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What are some of your favorite Tai Chi attributes?
I really like -Ting jin
-Song / Sung Relaxation internally and externally
-Proper structural alignment from head to toe
-Jian si jing - Spiral movement / energy
-Connection to earth & rooting / sinking
-Connection to heaven with the string pulling the head up
-waving and flowing internally and externally
-Peng -Round & expanding ball shape etc 
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health, vitality, mind-body meld, better interactions with people, less mental & emotional garbage
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Self Responsible

One of the main goals of the study of the Internal Arts is to become self responsible.  

Of course there are times and situations when a person needs help (and I advocate getting help when you really do need it) but these days a lot of folks take a pill / pills for every little pain or slight headache, see a chiropractor for physical alignment, see a counselor / psychologist and take medication for every little bit of mental stress, wonder where the police are and pray for them to magically show up when they are under attack etc..  

Part of the goal of studying the internal arts is to become self responsible. Relax, breathe, meditate (for mental quiet and self assessment and calming) and put in the practice time with proper alignment and principles for strength, good health and to eliminate pain and stress. 

Practice self defense so that you can defend yourself if necessary.  Fix your posture alignment by spending the time and effort to work and practice proper alignment, stretching and good posture. Also, keep healthy by eating a good nutritious diet.  Stop pain by utilizing mind, body, breathing, relaxation etc methods.  Etc etc

Of course if you try to crash course this like a 2 week diet then it will seem overwhelming.  But, if you take the time to make it your lifestyle and it is how you live then it is something most folks can really fairly easily do.
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Personally I have a lot of body aches from years of bad posture, car accidents, and incorrectly lifting weights back in college. I've tried going to different specialists such as chiropractic, massage therapist, physical therapy, even acupuncture once. I'm sure all of these are very good if you go to real professionals for a prolonged period of time, but how can you actually tell? And I hate the idea of taking muscle relaxers or other drugs to just cover the pain up.
The best solution I've found is just rigorous training through martial arts. I think any martial arts system has fundamentals such as balance, structure, muscle building, bone strengthening, stretching and flexibility training. Whether you do forms or drills, they're all there. Even things outside of marital arts like crossfit and sports training all have these fundamentals. They've been the best in my opinion. I can now squat without my knees hurting. And I can sleep without my back hurting. And I can sit without my hips hurting. All because of rigorous (PROPER!) training in martial arts.
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My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the folks affected by the Boston Bombing. 
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My thoughts and prayers to all the women, children and innocents that are killed in Palestine everyday by soldiers, Crimes against humanity will never be forgoten or forgiven.
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Form VS Function

Training of attributes is superior to forms and routines. 
I am not suggesting that forms hold no value they hold much value
but how much form do you need?

I can swat a fly, block a punch, part a curtain and close a door all with the same motion.  My ability to swat the fly willl be improved with speed and relaxation
my ability to close a heavy door will improve with strength and my ability to block a punch will improve with timing and training faster reaction speed.
  
My point is, just as Bruce lee suggested, train attributes first and longer 
and the technique will be born out of the attributes you have trained.  Good form will follow this but form alone cannot create this. 
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Silk reeling's been on my mind a bit lately ever since a pal of mine asked me about my favorite Taijiquan form, "Flowing Water Floating Clouds." It's a representative Chen style Taijiquan set in the school I'm a part of, Shaolin Wahnam.

When I first learnt about the set (sadly, I learnt it from videos, I've not had the opportunity to learn it from my sifu or sigung), my Sigung wrote that Yang Lu Chan likely practiced silk reeling (also called "Cloud Hands" in Shaolin Wahnam) hundreds or thousands of times a day to develop force, speed, flexibility. He was said to have used just Cloud Hands to win all of his matches, whereupon people called him "Yang the Invincible."

My sifu and sigung have both remarked that the reason Yang Lu Chan could use Cloud Hands so effectively against all manner of attacks (and how any master can use just one movement or technique against any attack) is from a combination of high level skills in performing that pattern in addition to having a wide exposure to other techniques (so as to not be surprised or otherwise caught off-guard when the opponent makes their response). In Yang Lu Chan's case, his silk reeling practice was both a "form" (the actual techniques being practiced and used in combat) as well as a way to gain his "skill."

As an aside, "Cloud Hands" was later "standardized" by Yang Lu Chan's grandson, Yang Deng Fu (creator of Yang style Taijiquan) into the well-known Grasping Sparrow's Tail pattern (ward off, pull, press, push, etc.)
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The old Chinese village health plan

Our American health plan tends to revolve around sickness and money.  This is unfortunate and IMO with an aging population will eventually lead to a collapse of the system. 

I was told by one of my teachers that the old Chinese village health plan was designed so that health was the focus.  The village doctor was paid as long as he kept you healthy.  When you were sick you did not pay and his job was to make you well and the financial incentive was to make you well so that you could start paying him again.  

Of course, IMHO, this creates an atmosphere where wellness including (but not limited to) daily practice of correct Chi Kung, Tai Chi and good nutrition etc are being promoted and practiced. 
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I've heard of this too. It's too bad that there are too many lobbys and interest groups in the US who benefits from never having any real discussions about health reform in America.
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