I’ve been learning Tai Chi for 8 years from a Grand Master of Martial Arts.  Tai Chi is taught in slow, deliberate movements.  It is a moving meditation.  However, all of the movements of Tai Chi are purposeful as a Kung Fu fighting technique.  (If you remember the movie, The Karate Kid, the ‘wax on and wax off’ are Karate blocking movements.)  Positioning of hands, arms, waist, hip, legs and feet are very precise.  Feet pointed straight ahead in start position, knees bent but not moving beyond the toes, elbow and shoulder bent at 90 degrees, etc. are important.  From movement to movement, all of the little things matter between doing it right and not doing it right. If you turn your foot out a little you lose balance and power.  If your elbow is not at 90 degrees, then you lose power to block and fight back!  Try it.  Flex your elbow all the way, then at 90 degrees and then more than 90 degrees and see for yourself which position is the most protective and sturdy.

Tai Chi is often misunderstood as a relaxation exercise and not a martial art.  In order to perform Tai Chi movements, you have to be flexible with really great core strength.  The first 40 minutes of my training session is on breathing technique, becoming more flexible and building up core strength.  In order to make the high kicks above the head or throw a strike with one arm as you make a block with the other, flexibility and core strength are needed.  Are you balanced, flexible and ready to unleash the power of your movements or are you weak, stiff and out of balance?

When it comes to cosmetic surgery or any kind of surgery, all of the details matter.  It is the same for Botox and fillers.  Is the doctor or nurse or physician’s assistant, or dentist knowledgeable in all of the details that matter?  Keep this question in mind and you will get a pretty good sense of what you might get.