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

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Four (Morality - 义 – Yì)

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

So far, in The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner we have looked at Humility, Loyalty and Respect. We now continue with the fourth of the 5 Important Actions, Morality. read more

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

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