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“push hands”

Jun
14
2017

Daniel Mroz on Tao Lu: Formal Movements from the Martial Arts

 Here is something wonderful. Daniel Mroz, an associate professor in the Theater Department of the University of Ottawa and also a longtime friend, correspondent and Plum customer presented a lecture at last year’s Martial Arts Studies Conference in Wales. The subject of his engaging talk is Tao Lu, the martial art routine we call set […]

May
31
2017

Mina at the Kung Fu Tournament

The noise in the Kung Fu tournament hall never lets up. The waves of brass and drumming rolled along the ceiling fabric only to crash against an opposing wave of raucous sound from the opposite direction. To me, it vibrated like someone in leather and beard revving a Harley directly between my ears, but I […]

Mar
19
2017

Random Circles—The Synergy of Taiji Quan

by Jason Tsou and Art Schonfeld By necessity, there are many levels of martial arts training. A person must develop foundational work before he can go on to more advanced work. One essential training method often overlooked today is that of Random Circle training. While this is not the highest level of training, it provides […]

Apr
4
2016

Li Deyin & 100 years of Taijiquan

Li Deyin shows his TaijiquanOne of the largest and most complete books on Yang style Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan) to come out of mainland. Many teachers promote the “official” version of Taijiquan, but few with the consistent quality of Li DeYin. His movements are polished and clear. This book makes a distinction between personal practice […]

Dec
11
2015

A Modest Proposal

Through much experimentation and some little research I have come to an opinion about martial arts, all martial arts. Nothing too radical, but the catch is that I feel this should be universal and it is hard to convince such a contrary crowd as my cohorts about anything universal. I propose, simply, that every style […]

Oct
28
2015

Tai Chi: Wu and Hong styles

Today, we add the last installment of our selection on the Chen Tai Chi exclusive branch named Hong style. Chen style has a well-known “short fist” version. And this style, developed by teacher Hong JunSheng, presents a smaller frame, demonstrating a soft, slow elegance. This last DVD shows many throws and takedowns with high emphasis […]

Nov
1
2012

Sticky Telepathy

This is one of those things that veteran martial artists know; once in a while we mention it but we don’t talk about it…

Mar
28
2011

Push Hands Improves

Why are we Pushing? How important is rooting? What are we doing here, anyway?

Jan
1
2011

The Hardest Thing

What do I mean by cooperation? I DON’T mean just being a rag doll.

Aug
3
2010

Sifu Ma Hong LIVE at Plum!

Last week we announced our excitement over the SIX Ma Hong DVDs that we had reviewed, and were expecting. Well, the wait is over! They are ALL here and ready for sale. We are not big ‘gushers’ here at Plum, but this series is pretty exciting. There is a certain intimacy in these DVDs, that […]

Jul
10
2010

Why is Push Hands so bad?

To explore this topic we’ll have to assume the basic premise that Push Hands is bad…

Aug
15
2009

The Open Door

A note on the give and take of “information” when it regards the ancient art of Kung Fu.

Jun
8
2009

A Lesson from Cousin Push

It was during one of those conversations that pepper a good workout that Robert Nakashima, Eddie Fong and I found ourselves agreeing that there were all sorts of problems to Taiji’s famous Push Hands, especially regarding the clarity—or lack of it—to students of Taiji.