7 Things to know about root. (& more bull**** from senior teachers.)

We just got wind of another senior teacher…

…who is lying about root.

Sigung Clear has seen this a lot and I’m starting to see it more and more myself.

Senior teachers who use root constantly and tell their students that root is not important. It makes the teacher look very impressive and it wastes the students time.

Developing your skill and understanding of root is CRITICAL to success in the internal arts.

Here’s the short list of what you need to know.

1. Rooting is one of the 36 primary Tai Chi Jings and it involves sending your energy down into the ground.

2. Rooting is one way to “Sink The Chi.”

3. When you let your root drop below your feet and into the ground you do not lose energy. In fact you are building energy doing this work.

4. Rooting below your feet does NOT limit your mobility.

Key skills to develop in the beginning.

1. Learn to feel and move your root.

2. Learn to feel and move someone else’s root

3. Build your root depth to 15 – 20 feet below the ground. (whatever feels like 2 – 3 times your height.)

This is where you BEGIN.

It won’t take long to build these three with a little work. And then you’ll have the foundation you need to learn all kinds of fun rooting skills.

The fastest way to build this foundation and all the fun stuff that comes after is with the push hands drills & games taught on our Internal Power video:


So grab a partner,

build these skills,

and please let others feel the skill you develop from this training.

(If you’re in the area and want to experience any of this first hand, all you have to do is ask.)

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