Violet Li Healing with Tai Chi

October 13, 2022 00:38:14
Violet Li Healing with Tai Chi
Rachel on Recovery
Violet Li Healing with Tai Chi

Oct 13 2022 | 00:38:14

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Master Violet Li (Founder of Tai Chi & Qigong for Health www.violetli.com and www.VioletLiTaiChi.com)

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.480 --> 00:00:03.120 Hi, this is Rachel Recovery. We've got a special guest with us. 2 00:00:03.240 --> 00:00:07.480 Violently, She's gonna tell us a little about herself, and then she's gonna 3 00:00:07.599 --> 00:00:10.839 tell us a little bit about taichi and the health benefits and that uh, 4 00:00:11.640 --> 00:00:16.719 that she's researched and um, that she's experienced. All right, tell us 5 00:00:16.719 --> 00:00:24.239 a little bit about yourself. Hi, Rachel and everyone listening to this podcast. 6 00:00:24.399 --> 00:00:30.719 I'm very honored to be invited to to talk about the health benefit of 7 00:00:30.800 --> 00:00:36.240 tai Chi, especially for people with PTSD. And well, how did I 8 00:00:36.280 --> 00:00:42.000 get into taichi? It was purely by accident. What does that mean. 9 00:00:43.159 --> 00:00:48.799 I'm a Chinese and I was born in China, but I living the US 10 00:00:49.039 --> 00:00:54.759 most of my life. And uh, both my children were born in the 11 00:00:54.880 --> 00:01:02.719 US, and they were attending Chinese language school oh Sundays, And normally I 12 00:01:02.759 --> 00:01:07.719 would take them to the school, uh Sunday afternoon, and then sometimes I 13 00:01:07.799 --> 00:01:14.120 ran a little bit aaron when they are in the classrooms. But you know, 14 00:01:14.439 --> 00:01:18.439 I really did not have much to do. And besides doing that, 15 00:01:18.840 --> 00:01:25.519 and uh, one year and the school hired someone to teach taichi, and 16 00:01:26.680 --> 00:01:32.799 I was really intrigued by how the instructor was doing it, and some of 17 00:01:32.840 --> 00:01:38.120 you probably have the impression. And the tai chi is really really really slow 18 00:01:38.239 --> 00:01:45.959 movement and only good for seniors. As a matter of fact, taichi is 19 00:01:46.319 --> 00:01:52.239 very very diverse, has so many different styles, and it's good for people 20 00:01:52.319 --> 00:02:00.439 of all age ages and physical capabilities. And so the instructor, she was 21 00:02:00.519 --> 00:02:06.640 doing the oldest taichi style, which is so called chin Star, tis very 22 00:02:06.680 --> 00:02:12.400 regulus and it's very intricate and very complex. And so right away I said, 23 00:02:12.400 --> 00:02:15.680 oh my god, this is so looks so fun and I want to 24 00:02:15.719 --> 00:02:23.000 try it. And the rest is history. And I've been playing taichi or 25 00:02:23.159 --> 00:02:30.919 practicing taichi for twenty one years. And but that was just purely by accident. 26 00:02:30.199 --> 00:02:35.400 How I stumble upon the ti um tell us a little bit about the 27 00:02:35.439 --> 00:02:40.759 history of tai chi. I'm glad you asked that question. And taichi chwan 28 00:02:42.120 --> 00:02:49.360 is quite old, and people probably no Taichi chwan is from China, and 29 00:02:49.479 --> 00:02:54.199 China has a very long history, right and with all these uh just written 30 00:02:54.319 --> 00:03:00.039 history is at least five thousand years old. And sure that there are people 31 00:03:00.319 --> 00:03:07.199 there are conflict, they are fighting, so Chinese people have developed a lot 32 00:03:07.400 --> 00:03:16.439 of the fighting skills. And um so about four hundred years ago, and 33 00:03:16.919 --> 00:03:23.719 you know chan Wan King and he he was very good at the martial arts 34 00:03:23.800 --> 00:03:30.479 and also the warring strategy and so forth. And unfortunately, um that time, 35 00:03:31.280 --> 00:03:38.560 the emperor did not really appreciate him. So he retired back to his 36 00:03:38.639 --> 00:03:44.599 own village and at a younger age, and so he tried to um, 37 00:03:44.919 --> 00:03:50.000 you know, develop assistant which is good for the health as well as for 38 00:03:50.520 --> 00:03:59.960 uh defense self defense. So he based on the Chinese philosophy of the dullest 39 00:04:00.039 --> 00:04:08.919 and and confusionism, and then he selected a lot of great fighting techniques and 40 00:04:08.960 --> 00:04:15.000 then he fused with so called Chinese Meridian system. So taichi ch one was 41 00:04:15.079 --> 00:04:21.720 born that time and then for the purpose of health and as well as self 42 00:04:21.759 --> 00:04:28.319 defense. So it is very unique. It is a martial art as well 43 00:04:28.360 --> 00:04:34.480 as healing art. Fair enough, Um, how has tai chi helped you 44 00:04:34.560 --> 00:04:41.959 over the years. Well, um, first of all, it was found 45 00:04:42.040 --> 00:04:48.319 to play with so so yeah, it doesn't makes me happy. And and 46 00:04:48.480 --> 00:04:57.879 now I was a very uh weak and also sick child and growing up and 47 00:04:58.920 --> 00:05:04.000 in high school I at an injury, so I had a real uh problem 48 00:05:04.079 --> 00:05:09.360 and it was my lower back. So basically I have the so called US 49 00:05:09.399 --> 00:05:15.680 still US writers in my lower back and then you flare up, um twice 50 00:05:15.720 --> 00:05:20.040 a year, yeah, and sometimes even more. And it was very painful 51 00:05:20.160 --> 00:05:27.040 every time it happened. And I remember there were days, you know, 52 00:05:27.240 --> 00:05:32.439 I I could not hold my child and I could not drive myself to work 53 00:05:32.759 --> 00:05:40.240 and was very very bad. But after tachi practice and I am I'm free 54 00:05:40.319 --> 00:05:47.360 of their lower back problem and also helped me, you know, to sleep 55 00:05:47.439 --> 00:05:54.759 better and U and one thing people, UM, I was very surprised to 56 00:05:54.920 --> 00:06:00.399 learn when I traveled safe to Europe for work. I traveled to I want 57 00:06:00.560 --> 00:06:04.399 to see my friends and my my mom. I don't have jell lack, 58 00:06:05.040 --> 00:06:09.120 and the people just said, well, how come you don't have jet lack. 59 00:06:09.879 --> 00:06:15.920 Yes, And throughout the years and traveling for work, and I have 60 00:06:15.079 --> 00:06:20.600 developed some kind of strategy how to deal with that. But then once I 61 00:06:20.720 --> 00:06:26.839 learned taichi, it really helped me. And then so so I I am 62 00:06:26.879 --> 00:06:32.759 able to adjust my body and very easily, and so I did not have 63 00:06:33.000 --> 00:06:41.439 suffered from like say, you know, insomnia during the knives because it's night 64 00:06:41.519 --> 00:06:46.680 time in Taiwan, say okay or in Europe, but it's still early or 65 00:06:46.720 --> 00:06:54.759 even daytime in the US. But it was taichi practice and I'm able to 66 00:06:54.759 --> 00:06:58.839 to do that easily. And there are some other health benefit. However, 67 00:06:59.120 --> 00:07:05.000 I do want to point out two to uh your listeners, and a lot 68 00:07:05.040 --> 00:07:10.199 of people say, well are you the typing masters and there so sure you 69 00:07:10.240 --> 00:07:15.199 have a lot of health benefit from it. UM, you know you gain 70 00:07:15.600 --> 00:07:20.120 a lot of for your health. UM. I always tell people don't look 71 00:07:20.120 --> 00:07:29.240 at individual because UM, we all are different. Our makeup, genetic makeups 72 00:07:29.279 --> 00:07:33.240 are different, right, so really if we just based on one or two 73 00:07:33.279 --> 00:07:41.360 persons experience and not be scientific, that just put it out like that way, 74 00:07:41.759 --> 00:07:47.959 and we should look at what science have told us. And so UM 75 00:07:48.000 --> 00:07:54.720 I have been working with many scientists and then when I say work with them, 76 00:07:54.800 --> 00:08:00.319 doesn't mean say I actually have done any research work, but that I 77 00:08:00.399 --> 00:08:07.399 have interviewed them and talking to them and discussed with them about the type health 78 00:08:07.519 --> 00:08:13.519 benefit as well as some of the research they have done. And and also 79 00:08:13.639 --> 00:08:22.639 I have UH read a few hundreds of UM research papers. And you can 80 00:08:22.680 --> 00:08:28.560 find all those kind of information online yourself if you have any doubt. And 81 00:08:28.600 --> 00:08:35.360 the best resource is UH pop map, pub M E D dot I think 82 00:08:35.440 --> 00:08:43.840 dot org and that's the government website which and uh collect all the um reputable 83 00:08:45.039 --> 00:08:50.559 research studies in that database. And then you can just take type tichi and 84 00:08:50.679 --> 00:09:00.879 taiching US writers taichi and you know uh pulmonary uh diseases that tichi hard or 85 00:09:00.919 --> 00:09:07.080 whatever you're typing, typing PTSD. You will find out a lot of studies. 86 00:09:07.840 --> 00:09:13.600 And normally what I look for is not just whoever say they he or 87 00:09:13.679 --> 00:09:18.639 she down the research and the some of the research and that they don't have 88 00:09:20.480 --> 00:09:28.360 they don't follow a very uh stringent um a standard. So and normally I 89 00:09:28.399 --> 00:09:37.159 don't use that in my uh reporting. And I normally use the study which 90 00:09:37.159 --> 00:09:43.440 you follow so called the gold standard, and they do the blind um you 91 00:09:43.480 --> 00:09:48.240 know tests and then to see the result. So yes, you you will 92 00:09:48.279 --> 00:09:56.279 find out that there are huge health bend effeit practicing type. UM. I 93 00:09:56.279 --> 00:09:58.840 think we kind of skipped ahead. But um, is there anything else you 94 00:10:00.159 --> 00:10:03.000 to add to the health benefits you've noticed as being a tai chi instructor or 95 00:10:03.039 --> 00:10:09.159 a research and researcher. Okay, good And the first of all, and 96 00:10:09.440 --> 00:10:16.240 let me just address a little bit about who I am what I have done 97 00:10:16.279 --> 00:10:22.000 in this area, and um you mentioned it and I'm a tyching instructure. 98 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:28.519 Yes, I have taught UH people all the world from age six up two 99 00:10:28.600 --> 00:10:33.440 hundred and six. Yes, and I have taught all the age groups in 100 00:10:33.600 --> 00:10:41.919 between six and one o six, and I mean globally, I have taught 101 00:10:43.159 --> 00:10:48.559 over ten thousand people. But in person, I have taught UH a few 102 00:10:48.559 --> 00:10:54.120 thousand. Yeah, in person. So that's one part of things I have 103 00:10:54.240 --> 00:11:01.360 been doing just teaching taichi. And the other party is I'm I'm a journalist 104 00:11:03.000 --> 00:11:09.080 and I have written more than seven hundred articles and the on the healing art. 105 00:11:09.039 --> 00:11:16.960 And that's why you know, I was doing in the research work and 106 00:11:16.159 --> 00:11:24.000 UH and talking to scientists. So now back to your question and Rachel regarding 107 00:11:24.240 --> 00:11:30.120 the health benefit I have seen in my students. Just a few days ago, 108 00:11:30.519 --> 00:11:37.679 I received email message and let's just call him Jay. Okay. Jay 109 00:11:37.759 --> 00:11:45.639 has taken private lessons with me, and he actually is like a body builder 110 00:11:46.159 --> 00:11:54.000 and it's very very strong, and he's over six ft tall and always bulging 111 00:11:54.080 --> 00:11:58.480 muscle and it's just just like a muscle man, you know, just so 112 00:11:58.639 --> 00:12:05.559 strong and I he can pick me up and throw me easily. So so, 113 00:12:05.960 --> 00:12:11.799 but he wanted to study um, you know, Tiching. She gone 114 00:12:11.960 --> 00:12:18.200 with me and uh, I only work with him for two things. One 115 00:12:18.440 --> 00:12:26.720 is a very short form and only has eight movements, and the other one 116 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:35.039 is meditation, and but it's a tiching type of a meditation. And he 117 00:12:35.720 --> 00:12:39.519 uh J. Let's just say j J had a lot of injury in his 118 00:12:39.720 --> 00:12:46.840 life, and so he had a lot of surgery. And because of surgery 119 00:12:46.399 --> 00:12:56.480 and H he was on penkillers and those were opiates. And the reason he 120 00:12:56.559 --> 00:13:01.519 came to me is because he it was sick and title of work taking those 121 00:13:01.600 --> 00:13:07.639 pills, and he he knew them, you know, those UM side effect. 122 00:13:07.759 --> 00:13:15.639 The problem was the O P eight and it's very dangerous and so he 123 00:13:15.840 --> 00:13:20.440 but he is a very good student. He practiced UM one hour sometimes two 124 00:13:20.440 --> 00:13:24.600 hours every day. And one day he sent me a message he said, 125 00:13:24.639 --> 00:13:31.320 you know, I am so grateful, and I've been off the pen killers 126 00:13:31.559 --> 00:13:35.279 for a while. First he thought it was just okay, once a while 127 00:13:35.399 --> 00:13:41.279 it might happen, but he had was off for a while and he really 128 00:13:41.720 --> 00:13:46.000 sent me for it. And but I told him, you know, I'm 129 00:13:46.039 --> 00:13:52.360 only a messenger. I'm sharing the art with him. And uh and now 130 00:13:52.440 --> 00:13:58.279 of course he did uh work. He practiced like I said at least one 131 00:13:58.360 --> 00:14:03.440 hour a day and sometimes two hours. Um. And that's one of the 132 00:14:03.559 --> 00:14:09.440 reason said, you know, I like to teach because I'm really helping people. 133 00:14:11.120 --> 00:14:16.759 And then this is this is true, and you know it's not something 134 00:14:16.799 --> 00:14:20.720 you know, people make that up. And as far as other students, 135 00:14:20.919 --> 00:14:28.919 and and people thank me for not taking pills for for US writers or any 136 00:14:28.039 --> 00:14:35.879 chronicle pens, and people thank me for their they don't have taken insulin anymore 137 00:14:37.519 --> 00:14:43.000 for diabetes. And there are a lot of hard issues. And people say, 138 00:14:43.039 --> 00:14:46.559 oh, now I can sleep so well, sleep like a baby, 139 00:14:48.320 --> 00:14:56.360 and so again and again. You know, I have heard all these um 140 00:14:56.600 --> 00:15:05.200 things and the feedback and that they've been helped. So that's why I quit 141 00:15:05.320 --> 00:15:13.559 my day job and then and them and teaching tai chi and so yeah, 142 00:15:15.000 --> 00:15:22.039 even though there's a little financial incentive, however, I feel this is the 143 00:15:22.039 --> 00:15:28.759 most rewarding job I ever had. Okay, um m hm. You have 144 00:15:28.799 --> 00:15:33.600 written a lot of articles about Taichi. What are some of your favorite interviews? 145 00:15:35.919 --> 00:15:45.240 Well, that's that's an excellent question, rachel Um. Excuse me. 146 00:15:46.360 --> 00:15:56.200 My story is tickally. I was interviewed Indor Chin Chen Wang and she is 147 00:15:56.440 --> 00:16:08.879 um um very prominent scientists and she she works for Tough University and her research 148 00:16:10.919 --> 00:16:18.360 paper was published in New England Journal or Medicine. So this is like the 149 00:16:18.399 --> 00:16:27.720 publication for scientific medical studies, and so you can google her. You can 150 00:16:27.759 --> 00:16:33.519 go to a New England Journal of Medicine and find you know, her studies, 151 00:16:33.799 --> 00:16:42.519 and she she's very very um good and highly respected. So I was 152 00:16:42.559 --> 00:16:47.879 talking to her and then she said, you know violence, you can never 153 00:16:48.159 --> 00:16:52.399 understand the problem I have. I said, well, actually I wasn't really 154 00:16:52.440 --> 00:16:56.679 interviewing interviewed her at that time. We were just chatting. And I said, 155 00:16:56.720 --> 00:17:00.559 okay, what do you mean by that? She said, you know, 156 00:17:00.679 --> 00:17:04.759 because type is so good. Now I'm having problems. Once I heard 157 00:17:04.759 --> 00:17:08.400 that, I'm just like, I'm totally lost. I don't know what you're 158 00:17:08.400 --> 00:17:15.920 talking about. That she said, she's doing a study with veterans, the 159 00:17:17.079 --> 00:17:25.079 veterans from the Gulf Woo War. And so because she always followed the so 160 00:17:25.279 --> 00:17:33.680 called gold standard, and the gold standard is you you randomly select people and 161 00:17:33.839 --> 00:17:41.559 uh who have the chronicle disease, and then you assigned in two different groups. 162 00:17:42.200 --> 00:17:48.200 So one group probably would be doing nothing, just like you know a 163 00:17:48.240 --> 00:17:52.839 lot of people they don't do anything but with their health problem and some people 164 00:17:52.920 --> 00:17:59.759 do. So they were assigned in to do some kind of aerobic exercise and 165 00:18:00.240 --> 00:18:03.759 so differen things, and then another at the same time, you know, 166 00:18:04.000 --> 00:18:11.319 and they continue to take their meds. And then there's one google we'll be 167 00:18:11.359 --> 00:18:19.880 doing taichi and uh, they were major people's bios before the tests and see 168 00:18:21.319 --> 00:18:26.799 how everybody you know, their body responds and and so forth, and then 169 00:18:27.079 --> 00:18:33.599 um, normally um the research processes in the mid turn and then they will 170 00:18:34.000 --> 00:18:38.559 do it again. And then at the end they were to the test all 171 00:18:38.559 --> 00:18:47.559 the the major bio indexes again and then they also were as a patient or 172 00:18:48.119 --> 00:18:56.880 the subjects to do self reporting. But what happened was and the group which 173 00:18:56.119 --> 00:19:03.400 practiced taichi right away feeling so good they could be of math and whatever and 174 00:19:03.519 --> 00:19:08.839 uh, but then the words got it wrong and the other two groups they 175 00:19:08.880 --> 00:19:17.400 heard people in the tai chi group actually is doing so well, and they 176 00:19:17.440 --> 00:19:19.880 said, we don't want to be in the school anymore. We want to 177 00:19:19.960 --> 00:19:25.720 join the taichi group. And then you cannot make that kind of switch during 178 00:19:25.759 --> 00:19:32.720 the the experiment, right, So she said, this is now becoming my 179 00:19:32.759 --> 00:19:37.680 biggest headache, because how am I going to persuade people to say, okay, 180 00:19:37.920 --> 00:19:45.680 just stay in your current group until we gotta study down right and so 181 00:19:45.680 --> 00:19:49.799 so, yeah, that that was one of the stories. Really you know, 182 00:19:52.200 --> 00:19:56.640 how should I say? And the most memorable And yeah, um, 183 00:19:56.720 --> 00:20:03.279 thanks for asking that question. What are yuh ways to find a good TICHI 184 00:20:03.440 --> 00:20:15.000 instructor? Well you you really really know how to ask good questions. And 185 00:20:15.359 --> 00:20:22.920 there are many typing instructors now are available, and uh, unlike when I 186 00:20:22.079 --> 00:20:27.240 first started, and there were not too many, but like saying in St. 187 00:20:27.240 --> 00:20:32.119 Louis area, and I used to live in St. Louis, the 188 00:20:32.279 --> 00:20:37.960 Louist Missouri for almost forty years, and now I live in Las Vegas, 189 00:20:38.720 --> 00:20:44.640 and I'm familiar, very familiar with the Louis situation. There are at least 190 00:20:44.839 --> 00:20:53.000 um oh, forty or fifty tychi instructors, but not all the typing instructors 191 00:20:53.720 --> 00:21:00.200 um have the same training, the same background. And touching chron is not 192 00:21:00.319 --> 00:21:07.759 just a so called of physical movement. It's a so called mind, body 193 00:21:07.839 --> 00:21:15.920 and breathing exercise, and it is very very important. We have to understand 194 00:21:15.160 --> 00:21:23.400 the fundamentals and how to do it properly and to get a great health benefit. 195 00:21:23.880 --> 00:21:29.240 Yes, you may see some touching structure. They are amazing, looks 196 00:21:29.319 --> 00:21:32.519 like amazing. They can they can't even fly, you know, they can 197 00:21:32.680 --> 00:21:37.799 kick hi, they can swallow, but that's not a gustandard too to judge 198 00:21:37.880 --> 00:21:45.119 if someone's tychi choin is good. And a lot of people they say they 199 00:21:45.160 --> 00:21:48.960 said, well, um, no, there's YouTube, there's a very uh. 200 00:21:52.039 --> 00:21:56.640 Anyway, there are a lot of online resources people can look and then 201 00:21:56.759 --> 00:22:00.160 they saw that they can learn their way. But that's a very dead just 202 00:22:00.319 --> 00:22:06.039 well, and I highly recommend people to find a good instructor. But then 203 00:22:06.160 --> 00:22:08.599 how do you find a good instructor? Like I said, there are forty 204 00:22:08.720 --> 00:22:14.279 fifty or even more instructor how do you do it? And uh, I 205 00:22:14.319 --> 00:22:18.400 would say, um, in St. Louis and most instructors, we don't 206 00:22:18.440 --> 00:22:23.759 do it for money. We do it because we're passionated about it. So 207 00:22:23.839 --> 00:22:32.000 maybe you can first ask a find instructor close to your where you live and 208 00:22:32.039 --> 00:22:36.039 in a deal schedule, and if it's suitable for you, then you asked 209 00:22:36.160 --> 00:22:41.599 it. Can you just take um a free lesson to like say audited a 210 00:22:41.640 --> 00:22:47.160 class or if they say, well, because I don't own the studio, 211 00:22:47.720 --> 00:22:51.759 I cannot say just let you come in and do a lesson for free, 212 00:22:52.160 --> 00:22:56.519 but maybe you can ask it. Can I just watch it? Okay? 213 00:22:56.920 --> 00:23:00.759 And I think that's very important. And then you you can see if the 214 00:23:00.839 --> 00:23:07.319 instructor really pay attention to students and uh and uh and so forth. And 215 00:23:08.200 --> 00:23:17.079 for people if they're in in some areas there are not any typing instructors. 216 00:23:17.200 --> 00:23:22.680 Then there are so many online resources now available. When I say online resources, 217 00:23:22.759 --> 00:23:26.720 I don't mean say it's like YouTube, because that's one directional you're just 218 00:23:26.839 --> 00:23:34.319 watching the video. And I don't mean say you buy a video tape. 219 00:23:34.839 --> 00:23:42.839 I recommend you take a lesson and the online with someone, and especially if 220 00:23:42.880 --> 00:23:48.480 someone can provide you with feedback, can see how you do it. And 221 00:23:48.519 --> 00:23:51.720 a lot of time we think we're doing the right thing, but actually it 222 00:23:51.920 --> 00:23:57.200 is not. So it is very important to find a good instructor. Even 223 00:23:57.240 --> 00:24:04.599 though you know, type join my exercise, the chances of you getting um 224 00:24:04.839 --> 00:24:11.119 sports injury by doing it wrong. It's not like yoga or some other exercise. 225 00:24:11.680 --> 00:24:19.880 However, I think time is the most variable assets people have these days, 226 00:24:19.920 --> 00:24:25.200 so you really want to use your time wisely. And then you learn 227 00:24:25.599 --> 00:24:33.079 from someone with integrity. You learn from someone who has knowledge or Another thing 228 00:24:33.240 --> 00:24:38.039 is to find out the the instructors uh, their background, their lineage, 229 00:24:38.839 --> 00:24:45.640 who they started from, and then and and so forth. And also there 230 00:24:45.640 --> 00:24:52.559 are so many different taichi so called styles and forms, and some may not 231 00:24:52.680 --> 00:25:00.960 be suitable for certain individuals, and so ask questions and as how they teach. 232 00:25:02.240 --> 00:25:07.000 And I I have a work with so many people, as I mentioned, 233 00:25:07.079 --> 00:25:12.720 ten thousand people around the world. And some people they say, you 234 00:25:12.759 --> 00:25:17.119 know, I can walk and I can stand. I have no problem of 235 00:25:17.200 --> 00:25:21.519 doing that, but I have sort of healthy issue which does not allow me 236 00:25:21.880 --> 00:25:27.599 to stand for long. And guess what taich One can be practiced in a 237 00:25:27.759 --> 00:25:33.519 seated position also, or it can be a combination. So ask a question, 238 00:25:33.839 --> 00:25:41.319 what what the instructor can do? And um to accommodate the needs of 239 00:25:41.119 --> 00:25:52.720 for people of all all kinds of capability and physical condition? Okay, um 240 00:25:52.759 --> 00:25:57.960 how long does it take to learn tai chi on average? Okay? And 241 00:26:00.160 --> 00:26:06.720 well, this is a very interesting question, and so what do I mean 242 00:26:06.880 --> 00:26:11.359 by that? There are so many taichi choin styles. As I mentioned, 243 00:26:11.519 --> 00:26:18.160 the chance style is the oldest, and then it's most complicated one. It's 244 00:26:18.200 --> 00:26:23.480 probably the hardest to learn. But there are also some more simplified taich each 245 00:26:23.559 --> 00:26:29.640 one and they're easy to learn. Like I was talking about Jai my student, 246 00:26:30.319 --> 00:26:36.839 and it was a very simple um um form. It's only a movement 247 00:26:37.640 --> 00:26:41.279 and uh, of course he was taking private lessons and I was able to 248 00:26:41.400 --> 00:26:48.000 do a lot of you know, coaching in the one on one adjustment for 249 00:26:48.079 --> 00:26:52.880 him. So it only take him like a month in the right away. 250 00:26:53.000 --> 00:27:00.400 He has a great results. However, you know it is he's practicing self 251 00:27:00.440 --> 00:27:04.880 and he also he has his own physics fitness company, so so he's very 252 00:27:06.039 --> 00:27:11.359 very good of learning movements and so for us. So he's a special case. 253 00:27:11.480 --> 00:27:15.079 But I would say normally, you know, if you want to do 254 00:27:15.160 --> 00:27:21.640 it just for the health purpose and then it can be just a month to 255 00:27:22.000 --> 00:27:26.680 three months and then you you learn something and to be beneficial, but you 256 00:27:26.759 --> 00:27:33.839 have to practice. But some people like myself, even though I have learned 257 00:27:33.079 --> 00:27:41.000 the art for twenty one years and people in the global taichi, uh every 258 00:27:41.000 --> 00:27:47.880 industry called me address me as a master, I am still learning. So 259 00:27:48.440 --> 00:27:53.359 how long it takes to learn taichi and it is a life along journey for 260 00:27:53.480 --> 00:28:00.039 me for sure, and you you may find out the sin with many other 261 00:28:00.799 --> 00:28:10.680 um instructors and because the type to each one is like UM curing the onion. 262 00:28:11.039 --> 00:28:15.559 It has a lot of layer once you go through uh one day yea, 263 00:28:15.640 --> 00:28:21.400 and they are always more and more and more. It's extremely extremely profound. 264 00:28:22.160 --> 00:28:26.960 So it depends on individual's goal. If your goal it's just for the 265 00:28:27.200 --> 00:28:33.480 health purpose, and then you're very self disciplined, and then you can just 266 00:28:33.640 --> 00:28:40.039 practice on your own. You don't need to take lessons for long and one 267 00:28:40.119 --> 00:28:45.079 to three months that's sufficient. But some people they say they need the environment. 268 00:28:45.480 --> 00:28:49.279 They wanted to go to the class and there's a teacher there and they 269 00:28:49.599 --> 00:28:53.359 had to remind them. Yes. Then you can just you know, do 270 00:28:53.440 --> 00:28:57.680 it at once once a week and then just keep going. That's fine too. 271 00:28:59.240 --> 00:29:03.079 And then like I said, there are a lot of um form and 272 00:29:03.200 --> 00:29:08.240 style. It's really fun to play with. And then it's also very spiritual. 273 00:29:08.440 --> 00:29:15.880 It's a spiritual but not religious, Okay, people with all religious backgrounds 274 00:29:15.079 --> 00:29:21.279 they practice tai chi, and some people they wanted so called the spiritual pursue. 275 00:29:22.079 --> 00:29:26.839 They can just keep going and going and keep learning. So I hope 276 00:29:26.880 --> 00:29:33.319 I answer your question. It's a very long answer. I guess the next 277 00:29:33.400 --> 00:29:37.279 question is how long does it take to see some of these health benefits to 278 00:29:37.359 --> 00:29:41.359 take effect. And how yeah, how often do you need to do tai 279 00:29:41.480 --> 00:29:49.920 chi for it to be beneficial? Excellent question, And I mentioned j J 280 00:29:51.240 --> 00:29:57.279 is a special case. And so let me just tell you the journal things 281 00:29:57.480 --> 00:30:06.920 and voice ample the scientific studies. Uh, they have done the clinical study 282 00:30:07.160 --> 00:30:15.039 and normally they train people like three or four times a week and each time 283 00:30:15.200 --> 00:30:22.400 it's about thirteen minutes two an hour and a lot of just forty five minutes. 284 00:30:22.359 --> 00:30:27.319 And after they do the research, you know, and or training for 285 00:30:27.640 --> 00:30:36.440 six months, they see amazing results. So you don't need to say you 286 00:30:36.480 --> 00:30:41.039 know, how should I say do like Jay, you do it every day. 287 00:30:41.079 --> 00:30:45.880 But if you just do it like three times a week each time and 288 00:30:48.359 --> 00:30:55.359 thirty to forty minutes, you get great results and you can help you of 289 00:30:55.400 --> 00:31:00.440 course, it's it's like taking medicine. If you don't take medicine, then 290 00:31:00.799 --> 00:31:07.599 it just gradually was awful. So if you want to sustain the health beneffects, 291 00:31:08.640 --> 00:31:14.559 you have to keep working on it. And uh, but not say 292 00:31:14.640 --> 00:31:19.000 you know that every day and they just three times a week in thirty minutes, 293 00:31:19.559 --> 00:31:26.480 that would be sufficient. Okay, Um, what are some of your 294 00:31:26.559 --> 00:31:37.440 favorite things? About taichi. Um, I'm nice. Actually I fully understand 295 00:31:37.839 --> 00:31:44.559 the question. You say the favorite things. Um, well, first of 296 00:31:44.599 --> 00:31:51.200 all, you know, as a practitioner myself, and I like it because, 297 00:31:51.599 --> 00:31:59.519 um it is extremely soothing and it relaxed my body and relaxed my mind. 298 00:32:00.640 --> 00:32:06.079 And um, I like movement. But I am really really bad at 299 00:32:06.240 --> 00:32:15.640 dancing because I I have no rhythm, and I was certified before as aerobic 300 00:32:15.279 --> 00:32:22.279 instructor, and uh, I can do all those things very well. I 301 00:32:22.319 --> 00:32:28.240 thought of kickboxing and then before I do taich each one. However, I 302 00:32:28.319 --> 00:32:34.000 did not really go really teaching aerobic because aerobic lessons you need to play the 303 00:32:34.119 --> 00:32:38.119 music right and you need to know how to come the beats. I cannot 304 00:32:38.200 --> 00:32:44.680 come beats. And the taich each one it allows me to just you know, 305 00:32:45.319 --> 00:32:52.240 uh, flow based on my own mood and how I fear and so 306 00:32:52.240 --> 00:33:00.680 so people like me who appreciate the movement and but then have no rhythm, 307 00:33:00.680 --> 00:33:06.240 and then I can do tai chi and I can do taichi as a very 308 00:33:06.240 --> 00:33:10.359 smooth and soothing way. And some people say, oh, it's like dancing. 309 00:33:10.480 --> 00:33:15.480 You know, that's an actually kind of insult comment for people, you 310 00:33:15.480 --> 00:33:20.359 know, notts about tai chi. But but yes, some people say, 311 00:33:20.359 --> 00:33:23.519 oh, it's like dancing, but the taichichan is also martial. Some of 312 00:33:23.640 --> 00:33:27.880 the form I do, he was, Oh my god, you know I 313 00:33:28.200 --> 00:33:31.119 could kick and I can punch and I can jump and I just you know, 314 00:33:34.440 --> 00:33:38.200 they never thought that's taichi. Also, so there's so many different ways 315 00:33:38.279 --> 00:33:44.039 to play the words there and besides the so called the bare him forms, 316 00:33:44.319 --> 00:33:51.319 and and then they are so called weapon forms. We carry a a straight 317 00:33:51.400 --> 00:33:57.400 sor which is very exclusive form of tai chi, and there are so called 318 00:33:57.440 --> 00:34:04.279 adult which is a bra so. And one of the form I performed is 319 00:34:04.759 --> 00:34:09.519 the stout. It's only forty six seconds you're done with, but it's a 320 00:34:09.840 --> 00:34:15.400 high arcare things like I said, there's a lot of jumping, chopping and 321 00:34:15.519 --> 00:34:20.880 whatever. And then it's very no nonsense. Thank done in forty six seconds. 322 00:34:20.920 --> 00:34:24.960 But it was found to play with. And yeah, I hope I 323 00:34:25.039 --> 00:34:30.119 answer your quest, Jim Rachel. Okay, one last one, UM, 324 00:34:30.159 --> 00:34:38.199 what was your experience going to China and studying well? And yes, I 325 00:34:38.320 --> 00:34:44.679 first uh learned about taichi while I was in Saint Louis. Then I found 326 00:34:44.679 --> 00:34:49.800 out this um grand master who has read the number one in the world. 327 00:34:49.800 --> 00:34:52.960 I was very very fortunate. I'm just not going to detail how I got 328 00:34:53.000 --> 00:35:00.559 to know him. And I went to his home in in uh As I 329 00:35:00.559 --> 00:35:04.679 said l A. I took a private lesson with him for years. But 330 00:35:05.079 --> 00:35:09.559 he actually the home in l A is his his second or third home. 331 00:35:09.920 --> 00:35:15.800 He's um a main school. His major school is back in China. So 332 00:35:16.000 --> 00:35:22.280 um back six or seven years ago. I went back to China and then 333 00:35:22.320 --> 00:35:28.400 to went to his school to study, and I found in general the attitude 334 00:35:28.519 --> 00:35:36.199 of people in China learning uh taichi is different than in the US. And 335 00:35:36.239 --> 00:35:42.400 they do a lot of foundation work and here in the US, and we 336 00:35:42.480 --> 00:35:45.639 want to do everything quick right, we want to quick result, and then 337 00:35:45.679 --> 00:35:52.880 we wanted instant gratification and up so people maybe because people are so busy and 338 00:35:53.599 --> 00:36:00.880 we we don't have that much time, so we don't really well to spend 339 00:36:00.280 --> 00:36:05.800 a lot of time and effort to do the foundation stuff, the basic drill. 340 00:36:06.639 --> 00:36:12.320 So so that that's a big difference still as far as uh ti ticho 341 00:36:12.440 --> 00:36:16.280 and goals. And then and I went back so many times. I went 342 00:36:16.320 --> 00:36:22.039 to the birthplace which is called the Chen village in her non promise, and 343 00:36:22.039 --> 00:36:28.039 that her no promises in some ways, like similar to Missouri is in the 344 00:36:28.079 --> 00:36:34.320 middle of the country, and I've been there several times and just immerse myself 345 00:36:34.599 --> 00:36:40.199 in their culture and then in their environment. It's just amazing. That's I 346 00:36:40.239 --> 00:36:45.599 can say. Um, is there there anything else you would like to add? 347 00:36:46.360 --> 00:36:53.119 That I haven't asked well? And that you you certainly have done your 348 00:36:53.159 --> 00:36:58.920 whole work. You've got a good questions for me, and all I want 349 00:36:59.000 --> 00:37:04.119 to say. You know, I'm really passionated about the art. And if 350 00:37:04.159 --> 00:37:10.960 any of your listeners have questions about the art, and you can email me 351 00:37:12.119 --> 00:37:16.159 and it's very easy to find me. And my website is Violently. Just 352 00:37:16.239 --> 00:37:21.239 my name v I O. L E. T. Last name is l 353 00:37:21.360 --> 00:37:25.320 I. Just want word violently dot com and you can find me there or 354 00:37:25.480 --> 00:37:34.480 you can just email me Violet Lee. Uh and I'm sorry, just violent 355 00:37:34.719 --> 00:37:38.119 no, no, only just Violet at T A d I dot com. 356 00:37:38.480 --> 00:37:44.840 T like tom A like Apple, d like David I like ice cream dot 357 00:37:44.920 --> 00:37:50.000 com. So Violet at T A d I dot com. All right, 358 00:37:50.599 --> 00:37:54.519 Thanks Violet for coming on the show, um, and thanks guys for listening. 359 00:37:54.599 --> 00:38:00.639 Always to An on Thursday at ten am on your favorite podcast. Follow 360 00:38:00.760 --> 00:38:04.800 us on your favorite social media network, and as always, if you have 361 00:38:04.800 --> 00:38:09.760 any questions go to Rachel and recovery dot com. Thanks well, thank you 362 00:38:09.800 --> 00:38:12.679 so much for h

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