THE LOTUS AND THE HORSE {Metaphors for 2020}

THE LOTUS AND THE HORSE {Metaphors for 2020}

Well, 2020… what a blast that was! I’m sure that I join many people around the world who have reflected on the bizarreness of our reality and reevaluated life to some extent. I personally had the busiest six months of work ever followed by the quietest six...
TAI CHI FOR REFORESTATION {Planting Trees In Your Local Community}

TAI CHI FOR REFORESTATION {Planting Trees In Your Local Community}

I don’t remember what it was exactly that made me decide to plant trees, but I suppose it was a combination of things. In the past I have sponsored a piece of the rainforest in South America and ten years ago when I quit my day job and started travelling more, I...
TAI CHI FOREST SYSTEM OF INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS {The Tree Analogy}

TAI CHI FOREST SYSTEM OF INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS {The Tree Analogy}

There are five parts to the Tai Chi Forest system of internal martial arts, which are best described using a tree analogy. The practices and their study can be understood by looking at how a tree flows from the roots and up the trunk to the branches, leaves and fruit....
LIFE BENEFITS OF INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS

LIFE BENEFITS OF INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS

The growing number of studies researching the effects of tai chi and qigong all testify to the health benefits that these arts can offer. From reducing heart conditions and stress levels to performing better on a mental and physical level, tai chi, qigong and all the...
A FORTNIGHT WITH MASTERS {Sharing The Martial Joy}

A FORTNIGHT WITH MASTERS {Sharing The Martial Joy}

My recent training in Malaysia concluded with just over two weeks of celebrating Penang’s martial arts heritage and our organisation’s 30th anniversary. Banquets were had, speeches were made, demos were performed and awards of recognition were given. Master’s from...
SPIRIT TRAINING {Tai Chi Zombies}

SPIRIT TRAINING {Tai Chi Zombies}

That moment when you find yourself in the dark, with your eyes half closed, moving slowly, without a thought. When you know that there is a long journey ahead of you and there is no end in sight anytime soon. I’m trying to feel what’s going on in my body as my mind...