Friday, 23 March 2018

The Power of Paradox

This is a good post from Martin Boedicker's  Tai Chi Chuan and Philosophy Blog.

"Never let the slightest idea of attack enter your mind." is a quote from Wu Yinghua.Read more about this in:


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Why do Martial Arts

This is a good post on Devon Boorman's blog.

I think the reasons he gives will resonate with you. For me it has always been about working on understanding principles and fun, yes, Fun! Especially when working with like minded partners in pushing hands.

The post can be read here:

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Some connections

Forget the lower tan tien.

Work with connecting the middle tan tien to the ming men and then down to the bubbling well point.

Play with that during your form.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan Form

Check this out from Cook Ding's Kitchen. Fantastic!!

Cook Ding's Kitchen: The Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan Form: From Tai Chi Videos, Y.C. Chiang performing the Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan form. Chiang was a senior student of Kuo Lien Ying , the ...

Monday, 5 March 2018

The Art of Adele Cloony

Check out the website of my friend Adele Cloony, whose work is influenced by Chinese tradition, Buddhism, Taoism as well as contemporary movements.

Her work is for sale on the Saatchi link if you are interested in purchasing her work.

Her website is:

She will also be giving a talk on the 8th March at the Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Sun Style 2 Person Sword Form Demo

Self-massage as taught by Prof. Cheng Man Ching


John Kells had a YIELD traffic sign in the basement room of his tai chi centre in Upper Wimpole Street, London.

It served as a reminder to all students that this was a cardinal principle. To yield is to accept, not evade. To yield is not just a physical thing, but comes from the heart. Yielding leads to transformation.

A melting acceptance so there is no ego to stand as an obstacle. No intellectual judgement, no clever words.

Stop pretending, stop tricking ourselves. The minute you think you can yield you will be found out.

The crunch comes when under pressure. John at one point used to practise with his partner attacking with knives. I didn't do this but I have found the Sun style Taiji 2 person Sword form to be useful in this regard.

Yield sign