Here is a list of principles from Yang Cheng Fu, interpreted by our senior student, Edna Brandt. Yang Cheng-Fu was a grandmaster of tai chi in China in the 1920s and 1930s.
BE HERE TAO: My life with Qigong and Tai Chi
By Pat Gorman
Growing up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Queens in a first-generation immigrant neighborhood - Italian and Irish - all the parents were invested in having their kids fit in and become "American". American language, sports, movies, ideas, behavior. Meditation, self-examination and exploring consciousness were not even on the horizon.
The idea of applying tai chi principles to every aspect of one’s life is attractive to almost everyone. It is easy to understand that the more we integrate principle into life, the more we embody our art and enrich all aspects of life. This article reviews how skiing can inspire deep tai chi practice.
by Edna Brandt, LAc Licensed Acupuncturist and Tai Chi Teacher
Your houseplants or your lawn or garden will grow more or
less by themselves, though they will get gangly or weedy
without attention. If you want a premium lawn or prize roses,
you need to cultivate, to pay attention to what is needed. You
need to make sure that there is the right placement, the right
amount of water and sun, the correct fertilizer. If you
cultivate your plants or lawn, they will have beautiful qi.
In the same way, you need to cultivate your own qi to have
the best health you can. Without special care, you will
Some insights into the challenges of learning Tai Chi by by Edna Brandt LAc Licensed Acupuncturist and Tai Chi Teacher
This handout has been used by Dan Ogrydziak and others to support students in their practice.