May 21, 2020

There's been a remarkable amount of B.S. written and put online about fa-jin. There's also been a good amount of B.S. written questioning its very existence. Here's an attempt to contribute something serious on the issue.

At left are two characters.  The distinction b...

April 9, 2020

Aphorisms from various sources, with only the occasional snippet from the Tai Chi Classics.  (Internal consistency not guaranteed.)

  • A technique is only good if it works when you do it wrong.

  • When you have a bat, everything looks like a kneecap.     ...

March 19, 2020

One of my teachers and colleagues, Sam Masich, has the first of two articles on this subject at:*+taiji-skill-evaluation-1.pdf

The article has been through severa...

March 19, 2020

The Tai Chi fan / Taijishan is considered to be a heterodox short weapon of recent provenance in the Tai Chi tradition. Unlike the Japanese Samurai fan, the Chinese fan does not have a military tradition behind it; its primary function was to elegantly generate a cooli...

October 16, 2019

There is a saying that, in order to know where you are going, you have to know where you have come from. This saying is particularly problematic when it comes to the origins of Tai Chi Chuan, so thoroughly have they been obscured by politics and family rivalries. The l...

September 12, 2019

This document proceeds out of a class at Cold Mountain on September 5th, 2019 in which Megan Hine remarked on the fact that Fair Lady is closely associated in structural terms to Fan Through the Back, the essential difference being obliquity compared to squareness. The...

September 10, 2019

The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

           The Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi is written by Peter M. Wayne, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and research director at its Osher Center for I...

Thanks to Cold Mountain Associate-instructor Peter Reist for unearthing this interview with GM Yang Zhenduo, with whom I was able to train in the summer of 2006 when he visited Canada.  Most of these principles were briefly addressed in an earlier blog article I publis...

"I think this is a great quote to start with. “Class is good for getting pointers and practicing with others but home practice is the key to improvement.”  I found that as I continued on my Tai Chi journey, questions about how to practice at home and continue to improv...

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