Dr. Larry Berkelhammer and his teacher, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen in May 2015

Dr. Larry Berkelhammer and his teacher, Grandmaster William C.C. Chen in May 2015

The purpose of this blog and the entire website is to provide evidence-based information on how to live a vibrant, meaningful life while living with chronic health challenges or other life challenges.

Every Tuesday I post a new, very brief video from my presentations or interviews. Every Friday this Q&A column appears.

Here is this week’s question:
THIS WEEK’S QUESTION: Please say more about how long it takes to learn tai chi.

ANSWER: The Yang style short form does not take long to learn. However, my teacher, Grandmaster William CC Chen has been teaching since 1952 and says he is still learning when doing the form. I began learning tai chi in 1979 and am not even close to mastering it. I find doing the form each day to be extremely satisfying, in that, I am always learning something new. To a beginner, the form appears the same every day, but once you no longer need to consciously think about the various movements of the form and their sequence, you will find that new things are learned constantly, and that it continues to influence how you literally move through your day.

If you are interested in learning tai chi chuan as a complete martial art, there are other aspects that can take a lifetime to master.

This website is offered as a free public service, supplying information that has been found helpful to certain people living with chronic health challenges or issues related to wellbeing. No treatment is offered on this website. The advice is general, and may or may not apply to your individual situation, and is not a substitute for psychotherapy or medical treatment.
What questions do you have about living a life of mindfulness-based mastery or about the relationship between the mind and health or wellbeing?
Just scroll down and type your question in the comment box below. An answer to your specific question may not appear in this column. The reason for that is I wait until I get a certain number of related questions, then I pick one that covers them all and I answer that one. People attending my presentations asked most of the questions appearing in this column, and I repeat them here so you may benefit.