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Recent Tai Chi articles from TaiChiBasics.com

The Tai Chi Broadsword or Dao is the saber of the Chinese weapons family. It is most commonly called broadsword but also looks like the West Asian and Arab scimitar. Tai chi broadsword forms are typically short and fast with lots of jumps, turns, and hacking down with (... read more)
To be clear, the taichi ball is not a weapon. Even if a fight broke out in a bowling alley due to an argument during the beer frame, these skills would not serve you well. So why study the tai chi ball? I have another more intriguing question (... read more)
You see the sneer growing in the corner of someone's month when you begin talking about tai chi weapon forms. “Are you for real?” the look suggests. It's odd, right? Maybe like talking about Yoga Combat Training. On one hand there is the idea that tai chi (... read more)
Deep Breathing Techniques is part four of a conversation on deep breathing. If you are new, start here: How Tai Chi Gives You the Benefits of Deep Breathing. In this final discussion on breathing we are going to talk about breathing techniques that can be used outside of (... read more)
This is part three of a conversation on breathing. If you are new, start here: How Tai Chi Gives You the Benefits of Deep Breathing. The question of how to breathe during tai chi is one of the most aggravating and frustrating for most practitioners. We hear (... read more)
This is part two of a conversation on breathing. The goal of these essays is to increase our understanding of the importance of breathing and then talk about breathing methods both inside and outside of the tai chi form. Because 1) we want to improve our form to (... read more)