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THE BEST FORM IS NO FORM

Art work by neo-innov THE BEST FORM IS NO FORM “Invincibility is in oneself, vulnerability is in the opponent. Therefore skilful warriors can be invincible, but they cannot cause opponents to be vulnerable”-Chapter 4: Formation, Sun Tzu, Thomas Cleary Translation. The chapter on formation in the art of war highlights that having a strong defence …

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TAIJI 太極 QUAN: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS

TAIJI 太極 QUAN: UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS Humans forget and effective ways are lost. This has happened with traditional Chinese martial arts. What made Taiji Quan popular was its effectiveness in combat. The health aspects and the benefits that arise from its practice are side effects of practising it, but not its reason for being. When one …

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THE MARTIAL ARTIST VS THE HEALER

Art work by 1509Julii THE MARTIAL ARTIST VS THE HEALER The Thomas Cleary version of the Art of War by Sun Tzu highlights the Daoist nature of the book. Sun Tzu is writing on how to cure a nation from war.  Like a doctor describing the pre-symptoms and symptoms that lead to war.  It is …

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SUFFERING IS INEVITABLE

Artwork by Brolo Suffering is inevitable, and in modern times, the pursuit of the avoidance of pain, leads us to perils. In our pursuit for a utopia, a sanitized future, where there is a constant rainbow and constant sunshine, is an illusion. Human society, regardless of ideologies, is all an illusion, a matrix we have …

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HITTING WITH THE GROUND

HITTING WITH THE GROUND Pundits describe people that have knock out power as “genetically gifted”. Certain individuals may indeed have an innate physical force that brings devastation to their opponent when they kick or punch. These individuals have raw strength. On raw strength, one could argue or mention deterministic factors like genetics. Nonetheless, it has …

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TAIJI 太極 AND MARTIAL ARTS

The Taiji symbol in many eastern martial arts is the evidence of the Chinese influence in the Far East. Taiji is a central theme in Daoism, it can be seen in many martial arts and is even seen in the South Korean national flag. Goju Ruy, a karate style from Okinawa, the home of karate, …

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THE ANIMAL IS ALL OF US

THE ANIMAL IS ALL OF US Modern society has some humans thinking that because of the technological advancements, we are no longer the same hominid species from thousands of years ago. Acts of horror on the news, not only horrify people, but people think they would not or at least also harbour the same potential …

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TAIJI QUAN’S TING JIN

Taiji quan’s ting jin The narrative that the Yang family hid the secrets of Taiji Quan by removing the fast movements and replaced it with an even pace form, because the nobles who they taught in the imperial court could not handle the strenuous training, seems not totally true. Regardless of what ever style, the …

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CULTIVATING THE MIND

ART WORK BY reau Cultivating the mind When we get caught up with literature and too much thinking, and marry ourselves to abstract concepts, we end up not understanding whatever it is we studying. Our lightbulb moments are switched off to further confusion. It is with actual practice and the feeling of the practice that …

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Wáng Xiāng Zhāi

LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF BLOG BELOW ON SPOTIFY Wáng Xiāng Zhāi History is important, it is a record that is essential to us humans because whether we like or not, we tend to forget. In the world of martial arts, when people look back, they mention the likes of Bruce Lee and the likes …

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