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Do Women Really Need a Firearm for Self-Defense?

The other day, exercising my curiosity, I googled “Webley Bulldog self-cocking pistol.” I was reading the book Son of the Morning Star about George Custer. According to the book, Custer carried the Webley at the Little Big Horn rather than … Continue reading

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Protecting and Nurturing the Spirit (continued)

Root and center are the keys to our physical stability. In Taijiquan we train to strengthen our root and refine our center. Root is our connection to the earth. Center is the area of the body that when a strong … Continue reading

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Centering

Centering, like other combat training exercises in Taijiquan, should not be practiced as though it were an end in itself. Always keep in mind that it is a step in a progression to building skills in Taijiquan fighting. When I … Continue reading

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Who controls your life?

Master Yang often asks, “Do you control your life or does your life control you?” I think that for most people the answer isn’t either or but a question of degree. I think that there are some people that have … Continue reading

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Taiji Cane

During the past two years I have been developing a Taiji Cane program for Qi Elements Taijiquan curriculum. We have been teaching Taiji Saber for a while, but our saber lacked foundation. I have to admit to a serious prejudice … Continue reading

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Who are you?

Some people want to gain others’ respect, so they take out a mortgage and buy a big house. Since they can’t take their big house with them when they step outside, they take out another loan and buy a fancy … Continue reading

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Mutual Resistance and Double Weighting

The Taiji classics warn against creating a situation of mutual resistance, also called, less clearly, double weighting. What is mutual resistance? A simple illustration would be when in pushing hands one partner is pushing and the other is responding with … Continue reading

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Functional meditation, continued

Our discussion of how we can use the wisdom mind to control the emotional mind to reduce stress and achieve a calm state of mind has helped develop and refine the principle we discussed two weeks ago.  I am going … Continue reading

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Change in Second Sunday Class Format

We tried something new with our 2-3 PM Sunday class today.  Instead of devoting the whole hour to Qin Na, we worked on techniques from all four categories of applications:  Qin Na (joint locking), Da (hand and elbow strikes), Ti … Continue reading

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Comparison and Competition

American culture can be very competitive.  Advertising media, to take just one example, constantly entice you to compare yourself to others and to acquire newer, flashier or more expensive things to catch up and get ahead of others.   There … Continue reading

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