Many runners have careworn faces with deep lines caused by emotional stress.
They don't look happy when running.
They look deeply upset.
Their approach to running is causing them to suffer.
Over-training, pushing the body and pursuing unnecessary goals is harmful and leads to pain and injury.
There are other ways to run and/or to get fit.


Kung Fu Fitness

Bad posture

Most runners run with extremely bad posture:

• Elbows are stiff and locked (often raised)
• The body is leaning forwards or stooping; either at the neck or collapsing at the bottom of the rib cage 
• Shoulders are lifted; often one higher than the other
• Considerable tension in the upper body
• Frozen sacroiliac; immobile
• Knees twisted (the foot flicks out sideways)
• Weight is bearing heavily down into the knees
• The skeleton is not moving freely, naturally or comfortably

This would be bad posture for any form of exercise. It causes serious fatigue and adverse wear and tear on the body. 
The tension in the body uses energy and tires you out.


Is your running healthy?

Some runners can run well. 
Most do not.
If your aim is to get fit, then you want to avoid medically unsound running practices.
Usually, people take bad habits of body use from everyday life straight into their running...


Running well?

The fact that you are running isn't proof that you are running well.
By that logic, couldn't any individual with no tuition whatsoever drive a car immediately or play the piano?


Quality of exercise

Most people who run have received no formal training in how to run.
They just start running.
Little or no thought is given to techniquealignment, good body use, breathing, skeletal health, muscular tensioncoordination, accuracy, biomechanics or suitability.


Is running easy?

A lot of websites and articles indicate that running is easy to do.
This is an interesting assertion; suggesting that virtually anyone can just buy a pair of running shoes and hit the streets.
Of course, this is true but it doesn't answer the question.
Is running easy to do?



Usually the student decides for themselves how much practice is suitable for them.
This approach has drawbacks if you are seeking to gain skill.

In what way are you qualified to determine how much training is necessary to get good at taijiquan?

Which criteria are you applying? And why? Based on how much actual skill and experience?


Preliminaries come first

In the mainstream martial arts the onus is usually upon fighting so the syllabus is designed with this in mind.
taijiquan syllabus is a little different.
Not only must the student gain combat skills, but they must also learn how to use the body in a wholly unfamiliar way.
This means that qigong exercises, healthy body useneigong concerns and non-combat partner drills (e.g. pushing hands) are initially more important than combat skills.


Man of Steel is awesome! The best part is when he cries out from effort and determination. This isn't a lazy, enabled Superman. He's got to fight, strive and concentrate if he wants power.

A great lesson for any martial artist?


Qigong, pushing hands and form?

Most tai chi people simply do qigong, pushing hands and form.
They balk at a more varied training regime.
Why? Because they are lazy.
Giving your body a comprehensive workout takes effort: stretching, floor exercises, cardio work...
News is irrelevant. In the past twelve months you have probably consumed about 10,000 news snippets - perhaps as many as 30 per day. Be very honest: name one of them, just one, that helped you make a better decision - for your life, your career or your business - compared with not having this piece of news. No one I have asked has been able to name more than two useful news stories - out of 10,000. A miserable result.

(Rolf Dobelli)


There is no teacher but the enemy.
 Only he will tell you where you are weak,
 where he is strong.

 (Ender's Game)


We choose our leaders, political or spiritual, out of our own confusion, and so they also are confused.
We demand to be coaxed and comforted, to be encouraged and gratified, so we choose a teacher who will give us what we crave for.
We do not search out reality, but go after gratification and sensation.



The only way to become accurate, precise and controlled is to practice between classes.
Once a week training in class simply isn't enough.
Your prevailing physical habits are just too ingrained.
The body requires a daily reminder.