Welcome to the blog for writing about T’ai Chi, Tao and related topics.

For up to date class times, venues and general news from Great River T’ai Chi and The T’ai Chi Centre, please click here for the general class news blog .

Many new and archived articles of more general interest regarding T’ai Chi are going to make their way from there to this page over the Spring. I hope you enjoy them.

Blogposts of interest

Words and swords

This week someone asked me to teach him some sword, sabre, staff, applications and sparring. He was a competitive fencer as a young man, so it will be interesting. It will be good to see if my body can do what it needs. Also, to see how I have softened (or not) over the twoContinue reading “Words and swords”


There is a line that comes to me at least once every week. Like so many things that have made a deep impression on me, and changed the way I go about my daily life, they were first spoken by my late T’ai Chi grandmaster John Kells. He said, ‘Softness is when our physicality noContinue reading “Softness”

A place to practice

It’s been a while since I posted. There was a huge fire where I lived and I lost my studio, half of all my possessions, my community, place in nature and the river, which had been my home for 8 years. But I am well, no one was hurt and life has changed in soContinue reading “A place to practice”


We need time and space to practice skills.


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