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.
Morality (义 – Yì)
The Oxford dictionary defines “morality” as “principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong or good and bad behaviour”, and so too,
should we apply the same definition to the martial arts and WǔDé.
The life of a wushu practitioner is not one lived ... read more
The definition of a true martial arts practitioner continues in this segment as we look at the third of the five Important Actions; Respect.
Respect (礼 – Lǐ)Respect is defined as having due regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of others and of ourselves. In living
a respectful life we must balance our own needs with those of the people around us, and in so doing, every individual will have a sense of place and
self-worth. Respect starts from ... read more
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:
Loyalty (忠 - Zhōng)This is a very traditional concept both in Eastern and Western culture, but for some, it is seen as almost obsolete
thinking in the 21st Century. However, loyalty still ... read more
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.
WǔDé ... read more
JinLi was extremely proud and honoured to see a special member of the JinLi family, Glenn Bermingham, receive a Bronze Medal at the recent 2018 Oceania
Kung Fu Wushu Championships, held in Melbourne, Australia.
The Oceania Championships are held biennially in one of the International Wushu Federation’s Oceanic member countries. Currently, the countries represented
are Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Norfolk Island, Fiji, Guam, New Caledonia,
Tahiti, Tonga, Tokelau, Cook Islands ... read more
JinLi Wushu-Tai Chi was recently approached by the producers of the Channel 10 television program, The Living Room, who were preparing a segment called
“Mood Moves”, looking at fun activities that promote both mental and physical health. They wanted to know whether we would be interested in sharing
the benefits of Tai Chi with their 1-million plus Australian viewership. Of course, we jumped at the chance. So a group of JinLi’ers braved the winter
cold with TV presenter Tiffany Hall, ... read more
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.
What is a Fúchén?
The Fúchén (Fu-chen, Fu Chen, Fochen) is essentially a whisk or brush made by binding the hair from a ... read more
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”.
Essentially, Pattern Language is the way of describing good design or patterns of useful ... read more
The Annual JinLi Tai Chi Retreat 2018 was held at our “home away from home” Taradale House, in the beautiful Coliban Valley. As usual, the focus was on
outstanding training, food, friendship and fun. Everyone made the most of the intensive Taiji fundamentals tuition, studying Chinese literature, looking
at all the Taiji styles and learning some basic Taiji/Qigong Mandarin. “Words really can’t describe what it means to be a part of this amazing experience”,
so said one of the participants. ... read more
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 ... read more