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Honestly, I wish I was articulate as these guys when it comes to talking about the martial arts experience…

Internal Gongfu:

Wuyizidi’s Martial Arts Blog:

The Ground Never Misses:


I can’t believe I forgot this one:

Tai Chi Studio:


  1. The lower back link is interesting I had this insight a few years ago (we discussed it once). I no longer mention “tuck” at all when teaching. I alway say “flaten” the lumber region by releaxing and feeling as if a weight is pulling down from your coccyx. The main thing what I see with my students is that they don’t “sit” i.e. must bend at the hip keeping the back striaght up and down. 2 cents worth ha ha.


  2. I was taught this exercise for the lower back :). Lie flat on the back. Bend the knees and hug the knees to the chest (head remains rested on the floor). Bring the lower back / coccyx down to the floor while the arms continue hugging the knees to the chest. Feel a nice stretch in the lumbar region (no strain). Hold the position then slowly release. ๐Ÿ™‚

    By the way, I went to the shop at Bras Basah. They have a treasure trove of books on internal martial arts (but most in Chinese, sigh). The lady at the shop has been practising taichi for about 30 years…I enjoyed spending some time at the shop.



    1. Thanks for the tip, I’ll have to try that.

      I used to enjoy going to that shop as well! As you say, most of the books are in Chinese, so I couldn’t read them either, but it’s fun poking around. I picked up a copy of Wang Shujin’s book on bagua purely for the diagrams. (Hmm, I wonder what happened to that….).

      Did you buy a sword in the end? And hey, how come you were looking for one? Starting a sword form with Zhou Lao Shi?


  3. My regular Sat morning taichi class is going to start teaching taichi sword form. I was thinking of getting my own but in the end because of time factor I left it to them to get one. The shop sell lots of other interesting things…another go to place ๐Ÿ˜‰


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