Forms Are Useless Part 1

Alright, that may perhaps be a bit sensational and attention-grabbing, but while I have it, I’d like to examine forms for a moment. I may not find forms useless because if I did, I wouldn’t do them, I’d stick with the barest minimum of movements that tend to be the highest percentage in a fight … More Forms Are Useless Part 1

Stretching Vs. Pandiculation – What’s the difference and why does it matter?

https://wp.me/p5JEyK-4D Some interesting information, thanks Chris Jurak for the link. Some thoughts on this regarding strength and mobility: I have often considered a more mindful approach to stretching and mobility for several years. Many people who attempt stretches, get into certain positions, hold for a few seconds. This gets them nowhere and eventually they stop, … More Stretching Vs. Pandiculation – What’s the difference and why does it matter?

Tim Cartmell on Tai Ji Quan Practice and Principles Part Two

The Thirteen Postures As I was taught, the Five Steps are the primary patterns the body follows when moving through space. They are not specific techniques of stepping (although variations of footwork methods are included), they are directions. Qian Jin (forward advance) refers to either stepping or transferring the weight directly forward. Hou Tui (rearward … More Tim Cartmell on Tai Ji Quan Practice and Principles Part Two

Tim Cartmell on Tai Ji Quan Practice and Principles Part One

Hey everyone, this series, like the ones on Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, will be about Tim’s thoughts and understanding of the principles and practices of Taijiquan specifically.  There is a plethora of information here, some of which are probably going to start some arguments, and I suggest you read the information first before jumping to a … More Tim Cartmell on Tai Ji Quan Practice and Principles Part One