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...

Some years ago I was at a friendly non-competitive pushing-hands event in the U.S.  It was one of those situations where veterans were encouraged to work with beginners and newcomers in an exchange of skills. One veteran, a senior male practitioner who is very well-reg...

Some years ago,  I attended a Japanese sword-arts summer-school organized by Senseii Kim Tailor at his Seidokan club in Guelph.

It was most enjoyable, but one of the nicest interludes was a symposium one afternoon that was held in a student pub.  There was something inc...

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...

May 7, 2017

Aleks asks:

"Have you ever done a document on what daily self-practice could be for beginners and intermediate students? You do show us things, like river walking, Qi-gong, standing practice, but then we are on our own…. Every book I read says that without dedicated dai...

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...

For many Tai Chi enthusiasts Pushing Hands or Tui-shou is not a formal part of the Tai Chi curriculum.  Nevertheless there is general consensus that it is very important as a way of acquiring and testing Tai Chi skills. These skills are what we call jin, refined power,...

February 13, 2017

We've already looked at the subject of the Central Ground as one of the Four Tangibles ( ).  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...

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