EAT BITTER AND FIND YOUR STRUGGLE

Eat bitter and find your struggle. Through the taste of defeat and pain, if you press on you will eventually bear fruits. For progress, is like growth pains. To eat bitter-bear hardships, is something central to martial art. Even in Tai Chi/Taiji Quan, to achieve Kung Fu one was go through the pains. Like any other exercise. Do not …

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HOW THE CENTRE LINE IS IMPORTANT IN LIFE & MARTIAL ARTS

How the centre line is important in life & martial arts. Regardless of style, the centreline is not just the imaginary line running down from the top of the head to the bottom. The line runs from the top of your head, from the crown of the head straight down. Inside the bodies centre, from …

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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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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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“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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TAIJIQUAN: WHAT IS THE SONG OF PENG?

THE SONG OF PENG Practising Taiji Quan and with the little, I know. It seems the more I understand, the more I now see the importance of having a Peng structure. It is not impossible to acquire or understand, but the quality of the peng structure is improved with practice over the years. One of …

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