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Chinese martial arts

Qigong

Okay so let’s get the two most important and commonly asked questions out of the way first:   What does it mean? How do you say it?   You will see it translated as ‘Energy Work’, ‘Energy Cultivation’, ‘Working with Energy’, ‘Energy Life Cultivation’ – and other similar terms.   …

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Breathing for Life

Of all the things which sustain us, our breath is one of the most vital. We can go several days without food and water, yet the world record for absolute longest breath hold is 22 minutes. This is an almost unbelievable time (by a world champion free diver) – but …

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Balance and foot strength – the benefits for martial arts and everyday life.

When we think of strength in the West, we will often imagine broad shoulders, prominent chest muscles and thickly set arms. Undoubtedly, such physical attributes will often infer a degree of physical strength but looked at from an Eastern mindset, it will appear top heavy, disproportioned and unbalanced if such …

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World Tai Chi Day 2018 – One World… One Breath

April 28 2018 is World Tai Chi Day, a day to celebrate the amazing art of tai chi around the world. The theme of this year’s event is One World… One Breath, so I thought it an ideal time to ponder the breathing in our tai chi practice and give a …

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Can You Learn Tai Chi Online?

I consider myself to be very fortunate to live at a time when we can reach out to whichever device is closest to hand and tap into a wellspring of thousands of years of knowledge. We can start businesses, study for degrees, communicate in real-time with people from the other side …

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Tai Chi for Everyone

If you do a Google images search for ‘tai chi’, chances are you’ll be browsing through a lot of pictures of retirement age groups practicing outside in a sunny park somewhere. I love the fact that tai chi provides mature students with an activity they can get better at as …

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International Women’s Day – Lady Fu Hao

March 8 is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the globe, today and throughout history, and a call-to-action for accelerating gender equality. With this in mind, I thought it an appropriate time to write a blog post celebrating a fantastic, strong …

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Tai Chi Verse for World Book Day

Thursday March 1 is World Book Day, so I thought it a great opportunity to share some of my favourite writings on the art and philosophy of tai chi. While there are a plethora of tai chi related books out there to choose from, there is one that I come …

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The Rare White Crane Tai Chi Style

Most modern styles of tai chi trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun. At White Crane Online, we teach a rare White Crane tai chi form, originating from the Fujian province in south east China. White Crane Tai …

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