Tai Chi Chuan contains the study of relaxing, not collapsing. To flump on the sofa, to slouch as you work at your desk, to lean on a wall whilst standing. These are all states of collapse. On the day I understood this I made a decision to try training myself to either be physically present,… Read More The Study of Relaxation
Last weekend I had the absolute good fortune to wake up at 4:30am to meet Director/Producer and film teacher Gary of UK Film School, his dog Fifi (renamed Filthy by the end of the shoot) and camera man Jason at the Peace Pagoda in Milton Keynes. We convened at 6am and waited 45 minutes for… Read More ‘Be Water, My Friend’ Tai Chi video shoot
People practice Tai Chi for superb health and for deep and profound self development. It is also used by martial artists wishing to journey deeper into the study of internal energy – ‘chi’. Contrary to what is commonly known or understood, an Internal martial artist does not have an easy time. Their muscles are continually… Read More What is it like to train the martial arts side of Tai Chi?
In the above picture two Master Ding Academy instructors in the Midlands advanced class work on their Peng (‘Ward Off’) energy. Traditional Yang style Tai Chi is famous for its Ward Off power, which is known for being able to throw people across a room with little visible effort. It isn’t by accident. It is… Read More Ward Off Energy