“Everyone talks about peace but no one educates for peace.We educate for competition, and competition marks the beginning of all wars.When we educate for cooperation and to offer each other solidarity, that day we will educate for peace.” «Tout le monde parle de paix mais personne n’éduque à la paix.On éduque pour la compétition, et . . . read more
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Traditional martial artists will often seek out martial sport in order to compensate for missing elements in traditional training. But it is important to understand that martial art and martial sport are not the same thing. In martial sport, the fight has a beginning and an end, and the goal is to win. In a . . . read more
When someone claims that a computer has passed the Turing test, we should consider that it might be due to the fact that people have so little experience interacting with real people that they can’t tell the difference anymore. The so-called Artificial Intelligence, which so many venture capitalists are buying into, does not exist. The . . . read more
A video starring “The Three Asians” “Taiji” or “Tai chi” refers to the dualistic nature of the phenomenal universe. Yin and Yang, up and down, this and that, past and present, me and not me, existing and “not existing.” “Wuji” refers to non-duality, the infinite void from which all things emerge, wherein Yin and Yang . . . read more
“Every fight involves multiple opponents. There is your enemy, their weapon, footwork, mind, skill, technique, rhythm, timing, distance, and strength. You also have to contend with your weapon, your footwork, your mind, your skill, your technique, your timing and rhythm, your strength, and your weakness. “If you face twenty opponents and your mind is captured by . . . read more
If you are attending classes this weekend at Sinclair Martial Arts, please be aware that the late Gordon Lightfoot will rest at St. Paul’s United Church this weekend. Visitation will be on Sunday from 1 p.m until 8 p.m. That is right around the corner from my studio. So, don’t expect to be able to . . . read more
Stillness allows for faster changes.
Traditionally, a martial art can be the cure for violence and a path to enlightenment. Few other types of meditation can offer the same sort of immediate biofeedback that a martial art can provide. But it is important to realize that enlightenment is not merely the goal of the martial art. Enlightenment is the path . . . read more
Tai chi sword practice can be very helpful in refining skill and understanding of biomechanics and empty handed combat principles. This is NOT a sword lesson as much as it is a tuishou lesson. Nick, the student in this video, is a much better fencer than the teacher is. The lesson is not about superior . . . read more
Pedagogy, tuishou, space-time, philosophy, the standard model of particle physics, and the Dao…. But I digress. We can take advantage of our opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, as well as our own. Good and bad choices are often measured by their results, which goes to show how there are variables that we cannot see. These are . . . read more