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Rocker Lou Reed Died Practicing Tai Chi

November 2, 2013
Rocker Lou Reed Died Practicing Tai Chi

Ah, it was so sad last week to hear of the death of legendary rocker Lou Reed. Reed fronted “The Velvet Underground”, and was often referred to as the pioneer of punk rock. What I didn’t know about Lou is that he was aparrently really into Tai Chi. Here’s a great little story from his […]

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The Utility of Tai Chi Chuan

May 12, 2013
The Utility of Tai Chi Chuan

Readers of the old “Dojo Rat” blog, which began in the fall of 2006, know that martial arts has been one of my passions for over thirty years. It began with wrestling in high school, progressed through Japanese and Korean Karate, some Aikido blended with Jujitsu, and landed in the soft Chinese arts of Bagua, […]

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Chi, “The Second Brain”, and “The Wellspring”

March 28, 2013
Chi, “The Second Brain”, and “The Wellspring”

Ever had a “gut feeling”? All of us have had the experience where we have some emotional stress, and right away our stomach gets upset, and our breath rate may increase. Perhaps you have to make a choice and it just “feels right” in your gut. Well, modern science is going a long way to […]

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Misconceptions About Tai Chi Chuan “Ward-off”

November 17, 2012
Misconceptions About Tai Chi Chuan “Ward-off”

Last summer one of my Aikido friends came up to visit, and we had several hours of standing grappling and some cool knife stuff. When we were pushing hands, I was trying (successfully) to use ward-off (as pictured above) to neutralize his arms and torso.  As you see above, there is a nice, round feel […]

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