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Three Exercises to Master Tai Chi Kicks | Learn Tai Chi at Home | 100 Days of Tai Chi

In today’s Learn Tai Chi at Home lesson, I’m going to teach you how to master all of the kicks in Tai Chi. It’s Day 47 of 100 Days of Tai Chi, and if you’re ready to get past all the shakes and wobbles – not just in Tai Chi, but in LIFE – then make sure you watch this video all the way to the end!

Here are a couple of links to the book Mastery, by George Leonard. First, here’s the Amazon link: https://goo.gl/kPNBTp
Next, here’s a cool documentary about the book you can actually watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/jWxts-QMuXA

Question of the Day for you: What are you passionate about? Or more important – what touches your heart and Soul so much that (in the words of Diana Ross: “ain’t no mountain high enough… ain’t no river wide enough…” to keep you from it?


26 thoughts on “Three Exercises to Master Tai Chi Kicks | Learn Tai Chi at Home | 100 Days of Tai Chi”

  1. Thank you so much for this video it is very helpful. I do have a question – my balance is fine – what I struggle with is being able to straighten my leg out when it is lifted. Thank you again – I am going to keep practicing as your words are so true.

  2. Great video and I appreciate what you're trying to do, but where do you get off calling yourself a master. I know many many practioners and teachers with unbelievable skill who wouldn't dare call themselves masters out of respect for the teachers who taught them.

  3. Thanks for this. I'm 3 months into a Taiji class at a Shaolin school and we are just starting to practice these heel kicks. I find them extremely difficult and have been looking for a way to work on it. I'll give these exercises a try.

  4. Playing guitar. When I had a stroke a few years ago I thought that would be the end of that but the specialists said that this was just the sort of thing I should persevere with and they were right. It took me months not to sound terrible but eventually I got back to where I was before. Furthermore, I now have no sign of any residual damage. David-Dorian thanks for the kicking tips, although I've already been doing most of these from your Flow & Strength DVDs, if you see my comment on yesterdays lesson my problem was not with the kick but with the twist. I know I'm behind the rest of you and you've probably already covered it in the next lesson.

  5. Good lesson: whenever I see high-ways to do are cool , also intimidating …..& thank you so much for lesson. Classes I go don't do details well.
    [ I should follow/catch up all the lessons…….,

  6. Music was my first love and I used to perform tirelessly when I was a younger man. I still do perform but not so much these days but still love it. What I really love doing now is teaching Ki Gong, which is the Kookhak Ki Gong from South Korea. I have been teaching for about a year now and love to see my regular attendees actually improving their health and vitality. I love it and feel this is a noble path. I really appreciate what you are doing here. You are a great teacher and may your pearls of wisdom keep flowing. 🙂

  7. Family, cookies, Taijiquan, long drives as a passenger, fresh ripe fruit, airplane rides and cool fresh water to drink. These are just a few of my many favorite things that spark my fancy.

  8. Fabulous lesson! My passion in life is learning/teaching. Not just classroom stuff, but I have done that. My family calls me the Jan of all trades because I've studied so many different things. The last few years have been devoted to wellness of the body, mind and spirit which resulted in my book, Good For You! on Amazon Kindle and my blog Good4youwellness.com. Question for you today: what do you do to warm up before practice?

  9. For people who have balance problem, maybe it would be safer to use the tri- or quad-base cane. I would suggest not "lean" on the cane … train and stabilize on your own standing leg. This is a very good exercise, and we also include the back kick with the front and side kick you have demonstrated in the video for our retired/senior students. Thank you!

    Jive kicks for dancers 🙂

  10. Really dig the teaching drills, especially the building, additive aspect. I feel that it is a superior teaching method to the one I currently use with students. After all, taiji is in the motion. Also, I think that this method is much more effective with a class where student skill-levels vary. We saw this earlier in the series when you taught Brush Knee and Push, I think. Thank you, David

  11. My passion: LEARNING: learning how to love my family, how to compose poetry, how to improve my yoga & dancing, how to speak and read new languages, how to embody the KIndness of Equanimity (compassion, good will, tranquility, balance, acceptance).

  12. I went to Amazon and enjoyed reading the preview of "Mastery" That must have been quite an experience to meet Mr. Leonard.

    Although he never used the word mastery, my grandfather taught me something that I have been trying to master most of my life: he used to say "It's up to you, you're the one who controls your attitude." Once after becoming frustrated about something, I've long since forgotten what, he said "What have I been telling you? You're the one who controls your attitude." I asked him how I could do that, and he looked thoughtful, and almost sad and said "I can't tell you that. You have to find out for yourself." At the time, I never heard of Zen or Koans, but it was like he was a Zen Master giving me a Koan to solve, and I knew that was his final word on the matter. One of the few nuggets I have found in the years of searching, reading, and experimenting is the book "The Present" by Spencer Johnson M.D.

    I had also come to realize, that it is an ongoing process, not a finished product, or as you said in a video, it is a journey as opposed to the destination.

  13. I love this lesson! I will come back to it again and again! Since I retired, I have been volunteering a lot at our local school. Some days, after spending an hour with first graders and feeling overwhelmed by all that energy, I think "Why am I doing this?". And then a little boy gives me a big hug and says "Thank you for volunteering" and my heart just melts!

  14. Thank as always DDR for sharing your journey with us. I really got a kick out of this lesson, lol.

    Being that I am a retired Marine and a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, what Tai Chi and Qigong has done for me, is helped me in learning to live in peace and harmony within myself.

    Today my passion is my family and teaching my grandchildren the concept of harmony and balance. I also try to pass this along to anyone who has an interest.

    One phrase I always think of when I think of your journey that you share in your Tai Chi, is mindfulness. We must not only be aware of the world around us, but the thoughts and spirit within us.

    Thank you for what you share of yourself with us.

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