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Tai chi silk reeling and martial applications

About a year ago, my teacher, George Xu, came out with a name to his system of Chinese martial art as Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. This year he updated the name to Xin Tian Ling Kong Shen Shi Men. The system is the practical application of his so-called "predator theory," through which he explains… Continue reading Tai chi silk reeling and martial applications

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A tale of a taiji student seeking secrets

George Xu told a story a few times about visiting his aging teacher in hopes of obtaining "secrets" from him. But his teacher never told him anything. Master Xu visited him often hoping for some insight, but his teacher passed away before he ever did. After he died he asked his teacher's wife what he… Continue reading A tale of a taiji student seeking secrets

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New Martial Arts Film May Be More Realistic

Haven't seen it yet, but it might have some more real forms in it and not the edited snips many martial arts films have. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-final-master-review-20160531-snap-story.html

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Shoes for Tai Chi

What to wear when you do tai chi is a common question for (and from) beginners. Loose, comfortable clothing is typical. Shoes are perhaps more important for tai chi and martial art attire. Flat, low volume shoes are the best. I prefer something I can wear in practice and on the street, but it’s not… Continue reading Shoes for Tai Chi

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The “I know you, you don’t know me” saying in martial arts

George Xu says, “I know you, you don't know me,” to describe a key characteristic of his approach to martial awareness. Whether you're practicing tai chi or qigong, or taking a walk in a park, his refrain applies to how you listen to yourself and to others, even to things. I don't grasp this fully… Continue reading The “I know you, you don’t know me” saying in martial arts

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Learn tai chi young and slow the aging process

From my tai chi perspective, young people are just as bad off as older folks in many ways. The reason why is because we all learn to move incorrectly from the very beginning. We learn to walk wrong. We learn to use our bodies in ways that expedite decrepitude. Young bodies in the teens and… Continue reading Learn tai chi young and slow the aging process

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The concept of “Two Bodies” in Tai Chi Practice

Ever since my teacher, George Xu, first talked about the concept of two bodies, I've wondered what he meant exactly. Intellectually I thought I knew what he was referring to. But, since little in taiji is as obvious as it first appears, I had to ponder it over time to understand more clearly. My "pondering"… Continue reading The concept of “Two Bodies” in Tai Chi Practice