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March 19, 2020

One of my teachers and colleagues, Sam Masich, has the first of two articles on this subject at:  https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5abf34fd372b96dd30538cc7/t/5af776112b6a287aca250ea6/1526167058304/*+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...

April 20, 2019

Tai Chi discussion sites on the internet can be depressing.  I've participated on many but usually they become toxic as personality clashes develop and one lineage or another strives to assert its superiority.  When this happens and the slagging starts, a central facto...

April 14, 2019

Recently I was asked how one knows where one is at in terms of level of Tai Chi skill. Also, when are you qualified to teach others?

At one point some decades ago I was getting a bit discouraged by the fact that, after teaching for some three years, I had only 4-5 stude...

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