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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 3 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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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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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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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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Reflections from a Tai Chi Teacher

Reflections from a Tai Chi Teacher

I have been practicing tai chi for 20 years and teaching for 10. Although I consider myself just starting my tai chi journey, I find it useful to reflect on my practice. When I do this, there are certain impressions...

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11Dec 1 Comment
Daoist Masters - Flying Legs Kuang

Daoist Masters – Flying Legs Kuang

Ever wonder where Wudang kung fu’s amazing kicks came from? It’s time to meet Flying Legs Kuang. Wordpress is evil There is a saying that all Daoist martial artists in China know. It is “Guo in the south, and Kuang...

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Don’t Be in a Rush (Part 3) by Henry Lee

Don’t Be in a Rush (Part 3) by Henry Lee

Please begin reading with Don't Be In A Rush (Part 1) and (Part 2).   Hi everyone! In the last post, we talked about making sure to properly build up our understanding of techniques and exercises in order to prevent...

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30Oct No Comments
Don't Be In a Rush (Part 2) by Henry Lee

Don’t Be In a Rush (Part 2) by Henry Lee

Please begin reading with Don't Be In A Rush (Part 1)   Hello everybody! In today’s post let’s talk about, in my opinion, the most important reason for not rushing through your martial arts training: injury prevention.   Every good...

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23Oct 2 Comments
Don't Be in a Rush (Part 1) by Henry Lee

Don’t Be in a Rush (Part 1) by Henry Lee

Something I see a lot in a variety of students is this pattern of being in a rush or skipping steps. I see new students wanting to try out the more advanced kicking combinations without having learned the individual kicks...

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