Dictatorships are invariably self-destructive. They are, by definition, a failure of society to function in harmony. When absolute power is centralized, be it in a single person, a group, or a dogma, the ability of the society to function, grow, and adapt becomes crippled. But dictatorships continue to arise throughout the world. Even the most . . . read more
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Martial arts training is a microcosm of international socio-economics. The lessons we learn in class can be applied to peacemaking on a global scale.. When I hear discussions about the swing toward extremism and authoritarianism, it makes me think about beginners in martial art classes. Some students come to the art because of fear, and . . . 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
Part 5:“Part the Horse’s Mane” or “Wild Mustang Shakes its Mane” Sometimes we call it, “Throw the frisbee and pet the dog.” You can find the rest of this series at the 10-posture routine page.
Episode 1: What is Tai chi? It seems that this is the way I will have to do it. Many of these videos will be brief, to compensate for them not being terribly concise. Also, they might be quirkier than usual. Consider it a side effect of my being alone a lot, and separated from . . . read more
Part 4: Brush Knee and Push. This video is a bit longer than it needs to be. I would have made it shorter. But I didn’t have enough time. But it does give you a chance to practise while you follow along, and there are some details near the end that will be made more . . . read more