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Tai chi journeys

The Important Hidden Benefit of Tai Chi

It’s great to see new members flooding in this week, January always sees many new people join and start their tai chi journey with us. Remember that you can subscribe with 25% off annual subscriptions all the way through January. Just use the coupon code newyear2022 to claim your discount. …

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How to Improve Quickly at Tai Chi

When giving advice to my students about how often they should train, I usually recommend a ‘little and often’ approach. If I enjoy something, I want to do it everyday – fortunately this is the best way to improve at tai chi.   Let’s say you’ve just started a class or …

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More thoughts on balance

A central concept in Buddhism is that of the middle way, which leads you on the Noble Eightfold Path to enlightenment. In Taoism we find that harmony between the two polarities of yin and yang will see the equilibrium of life restored. The Bible tells us that, “For everything there …

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Martial Arts for Stress, Balance, and Happiness

During the 15 years that I had a career in the corporate world, I was often asked how I was able to not display signs of stress when everything seemed to be going wrong – as it very often does when you work in IT!   My standard answer was, …

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Kung Fu Beats Coronavirus

As a martial artist we spend a great proportion of our lives putting our bodies as well as our minds into uncomfortable situations and positions.   Take my favourite exercise for example, the low horse stance (those who know me will not be surprised!). It’s the perfect example of physical …

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Benefits of Martial Arts Weapons Training

There comes a point in the training life of every traditional martial artist when the shiny glint of a blade catches their eye and lures them into the temptation of training with traditional weapons.  For me, it began with the ‘jian’, more commonly known on these shores as a Chinese …

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China 2019

Mark is in China in the Guangxi province, exploring Chen style tai chi. Follow Mark’s trip to China on our sister website www.whitecraneacademy.com: Day 30 – Final Thoughts Day 29 – Hong Kong Tourist Day 28 – Travel to Hong Kong Day 27 – Modern Day Self Defence Day 26 …

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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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