About

So, who am I? My name is David Roth-Lindberg and I have studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan since October 1987. I remember my first class, it was on a Tuesday. Nobody knew about Tai Chi back then, not here in Sweden anyway. Only one or two years later the art slowly started to be recognised, but sadly only as a health exercise for old people. I myself started practicing it as a martial art right from the beginning. But I tried to keep my practice a secret as it was a bit hard to explain that what I did was a martial art. I was only 11 years old when I started practicing Tai Chi, so you can say that I grew up with this art. I never stopped practicing it, and it never stopped fascinate me.

I have had a great interest in China and Chinese culture even before starting my Tai Chi journey. I have studied Chinese, speak Mandarin fluently (well, almost) and have travelled a lot in the country. I have studied with several teachers, mostly from Yang and Sun schools. I started with Yang style 1987 and have practiced Sun style since from about the year of 2000.

My own Tai Chi that I practice myself is very much a blend of these two styles. As I believe that there are no styles in Tai Chi, only different “forms”, it doesn’t matter much what “style” you practice. Only principle matters. I have also learned some other deep Tai Chi family related stuff that some people regard as indoor practice. But I am always happy to share.

Sharing is… well you know… This is why I started this blog. I wanted to share my knowledge and my thoughts. And for the moment I don’t teach a regular class so a blog suites me well for the moment. I used to teach and had a group, but I had to give it up as I became too busy. However, I do consider taking private students and I am also willing to give private lessons and travel for seminars, so contact me directly or keep in touch if you are interested in the things I share.

Other than a Tai Chi enthusiast, I am an entrepreneur, self-employed since 2011 and working foremost with online marketing, SEO –  Search Engine Optimization. You can reach me by my homepage rothlindberg.se  or my older company Homepage on SEO here: www.seosphinx.se. I have also done some import/export from and to China, and have helped to establish a cosmetics brand in China as well as a few other products. I have done and keep on doing some other things, but that might not be so interesting.

Please stay in touch with me via Twitter. If you want to reach me, just send me an e-mail directly to david [-at-] filmmedia.se, you can also reach me via Twitter, my marketing and SEO webpage through the link above, or just write a comment somewhere on the blog so I’ll get your e-mail address.

3 thoughts on “About”

  1. mendelshun said:

    Hi David
    Very informative site, thankyou.
    Point on intention, from my own practice.
    Energised feeling from ones heart, thinking with the heart. The thinking mind is empty but the mind in ones heart is focused and energised towards your goal. Deeper is the goal of the heart and the spirit are one, the ultimate goal of Tai chi and Qi gong.
    Basic exercises are everything without this training continued training of tendons, internal muscle stretching, ligaments, deeper still in ones bones and in some respects the stretching of ones internal universe. The form will be empty which is about 90 percent of what is going on. One must be baptised in a very painful transformation of ones physical body in order to allow the body to relax and the energy free flow without blockage. Qi gong no form practice means one is asking ones spirit to guide you, empty of thought and connected with ones heart, again the heart and soul are one. Tai chi has to become a way of life, when you walk, when you brush your teeth, when you eat, when you encounter stress, the way you parent. Our sensitivity can only be realised through ones ability to understand how to relax, how to adjust ourselves during postures and movement, feeling it. Intention yes can be mis understood but it can be explained clearly and grasped. You can only grasp it if you have done the basis exercises and have been baptised in the pain, which allows you to open up to understand it. Look forward to reading more on what you have learnt thus far. Best wishes Joaquin

  2. Hi David, I am a Tai Chi novice (2 classes so far in the last week). I am confused about some Tai Chi terminology, and your remark — “there are no styles in Tai Chi, only different “forms”, it doesn’t matter much what “style” you practice. Only principle matters.” — interested me. I am confused about the hierarchy of terms and meaning of them in Tai Chi. To help clarify this confusion, I have set up a 4 level hierarchy to break down Tai Chi into component parts. These are:
    1) Style (such as Sun Style or Chen) which have a different overall philosophy .pr set of principles E.g. martial arts / self defense, or increasing energy flow, etc. A style decomposes into
    2) Form or Forms (singular and plural seem to have the same meaning), which are a numbered collection (eg Sun Style Form 10) of movements which must be performed in a particular sequence — Forms can borrow movements from different styles, or be from the same style but grouped to achieve a specific objective
    3) named movements — one movement has a distinct beginning and end, and a distinct purpose: for example, add stability — movements can be repeated
    4) steps — each movement will consists of discrete steps your body takes, which can involve the feet, legs, torso, hands and head —
    Is this a correct description of how Tai Chi is structured? I am trying to write a posts about my class experiences, and want to make sure I using the correct terminology. Thank you.

    • Hi alibey, and thank you for visiting. To be honest I don’t know how to reply. It took me about two years before I could somewhat explain to myself what Tai Chi is. First then I started to understand the art better. Before you really understand the principles behind the movements and functions, I don’t believe that breaking down the art this way is meaningful. I don’t know if I would agree with what you write could be called a Hierarchy. But on the other hand, any kind of description is just as good as anyone else. Tai Chi has forms, such hands, standing practice, weapons. Some styles or schools implement meditation and Qigong systems. Tai Chi styles can be different, teach different things. But the principles are (well, at least more or less) the same.

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