Beijing Sport University Taijiquan Training 2019 – Teachers Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taijiquan Training in Beijing 2019 – 13 People, One Wheelchair, One Walker, and at least a dozen physical, mental and emotional challenges to overcome. What brought this disparate group together was an unashamed passion, verging on obsession, for Tai Chi. Why mention the wheelchair and the walker? Because the “2 W’s” not only defined us, they taught us so much about ourselves, reinforced what we were learning in our Tai Chi training each day, gave us time to reflect on what it means to study Tai Chi, and most importantly strengthened our understanding of the philosophies behind our beloved Tai Chi. read more

Tai Chi and Qigong – A Good Night's Sleep is a Movement Away

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, May 23, 2019
Can’t Sleep? You aren’t alone.  read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Ten – Will (志 – Zhì)

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

This is our final chapter of “WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner”. We have spent time reflecting on the 5 Actions or Deeds that we should be seeing in others and cultivating in ourselves: Humility, Loyalty, Respect, Morality and Trust, and will now complete the list of Thoughts or Mental Attitudes with “Will”. The other 4 being Courage, Patience, Endurance and Perseverance. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Nine – Perseverance (毅 – Yì)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, April 18, 2019

In our Ninth instalment of “WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner” we will look at “Perseverance”. Perseverance is already being displayed by those of you who have continued to read all the articles in this series. Now let’s look at why that’s so important. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Eight - Endurance (恒 – Héng)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, March 28, 2019

The concept of WǔDé (武德) – Martial Morality, where our actions and our thoughts combine to define us as a truly great martial arts practitioner can be put to the test in the five “Thoughts”: Courage, Patience, Endurance, Perseverance and Will. It can be said that the concepts of Endurance, Patience, Perseverance and Will are almost identical yet they all have subtle differences. When we consider the four, Patience is the ability to accept hardship, Endurance is the ability to take hardship, Perseverance is the ability to continue on despite hardship and Will is the ability to focus despite hardship. We’ve considered all the implications of patience, so now we will look at “Endurance”. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Seven - Patience (忍 – Rěn)

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, March 08, 2019

The definition of a true martial arts practitioner in terms of what is reflected in their thoughts continues in this segment as we look at the second Thought, Patience. read more

Taijiquan Biomechanics? I’ve had a Workshop Revelation...

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, March 07, 2019

Taijiquan biomechanics? I’m sure the mere mention of those words would draw blank stares from most people, especially tai chi practitioners. We’ve all had the experience in life when we’re out shopping, where we know in our minds what we want, but we have no idea what the thing we want is called, making it almost impossible to find. Well, a tai chi biomechanics workshop is one of those things. Hearing the name alone might not create an association with anything familiar, but when we discover what it’s all about, we suddenly realise it’s something we’ve been wanting to find for a very long time in our tai chi journey of self-development. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Six (Courage (勇 – Yǒng)

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, February 20, 2019

WǔDé (武德) – Martial Morality, should be the first thing we focus on as martial arts practitioners and should be the benchmark of what we consider a great practitioner to be. If we don’t understand the philosophy behind what we are trying to accomplish, and focus purely on the physical act of martial mechanics, then all we learn as students of the art is empty of meaning. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Five (Trust - 信 – Xìn)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, February 07, 2019

We are now looking at the last of the 5 Important Actions of WǔDé (武德) – Martial Morality, which defines a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner, and this is Trust. read more

Happy Lunar New Year to Wushu Practitioners Around the World – It’s the Year of the Pig

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, January 24, 2019

As wushu practitioners, hopefully you made the most of last year’s Dog Year, and can now reap the rewards in this Earth Pig Year. The Year of the Pig commences on 5th February this year, so make sure you have everything in order before then. read more

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