The big reads

Some of my blog posts are longer, more popular, or just more in-depth than others, so I’ve collected them here.

I’ve gathered together my most popular posts, given them a lick of paint and spruced them up and put them on my Medium page. That should be your first port of call.

Here are the best of the rest:

Thoughts on push hands by Mike Sigman
Push hands is probably not what you think it is.

How to power your Tai Chi from the inside
How to put the juice into rollback and press.

What is Qi?
When we talk about Qi (Chi) in martial arts, what do we mean?

Brothers in arms -Rickson Gracie and Tai Chi
A discussion of the similarities between BJJ and Tai Chi.

The Tai Chi Magician
Woo! Everywhere is Woo!

Martial arts as theatre, theatre as martial arts – Meeting Scott P Philips
A new theory on the origins of Tai Chi.

Wave Hands Like Clouds
A comparison of this popular Taiji sequence in the different styles of Taijiquan.

Full contact Tai Chi. A painful lesson in reality
What happens when a Tai Chi “master” takes on an MMA coach?

How meridians relate to Tai Chi
Let’s find out what these channels are all about…

Your Kung Fu demo doesn’t look like fighting, and I don’t care
Very rarely does a kung fu demo look like real fighting, but so what?

Spiraling the Shield Fist
A discussion of the similarities between Viking and Chinese martial arts.

Wing Chun (Ding Hao) vs MMA (Xu Xiao Dong), in China
Xu Xiao Dong continues his quest to challenge Kung Fu masters in China.

The lost jin skills of Judo
If you’ve seen Olympic Judo matches you can see it’s an incredibly athletic sport that requires supreme physical conditioning and strength mixed with a high level of technique. But is today’s Judo really where the art originally started out?

Ido Portal and the possibilities of Neijia
The ‘Master of Movement’ has a healthy respect for the ‘internal’ Chinese martial arts.

The delusion of grace under pressure
Surprise! Fighting looks like…. fighting.

King of swords – was the katana the ultimate weapon?
It might be time to rethink what we know about ancient swords.

The problems with being a teacher
This is something I’ve seen happen a lot in martial arts.

Jin in Chinese martial arts (and tennis)
A look at how you can bring the power of the ground to your hands.

Tao Te Ching, chapters 8 and 61
The question of hard vs soft.