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Exercise Your Diabetes Away

This week, as I tried to decide how to wrap up my current series of blog post on diabetes and blood sugar, I ran onto a new research paper in the International Journal of Endocrinology on the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine for Diabetes and in it they summarized recent research specifically about tai chi and diabetes. I couldn’t miss this opportunity to talk about one of my favorite topics. My first job after my academic studies was with AT&T Bell Laboratories. At the time...

Why Is It So Hard To Find A Tai Chi Teacher?

Earlier this week I posted a blog on the benefits for tai chi for diabetics. I mentioned that it was important to find a well-qualified instructor. Several of you wrote me to ask what to look for in a tai chi instructor. As I responded to that question, I realized that it is a subject I’m passionate about and that my answer was long enough to deserve a post or two. I realize it’s a little off-topic for me. If it’s not of interest to...

10 Questions to Ask a Taichi Teacher

This post continues on a theme I started a couple of weeks ago on the difficulties of finding a truly qualified taichi teacher. I’ve got nothing to sell here. I don’t believe it’s possible to learn taichi from a video and I think seminars are a waste of time and money unless they are a part of ongoing studies in the same discipline. I asked my sifu (teacher) once why he didn’t sell videos. He laughed and said, “You are right here in front of...