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14May 9 Comments
Tai Chi vs. MMA

Tai Chi vs. MMA

Earlier this month, a video went viral on the Chinese internet and sent waves through the martial arts community.  The video showed a match between 38 year old MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong (徐晓冬) and 41 year old, tai chi master...

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7May 2 Comments
The Real History of the Taiyi Five Element Form

The Real History of the Taiyi Five Element Form

One of my favorite of the Wudang hand forms is the Tai Yi Five Element Form.  It was created during the Ming Dynasty under the reign of the Emperor Hongzhi (1488 - 1504) by the 8th generation Wudang Daoist Master...

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30Apr 6 Comments
5 Chinese Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home

5 Chinese Medicinal Plants You Can Grow At Home

Chinese medicine teaches that the health-promoting compounds in plants can be used to treat imbalance and improve your health.   The Chinese medicine classics chronicle thousands of herbs, teas, and foods known and their healing qualities.  Here are five medicinal plants...

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23Apr 2 Comments
What Only The Rooster Sees

What Only The Rooster Sees

I began learning English after I moved to the United States in 2010. It hasn’t always been easy. One of the most difficult things are idioms. You can imagine how confused I was when a student told me it was...

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16Apr No Comments
Four Qigong Practices to Welcome Spring

Four Qigong Practices to Welcome Spring

Spring Qigong Qigong is a traditional Chinese wellness practice that uses a mixture of mindful body posture, breathing, and visualization to regulate the body’s Qi energy. Qigong stimulates meridians and acupuncture points, improving blood flow and organ function.  One of...

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9Apr 6 Comments
Understanding the Horsetail Whisk

Understanding the Horsetail Whisk

The Horsetail Whisk (拂尘) is a special weapon. It is made by binding the hair from a horse’s tail to a long wooden handle. The horsetail whisk is associated with spiritual power. It is said that the person who holds...

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What Being Daoist Means To Me

What Being Daoist Means To Me

Many people I meet say that they are Daoist, “practicing Daoism” or “studying Daoism.”  But “Daoist” and “Daoism” mean different things to different people.  Today I’d like to talk a little about what then mean to me. There are many...

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26Feb No Comments
Zhong Kui - Demon Hunter

Zhong Kui – Demon Hunter

Zhong Kui (鍾馗) is a legendary Daoist demon hunter.  His legend began in the Tang Dynatry, and by the Song Dynasty he had been adopted into the Daoist pantheon.  Knowing his story is an important part of understanding Chinese culture....

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19Feb 1 Comment
The Fake Daoist?

The Fake Daoist?

Just recently, I received an e-mail asking an interesting question: “How do you know if someone calling himself a Daoist priest is genuinely a Daoist priest. Is there any way to check?”   As Daoism grows in popularity, some people...

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12Feb 8 Comments
The Tiger Taming Form

The Tiger Taming Form

The Tiger Taming Form is one of my favorite in the Wudang kung fu curriculum.  I learned it when I was 16 years old, and living and training on Wudang Mountain.  The Tiger Taming Form wasn’t a part of the...

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