Tag Archives: Fitness

A whole new year…

As I write my last post  of 2016 the shortest day of the year (or the longest night – it depends how you look at it) is upon us. After the solstice and the imminent Christmas celebrations the days start … Continue reading

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Practise Makes Progress

When I was 13 years old I was desperate to learn how to play the guitar and so after cajoling my poor parents enough I managed to get hold of a fairly decent instrument. Unfortunately, simply owning a nice looking … Continue reading

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Season of mists…

No matter how old we get the start of September seems to remind us of going back to school. It’s the early morning Autumnal chill and the long shadows that do it. Whether you loved or hated school (or something … Continue reading

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Paying Attention: The Power of Perception

first published in the 2013 spring/summer edition of Tai Chi and Oriental Arts Magazine If you took footage of a sportsperson engaging in their chosen pursuit and slowed it right down you would immediately be able to see much more … Continue reading

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Training with Master Chen – 2013

June has been a busy month. It began with seven days of intensive training with Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang at his annual gathering in Reading organised and hosted by Karel and Eva. Since learning to drive last year (better late … Continue reading

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Tai Chi Partner Work

Many people do not realise that as well as solo practise in Tai Chi we also have various levels of partner work known as Tui-Shou or pushing-hands. Pushing-hands is the first basic step in appreciating Tai Chi as a martial … Continue reading

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Crouching Tiger…

Anyone who has seen the incredible Ang Lee film ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ will have an idea of the amazing grace, poise and power associated with wielding a sword (and I am very happy to hear that there is a … Continue reading

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