Transcript: Before I talk about the most important lesson in all of martial arts, I want to address what I call the pillars of martial art training. Typically, I call them the four pillars. I used to like to conflate two of them, since a three-legged table doesn’t wobble. But I have learned that things . . . read more
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- The 4 Pillars of Martial Arts Training
- Introduction to Tai chi, Episode 9: The Eight Trigrams in the Hands
- Paraphrasing Agamemnon: Kungfu and Life Lessons from a Greek Tragedy.
- Intro to Tai chi, Episode 8: The Five Elements are in the Feet. …What?
- Five Element Theory vs Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock
“The 8 trigrams in the hands” is a vitally important concept in martial arts…especially in tai chi. But it comes with some philosophy and some physics. Don’t expect to understand it all right away, and don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense at first.Introducing the eight trigrams Transcript: As much as I do endeavour to . . . read more
In part of the chorus in Agamemnon, the Greek tragedian, Aeschylus (circa 525 BCE – 456 BCE) writes the following “Mortals are set on the path of wisdom,bound by holy ordinance to pay, with suffering, for their education. Even in our sleep, the relentless pain that we try in vain to forget falls drop by drop . . . read more
This is another one of those opaque concepts that needs to be explored, or updated, or ignored. Understanding it might be out of the question. Transcript There is an important dictum in taijiquan literature that declares that one should have “the 5 elements in the feet and the eight trigrams in the hands.” This has . . . read more
How far can a tai chi metaphor go? When you practice and art and follow its philosophy long enough, you eventually start to see it everywhere. You may even be tempted to manifest it in places where it probably shouldn’t belong. Case in point: tai chi fanatics on a dance floor. Another case is the natural attempt . . . read more
In the ancient military classic, “The Art of War”, Sunzi begins by listing five constants that determine victory. The first of these is a moral compass. A nation is not defined by its borders. It is defined by the principles upon which it is built. To defend a nation is to defend its principles. The . . . read more
This video took two weeks to write and produce. It could have been ten shorter videos. But with the current socioeconomic situation, it seemed appropriate to present it in this format. I will be adding a complete transcript of this video in the near future. (Self Defeating Class Three Lever Syndrome) SDCTLS When I am . . . read more
Most tai chi teachers have no interest in the martial aspect. Even those who do are often unwilling to test their skills or adapt their pedagogy. If you want tai chi to help you in a fight, it must be tool for liberation, not an albatross around your neck.
As I sit in this (now very quiet) studio, designing lessons and writing scripts for instructional videos, I contemplate the connections I have made through my work. I ruminate over whether or not I have served well, or well enough. Is my work a benefit to others, or is is mere self-indulgence? I certainly hope . . . read more
I have posted a complete set of the reference videos for both the 10-Form and the 26-Section Yang style Tai chi Foundation routine. Also, I have published “Introduction to Tai chi”, Episode 3: What does tai chi mean?This time with Closed captioning. I suggest you click the CC option. There are some strange Scottish-sounding tai . . . read more