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Really appreciate the fact that I am learning a lot of things in the class. I am very happy as I am learning. It is not so usual in our society to find people willing to give.

(Maria Valassia Peppa)
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What the point of weapons training?

Weapons training builds strength, coordination, manual dexterity, agility and superior motor skills. Historically, taijiquan was not designed for unarmed combat. Weapons came first; namely a stick, swords and knife.

In real life your opponent is more likely to be armed with a knife or a stick. The ability to handle such weapons with dexterity and skill will train you to be able to fight against them. You will understand their strengths and weaknesses, range and power.

Weapons training also works the hands, wrists, arms and back in a way that qigong and the Long Yang form fail to do. Your arms will become very strong but not tense.

The final benefit is 'connection'... being connected within your own body is essential, but being able to extend your strength out into the opponent is vital. To use a weapon properly, you must feed power out of your body and through the weapon. This makes you much more powerful - especially for unarmed combat.
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He tells himself over and over again in any choice presented to him, "Prefer the hard." This holds good not only in great matters, but also in very small, in fighting by the frozen Danube and in starting the day early.

(Marcus Aurelius)
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2000 year old excuse?

Marcus Aurelius (2000+ years ago) said that "not having time" was one of the most pathetic excuses a person can give. It was considered lame back when the Roman Empire was at its peak.

We all have the same amount of time. What we do with it... this is the issue.
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We get good at what we do

If you want to get good at form, practice form. If you want to become proficient with weapons, then practice with weapons. The more often your body undertakes the practice, the more familiar it will be.
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No time?

A common excuse that tai chi students make is that they don't have time to train at home between classes. This notion is based on a false understanding of yin/yang.

In order to get something, you have to give something. Our entire society is based on this, isn't it? If you want a loaf of bread, you pay the shop and they sell it to you. You want to watch a movie, you set aside the time. If you want to get good at tai chi, you will need time to practice at home.

Therefore, if you want to practice tai chi at home, you will need to give something up. Make space. This may mean less TV. Less internet. It's your choice...
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Realistic, everyday functionality...

Tai chi is not about winning the marathon or looking cool. It is about not needing to visit the doctor. Being able to squat with ease. Not having a bad back or knees that hurt.

It is about having nimble, light, graceful, agile feet. Strength that doesn't require you to be 'pumped up' or even to tense your muscles. Tai chi is about feeling good. Every day. Rejuvenated.

The training sharpens the mind, improves awareness, memory, attention span and dexterity.
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