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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 …

Teaching Yourself

If you want to learn Tai Chi you need to have a teacher, hopefully a good one. You can’t simply copy the movements from a video or read about the principles …

Six-Direction Force In Taijiquan

Six-direction force includes the balance of opposing directions for up/down, forward/backward and right/left ( yang and yin pairs), which will be

Hitting Taijiquan’s Sweet Spot

(A New Commentary on Wang Zongyue’s Treatise) The sweet spot in Taijiquan (太極拳), as I understand it, is the fine line between yin (阴) and yang (阳) …

Be the Ball

How the Circle/Sphere Generates and Differentiates Yin and Yang in Taijiquan. An image I find useful is that of a properly inflated ball floating on


The article Humility is reprinted on Slanted Flying website with the permission of the author Sam Langley from his personal Blog. If you practice Tai Chi …

Let’s Talk About Bling-Bling In Taijiquan & Qigong Classes

Some years ago I met a Taijiquan & Qigong teacher who expected all her students to take off their jewelry during class. Even the wedding