“Monofocus” in Martial Arts

We have all met them: those individuals who have such a singular focus and dedication that they devote the entirety of their working lives to the development of a particular skill (or set of skills), and hence attain a rare and astonishing level of refinement of that one thing. My suggestion: learn from them, as … Continue reading “Monofocus” in Martial Arts

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Hayes on Self Development

Excerpted from Ninja Realms of Power, by Stephen K. Hayes: With such powerful tools granted to virtually everyone, the compelling universal question becomes not so much how do we accomplish our dreams, but rather why do so very few of us go on to create resplendent living temples out of ourselves?

How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything

    Tai chi is a mirror for life.  Your practice can be a mirror for your life.  But the effect goes both ways.  What is showing up in your life will show up in your practice.  The qualities you cultivate in your practice will show up in your life.  Reflection and correction go hand … Continue reading How You Do Anything is How You Do Everything

Three Principles of Kung Fu

There are many ideas about how to develop good fighting skills.  My experience has revealed the following three principles common to good kung fu practice. Good kung fu is both powerful and effortless.  Naturally it should be practiced the same way.  If there is an uncomfortable strain being exerted anywhere in your body it is … Continue reading Three Principles of Kung Fu

Teaching Tai Chi

A good teacher should not teach by adding but by taking away. Learning tai chi is not a process of adding skills but of removing inhibitions to reveal the natural virtue of the body's functioning.

How to Learn Anything, the Tai Chi Way

To learn how to do something, make it as easy as possible for yourself.  When it becomes so easy that you become bored with it, you will naturally want to increase the intensity.  If you let the natural learning process proceed in this way, your skill will progress automatically, without any conscious striving.  In tai chi this is … Continue reading How to Learn Anything, the Tai Chi Way

Masters, Pupils, and Peers

“First train with masters and pupils, eventually train with peers.” Interpretation: This saying invokes the context of tai chi, but can be applied to other fields as well. It means that when you first start training, the distinction between master and pupil is relevant and important. You begin as a pupil learning from a master, … Continue reading Masters, Pupils, and Peers