School of Tao Martial Arts


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Martial Arts
Chuan-Tao
拳道
WhiteCrane Kung-Fu
福建白鶴拳
Kenjutsu/Kendo
劍擊術

Tai-Chi
Shen Style Tai Chi
沈氏太極
Of Tai Chi and Tai Chi Chuan
Tao of Tai Chi Chuan

Tao/Zen Philosophy
Unism
一元論
Yin-Yang-Wu-Xing
陰陽五行
Qi

A Ring of Kong
一串空
Tao-Te-Ching
道德經

Application
Qi Calligraphy
功夫書法
Zen Archery
禪弓
Tai-Chi Skiing
太極滑雪

Q & A

 

in the world of Yin & Yang
Shen Style Tai-Chi Kung-Fu


Tao and Martial Arts

Calligraphy, Tao"Tao and Martial Arts," often mentioned together but seldom connected, Tao is an ancient Chinese philosophy [of life], seemingly remote from the subject of martial arts which is about fighting, what do they have in common? Alas, like many arts that rooted in Chinese culture, it also depicts the development of Chinese martial arts, directly or indirectly.

In Chinese, martial arts-"Wu-Yi"(
武藝)-as a Yin and Yang, has two subjects: "Wu-Shu"(武術) is the various forms or techniques; "Wu-Xue"(武學) is the principles and theories behind the techniques. Wu-Shu is visible thus Yang. Wu-Xue is invisible thus Yin. The balance of the Yin and Yang makes the discipline an "Art." Practicing martial arts (Kung-Fu) transcends the fighting techniques into an art of living. Thriving on the principle "Harmonizing the aggression," the Tao of martial arts shows a path of the least resistance. With less energy spent to deal with the elements, each movement becomes more efficient. As the proficiency grows, we start to enjoy our performance with a heightened awareness. At the highest level, practicing martial arts leads us into a bizarre but fascinating world of existence-the union of the mind and the body, where mind and body are no longer two entities but one reality; as mind perceives, body performs spontaneously, all is done without even mind's intervention. Photo, ht skiing It is a state of existence which we call "Unism"-the "Oneness" of mind and body. In the state of oneness, life is perpetuated. Martial arts have served its purpose.

Practicing martial arts, coordinates our bodies and disciplines our minds, weaves a space for perfection thus elevates us to a higher existence.

Tai-Chi Skiing, anyone? :)


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