A recent T’ai Chi practice spot Happy New Year! In November 2022 I began writing a Substack about Tao, the embodied life and art where earth matters. You can read it here. My Grandmaster John Kells wrote hundreds of pieces for his students about the practice and spirit of what he taught. Returning to readingContinue reading “Writings”
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An early winter workshop
I am freshly home from 3 days studying with my T’ai Chi Master in South London at his first ‘early winter long weekend’. As ever, I learned so much and had a great time pushing hands with my classmates. Not enough is said of the deep ongoing conviviality that comes with moving around rooms withContinue reading “An early winter workshop”
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”
Sincerity, simplicity and practice.
In praise of difficulty
An alternative to frictionless surfaces and the idea of making everything easy.