Sunday, 17 September 2017

Cook Ding's Kitchen: Training Rust in Martial Arts

This is a great article Read !!

Cook Ding's Kitchen: Training Rust in Martial Arts: Below is an excerpt from a post at Paul Bowman's Martial Arts Studies . The topic is rust , but it's not what you think. The full ...

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Issuing Energy

If you want to issue energy in your applications, the entire body has to be sunk and totally relaxed.

Otherwise the energy can get trapped where you are tense and could be harmful to you.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Cook Ding's Kitchen: Cheng Man Ching Short Tai Chi Chuan and Yang Long ...

Here is the post which contained the link to the form in my previous post. Enjoy the read!

Cook Ding's Kitchen: Cheng Man Ching Short Tai Chi Chuan and Yang Long ...: Robert Chuckow , a student of Cheng Man Ching (Zheng Manqing), wrote this comparison of the two forms in 2011. I found it to be interestin...

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Franklin Kwong Performing the Yang Tai Chi Form

I came across a link to the Yang long form via Cook Dings blog.

I liked this so much I was inspired to practice the long form taught to me by John Kells.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Deflect, Trap,Strike

This is a great little exercise for coordination and stepping which I learned from a friend.

I practised this a lot (slowly) after an operation for prostate cancer. I didn't appreciate how hard it was just to take a short walk down the road to the shops. I had never felt so tired just taking a few steps.

The advice from the doctors was that walking was the best exercise. And they were right. I did this exercise and others that involved simple stepping patterns and standing on the spot. Gradually I was able to build up my stamina and tackle longer walks.

After four months I returned to doing my form practise.

Monday, 28 August 2017

My Favourite Books

Not a Tai Chi book but I like to read widely and this one caught my interest.

Ki and the Way of the Martial Arts by Kenji Tokitsu is about cultivating inner strength.

The book looks at the importance of developing Ki ( Qi or Chi), capturing the opponents mind and understanding the spatial relationship in combat. Whilst written from a Japanese Budo perspective there is a lot of useful information for the Tai Chi practitioner.

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Never Be a Teacher

This is a good quote from " The Art of Life and Death"

"Never be a teacher. When you are a teacher, your budo dies. Always be a student and never think you are good."

I always try to keep this in mind.