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

It’s the Year of the Earth Dog – The Taiji Practitioners Year.

Tara Brayshaw - Monday, February 12, 2018
The New Year begins on February 16 this year and is the Year of the Earth Dog. The Earth element always brings with it a sense of stability and groundedness, which is a relief after the last two Fire years. The Fire years can be a time of great opportunity but decisions need to be made quickly. This year is a time where you can settle down, consolidate and concentrate on what you managed to grab on to in the last two years. 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

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

Li Tianji - The Truths About Taijiquan

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

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

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The Cracked Pot

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. read more

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