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

Day 29 – Hong Kong Tourist

China 2019 - Day 29, Thursday, 15th August When you look at a planet from space, you don't think, "Hmmm, I wonder what arbitrary lines of segregation have been drawn on that planet?" You think, "Wow, what an awesome looking planet!!" Now, practicalities and logistics aside, and I don't want to hurt anyone's national pride, … Continue reading Day 29 – Hong Kong Tourist