Teaching Taiji to a Coworker Part 3

The third time is a charm! The following day after our second session, he wanted to tag along again. This time, I wanted to formalize the session a bit as I think he my stick around for a while. My goal is to get him through the Yang long form up to the first white crane.  For this, I will do the following general format:

1. Zhan Zhuang Centering (10-15 breaths per posture, 2-3 postures)
2. Like stationary qigong
3. Follow along Hotel Taiji (Beginning of Yang long form)
4. Question and Answer of things covered in last session
5. Detailed breakdown of 2-3 postures in Yang long form
6. Practice detailed posture breakdown
7. Maybe 1-2 foundational stepping exercises
8. Follow along Hotel Taiji

For the third session, I spent a bit more time doing some stationary qigong exercises. Exercises included “rolling the ball” while shifting weight to the left/right leg as well as some Sun style open/close type hand posturing.  At the end of the qigong session, I asked my coworker how he felt and he said good and relaxed. I then asked him how his hands felt, and he noted there was a tingling sensation as well as some warmth.  I then covered a bit about the qi can flow to the extremities of our bodies when we’re relaxed and linked the sensation to blood circulation and oxygenation. I didn’t want to get too deep into the esoteric stuff, so kept it light and easy 😉

After the third session, my coworker commented that he enjoyed the new format.  Additionally, he noted that his thigh no longer hurt like they did in the first session. This is good as lunch time taiji is all about getting outside, enjoying the weather and doing some relaxing taiji 😉


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6 Responses to Teaching Taiji to a Coworker Part 3

  1. Shang Lee says:

    Hey. Great to hear the progress man! Good that you’ve managed to entice him so far. You might get a following soon. 🙂 keep us updated!

  2. Vale Taiji says:

    Yeah – sounds like he’s keen to learn! Any idea if he’s practicing in his own time, too?

  3. Taijipedia says:

    That’s excellent news! I echo Vale Taiji, is he practising in his own time?

    It’s always great when someone catches the Taiji bug. Well done.

  4. wujimon says:

    It’s too early to tell if my coworker is practicing on his own time. I have given some examples of how we can practice anytime, anywhere, so we’ll see if he does any of those.

  5. S.Smith says:

    Didja laugh? Make fun of anything? Giggle some?

    Sometimes teaching gets so serious, a good laugh relieves pressure on the teacher, the learner, and the relationship in between.

    How many Taiji Masters does it take to change a lightbulb? 1.

  6. wujimon says:

    Hey Smith. He’s a good friend of mine, so it’s all good. We keep things light and will often joke from time to time during the session. I’ve never used the light bulb joke, but I’ll keep it in mind 😉

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