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
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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
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
Sometimes, leaders forget that the world shares a common enemy. They try to make themselves look strong by waging war against their best friends. In so doing they threaten their country’s own best interests. I am reminded of this short film. Balance (1989), by Lauenstein & Lauenstein. It demonstrates the inevitable result of treating your . . . read more
Episode 2. “What is tai chi made of?” How do John Cleese and the Klingon Empire fit into it all? Click here to see the other episodes in this series. Click here to see the other episodes in this series. By the way, if you are wondering what the John Cleese, the Dahar Master and . . . read more
This site is my new full-time job. I have been learning more every day about all the things I don’t know about videography, web design, online marketing, streaming services, CMS, LMS, and EMS, and dealing with various kinds of tech support. But I have found time to put up some content. So far, I have . . . read more
This is not a lesson. It is an experiment with live streaming. … Teaching, and learning are not the same as doing. I am a sad example of that fact. There was a time when I trained 6 hours per day. But I been unable to do that for years, due to reasons that I . . . read more