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About the Sword

About the Sword

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 14, 2014

Many martial artists, even those who have studied Chinese martial arts for many years, still have a number of questions about the structure, use, history, and geographical background of the Chinese straight sword (jian). More >>

The Heart of Taekwondo

The Heart of Taekwondo

Doug Cook, July 7, 2014

When the heart of taekwondo beats, it gives life to the advancement of supreme discipline, the achievement of noble character, and the cultivation of an enlightened worldview. It breaks the bonds that bind us to the Earth and again, as adults, allows us to feel the wind beneath our feet rather than merely around them. More >>

Dukkha Unloaded-A Sam Reeves Martial Arts Thriller

Loren W. Christensen, June 26, 2014

A rush of wind sent debris skittering along the empty sidewalks, filthy gutters, and streets long in need of repair. Though few vehicles passed through the darkened skid row intersection of Northwest Third and Couch at three a.m., its lone traffic signal, swaying in the wind, continued to cycle its colors, casting hues off the sides of old buildings and the cracked windshield of a decaying station wagon propped up on four rusted wheels. More >>

A Few Fighting Techniques Found in the Dukkha Series

Loren W. Christensen, June 17, 2014

Many kind reviewers for Dukkha: The Suffering, Dukkha: Reverb, and Dukkha: Unloaded have commented on the realistic violence, in particular the fight scenes. This is always nice to hear because I work hard to infuse the scenes with authenticity and truth. After spending 30 years around man's inhumanity to man, first as a Military Policeman in Vietnam and then as a street cop for 25 years in Portland, Oregon, I find many authors' and movie directors' depiction of violence to be sadly lacking or simply off base. More >>

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Qigong for Strengthening and Massaging the Internal Organs

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 9, 2014

Your internal organs are the foundation of your health. Most deaths are due to the malfunction or failure of the internal organs. In order to be healthy and avoid degeneration, your organs need to have the correct amount of Qi circulating smoothly through them. More >>

Qigong for Arthritis

Qigong for Arthritis

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 19, 2014

In the United States, May is “National Arthritis Awareness Month.” There are two major types of arthritis. According to the Arthritis Foundation, osteoarthritis or degenerative arthritis, which is the most common chronic condition of the joints affecting approximately 27 million older Americans. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease of the immune system and attacks the synovium (a thin membrane that lines the joints) causing inflammation and pain. (RA) affects approximately 1.5 million Americans. More >>

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Wen-Ching Wu, Liang, Shou-Yu, May 12, 2014

To successfully learn taijiquan (tai chi chuan), you will need to understand some of the principles and guidelines that have accumulated over the centuries by masters of this ancient art. These principles and guidelines are the foundation of taijiquan. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 7, 2014

During the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1278) the monks of the Shaolin Temple continued to gather more martial skills from outside sources. They blended these arts into the Shaolin training. During this period, one of the most famous Shaolin martial monks, Jueyuan, traveled around the country in order to learn and absorb high levels of martial skill into Shaolin training. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 30, 2014

Chinese martial arts probably started long before history was recorded. Martial techniques were discovered or created during the long epoch of continuous conflict between humans and animals or between different tribes of humans themselves. From these battles, experiences were accumulated and techniques discovered that were passed down from generation to generation. More >>

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2014

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day) on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include hundreds of cities spanning 80 countries. Massive tai chi and qigong exhibitions will be held in public places such as parks, community centers, and tai chi schools across six continents.  It's a time for people to come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.  More >>

The Raven's Warrior

Weapons and Words

Vincent Pratchett, April 14, 2014

A man sees the world through the eyes he has been given. A priest and his daughter in the land called China liberate the wounded Celtic prisoner of war (Vincent) ripped from his homeland. This chapter is about the beginnings of the priest, Mah Lin, who is Vincent's owner. More >>

Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 7, 2014

How Many Techniques in Taijiquan? In the traditional bare hand sequence, the apparent number of techniques vary between 81 and 150, depending on the method used to count and group the forms. Some instructors and writers, for example, will not count repeated forms. But basically, you may judge whether a taijiquan sequence is complete by comparing the arrangement of the names given to the techniques. More >>

Common Sources of Knowledge About Violence

Common Sources of Knowledge About Violence

Rory Miller, March 31, 2014

We are, all of us, both teachers and students. As teachers, we give our students information. As students, we learn from our teachers. The teachers give us knowledge. This knowledge came from somewhere, from one of four sources. More >>

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 24, 2014

Back pain can be caused by an overstretching or other trauma to the back muscles and/or tendons. A tearing or inflammation of the ligaments in the spine can also cause back Pain. However, the most common and serious cause of back pain is spasm of the muscles in the lower back area brought on by spinal disease, injury or degeneration. More >>

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