For as long as I have been an enthusiast of the “internal arts,” a passionate
debate has been raging on, as to what exactly qualifies as an “internal art.”
With no consensus in sight! And often accomp...
Adam Mizner recently appeared on the taiji scene, predominantly via a few
well-placed videos and links to websites containing minimal information other
than video film. The films seemed to focus on pu...
One of the fundamental principles of Taijiquan for martial arts and Taiji for
health is to relax and sink the shoulders. It is so fundamental that it is
listed in Yang Cheng Fu’s famous ten points and...
The idea of fajin is highly debated in Taijiquan circles, where some consider it
the be all and end all of taiji quan skill, while others who have never
experienced it, consider it a fallacy. In truth...
Last month I was fortunate enough to participate in Sifu Adam Mizner’s workshop
in Athens, Alabama.
This was the third workshop I’ve attended with Sifu Mizner, and once again, his
teachings left me (a...
The following is an observation of a daily internal dialogue that often rambles
its way through my mind (I never get lonely).
I remember a guy wanting to learn taijiquan once when I was in Miami. We ...
You shall know them by their fruits
When a new student of taijiquan is searching for a teacher, it can be a daunting
and confusing time. There are many claims by students and teachers alike, so who
Defense against the self
Self defense in modern times: is it practical? In ancient times, before the
invention of firearms, the practicality of being skilled in hand to hand combat
was very clear. The...
After trying some hard styles and suffering inevitable knee injuries from poor
teaching, I was left no choice but to learn taijiquan if I wanted to stay in the
kung fu domain. Slow, stability-based mo...
Instructor of Taiji since 1977
"Let me say this very directly: Some people think my own abilities are pretty
good, but you ain't seen nothin until you've touched hands with Adam – his
abilities are t...
Former Detective & Special Branch Bodyguard to HM Queen Elizabeth & His Holiness
The Dalai Lama
After 39 years of training and searching for the best in martial arts I have
finally found it in Sifu A...
Within my training and teaching of Tàijíquán, I emphasize two primary areas that
must be developed and balanced. On the one side we have technical skills or
‘Quan’ – born from ting, timing and having ...
Dui La 对拉 meaning something like “to stretch between”. It’s one of those
fundamental principles of taiji quan that are all too often forgotten or
misunderstood. When I travel to give taiji, qigong or ...