The big reads

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I write articles for – read them here. These articles tend to focus more on the martial arts lifestyle and how Tai Chi can help you in your life.

Some of my blog posts on Tai Chi Notebook are longer, more popular, or just more in-depth than others, so I’ve collected here there best of the best, the big hitters, the ones you probably came here to read in the first place. Here they are:

Tai Chi:

How to power your Tai Chi from the inside
How to put the juice into rollback and press

What is Qi?
When we talk about Qi (Chi) in martial arts, what do we mean?

Brothers in arms -Rickson Gracie and Tai Chi
A discussion of the similarities between BJJ and Tai Chi

The Tai Chi Magician
Woo! Everywhere is Woo!

Martial arts as theatre, theatre as martial arts – Meeting Scott P Philips
A new theory on the origins of Tai Chi

Kung Fu and XingYi:

Your Kung Fu demo doesn’t look like fighting, and I don’t care
Very rarely does a kung fu demo look like real fighting, but so what?

Spiralling the Shield Fist
A discussion of the similarities between Viking and Chinese martial arts

Martial arts

Ido Portal and the possibilities of Neijia
The ‘Master of Movement’ has a healthy respect for the ‘internal’ Chinese martial arts

The delusion of grace under pressure
Surprise! Fighting looks like…. fighting

King of swords – was the katana the ultimate weapon?
It might be time to rethink what we know about ancient swords.