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A Chinese documentary on whether Tai Ji as a martial art still has any interest on China’s youth. It goes through its history and its applications as three youths learn from masters.


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I am a little late on this, but the location for Push-hands in Kyoto, has changed. Instead of the right side of the Kamogawa river. The group will meet on the left side, little south of where we were originally. We will meet near the gate ball court. (Rainy days will be under the Imadegawa bridge). It is near the Keihan Demachiyanagi station and the Subway Imadegawa station.

Directions in Japanese are at the link below.


Thank you friends in Kyoto

PS. We still meet third Sundays of the month… (Couldn’t meet this Sunday due to weather)

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The following week, I went to one of the Saturday classes. The classes were in back of the little herb shop that we went to previously. They were divided into three groups. One was doing push hands and the other two were practicing forms. I had no Idea what push hands was, and this was my first exposure, so I pretty much just stayed back and watched. After the class, I had a talk with the Teacher, who was a little short plump Chinese man. He was about 5’5″ and actually really spirited, he had a full head of hair, all of which was very dark black, looking still young though his wrinkles gave him away. He spoke in a half hazard booming laugh. He thought it was funny that I knew 24 since, that was what they started with. He said I would have re-learn it with the group, since, they did the forms in groups, all together. It taught rhythm, pace, and following. I asked him also that I noticed that he taught herb classes. He mentioned that they met on Thursday evenings, and that they reviewed a huge book, which later I came to know as The Materia Medica by Bensky. I signed up for the classes with enthusiasm and looked forward to the next week. This was very unusual. I had really no idea, but for some reason, I remembered reading an article on acupuncture from the late 70’s back when I was in my early teens. I was quite fascinated by it, but it never really hit home. The article was about the use of it as an analgesic during surgery. It was later when I was in Boston, that I was suffering from a frozen shoulder, that it was suggested by Jean Lukitsh, that I try acupuncture on it. I work miraculously. Simply some needles on the shoulder with some moxa, and my shoulder was in working shape again. The acupuncturist was a graduate from the New England School of Acupuncture, and told me a little about the school. At the time I was in between schools, and was still scouting. When I returned to Chicago, acupuncture was still in the back of my mind. However, when running across Kang Tai, and Dr. Wu’s herb shop, it was a pleasant surprise to see it in an actuality- An herb shop, a clinic, and a Tai ji school. I had an almost instant bond. I knew that somehow this would lead me someplace.

Dr Wu’s Herb study guide

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