August 12, 2017

In previous entries to this blog we have looked at the non-technical components for effective Tai Chi self defence.


In  Self Defence before the fight    we discussed several types of violence, ways of avoidance, and what you have to do when violence becomes inevitable...

Randall Templeton 
Associate Instructor  
Cold Mountain Internal Arts

Special thanks to Sifu Steve Higgins and Senior Students of Cold Mountain.

The Animals in Tai Chi

In 1972 the first episode of the "Kung Fu" TV series aired for the first time.  For many of us this sh...

December 18, 2016

(Blog entry #20)

Back on April 12th. of this year I published  an instalment dealing with my family martial arts background.  I was a bit hesitant in doing so for two reasons.  First, I was disclosing personal information about family activities (some a trifle sketchy)...

December 14, 2016

(CMIA Blog entry #19) 

In a previous entry (The Four Intangibles: Nov. 5, 2016) we explored the psychological pieces which should be in place as prerequisites for effective self-defence.  We have also looked at the issue of Self Defence Before the Fight (July...

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...

July 14, 2016

Blog Installment #9: Self-Defence.

I first took up the study of Tai Chi in the mid-80’s as a therapy to help me recover from a serious leg injury I had suffered in Jujitsu. The organization I learned it from was essentially a New Age cult which actively discouraged expe...

April 12, 2016

Blog installment #3 (timely, since I'm conducting a session on stick and pugilistics this Sunday!)

An Autobiographical Note on Irish Family Boxing.

I’ve hesitated about whether or not to post this instalment as it is rather personal, dealing as it does with my family bac...

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