Friday, 2 December 2016

Interesting Push Hands Drill

This is a push hands drill based on the figure 8, which is about joining and merging with the other person in a different range of movement than we might usually think of. It can lead to a wide variety of locks and strikes.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

My Favourite Books

The Essential Movements of Tai Chi by John Kotsias is an old book I bought in 1989.

It is not about form. Instead it provides a number of interesting exercises to develop tai chi qualities, such as rooting, springy spine, springy step etc.

There is a good presentation of tai chi principles, such as keeping the weight of the boy continuously going downward, even if the arms or legs are going outward. I like the translation of the Nine Secret Messages by Ng Man Hap at the end of the book such as " the art of confused circles is most difficult to comprehend. However, its changes and variations are mysteriously unlimited".

You can still get second hand copies on  Amazon, I believe.

Thursday, 17 November 2016

Thymus- Seat of the Human Soul

Interesting article on the Thymus, especially for those students of John Kells who are interested in this area of study.

Read here.

Friday, 11 November 2016

No flourishes

John Kells always stressed we shouldn't be making flourishes in our Tai Chi.

There is a beauty to the natural, soft, relaxed  and powerful movements that are in accordance with the principles.

Here is a good post from Martin Boedicker's  Tai Chi Chuan and Philosophy Blog to illustrate this point.


Sunday, 6 November 2016

Brisbane Chen Taiji

I don't practise Chen style but the drawings on the Brisbane Chen Taiji website are just fantastic.

You can find them here: Brisbane Chen Taiji

They speak for themselves.

Saturday, 5 November 2016


This is an interesting exercise from Mark Cohen - Inside Zhan Zhuang. I  practise a method using the hands as if throwing sand at another person but I'll give this one a try.