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Feb
26
2009

Demystifying Tai Chi

This wasn’t the first time he had tried to get to the core of the Internal Styles and Tai Chi in particular…

Sep
11
2008

PLUM’S Tai Chi Short Set

You might wonder what possible use a new Tai Chi set could be, given the myriad of excellent styles and sets already being taught today. But whether you are a curious beginner just entering this ancient art, or a seasoned professional with many students, the new short set recently developed by master teacher Ted Mancuso […]

Feb
25
2008

Anatomy of Yang Family Tai Chi

In every book where an experienced practitioner “tells it like it is” you have the potential for real benefits and, at the same time, some real confusion. “Anatomy of Yang Family Tai Chi” by Steffan de Graffenried is a perfect example of how hard it is to do the one without the other.

Nov
11
2007

The Sword Polisher’s Record

From the first page to the last, in this book of 44 collected essays, ShihFu Hsu employs a multi-dimensional technique, discussing the art from every conceivable position, addressing countless arguments, and employing every attitude from humor to deadly seriousness.

Aug
11
2007

Review: Praying Mantis DVD

I recently obtained a copy of Gao Jian’s first public DVD, “Six Harmonies Praying Mantis Boxing” from Plumpub.com, and decided to write this review of one of the first English language DVD, produced on this rare system of Northern Praying Mantis.

Jul
22
2007

Movie: Crouching in the Theater

Have you noticed there is always someone from the audience who will balk at the flying sequences?

May
11
2007

A Tooth from the Tiger’s Mouth

Tom Bisio’s book is a welcome addition to the literature on treating injuries with Chinese Medicine. It will be useful for practitioners of Chinese medicine, martial artists, and athletes.

Aug
26
2005

BA GUA with Adam Hsu

They do not leave the practitioner thinking only, well, that was a nice demonstration but what can I get out of this ?

Mar
13
2005

The Romance of the Three Kingdoms

Why would anyone but a war buff read San Guo at over 1000 pages? Because, despite the stratagems and conflicts, the bombs and ambushes, it is really one of the most beautiful illustrations of the Chinese view the relationship of human beings to Fate.

May
11
2003

Embrace Tiger, Return to Mediocrity

It’s hard not to like Vanilla ice cream. What’s offensive about it really? On the other hand how do you feel about vanilla ice soycream?