Sunday, 21 January 2018

Before you start

The last time I visited and stayed with my late teacher John Kells in 2012 for four days of hard work he showed me a simple exercise.

He said his teacher Dr Chi showed it to him. Simply, before you start your Form or partner work, stand naturally and close your right hand gently around your left thumb. The fingers of the left hand rest naturally on the outside of the right fingers.

Just stand quietly like this for a few minutes, letting thoughts come and go, breathing naturally through the nose.

For me this exercise sets the scene for my practise.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Visualisation and Intention

I like this clip by the late Erle Montaigu, not least because it takes place in the confines of the kitchen.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Top 25 Tai Chi Blog

My blog has been selected as one of 25 top Tai chi Blogs by Feedpost. It comes in at number 18.

Follow the link to find out more and see some of the other blogs that made the list.

Feedpost - Tai chi Blogs

Monday, 1 January 2018

Sun Style

This is a great little film showcasing tradition Sun style Xingyi, Bagua and Taijiquan with Sun Jian Yun.

My own teacher was her direct student and the Taijiquan form and sword form are my main practises nowadays.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Martial Art

Tai Chi Chuan is first and foremost a Martial Art.

The Forms and Partner exercises are rich with techniques.

Through the study of Techniques, Partner work and Principles you learn to interpret the energy of the attacker.

Like any Martial Art, Tai Chi Chuan has its own methodology with the neurosensory at its core.

Even though my late teacher John Kells spouted all kinds of spiritual stuff it was all about finishing the attacker off. It was always about that one moment of truth for him but not for many of his students. When one student commented on John talking about Death he asked " What, you mean death of the Ego?" the response was swift"No, Death!!!"

Of course we all practise our Tai Chi for different reasons but we shouldn't lose sight of what it actually is. This recording of John Kells sums it up.