Author Archives: Jan Golden

Stalking

In the animal kingdom, the only other kind of behaviour that can be compared to tai chi movements is that of a stalking big cat

I have seen lionesses move with such precision and stop-motion viscosity that it appears they … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Ragnarök

The modern westerner, cut off from sources of nutrition, nature, and soil; shackled to a desk and a boulder called a mortgage; conditioned and bred to obey the norms of capitalist diktats; harangued, wooed and intimidated by advertising executives who … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Arthron αρθρων

 

I remember well the day when the cartouche of a Fact branded itself into my brain.

I learned how joints remain healthy.

After my mental supernova at the fact, the rueing of my ignorance, and the fact that it … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Vulcan, Aesculapius

 

“ Uncured natural rubber is sticky, deforms easily when warm, and is brittle when cold. In this state, it is a poor material when a high level of elasticity is required. The reason for inelastic deformation of unvulcanised rubber … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Q and A

Heidegger made a distinction between what is merely Fraglich, “questionable”, and Fragwürdig, “worthy of being questioned”. In the first category are mere facts, which we know through repeated checking, like the distance to the sun or … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Sein und Zeit

“The clock is a piece of power machinery whose “product” is seconds and minutes: by its essential nature it dissociates time from human events and helped create the belief in an independent world of mathematically measurable sequences: the special world … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Sober Drunken Masters

 

Pedantry and mastery are opposite attitudes toward rules. To apply a rule to the letter, rigidly, unquestioningly, in cases where it fits and in cases where it does not fit, is pedantry… To apply a rule with natural ease, Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Vitruvius

 

Every day we pull in to port many times, as the smooth functioning of our organism requires inputs from food, water and then more complex additives like shelter, sex, status, meaning, and so on. The physiological needs are balanced … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Gestalt

 

“ No individual is self-sufficient; the individual can only exist in an environmental field. The individual is inevitably, at every moment, a part of some field. His behaviour is a function of the total field, which includes both him Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed

Platonic Forms

“Do it as if you are doing it perfectly” Liu Hung Jieh

 

I am embarrassed to think of the years I taught and practised tai chi which was, according to my current standards, appalling. And yet, even approximations to … Read More »

Posted in Tai Chi | Comments closed