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Episode 10

Cultivate Presence and Posture through Tai Chi as a Martial Art with Tim Ash

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Have you ever wondered what other senses you do have? Does posture and presence affect more than just you? In today's episode, Tim Ash explains the inner workings of Tai Chi as a martial art and as a way of life. Tai Chi actually means grand ultimate and is a way of cultivating situational awareness through touch by focusing on your opponent's center of mass. Through touch sensitivity there are no gaps, you instead connect to the person's physical world and get a read on what their intentions are by keeping continuous contact. It's a method of rebalancing energy by understanding the forces at work and acting as a foil to those forces. In essence, you are borrowing the other person's momentum and conserving your energy for martial effectiveness.

Nowadays the martial aspect of Tai Chi is fading, however the health benefits and intuitive understanding remains. There are still several people who hold tradition and are able to teach the martial side of Tai Chi. Still mastery takes years of dedication and devotion.

Tai Chi has a lot of the same mindfulness benefits like yoga and qi gong, helping you with posture, to be more relaxed in your body, and increase mental health.

As a keynote speaker and entrepreneur, Tim Ash has leveraged the potential of Tai Chi to become a 5 star public speaker. He explains how cultivating a presence on stage is two thirds body language as well as intontation and content. Tai Chi helps to cultivate that structural awarenewss of where your body  is in space, a sense called proprioception,

Tia Chi is based on taoist philosoohy using passive and active energies. It's about knowing when to be passive and when to be active, which is the same for daily life. By counterbalancing your opponent's energy, you are acting as a fulcrum to rebalance so that you don't absorb their energy and instead transmute the energy into something else.

Tips for better posture:

Thing of the body as having stacking and hanging components. Stacking are parts of your body that are connected to the ground, such as your skeleton. Hanging components are the soft tissues, muscles, and tendons that need to relax and just hang. This is ag reat way to maintain your posture without muscular tension.

If you're tense you don't feel other people and awareness drops and even can fog your mind. One of the core precepts of Tai Chi is to "fight" in a rest and digest state. You are simply harmonizing with yourself, your opponent, and your environment and have all the advantages of relaxed body and nervous system so that you can flow with it.

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