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...

March 10, 2019

In the week following its posting on Facebook, this article was seen by over 600 people.  I have therefore published here for those who may wish to review or reference it.   - SH


4 is...

February 24, 2019

This is a continuation of an article published Feb. 19, 2019: 

In the 1990's I visited Warwick New York in the summertime to work on Cannon Fist / Pao Chui with Master...

February 19, 2019

Recently on an internet forum I posed this question:

Why is it that some folks assume that leitei or sanda (match or tournament fighting) constitute better preparation than forms practice for self-defence?

(Don't feel that you are expected to completely watch the fol...

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