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Beijing MA Trip – Dachengquan of M Deng Fuli

During my trip to Beijing over the Chinese National Holiday, I made several visits to Tiantan park, which is one of the hotspots of CMA activity in Beijing. In addition to the taijiquan groups which can be found in any … Continue reading

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Becoming a Disciple – The Baishi Ceremony

In traditional CMA, there is a saying “the teacher observes the student for 3 years, the student also observes the teacher for 3 years” (shifu kaocha tudi san nian, tudi kaocha shifu san nian). Obviously, this doesn’t mean that in … Continue reading

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2015 Nantong Traditional CMA Tournament

Wow, cannot believe it has been over a year since my last post. The long gap was due to a combination of work and also a feeling that I didn’t have any new insights to share from my practice – … Continue reading

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I Liq Chuan – a great teaching system

Through a friend, I was recently introduced to Sam Chin’s I Liq Chuan. First impressions are that it has all the hallmarks of an internal art – namely the emphasis on power through relaxation, the importance of the mind/intent, sensitivity/sticking, … Continue reading

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Downsides to the traditional teaching system

Just thought I would write a note on my impressions coming to the end of my first year in China (3rd year overall). Of course, all opinions are  based on my experiences in one city in China (Shanghai), which is … Continue reading

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Sticking Energy – or Reconsidering What is Possible in Taiji

Probably like most people interested in taiji, I am familiar with the concept of ‘sticking’ (nian) or sticking energy (‘nian jin’) in taiji. A good encapsulation of the topic was put together many moons ago by Peter Lim in his … Continue reading

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The Importance of Drills

A happy coincidence led to this note. A few weeks back, when chatting after class with my xingyi teacher, he mentioned that if one wanted to fight with xingyi, reaction drills were very important. I was curious, as so far … Continue reading

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