I stopped it not because of her, but because of me. For those who forgot, or just had no idea, in the first episode 4  successful  beautiful ladies are discussing the reason why it is impossible to find a decent man in New York. And men also give the opinion on why they don’t really want any serious relationship. Living in China for more than 2 years and a half and  hanging out mostly with Chinese , I have realized what a gap is between these two cultures.

Of course there are exceptions, but  in general, family is the most important thing here. Chinese guys want to get married, they love kids and they do not play games. To be responsible and to be mature is  extremely meaningful. So I  asked my student :” Do Chinese guys disappear if they don’t want to develop  а relationship”. And the girl answered:” Not really. In general if they understand that they don’t want to date you, they will sincerely tell you about it, hoping that you can become friends”.

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What is taichi and how you can benefit from the practice? Part 1

Ok. Everybody knows what yoga is. Or they think they know.   At least, people have some certain images: a beautiful woman with a lotus flower, or some bareboned  Indian guy who is able to place his limbs somewhere you can’t imagine, or  just a group of women in a fitness studio trying to get to a warrior  pose.

But  a very few people know what is taijiquan. The problems have begun with the pronunciation already: taichi, taiji, taiji quan, taichi chuan, taiji chuan. Many people would be surprised, finding out, that all these names are referred to the same practice.

What is taiji quan? A martial art, a healing system, a way for  the  self-cognition, a tool for the therapy, a system self- improvement? What is it?


Everyone in China knows that  practicing taiji is the best way to improve your health, but  there are still many places all over the world, that  refer to taiji as a martial art and teach how to confront an opponent using taiji. There is an extreme amount of Chinese books about taijiquan. Reading most of them ( translated into your native language of course) , you will face  very  nebulous commentaries about emptiness that describe the way that Universe exists. Western books  about the same topic are often too esoteric.

At the same time, Erich Fromm- a famous philosopher and psychologist  opposes  taiji quan as a living condition of a human being ( condition to be) to a dead  condition  expressed in “ to have”.

So again, What is taiji  quan and how can the practice benefit you? Why should you practice it?

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