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Chinese martial arts and a few esoteric practices…

Does Tai Chi have any real martial art value?

Does Tai Chi have any real martial art value? I came across this excellent and informative article by Violet Li while researching push hands techniques at which I am currently woefully inept, judging by the bruises on my arms and … Continue reading

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Master Liu Fengcai & Gao Yi Sheng BaguaZhang

The Cheng School Gao Style BaguaZhang is a chunky, 392 page book on Bagua Zhang and it’s a labour of love on the part of the students of the Master Liu Fengcai – a disciple of the legendary Gao Yi … Continue reading

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WARRIOR GUARDS THE MOUNTAIN: The Film!

Warrior Guards The Mountain: It appears that a documentary film, based on the book of the same name, is set for release on DVD via Line Of Intent in the new year. Browsing on one of my favourite blog-spots – … Continue reading

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NEI JIA TRAINING with Tu Minh Tan

NEI JIA TRAINING with Tu Minh Tan. Nice little film of Paris based martial artist Tu Minh Ta. He comes from the Wan Lai Sheng – Ziranmen tradition – and I had the pleasure of training xing yi quan with … Continue reading

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LOU REED : WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

LOU REED was a legend. From Warhol’s NYC to the Punk generation and beyond, Lou Reed’s music never failed to resonate. A musical innovator and Chen taijiquan devotee he recently passed away aged 71 as a result of complications following … Continue reading

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Kinthissa’s Taiji Journey: Quan Of Change

Discovering this lovely photo of my first Chen taijiquan teacher with her teacher and mentor, the pioneering Pytt (Gerda Geddes) sent me off to Kinthissa’s website only to discover a long piece she’d written for Tai Chi Chuan & Oriental … Continue reading

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MODERN MARTIAL MUSINGS: Journeys along The Way

SINGING DRAGON have emerged as the leading UK publisher of books related to internal cultivation and Chinese martial arts. Here’s an overview of four recent books that explore different dimensions of this rich and flourishing culture. Following hard on the … Continue reading

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MASTER TT LIANG: A few words on Taijiquan

The first book we were told to read by John R. Kells when I was learning Yang Family taijiquan back in the day was TT Liang’s T’ai Ch Chuan for Health & Self Defence. It’s one of the few books … Continue reading

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COMING SOON – IRON MONK

In the tradition of the legendary Shaw Brothers’ kung fu classics comes a brand new indie martial arts movie that’s located not in Hong Kong but in London’s China Town.  IRON MONK  is produced by veteran stuntman and actor Jason … Continue reading

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BRUCE FRANZIS launches his Tai Chi Mastery Programme

Back in the Eighties  I was practicing Yang family taijiquan at John Kell’s school in Wimpole Street and I seem to recall a young American taijiquan practitioner / martial artist, who had been training in Japan and China, turning up … Continue reading

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