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How Tai Chi Links to Western Models of Medicine, Biology, Neuro-Science, Quantum Physics, Psychology

What is Tai Chi? – how/why does it work? – there are often two answers – the culturally Chinese one and an “equal but different” western science one and they are connected through the reality of the human body which enables a translation between the two – a sort of Rosetta Stone of what is personal reality?

Mindfulness in Tai Chi

Mindfulness is core to Tai Chi and many if not all martial arts – especially those associated with Taoist or Buddhist ideas on meditation. Here I talk about how we can practice mindfulness in Tai Chi and continue the practice elsewhere.

Three Judo Mistakes I Make: Kuchiki Taoshi (Single Leg Ankle Pick)

Judo contains a number of techniques that also work very well in no-gi grappling as well. The single-leg ankle pick often seen in amateur wrestling is very similar to judo’s kuchiki taoshi throw, for example. This throw can be very effective… if you do it right. If you make mistakes, like I do, here’s how to correct them.

Bagua Zhang – Walking the Circle Into Insanity

A history of Dong Hai Chuan and Bagua Zhang. This includes a serious question as to what degree of fanaticism it takes to achieve success through walking the circle.

Why You Train Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Is As Important As How You Train

Well, the first thing you have to know is that you cannot control the future or outcome of any match or situation. And trying to is as futile as trying to control the weather.

Chi and Body Mapping and Muscle Power

Further thoughts on a western interpretation of Chi and how it is of value in Tai Chi. It seems to me that when we pattern our bodies through practice – directed by thought – to work according to Tai Chi principles – then we set up an internal pattern of muscle and nerve activation which feels like ( and actually is ) a flow of movement within our bodies that will be experienced differently for each of us.

Feedback and Education in Tai Chi and the Human Experience

Feedback is essential in martial arts practice – especially in developing the skill of Tai Chi – but not so common in life? As a child in a post war western society of the 50’s feedback was a very hit and miss affair – sometimes literally – but rarely was there useful guidance – it is only in recent times that the growth and popularisation of western psychology has led to study of human behaviour in anything like scientific observational terms.

Application of Tai Chi Practice to Other Activities – E.G. Golf, Swimming, Football, Manual Work

” You can put Tai Chi into anything – but you can’t put anything into Tai Chi” – probably because if it was useful then Tai Chi people borrowed it a long time ago! How Tai Chi practice can be applied to other activities.

Beginners Guide to the Development of Internal Feeling in Tai Chi

Thoughts on internal feeling/awareness which is so important to progress in Tai Chi. The following is not definitive – just some observations on the journey. Readers may recognise some of them and hopefully will be encouraged in looking for their own internal feeling.

A Western View of Chi

Some thoughts on what sense we might make of “Chi” from a western science perspective – an effort to translate between Chinese and English cultures. Discusses subjects as Models for training, practice and life; Meridians and Change of State.

How Can Tai Chi Improve Your Golf Game?

Tai Chi works on universal principles of optimal body usage including good posture, balance and movement – developing the structure and mind-body awareness vital in golf for power and sensitive control. Tai Chi exercises promote mental preparation – getting into the zone – and relaxed fluid movement to improve your stroke play. Mindful learning is promoted in order to develop good technique – so that you play better and enjoy it more.

The Link Between Health and Martial Arts

For some time I have been interested in the link between martial arts and health – particularly with regard to the practice of Tai Chi which is widely recognised as excellent for both. In particular I have been intrigued by two questions which I address below.

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