Do you want to try your White Crane against my student? My first introduction on a hot, humid summer day in Korea to a style and teacher who had used his art during and after the Korean war. The teacher a medium sized Korean man nothing really special stood out except for his eyes. People […]
“Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. .”That’s impossible. Instead only try to realize the truth. Neo: What truth? Boy: There is no spoon. Neo: There is no spoon? Boy: Then you’ll see that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.” “男孩：不要試圖想彎曲湯匙。那是不可能的。 相反地只是試著去認識真相。Neo：這是什麼道理？男孩：沒有湯匙。Neo：沒有湯匙？男孩：那麼你會發現不是湯匙彎曲，只是你自己彎曲。” “To try and realize the truth.” […]
Taiji in Golden Gate park An old friend, his early morning practiced filmed by an on looker in Golden Gate park, posted on Utube. At the time alone in his practice he didn’t know someone was filming him.
Winter time, a local Xingyi teacher takes a nap. The others in Master Zhang’s group go about their practices while he sleeps. 在冬天練拳前，我們會掃雪，地面非常硬且寒冷。冬季的某一天，當地的形意拳師傅在打盹兒。 張師傅的學生們在他睡覺時仍進行他們的練習。 Master Zhang, training our group in the park. In his 90s at the time of the clip. 張師傅在公園裡教我們練拳。 在拍攝此影片時他已經九十幾歲了。 His style of training was very informal preferring to let the art […]
Many years ago I walked up these steps not knowing what I would find.
Cheng Tzu’s Thirteen Treatises A very good book written by a well known taiji master. Cheng Man Ch’ing Strength and Physics page 44 A chapter that one will read, and read again as time goes on and ones skill deepens. One the most important concepts it covers The sphere. With out being able to form […]
I once asked Master Zhang, “ what are differences between taiji styles?” He said “ The names of the taiji styles come from famous family members who where historical taiji teachers. Yang, Wu, and Sun, or places where taiji was developed Chen village, Guang Ping village. When you understand taiji you can call what you […]
“Taiji is understood to be the highest conceivable principle, that from which existence flows. This is very similar to the Daoist idea “reversal is the movement of the Dao”. The “supreme ultimate” creates yang and yin: movement generates yang; when its activity reaches its limit, it becomes tranquil. Through tranquility the supreme ultimate generates yin. […]