Zhou (elbow) and Kao (shoulder) can be seen as techniques. But their deeper meaning is one of mechanical principle. Zhou displaces the opponent’s centripetal tensile geodesic, while kao is a defence against the opponent doing the same. 46 minute video
Help keep this site alive.
While I continue the redesign of the website, (the new layout should be up soon), I thought I should post this video. It demonstrates some of the principles that I have been going on about recently. There are demonstrations of the physics, the fighting application principles, and the practical philosophy. Remember, this is not about . . . read more
Alignment is physical, mental, emotional, intentional, energetic, structural, and dynamic…among other things. It is also social, and tai chi can teach us a lot about our place in the world and how we can all get along.
There are thousands of different styles of martial art around the world. Each is based in a culture, a philosophy, and a history. And each art is in some way modified by each person according to their own personal experiences, abilities, needs and circumstances. There are many similarities between the different martial arts of the . . . read more
It is a problem. That’s what it is. For one thing, “qi” is a word, and words are always a problem. Moreover, Qi is a Chinese word, and Chinese words are nothing but trouble. I sometimes think that if you don’t speak Chinese, you really have no business using Chinese words. They never mean what . . . read more
As I adapt to the new reality of an online school, I have been examining a variety of approaches. This has meant spending time on adjustments to the website itself, mostly in the background. That has been a distraction from producing new videos. But I am now back to production mode, and will be posting . . . read more
I hope to add one new lesson per day over the next 100 days, and will continue indefinitely, if I can keep the lights on. I have been studying tai chi for over 40 years, and I am really starting to like it. In fact, I like it so much that I have decided to . . . read more