AN EMPTY MIND: THE SECRET TO COMBAT & HEALTH

Siddhartha-The Early Days | ART WORK BY BrandonLoucksArt An empty mind. There is a story of a man who is in sales. And on a day, waking up and going through his routine before work, he does not really think of anything. Occasionally thoughts would come to his mind, positive or negative. But as they …

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GRASPING THE SPARROW’S TAIL: TAIJI QUAN’S SECRET OF ATTACK AND DEFENCE

Grasping the sparrow’s tail: taiji quan’s secret of attack and defence. Peng, Lu, Ji and An are the components of Grasping Sparrow’s Tail. The name of the move coming from Yang Style. However, Peng, Lu, Ji and An is central to Taiji Quan. Regardless of the style an exponent practices. Some exponents of Taiji Quan focus on the physical movements as they are done, but not the …

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WHO INFLUENCED MIKE TYSON’S WAY OF FIGHTING?

Who influenced Mike Tyson’s Way of Fighting? “Muhammad Ali may have inspired Mike Tyson to box but Jack Dempsey influenced him on how to do it.” Cus Damato was Mike Tyson’s mentor and father figure. The guide that lead him out of the chaotic ghetto that was Brownsville. A genius of the sweet science, Cus D’amato fanned the flames as he forged a formidable fighter and most …

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WHO WAS THE REAL WINNER? MIKE TYSON VS ROY JONES JR

Who was the real winner? November 28th 2020 in Los Angeles’ Staple Centre, was an event that on paper was said to be an exhibition fight. Even as an exhibition, Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr is a dream, not even the late Burt Sugar, a god amongst boxing pundits would have predicted would happen. …

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TAI CHI’S EMPTINESS & FULLNESS EXPLAINED

TAI CHI’S EMPTINESS & FULLNESS EXPLAINED. In Taiji Quan, understanding emptiness and fullness, in the sense of shifting body weight from the rear leg to the front leg and back again is important. The reason why, is that it is the essence of the martial art. Uniting yin and yang and combining the two to form taiji.  From a …

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WHY IS TAI CHI IS GREAT FOR HANDLING STRESS?

Art work by shawncoss Why is Tai Chi great for stress in the workplace? Tai chi or Taiji Quan is a martial art, birthed from combat like all traditional Chinese martial arts. And the benefits you reap from its practice can be achieved from practising other related styles such as Bagua Zhang for example. But …

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SECRETS OF CHENG MAN CHING’S TAIJI QUAN

SECRETS OF CHENG MAN CHING’S TAIJI QUAN. Secrets of Cheng Man Ching’s Taiji Quan. Cheng Man Ching’s Taiji Quan  is yang style taiji quan, as he learned taiji quan from Yang Cheng Fu. A brilliant Taiji Quan master in his own right, he refined Yang Cheng Fu long form into a shorter version with fewer …

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WHAT MOST PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW, MIKE TYSON VS ROY JONES JR.

Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. is happening this 28th of November, and if we could go back in time before this year started. And you were to be told, say mid-year of 2019 that two legends of boxing were going to fight it out next year, sometime in November. Now, imagine you were not …

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“ZHONG DING”: HOW TAIJI QUAN USES THIS CONCEPT FOR HEALTH AND COMBAT

Zhong ding means central equilibrium. And although I had come across the term, from reading books on Taiji Quan or traditional Chinese martial arts. The concept was demonstrated to me by my Shifu. There is a YouTube video of him demonstrating this feat. A couple of students apply pressure to push him over. However, he …

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TAIJI QUAN’S FOUR PRINCIPLES FOR COMBAT EXPLAINED

Taiji Quan’s four principles of peng, lu, ji and an from my current experience through practice, Peng, Lu, Ji and An give you the basis in which to establish your defence and offence. The grasping sparrow’s tail for example in Yang Style, allows you to drill and understand these four cardinal principles. At first, most …

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