Learning How To Yield To Force

This post is by a guest writer, Graham Barlow, of Bath Tai Chi:

It says in the Tai Chi classics www.scheele.org/lee/classics.html:

“Anyone who has spent years of practice and still cannot neutralize,
and is always controlled by his opponent,
has not apprehended the fault of double-weightedness.”

But what does this mean?  What is this peculiar fault of ‘double-weightedness’ that it refers to? Continue reading “Learning How To Yield To Force” »

Martial Applications Of Tai Chi Chuan’s Ward-Off Posture

This post is by a guest writer, Graham Barlow of Bath Tai Chi

The Ward-off posture is one of the most universally recognised postures in the Yang style of Tai Chi Chuan. Since it’s not an obvious kick or a punch, and doesn’t look overtly like a martial technique, it can be hard to figure out how to use it against an attacker.

Here I run through a few possible applications of the ward-off posture, showing how it can be used as a strike, a lock and a throw. Continue reading “Martial Applications Of Tai Chi Chuan’s Ward-Off Posture” »

Chin Na in Tai Chi Chuan

By guest writer Graham Barlow of Bath Tai Chi.  He does very much sum up the ethos of this blog in his opening few paragraphs:

I’m pleased to be asked to contribute to this excellent blog created by Karateka and Tai Chi Chuan practitioner Charlie Wildish, aimed at bringing different styles of martial arts, and martial artists, together under the banner of “bunkai”, the Japanese term meaning “applications”. So much in the oriental martial arts seems vague, hidden or obscured (quite often at the behest of cultural or political reasons inappropriately transplanted from another time and place), so it’s particularly refreshing to discover a group of traditional martial artists dedicated to unearthing the treasures hidden in the arts they practice, rather than simply going through the moves by rote, in blind obedience to tradition. I think this progressive attitude is something positive that Western culture can bring to these ancient arts from the East. Continue reading “Chin Na in Tai Chi Chuan” »