November 11, 2018

The previous four posts in this series discussed the first eight energies (techniques) on the list of the 13 energies of the sword.  This list was created, reportedly, by General Li Jing-lin, China’s most celebrated swordsman of the early 20th century. The 10th-generat...

August 25, 2018

The earlier articles in this series reviewed the characteristics of the first six energies (or techniques) on the list of 13 Energies of the Sword. [i] This list was composed by General Li Jing-lin, a renowned Wudang sword master and a close friend of Yang Cheng-fu. Ge...

October 26, 2017

Tanya Korovkin
is a long time taiji practitioner. Her focus is on Yang and Atado Wudang Taiji. She has studied with Steve Higgins, Sam Masich, and Ron Williamson. At the 2009 Canadian Taijiquan Open Championships, Tanya earned a silver medal for her performance of Old...

September 28, 2017

 Cold Mountain Internal  Arts in Kitchener and Phoenix Tai Chi Center in London have a long history of friendship. We meet at the Canadian Taijiquan Federation’s events, we go to each other’s celebrations, we attend each other’s workshops. For many years Gloria Jenner,...

July 8, 2017

Previousl articles in this series

Thirteen Energies of the Sword 1: Draw and Carry

Thirteen Energies of the Sword 2: Lift and Block

Strike and Thrust, the fifth and sixth energies on Huang’s, Olson’s, and Rodell’s list, are primarily offensive techniques. As such, they of...

May 21, 2017

Draw and Carry -- the bread and butter energies discussed in the previous post -- appear at the top of the 13-energy list in several influential sword manuals (e.g., Huang’s, Olson’s, Rodell’s). They are usually followed on this list by Lift and Block. If Draw and Carr...

April 15, 2017

We are all familiar, at least to some extent, with Grasp the Bird’s Tail at the beginning of the Yang 108. Ward Off, Roll Back, Press, and Push – indeed, it sometimes feels like one could do it even in the sleep! These are the first four of the 13 energies (gates or po...

November 15, 2016

A member of Cold Mountain Internal Arts since Jan. 2002, Tanya Korovkin has studied the Traditional Yang and Old Yang (middle frame) styles of Tai Chi with Steve Higgins, earning a silver medal for her Old Yang performance at the 2009 Canadian Open Taijiquan Championsh...

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