Sunday, 18 June 2017

Letting Go

I first met Linda Chase Broda in London Chinatown in a restaurant at a meeting to set up the Tai Chi Union of Great Britain in the early 1990s, in which she became very active.

I then had the good fortune to stay with her in Manchester through a connection with a tai chi student. She had allowed a film to be shot in her garden with a then student of Erle Montague. She had a fantastic tai chi studio at the back of her house which is where I saw some of her tai chi poetry. It was great.

As is so often the case we move on in life and I lost contact. She and her poetry came into my mind last week so I looked her up on Google to discover that she had sadly passed away in 2011.

Her website is and you can read an article about "letting go" here.

Her tai chi inspired poetry can be found in The Wedding Spy.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Clean Energy /Dirty Energy

I like this little post form Robert Twigger's blog.

I have felt this with one of my teachers who went from having this heavy feel to one of incredible lightness.

Read it here

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary

Angelika Fritz , Taijiquan practitioner and Blogger at qialance has compiled a Taijiquan & Qi Gong Dictionary.

It is the result of a lot of research into terminology and meaning. It is, as she says, by no means a definitive work. Rather it is a work in progress. And isn't that just true of our own Tai Chi practise?

There are lots of terms I wasn't familiar with but I was delighted to find He Gu (Hu Kou) included. My late teacher John Kells taught that this was linked to the Root and was important in pushing hands.

It would be interesting if in a future edition there were also illustrations. All in all this is a nice little reference volume and I enjoyed reading through it.

It's available in the UK on Amazon - click here