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
The idea of issuing force by drawing a bow crops up a lot in the Tai Chi classics and even more so in Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak’s more recent Tai Chi Chuan Revelations: Principles and Concepts. Further in typically short, succinct and betrayingly simple phrasing, Grandmaster Ip Tai Tak said this in an interview not… Read More On Bowing The Back
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?
For those who are yet to experience it, standing post Chi Kung could be seen as a Chinese delicacy which is an acquired taste. Under correct guidance your first experience should be a kind of sweet agony. You know something good happened, but your body just wants to complain. It looks deceptively easy. Just stand… Read More The Importance of Standing Post (Zhan Zhuang) Chi Kung
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
This is the beginning of a series of articles designed to give you a wider perspective on your Tai Chi training. In Training Tips 1 I am looking at that which surrounds training with brief words about relationships in class, being clear about your goals, the need to train hard from the first lesson and… Read More Training Tips 1
Stillness Initially I thought that I would talk about how our ‘beginners’ understanding of stillness would be based on experiences prior to Tai Chi. With this in mind I decided that if I gave you an image of ‘a rabbit in the headlights’ or a child being shouted at to ‘sit still and stop fidgeting’… Read More Stillness and Wu Wei