Saturday, 28 September 2013

Affirmation of Life

Here is some inspiration from Chungliang Al Huang, author of "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Same Difference 2

Two versions of Single Whip.

One from John Kells' Short Form, the other from Sun style.

Monday, 9 September 2013

The Left Side

After learning the long form on the right side, John Kells then taught the mirror image form.

This is called the left side because we started by sinking in the left leg. Let me dispel straight away all the idiotic suggestions that this will make your Chi run backwards or somehow damage your health.

What was interesting for me was the effect it had in terms of coordination and the mental clarity it evoked. Even now it feels better and more natural to me to  do a left side long form.

Whilst we will always favour one side more than the other, especially in applying the techniques, I do believe it makes sense to work both sides to increase mental agility.

The left side form also included some new postures and variations which we could then incorporate into our right side.

I don't believe it is absolutely essential to do a left side as we should thoroughly master one form and  the principles and techniques. But it does, in my personal opinion, add interest and depth to my practice.

Of course, in the words of the late Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse...opinions vary.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013


I find imagery very useful in approaching Tai Chi.

When it comes to Softness I like the image of the bale of straw.

When pressure is applied to the bale of straw, it naturally compresses , not collapsing or resisting.

When the pressure is released the bale of straw regains its shape.

This is Softness.