Taijiquan is all about practice with a partner, and the more variety in those partners, the more complete is our learning. But the nationwide lockdown of all group activity has made that principle practice of our art ill-advised, even dangerous during this Coronavirus outbreak. In these weeks ahead, we need to try to get as much out of the solo form as we can, and hopefully to return to our traditional practice even better equipped than ever. This is the first of a series of lectures designed to stimulate as much fruitful solo practice as possible, by pointing out those “mediations” that elevate the form beyond a simple “low-impact” dance to a real foundation for advanced study.

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