February 12, 2020

What are Tai Chi people like? What traits do they share? These are questions that interest me from a purely anthropological perspective as well as a marketing one.

Standing in class and looking around me I can make a couple of tenuous assertions.
Tai Chi people are ph...

December 4, 2019

Tai Chi books are mystifying to a beginner with all their esoteric talk of Yin and Yang, iron wrapped in cotton, Qi and Jin. The Tai Chi classics only make sense after many years by which point you don't really need to read them.

I hope to say a few things about Yin and...

September 25, 2019

There's no such thing as a cure-all and if you're looking for increased wealth or a new relationship then Tai Chi might not help you. But what it will do is profoundly change you as a human being. There are so many ways in which Tai Chi helps you that they could fill a...

July 18, 2019

What makes Tai Chi an internal art? Most books on the subject will tell you it's something to do with energy and the mind. Whilst there may be some truth to this it doesn't help a beginner very much. 

Tai Chi is internal in a very physical sense. When you align your ske...

June 6, 2019

I can feel something. A kind of fullness. As I move, the feeling changes. It almost feels as if something is moving me. I hear my daughter crying and it's gone.

Qi is like a badger, it's very shy.

If you look too hard it seems to evaporate. It is something that can be fe...

March 20, 2019

During standing practice, something occurred to me: Awareness is the first and most important principle in Tai Chi.

It sounds obvious now but when it hit me I had to go and write it down.

The first thing we're taught in a Tai Chi class is that we need to relax. Most of u...

December 5, 2018

What should we call it? It's the voice inside that demands another biscuit. The same voice that stops you practicing and can absolutely freak out during meditation.

You could label it your fight or flight response or your inner beast.

My advice is: don't obey the impatie...

September 5, 2018

How can you be self disciplined? I don't think there is a how....you just do it. Does this sound unhelpful? Let me explain. 

When people say they struggle with self control they often think that there must be something special that they need to do and that if they knew...

July 31, 2018

So......you want to learn a martial art but you don't fancy rolling around on the floor with some guys groin in your face? This was going through my mind when I first considered learning Tai Chi.

At the age of 30, I had the suspicion that some systems could be damaging...

June 5, 2018

Human beings are industrious creatures. "How are you? Busy? That's good."

Is It? What is so inherently good about busyness? Obviously, a certain amount of vigilance is required to survive but once your basic needs are met why continue running about like a headless chick...

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