Wellbeing + Performance Stories, Tips and Resources   ||   Issue #26 May 2020


Dear Reader,

In this issue I share a personal challenge I've set myself, as well as a clip on the importance of the lower tan tien which is essential for good health. You'll also find a Tai Chi tip and a clip on how to protect your knees.

I'm also sharing an interesting article by coach Julia Walsh on what basketball may look like after the pandemic restrictions are eased.

Chris Bennett
Chris Chi


Challenge Yourself

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Chris Bennett

After more than thirty years of Tai Chi practice, I still set myself challenges to improve my skills.

I've avoided the very demanding low stance, because of a concern that it may strain my knees.

I've had a problem with my left knee in the past, but have strengthened that area with Tai Chi training so I can now stay in a high stance and mid level stance for a length of time.

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Lower Tan Tien


In this 3.53 clip Bruce Frantzis describes and emphasises the importance of the lower tan tien for developing Chi.

He says 'if you increase the energy in your lower tan tien you increase your sense of physicality and everything to do with it, whether it's health, power, strength, focus'.

These are some of the areas I cover in all the workshops I run for various groups.


Tai Chi Tip

When performing your Tai Chi movements, breathe in a gentle, smooth, slow and deep manner.


How to Protect Your Knees


Angus Clarke offers a clear and concise explanation of how to protect your knees from injury. The short clip is only 2.30 minutes long.

In my early days of Tai Chi I practiced incorrectly and strained my knees, so the tips offered in this clip are essential for safe practice.

Now, when I teach, I make sure students are correctly aligned so they can get the full benefits that Tai Chi has to offer.


Reimagining Basketball After The Pandemic


Photo courtesty of Enrique Rodrigrez Santamaria (via Morgue File)

Here's a very interesting article by sports coach Julia Walsh entitled Reimagining the Game. Part 1 Logistics.

She re-imagines 'what basketball practice and competition might look like' after the corona virus restrictions are eased.

As a former basketball coach, it's a world I could never imagine. But it's everybody's reality now so it's time to adapt and look for the opportunities to move forward.

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