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...

Presented by Steve Higgins to The Taijiquan Enthusiasts' Organizations health symposium in September of 2017, this 15 minute video seminar presents the Old Yang Middle-frame Taijiquan in the context of Tantra, an esoteric Central Asian Buddhist tradition which shaped t...

July 17, 2017

Tai Chi's origins in Central Asian shamanism are of practical interest to practitioners of the Old Yang family middle frame tradition.

As transmitted to us by Dr. Shen Zaiwen, the old middle frame is not simply combative.  It is also an exercise in shamanistic self...

June 16, 2017

                      (Cave of the Cold Mountain hermit)

Official policy in the People’s Republic of China holds that Tai Chi does not have a spiritual element but is concerned exclusively with health and (maybe) se...

February 13, 2017

We've already looked at the subject of the Central Ground as one of the Four Tangibles ( http://www.coldmountaininternalarts.com/single-post/2016/12/14/The-Four-Tangibles-Tai-Chi-Self-Defence ).  One aspect of the Central Ground is the Axis which forms the longitudinal...

January 22, 2017

In Tai Chi we talk a lot about power.  Sometimes we conflate it with energy, so that the four primary “powers” of Grasp Bird’s Tail are also the four “energies”.  Thus the jin’s, or refined methods, can be numbered at anything from eight to 25 “powers” or “energie...

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...

November 6, 2016

(Image courtesy of University of Oregon Health and Science University) 

For some time now a senior member of Cold Mountain) has been telling me that I have been misunderstanding the importance of Xin / Heart in the martial arts.  She is right.  My understanding (conditi...

October 23, 2016

Cold Mountain Blog #15  (Thanks to Doug Haas for the photograph and to Allan Haddad for assisting.)

It’s kind of weird that there should be anything controversial about fa-jin. Simply put, in Tai Chi it is how we kick or punch someone (or elbow, or shoulder, or deflect,...

September 18, 2016

Mak Che Kong, a kung fu master, giving a lesson in a park in the Kowloon section of Hong Kong. He had to shut his studio when his rent soared. CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times

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