Slanted FlyingJournal of Tai Chi Chuan


School Traditions/Principles (Daotong 道統)

Just as every individual has their personality and idiosyncrasies, schools of Taijiquan (太極拳) also have specific traditions and rules (daotong, 道統, …

Taking The Initiative In Taijiquan

Wu Yuxiang’s Taijiquan classic states “You must act according to your opponent, not try to do things from yourself, for if you go along with your opponent,

Bad Training Partners

Training with partners of any kind will eventually lead to being paired with someone that keeps making mistakes, has their own agenda, or is too caught

Taijiquan – Moving Through Molasses

Some practitioners who are older or primarily practice for health practice as softly as possible. Some instead practice as if moving, or "swimming" through …

Why I Think Everyone Should Learn Some Pushing Hands

I encourage all my students to learn Pushing Hands . Even if my students are learning Tàijíquán for health and insist that they never wish to learn …

Do Your Breathing

Whenever I see my son about to scream or cry out of frustration and/or anger, I tell him “Do your breathing”. My two year old will raise and lower his arms

A Kowtow To The Boxers Of Old

This article is based on Sun Jian Guo's book on the Taijiquan of Wu Yu Xiang (1812-1880), and some of it's components. In It are included 3 traditional fist …

Lessons from Taijiquan Interactive Weapons Practice

Many Taijiquan (太極拳) practitioners never learn interactive weapons, and some do not even study weaponless interactive

Tai Chi: Not Just “Old People in the Park”

My first foray into the “internal” arts was when I took up Taijiquan around five years ago. Learning Tai Chi has taught me how to move from the inside …

Multitasking? The Mind, Attention, and Intention in Taijiquan

When trying to focus on more than one task, we rapidly switch our attention from one task to another. Although it seems instantaneous, switching from one task …