A Last Note On Tai Chi in History – Why Do Tai Chi?

I’ve been asked this question often: Why study Tai Chi? What’s the point of dedicating countless hours to a practice that brings no obvious benefits beyond what you would get from a yoga class or a mild exercise routine. It’s a fair question. And I think most of us...

• The Four Aspects of Combat

The Chinese divide fighting techniques into four categories: hand attacks (fists, elbows, push…), feet attacks (kicks, knees,…), wrestling (throws, grappling) called Shuai Jiao, and joint locks  (or Qin Na). These are broad categories that are common to ALL martial...

A Note on Drag Down

It might just be me, but there seems to be some confusion as to what the move Drag Down actually is. It is usually connected to the Chinese term Tsai, and is considered one of the eight basic moves ( or Eight Gates). But Drag Down is a poor translation of Tsai. First...

• Circles and Squares

Another core idea is that one uses: Circles to Deflect, Squares to Attack This means that moves that are considered offensive will follow straight lines. Moves that are defensive will be circular. Defensive Moves are Ward Off and Roll Back. These two moves are...

Welcome to the first post!

The purpose of this blog is to host my ramblings on topics related to Tai Chi and Taoism. It is mostly an easy format for me to jot down the thoughts that have been bumbling around in my head regarding the place of Tai Chi in our modern world. It will also, hopefully,...