Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

套路 - tàolù Taolu is the pinyin romanisation of 套路. In this context 'tào' is a classifying word for anything regarding sets or collections of things, 'lù' is a journey, road, path. In English we speak of martial arts forms, sets, routines. The Japanese term 'kata' is often used also. Plato was of course the … Continue reading Tào Lù and the Platonic World of Forms

Martial Qigong

Welcome to another edition of the weekly White Crane Online blog. Over the past few weeks we have been exploring topics in and around the theme of Taoism. Last week I introduced the core concept of Qi (if you missed it, you might want to read it here first) and I explained a little bit … Continue reading Martial Qigong

Spring and the Wood Element

In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we are now heading into the Wood element and this changing of the season from winter to spring brings with it a renewing of energy, a rebirth and a new beginning.   Spring always gives me a (for want of a better word) spring in my step and … Continue reading Spring and the Wood Element

Thoughts on Training and Travel in China

I have been meaning to write down some thoughts about my travels in China back in December and January but as the year has got off to a light-speed start, and we suddenly find ourselves entering the tail end of February, it feels as though a travelogue is a little late already from a trip … Continue reading Thoughts on Training and Travel in China

Qigong

Okay so let’s get the two most important and commonly asked questions out of the way first: What does it mean? How do you say it? You will see it translated as ‘Energy Work’, ‘Energy Cultivation’, ‘Working with Energy’, ‘Energy Life Cultivation’ - and other similar terms. It is often difficult to directly translate ideas … Continue reading Qigong

Benefits of Cross Training in Tai Chi

This blog post is reproduced from our sister site White Crane Online - where you can learn Tai Chi, Qigong and Meditation online...   Whilst Tai Chi is a wonderful activity to integrate into your life, there are – apparently – other things that people enjoy doing – so I am told! 🙂 For many … Continue reading Benefits of Cross Training in Tai Chi

Busy summer ahead…

Well summer seems to be upon us and as well as the World Cup, barbecues, holidays, Wimbledon, gardening and all the other regular British summertime activities, there are plenty of activities to get involved with here at WCA! We are kicking off the summer in style tomorrow with the first of two Haywards Heath Tai … Continue reading Busy summer ahead…

Different Tai Chi styles…

The Main Types of Tai Chi (and the rare White Crane style) When looking for a Tai Chi class to attend a quick search online will return a whole host of clubs offering classes, quite often all of them are a different style of Tai Chi. So what are the main styles and how are … Continue reading Different Tai Chi styles…