WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Three (Respect - 礼 – Lǐ)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, January 10, 2019

The definition of a true martial arts practitioner continues in this segment as we look at the third of the five Important Actions; Respect. read more

WǔDé – The definition of a truly great martial arts practitioner - Part Two (Loyalty - 忠 - Zhōng)

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, December 26, 2018

We continue our understanding of what WǔDé (Martial Morality) is and why it is so fundamental to differentiating truly great martial arts practitioners from the not-so-great. Our first instalment looked at the first of the 5 Important Actions, being Humility. Here we look at the next one, Loyalty:
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WǔDé – The definition of a truly great martial arts practitioner - Part One (Humility - 谦 – Qiān)

Tara Brayshaw - Saturday, December 08, 2018

We all spend an enormous amount of time looking at videos, demonstrations and competitive performances of Chinese Martial Arts practitioners. We think we see whether they are “good” or not; whether they display the correct techniques, whether we can see “quality in their movements”, “power and harmony”, “coordination”, “spirit, rhythm and style” but the fundamental thing we are not seeing and what truly defines whether they are masters of their craft or not is WǔDé (武德) – Martial Morality. read more

The Fuchen (Horsetail Whisk) – A Taiji Study in the Yin and Yang

Tara Brayshaw - Tuesday, June 26, 2018
The Fúchén (拂尘 as spelt in Wudang Wushu or 佛尘 as spelt for Taiji), also known as the Horsetail Whisk, Fly Whisk or Dust Brush, is one of Chinese Martial Arts’ most unorthodox and paradoxical weapons. It has been steeped in mystery for centuries but ironically, has gained great popularity with Western practitioners in the 21st Century. read more

Pattern Language and The Principles of Taijiquan

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pattern language was defined by the widely influential architect and design theorist, Emeritus Professor Christopher Alexander, and first brought to light in his book “A Pattern Language”, and subsequently in his famous work “The Nature of Order”. To give you a feel for Alexander’s thought processes one of his statements was “No one can be close to others, without also having frequent opportunities to be alone”. read more

Back to Basics in Beijing (A Journey of Discovery with JinLi's Training in China 2017)

Tara Brayshaw - Sunday, October 22, 2017
Want to feel like a beginner again? Go and train in China. read more

Li Tianji - A Brief Introduction to Practising Taiji Sword

Tara Brayshaw - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Concluding part of a lecture at the Wuhan International Taijiquan and Taijijian Display and Exchange Meeting, Wuhan, China, April 1984 by Distinguished Taijiquan expert Li Tianji  read more

Dong Yue Taiji Duan Gun (Short Staff) - Between Heaven and Earth

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, March 09, 2017

Dong Yue (East Mountain) Taiji is a style that many people consider to be the Taiji of the 21st Century as it unites diverse martial systems into a cohesive whole. Created by Professors Men Hui Feng and Kan Gui Xiang to commemorate the New Millennium, Dong Yue focuses on the concepts of Heaven, Earth and Man, combining the very best of the internal martial arts Taiji, Xingyi, Bagua, Baji, Chuo Jiao and Fanzi to create a harmonious and rich expression of Qi flow and balance. read more

Master Hong Wei Guo Shares his Knowledge with JinLi Students

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, July 22, 2016

We were extremely excited and honoured to welcome Master Hong Wei Guo to our East St Kilda class recently where he gave the students a taste of training in the Hong Style of Taijiquan. read more

Using Mathematical Principles to Understand the Concept of Fluid Motion in Taijiquan

Tara Brayshaw - Monday, June 27, 2016

A lot of Taiji practitioners in their early learning find it extremely difficult to understand or utilize the concept of fluidity of movement. This is especially so when faced with the transition from one movement to the next and how to give the movement finality, while still appearing to be in motion. read more

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