The all too common error 20 year Tai Chi players make

I had a great time this weekend. (June 16-18)

Adam Mizner is on his US tour so we went down to see his Alabama workshop and then brought him here to Tennessee briefly before he heads on to his next stop. (I recommend checking out one of his workshops if you can.)

One of the things that caught my eye…

(there was a bunch of fun stuff)

…is when Adam Mizner talked about one of the most common errors he sees in Tai Chi players.

It caught my eye because me and Sifu Clear had been talking about the exact same problem the day before while eating breakfast at a Cracker Barrel halfway between East TN and AL.

It’s a problem we never would have thought would be so common in 15 – 20+ year Tai Chi players.

But over the last few years as we’ve started traveling more and doing more workshops we keep seeing this problem over and over.

And it’s not just Tai Chi players. Bagua and Xing Yi folks make this same mistake too.

The problem is the lower back.

There are a number of reasons for lower back errors:

* Too much sitting. (in front of PC’s, in cars, etc..)

* Poor instruction.

Follow the leader type instruction will never correct this problem.

* Not enough correction.

Form work or standing practice without constant correction and feedback from a teacher or training partner will only make the problem worse.

* Intentional misdirection

I’ve even seen stuff where this error is intentionally built into the training method so the students power will always be limited and easy for the teacher to negate.

Folks who don’t fix this problem will never be able to generate the power they’re after…

And they’ll wreck their lower back.

Our favorite method for correcting this problem is taught on the Internal Power video.

It teaches the Clear’s Internal Push Hands method and a bunch of drills & games to help you focus on specific aspects of the training method.

This method gives you the direct feedback you need to correct the lower back…

As well as any other structural issues, alignment errors, body state problems and it builds a lot of other usefull skills as well.

Go check out that DVD here:

…and pay close attention to your lower back in all of your training. It’s probably not as correct as you think it is.

Take Care,
Ben Sterling

P.S. Don’t forget to register for our upcoming workshops.

July 20, 21 & 22 – Xing Yi Quan Intensive – Maryville TN
August 11 & 12 – Willem (Uncle Bill) DeThouars – Maryville TN

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