Posts Tagged ‘ Tai Chi Chuan ’

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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  • Review: “States Of Emergency”
    There is some surprisingly good analysis appearing that goes a long way to explaining just how we ended up in this global meltdown, and from several sources I am reading, it appears to be on purpose. One such resource is the new book “States Of Emergency” by a Dutch professor named Kees Van Der Pijl. […]
  • The Civil War In The United States – By Marx & Engels
    I should start by saying that this is the first I have read of Marx, and honestly I haven’t studied deep into the American Civil War, so this book was very interesting to me. The book consists of written exchanges between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, with a few others. It also includes passages from […]
  • Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner
    Pictured above is a smiling young Michael Rockefeller, son of the powerful Senator, Vice President and all-around rich dude Nelson Rockefeller. This is said to be one of the last photo’s of Michael before he fell victim to a revenge killing by cannibals in southwest New Guinea. He looks so happy. This article is the […]
  • Monkey Business Part 2: Bigfoot Book, Magazine, And Newsletter
    Sometimes expectations are somewhat above performance. I feel a little of that in the book “In The Valleys of the Noble Beyond”, by John Zada. Don’t get me wrong, I was pretty entertained by Zada’s navigating the isolated native communities of the British Columbia coast. Zada, (self-described from big-city Toronto) is a good writer, and […]
  • Review – Robert Kennedy Jr. -“The Real Anthony Fauci”
      Honestly, this is a difficult review for me to write. This book, “The Real Anthony Fauci”, by Robert Kennedy Jr. is a dose of “forbidden knowledge”.   This is the book the establishment does not want you to read. As proof, they have done everything they can to shore up support for Dr. Fauci […]