November 20, 2015

Tai Chi Wisdom


Here's cartoonist James Sturm's take on longtime teacher Maggie Newman's tai chi wisdom. See Medium for full cartoon story.

October 18, 2015

Books and Media Received Fall 2015

The Mind Inside Tai Chi: Sustaining a Joyful Heart by Henry Zhuang (YMAA 2015)
Taichi: The Story of a Chinese Master in America by Marc Meyer (Booklocker 2014)
The Nature of Daoist Meditation by Robert James Coons (Tambuli 2015)
I Ching: The Book of Change by David Hinton (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015)
I Ching: The Essential Translation of the Ancient Chinese Oracle and Book of Wisdom (Penguin Classics 2015)
The Qing Dynasty and Traditional Chinese Culture
by Richard J. Smith (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2015)

October 13, 2015

September 25, 2015

Tai Chi for Fall Prevention, Even in Harsh Climates"

"Minnesota has the nation’s fourth-highest rate of fall-related deaths," the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported in a recent article about how Tai Chi can prevent falls. Many studies have shown that Tai Chi helps improves many aspects of health, mobility, and balance. State commissioners of health and human services are seen here, following along in a training workshop.

Tai Chi participants can note a dramatic and quick improvement in balance and mobility by practicing even just the basics. Tai Chi is very multi-faceted, and can serve as a mindfulness exercise, as well as a martial art.

September 18, 2015

Cloudgate Dance Theater on Tour

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The innovative Taiwan-based Cloudgate Dance Theater troupe will be performing a premiere of "RICE" in New York City at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in September 2015. Their roots are in traditional Western dance and Chinese movement disciplines such as taijiquan.

August 27, 2015

Ray Bradbury's Birthday and Tai Chi

Image result for ray bradburyAmerican writer Ray Bradbury (1920-2012) wrote many intriguing stories (Dandelion Wine, novels (Fahrenheit 451), and screenplays (Moby Dick). He would have been 95 this year on August 22. This story "The Vacation" captures a sense of taiji and the never-ending movement of the universe:

"It was a day as fresh as grass growing up and clouds going over and butterflies coming down can make it. It was a day compounded from silences of bee and flower and ocean and land, which were not silences at all, but motions, stirs, flutters, risings, fallings, each in its own time and matchless rhythm. The land did not move, but moved. The sea was not still, yet was still. Paradox flowed into paradox, stillness mixed with stillness, sound with sound...."

August 5, 2015

New Media: Taiji Straight Sword Book

Chinese Swords: An Ancient Tradition and Modern Training Chinese Swords: An Ancient Tradition and Modern Training is a collection of articles originally published in the Journal of Asian Martial Arts, and is available as an ebook through their website. The four articles cover history, training, aesthetics, and traditions: "Ancient Chinese Bronze Swords in the MacLean Collection" by Richard A. Pegg, PhD; "Chinese Sword and Brush Masters of the Tang Dynasty (618–906)" by Richard A. Pegg, PhD; "Basic Chinese Sword Training and Practice" by Tony Yang, Andy Lianto, and Robert A. Figler, PhD; "Qingping Straight Sword: The Last Remaining Chinese Sword System?" by Stephan Berwick, M.A.; Trans. C. Hsu and X.Y. Dong.