Category Archives: Taiji

The Grand Ultimate, up close & personal

Listen to the instrument, damn it

Most of my life, I was a slave to my mind, and if you'd asked me I would have said straight-faced that the whole useful world was inside it; a straight-up victim of stockholm syndrome of the brain. Held and … Continue reading

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Teaching, writing, maybe occasionally throwing people in the grass

Time to be brash nerd:  I love, love, love this blog. What is it?  It's a detailed exploration of taiji and internal martial arts' depictions in Avatar: The Last Airbender.  The piece I linked is a guest blog on tui shou … Continue reading

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I own my stomach!

That's not a political statement — I was singing this morning (and realizing that my life doesn't involve enough opportunities to really open up and sing; I need to fix that!) — it's a literal one. Taiji (or more broadly the … Continue reading

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Reminds me of taiji

Oh my god why isn't there more art like this?? I love this.   The scrolling is just so…peaceful to me.   Yes, yes, I have That History, of tinkering for hours and watching make scroll its deliciousness and feeling that rush … Continue reading

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And now, a bit on how kungfu works

Why are so many kungfu styles named after animals? It's actually simple.  What do animals have less of than humans?  Right: Psychology; self-referential thinking-constructs.  What are animals?  Examples of evolution expressing itself as complex biology, similar in many ways to … Continue reading

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Not entirely about Cannonfist

So, I've been kind of loose and flapping about what to do with blog-type postings of stuff lately.  I've lost my organizational thread, I think; there's both too much to put AND too many places to put it.  I have … Continue reading

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To be moved: How taiji can solve all your problems by changing their verbs

Among the many fundamental things about Taiji that are tricky to grasp and incredibly powerful when you do, lately I'm being blown away by this one: It is never as powerful, useful, or meaningful to move as it is to be moved. How … Continue reading

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spinning tired carless twist focus FLIP epic. And underwater pie.

Difficulty concentrating today.   Strange bruises up and down my forearms from spinning (staff-spinning!  Am learning to spin staves and holy hellfire is it awesome).   I tend to go looking for food when I'm tired.  (Yes, when you're polyphasic … Continue reading

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This is why I say I suck at it.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vXHnWGonPbg&feature=youtu.be-A&w=400]   Yes, those are warm-ups. Yes, I know people whose warm-ups look much like this.  (Mine look sort of like this too, but only if you take it apart into components and do it at half speed and three-quarters … Continue reading

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The Tyranny of the Ten Thousand Things

There are approximately ten thousand posts backed up in my brain right now, but I've no idea when I'll get a chance to write them, so instead you get one of the (many!) good bits from the Tao Te Ching: … Continue reading

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