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
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
Yes, know yourself, but what is knowing? I like the way e.e. cummings describes it as a feeling that is as unique as the person feeling. What he says in A Poet's Advice applies well to the art of taijiquan. As George Xu says, “martial art, not martial work!” Cummings writes: "A lot of people… Continue reading Knowing yourself in tai chi: Advice from a poet
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
Even though tai chi is an "internal" martial art many people don’t yet grasp the “internal.” The only way to truly know it is to experience it firsthand through practice. It’s a mind-body-energy synthesis that energizes you everywhere. Something to get excited about. You can witness internal energy moving in someone even though you don’t… Continue reading Recognizing the “internal” in Internal Martial Arts
Early morning practice at the Mystery Temple in Suzhou City, a couple of hours SW of Shanghai China.