• Taiji Boke


Tai Chi, as the old saying goes, is very easy to do—but very, very hard to learn.
This video on the "Backwards Brain Bicycle" explains why. 
Think you know how to ride a bike?
Think again:
So what has this got to do with Tai Chi?

When you start serious Tai Chi training, you'll spend the first few years discovering that you've been programmed since early childhood to move in a certain way: 

from the outside in. 

It's a very powerful way to move. It allows us control our bodies consciously from control central in the brain, and to use tools, from hammers to computers. But it has one drawback: it separates body and mind, and turns us into machines. There is an alternative way to move:

    from the inside out.    

That's the natural way to move. That's how animals move. That's how kids move. But we've forgotten how. Or rather, we've been trained to move another way; we've been trained to forget what we once knew, what once came naturally. Tai Chi is about regaining that natural movement, its strength, grace, power, and balance. All you have to do — like the guy in the video above — is let go of your old programmed behavior. Like riding the Backwards Brain Bicycle, it sounds easy — as easy as riding a bike. But in fact it takes persistence and discipline, as well as guidance and coaching. A good practice community is also important. That's what we try to provide here at the Academy. 

Tai Chi is the art and science of returning to the natural body;
art of nurturing, science of power. 

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('Boke' means 'blog' in Chinese)