Saturday, 30 September 2017

Pelvis and Hips

Interesting discussion of the anterior and posterior tilt.

I bought a couple of DVDs on this approach to Tai chi several years ago. Very interesting in the use of the torso, quite different from what I had previously been taught.


Friday, 29 September 2017

My Favourite Books

I bought Master Lam's Walking Chi Kung when it came out in 2006. It is a great book, packed with different walking exercises. There is even one where you walk on the spot - The Stationery Walking of the Medics.

The first sections of the book focus on breathing, the Tan Tiens, alignment and movement before the walking exercise are presented.

I especially like the moving San Ti posture from Xing Yi and the Walking on Ice exercise.

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.