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Very helpful, useful and practical.
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Thanks for the reminder that "the whole body moves as one."  It's evident from watching you, but only if one is paying attention to this element.  It seems that a great deal of the power in Wu comes from this rotating of the body or moving forward and back rather than moving the limbs independently. Again - thanks for the detailed presentations.  Multiple angles make this easy to follow.
Also this bit of the hand not moving but the body moving is a bit of an optical illusion, so thanks for pointing out.
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Thanks Stephen. I'd found this on your site and this is an incredibly easy and helpful practice for engaging the waist. I really appreciate it - lots of great resources.
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Thanks for this! I can see I'll be spending quite a while on this one.  13 Golden Postures has a brush knee, but not these sequential brush knees.
Is the martial application of the left, left, right, left blocking a right kick 2x, followed by a left followed by a right - anticipating the combination from a right handed/footed opponent?
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Hi Greg
To understand the application of these postures you need to think in an unconventional way, that means not thinking in terms of blocking and punching. There are no blocks in tai chi instead it uses the techniques of following, joining and dissolving of force and at higher levels redirecting the energy back to the opponent. We need to learn to never resist but to listen to and follow the incoming force.

Slow Form is training for Pushing Hands and in turn Pushing Hands is training for Slow Form, they are both inseparable as each supports and gives understanding to the other. you can't understand Slow Form without Pushing Hands and in turn understanding in Pushing Hands changes and develops your Slow Form.

The Brush Knees are not block and punch even though they appear to be, there is no fixed response in tai chi application, instead they are teaching you to combine and follow. They are based on understanding the following rules:
  Peng (warding), Lu (diverting), Ji (pressing), An (pushing), Tsai (plucking), Li (twisting), Zhou (elbowing), Kao (leaning) and the five steps, stepping forward, stepping backwards, turning left, turning right, and central balance. In Pushing Hands you use these techniques to develop: Ting (listening), Zou (leading by walking away), Nien (sticking), Hua (neutralising), Fa (attacking).

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Stephen Procter
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Stephen - thanks.  The focus on the waist has helped me get a much better feel for this move.  Great stuff.
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Fantastic, keep it up :)
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Good explanation of center of gravity - very helpful.
I was able to see the difference myself as I followed along.
I've also not been getting the hands right on this and your side view was an aha! moment for me in terms of circling back - not just pressing down.

I've been doing 13 Golden Postures for a few months now and want to start learning the 108 before I continue with my classes.  Finding lots of help in this first lesson.

Thanks.
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Hi Greg, I think the 13 Golden postures have been designed, like you  said, as a way of teaching beginners, they aren't part of the traditional Wu style system. Separating the postures like this is a great way to learn them, eventually the postures all need to be linked together to gain the benefits and understanding. From the posts you have made you are now ready to learn the complete form.

The traditional 108 form is designed to not only train an understanding of the flow and balance of our external body but also to encourage the flow of Qi and anchoring of our mind within.

I am just about to go outside and do my own forms, enjoy your day

take care, Stephen Procter
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Ken rules!
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Beautiful!  Is this considered "round form"?
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Thanks so much for the class on Saturday.  Incredible workout!  I'm going to have to rearrange my schedule so I can start coming on Thursdays.
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Thanks for the detailed response.  I'm still in awe of the art and continue to learn more about how much I have to learn.  In this video I believed you touched on consistent practice.  I'm there and will trust that with continued practice and careful study - the rest will begin to come.  Again - really appreciate these videos as my class on the long form doesn't start until September.  Your teaching style and the short format makes it easy to work bit by bit and continue to repeat.  I'll be working on this one for a while I can tell.
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Stephen - great help with the mechanics of Single Whip.
There were clearly some details (as a beginner) I was missing, including the rotation of the right foot.  
Thanks!

Note - the 13 Golden Postures I've been doing closely mirror the beginning of the 108, so you're really helping me take a deeper look and the forms and transitions I've already learned.

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Tai Chi is amazing as in we can keep doing the same postures and form for our whole life yet there is always something to learn, something that studying each posture has to teach us.

That is what keeps me getting up at 5am every morning, I look forward to what will be revealed today. From the deepening of understanding the whole form constantly changes and refines, this in itself has a beauty that can't be explained.

thankyou for sharing your progress Greg, I look forward to hearing more in the future

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You, sir, are the man. After putting back the three screws you pointed out did NOT need come out, I took the same right angle screwdriver you used and uninstalled mine in seconds. Excellent!
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  • Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
    Philosophy, 1990 - 1994
  • DePauw University
    Economics, 1989 - 1990
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  • MetroPCS Communications, Inc.
    National Account Manager, 2012 - present
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    Director of Training, 1994 - 2012
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Wide variety of groups, teachers and forms of practice. I've attended Dharma talks, Sunday meditation and QiGong/Tai Chi classes. We're fortunate to have such a resource. Check out their website for the monthly calendar of events. There's something (or several things) going on every day - music, meditation, moving, healing, sharing....
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I had the half po'boy (oyster) and soup (gumbo). The sandwich was a good size for a lunch portion, but the oysters a little over-cooked and the bottom of the bread a bit soggy. The gumbo was loaded with shrimp and sausage and had a good flavor without being too spicy. The fries were a bit limp and starchy - not a big fan. Overall acceptable quality and value. Service was occasionally lacking, but I'm beginning to lower my standards with young people today. Note - my wife had the crawfish, which were pre-seasoned and a little spicy if you're looking for mild (otherwise spot on). The baked potato was undercooked, but quickly replaced. While we weren't disappointed with our lunch, I wouldn't say we will be rushing back.
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Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor to fair
Public - a year ago
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Best seafood po'boy. Fried crawfish, oysters and shrimp on fresh French bread. Recommend it with the sauce on. Say yes when they offer you honey + cinnamon and sugar to go with the sweet potato fries. I washed mine down with a couple of Dos Equis and filled up on just half a sandwich. Looking back, I wished I'd ordered the other half - it was that good. Fast and friendly service. Glad I stopped. Can't wait to go back (the next time I'm near Lafayette).
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Great place for lunch. Red curry and green curry are excellent. Spicy but not too hot. Solid portions. Spring rolls are excellent. The soup you get with the lunch is also tasty - just the right amount of spice. Note that the hot tea is just a tea bag in a cup of hot water. Overall a place I love coming for lunch.
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I've got a three year old who loves this place. The assortment of dinosaur skeletons is fantastic, great interactive exhibits on space/planets as well as hands on experiments on construction, robotics and electricity. The kid zone is a blast - especially the water table. What we enjoy most though is the early admission for members to beat the crowd. The place starts to get busy right at 10 on Saturday, so it's worth getting up early to be here at 830 or 9 to have better access to all the exhibits. We're typically here once a month and are getting our money's worth out of our passes.
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Appeal: ExcellentFacilities: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
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Lunch for 4 the day after Thanksgiving. Great service and some good blues playing when we arrived. The Abbeville Oyster BLT po'boy was fantastic, as was the grilled chicken breast over angel hair pasta. The lettuce wraps were ok, but we were surprised when they came with romaine (kind of tough to roll...) . The bananas foster bread pudding was a big hit. We also appreciated the manager asking if it was our first visit and inviting us back for a free appetizer next time. Highly recommend. Good food and good value!
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