Advanced Tai Chi Training Drills
So let’s talk about Tai Chi training
and let’s talk about Neutronics.
one of the things you do
is figure out whether a motion is positive or negative
(whether it is coming towards you or going away)
and you do the opposite motion
until a balance is achieved,
until one goes neutronic,
until there is harmony,
until there is no threat
from either positive or negative.
In Tai Chi
this relates to
if they push…pull.
If they pull…push.
Simple dimple, eh?
was that I was figuring this stuff out
without anybody to work out with.
how does one go Neutronic
while doing the form?
It’s easy if you have somebody to attack you,
you just keep doing it,
keep thinking about how to work those principles
make your mistakes,
you find the perfect balance
without anybody to play with,
how do you do it?
Probably one of the most impactful drills
I ever did,
was just do the form
and imagine in my head
that I was fifty feet above.
After doing this for an hour
I got in the car to go to a store
and found that I was so disconnected
(in a good way)
that I couldn’t operate the car.
where are my hands?
my depth perception is totally F.
Is this my body sitting in the seat…
if it’s not my body…
whose is it?
And the feeling of total and utter joy
just permeated my beingness,
and my body felt lighter than a feather.
At one point I was actually holding on to the steering wheel
as if to keep myself from floating.
I make no guarantees,
I won’t ever say
‘this drill is guaranteed to work this way,’
because everybody is so different.
that’s what happened to me
from doing a tai chi form
and imagining myself
fifty feet above my body
watching from afar,
giving commands to my body from afar.
Another drill I did
when doing the Tai Chi form
was to imagine balls (bubbles?) attached to my palms.
And I had to imagine myself
sucking with my hands
to keep the balls in place.
Sometimes the balls would be small,
sometimes they would join into a big ball,
and the ball would expand until it was the size of a room.
Sometimes I had my hand palm up
and had to balance the ball(s).
Sometimes I had my palm face down
and I had to imagine extra suction power in my palms
to keep them from falling.
I quickly grew a sensation in my palms that was beyond warm.
Another drill I did
was to do the form in a dark room,
no light at all
and even my eyes closed,
and imagine the arcs of energy I am describing
with my hands,
what geometric form
does each body part create
as I do the form?
this next one,
sometimes do it one way,
and sometimes the other.
It has to do with the legs.
I feel the power and push against the earth.
I take all weight out of my body
and pretend my legs have no power
and that there is no sensation…
I don’t ‘push legs’ from stance to stance,
I just move the body
and the legs are empty things
that just come along for the ride.
there are lots of other things I do.
Sometime I should write
a book of exercises
that I do
like the ones I am telling you of here.
And it would have to be a book,
a long one.
I’ve been reading and researching for near fifty years,
and as I grow
the list of exercises I find
to make myself grow
grows longer and longer.
I have to tell you,
some of these exercises will work with other arts,
and some other arts
have their own unique exercises.
The trick is
you have to understand the geometry
of each individual art
and how that geometry fits
with the arts on the whole.
That’s why I sell so many arts,
each one of them showed me things
about how to manifest energy,
chi power, if you wish.
And the thing is,
even with a book of chi exercises
(should I get around to writing such a thing)
I always feel that I am just scratching the surface.
to be honest,
I would be remiss
if I did not tell you
that the exercises I describe here
and a lot more
that you will encounter and discover for yourselves
as you progress
I used while I was doing
Five Army Tai Chi Chuan.
Here’s the URL
you should feel a distinct difference
in the way you do your push hands or freestyle
or other practical applications
when you do Tai Chi
after doing some of these exercises.
You should feel more sensitivity,
even better see the intention of your partner.
these Neutronic drills
should make something happen,
keep doing them.
Be willing to spend a few hours on each one
before progressing to the next.
Make sure you have gotten everything you can
out of each drill
before moving on.
Time for me to move on.
Don’t forget to visit the Tai Chi page,
and I’ll talk to you next time.
Have a great work out.
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