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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...

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


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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...

December 5, 2018

In September 2018 we published an article inspired by physicist Carlo Rovelli's book The Order of Time. Now, at https://youtu.be/LwZ7t171sEk is our recital inspired by this work! And by the way - in the photoraph below are two of the other members of our editorial grou...

August 6, 2018

…of China are superficially similar to the familiar four elements – Earth, Air, Fire, and Water – of medieval European culture.  However the Wuxing describe, not only essences, but also stages of transformation, causation and opposition.  They are conceived of in terms...

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