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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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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tuī shǒu 推手 | FEET & HANDS

LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF BLOG BELOW ON SPOTIFY tuī shǒu 推手 is usually translated to mean “push hands” however, the tuī character can also be defined to mean to step forward and this refers to the feet. The shǒu character refers to the hands, and thus with both characters we can say tuī shǒu …

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BRUCE LEE’S EMOTIONAL CONTENT

LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF BLOG BELOW ON SPOTIFY What is meant by emotional content? The iconic scene in, “Enter The Dragon,’ is one that usually is not clearly understood by the layman. At the beginning of the movie, there is the scene of Bruce Lee and one of his pupils who he asks to …

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六合LUIHE-SIX HARMONIES | WHAT ARE THE SIX HARMONIES?

LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF BLOG BELOW ON SPOTIFY What are the six harmonies? In the book written by Liang Shou-Yu and Dr Yang Jwing Ming, “Xing Yi Quan”, the six harmonies refer to certain elements of the body (the physical or externals) and the mind (the internals). And how these elements all need to …

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WHAT IS MENTAL FORCE?

READ OR LISTEN TO SHORT AUDIO OF BLOG BELOW It is the ability to decide; your will to do, whatever you want to do. Regardless, of what may be the cause or influence for your call to action. The ability to act, to move, specifically with regards to the body, is done because of one’s …

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YANG CHENG FU’S TEN ESSENCES DECODED

Yang Cheng Fu summarised the Tai Chi Chuan classics with his 10 essences or essentials. Regardless of style, whether Chen, Sun or Wu. The 10 essences have a focus on the fundamentals, the first brick that builds the fortress (the result that is Tai Chi Chuan). In this blog post I will decode the 10 …

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