The Power of Stories

Once upon a time there was a teller of tales, an illustrious bard.  This magnificent storyteller had enthralled many an audience with tales to inspire, to provoke deep contemplation, to titillate, to entice, to soften the hard hearted, and to invoke any number of feelings and reactions for multiple purposes.  This storyteller is the great… Read more »

The Power of Myth

Myths are a unique breed of stories.  They started life as explanations for the cause of what we now deem to be natural phenomena, Such as the sun rising and setting, storms, etc; or stories of mythical, cultural heroes and heroines that embody the traits and characteristics that one’s tribe or greater culture consider most… Read more »

Can Tai Chi Be Used for Self-Defense (i.e. in a street situation)?

Can Tai Chi Chuan be used for Self-Defense in a street situation? The truest answer I can give is Yes…and No.  Confused?  You won’t be after you finish reading this.  So, read on. Let’s start with the first answer to that question: “Yes.”  Let’s enumerate the reasons why “Yes” would be an appropriate answer to… Read more »

On Death and Dementia

A close relative of mine died recently.  He was in his 80’s. I am uncertain of the cause of his death.  The most important fact for our  discussion is that the  last few years of his life were touched by the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. I believe that this is one of the… Read more »

PENG: Taiji’s dominant energy

“Peng” or “Ward off” is one of the main forces (energies/techniques) used in the arsenal of Tai Chi Chuan. It has the internal, feeling-awareness, subjective feeling quality of a ball filled with air, or when in use of a boat being floated upon the ocean, in this case, you are the ocean and your opponent… Read more »

The 3 Martial Applications In Tai Chi Chuan

The Tai Chi form, whatever form you may practice, is filled with movements that can be interpreted as self-defense or martial applications. These range from the obvious, such as a punch and a kick, to the not-so-obvious, such as the movements named ” Grasping the Birds Tail’, or “Apparent Close-up.” In truth, each movement has… Read more »

The Tai Chi Form

Most of us are familiar with, to some degree or other, the slow, flowing movements of the Tai Chi Chuan form. The form is a series of interlinked flowing movements, that look like a stylized, imaginary fight with a number of opponents. This is true in a Tai Chi form, as much as it is… Read more »

Qi in Taiji

What is Qi? Is it truly a part of Taiji practice? Can it be used to augment Taiji’s martial and self-defense abilities?

The Benefits of Tai Chi Chuan

Benefits The benefits of a consistent Tai Chi practice are many and varied.  These benefits fall into the categories of physical benefits, emotional benefits, and spiritual benefits.  Physical Benefits Among the physical benefits we have: The release of physical tension.Greater balance.Greater flexibility and range of motion.Increased leg strength.An increase in one’s ability to defend oneself… Read more »

Relaxation

Relax The master principle of all Tai Chi movement is the principle of Relaxation, looseness, ‘song’.  When one relaxes completely into the skeletal and fascial structure of one’s body, one naturally aligns one’s body with the principle of effective (effortlessly effective) body mechanics.  Aligning bodily with effortlessly effective body mechanics encourages the body to move… Read more »