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    Archive for July 2015

    Don't Complain About the Stew, When You Are Standing in the Pot :TKF 62

    Posted on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at 4:18 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    On this Podcast Docketmartial arts,relationships,life,

    Bruce came in.

    Taska made an observation with the group at the Veteran’s

    Kian went to play college football.

    Empty Force QiGong

    Being the Cook and Complaining about the Stew


    Content Memberships Signup Closing

    Beginners Yang Tai Chi Workshop starts again Sept 19th 10am

    Martial Tai Chi Chuan Workshop :

    Take Your Tai Chi and add the Ingredients to make it work

    September 5th, 2015 12-4 Tai Chi Chuan Workshop

    Pumpkin Carvin: October 24th, 2015 5pm

    Newsletter went out yesterday.

    Direct Download : The Kitchen, The Cook and The Stew

    Get the Written Summary

    The show notes of this podcast will be sent to you in Our Next Newsletter


    New Sciences in Goal Setting : TKF 54

    TKF #17 : Push Life Force : Belonging

    Kungfu Podcast #55, Joe Rogan’s Critique of Kungfu and Martial Arts

    Edited on: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 5:33 AM

    Posted in Personal Development , Podcasts

    Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan Workshop

    Posted on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1:30 PM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    guangping,tai chi chuan,kuo lien,chen,raleigh,tw smith Tai Chi Chuan was originally a system of Martial Art and used for self protection and protection of your way of life.

    This workshop is designed to take Tai Chi and put the "Chuan" back in it. Concepts such as the 5 Bows and 6 Sides will be brought out to practice. Creating Framework and enough power to put the Six Togetherness and Fa Jing to work.

    Expectations for the Participants

    The plan is to take several of the prominent hands in Tai Chi, for example :

    Single Whip

    Cloud Hands

    Brush Knee

    Repulse the Monkey

    Plus Others, and to go through the framework and timing of the expressions as originally taught in the Martial Art, self defense Tai Chi Chuan.


    This is a phase of training that leads you to understanding what is going to be required to turn your Tai Chi into an art you can use. Understanding the gesture is a step into developing the neurology and biomechanics you will need to apply it later, if you want to.

    You will NOT be required to spar or to throw during this workshop, but you will need to work with others in a friendly way so that you can get a 'feel' for how an expression can move. If you want to fool around and try out a hand to better understand it, that is fine too, I will have the mats out for ya.

    Details :

    4 hours of work. We will warm up, stretch out and get to work. Coffee, water and tea will be in the kitchen. You can take a break as necessary.

    Sept 5, 2015 : 12 - 4pm
    3824 Barrett Drive, 27609

    Telephone for Questions : 260-782-4541


    You need to know Tai Chi Fundamentals. So when we talk about Single Whip in a Bow Stance, you are familiar with what we are discussing.

    3824 Barrett Drive, 27609
    Telephone for Questions : 260-782-4541

    Applicable History

    Chen Wangting (1580-1660) created the system of Tai Chi Chuan based on General Qi Jiguan’s (1528-1587) Classic of Pugilism (Tang Hao).

    The Martial Art systems of the time were used by communities to combat bandits who moved through the landscape. A community, such as the Chen Village had to rely on their own abilities to protect their lives, their children and their lifestyles.

    Consider that there was no police to call, no local 'protective agency' to hope that may protect you. The burden of proof lies into the fact that if your life and people you cared about had to be protected by what you know and do, you wouldn't waste time doing things that didn't work or help the process.

    As the new governments came in later, such practices were either frowned upon or made illegal. Then around 1956, the Yang 24 form was authorized as for 'general exercise' by the government, because the martial components and concepts had been extracted from the motion.

    The first time the original martial arts version of Tai Chi Chuan arrived in the US was with Sigung Kuo Lien Ying. He used his martial arts training as the means of a livelyhood and as personal self defense. It was referred to as Guang Ping Tai Chi Chuan

    Edited on: Saturday, September 05, 2015 8:06 AM

    Posted in Self Defense , Style: Tai Chi , Workshop

    Tai Chi from Art to Martial Art: TKF 61

    Posted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at 4:53 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    tai chi,kungfu,martial art,tai chi chuan,kungfu Often I am asked if I can teach the Martial Tai Chi, often referred to as Tai Chi Chuan. Martial Art is a term that can flex in meaning and often lead to confusion.

    So what does "Martial Arts" mean to you?

    Health Practice

    For some it is a style or system and they practice for health.

    Some practice for understanding a philosophical structure of life and a cultural experience.

    ZhaoShu - Movie Kungfu

    Others want to know what the movements do, and enjoy practice the gestures of movement, but they are not interested getting striking or getting struck, throwing or getting thrown, being the Purveyor of Pain. Learning the Gestures of Martial Arts with delivering the force is often what you see in the movies, in kungfu they call this 'ZhaoShu'.

    This does help someone understand concepts of movement and is great for creating a 'textured' or deeper understanding in the motor cortex, so that your file called 'Single Whip' isn't just a motion with points of precision, but there is feeling in it too.

    Download : Tai Chi Chuan : From Art to Martial Art

    Martial Combat

    But to cross over to the Martial Combat Side, there is more to be done. Civilian Self Protection and Para-Military Training have combative aspects, but their objectives are very different. Certainly all versions of combative sport have their objective which is much different than the others as well.

    It's not that one is better, or more right for you. It is a matter that you know why you are practicing and that your practice matches up with your intent.

    Edited on: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 5:34 AM

    Posted in Chinese Martial Arts , Podcasts

    Stitcher Kung Fu and Tai Chi Playlist

    Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015 at 6:30 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    Stitcher provides excellent looking players. The sound quality isn't as great because Stitcher mixes everything down to 64 kbs, as compare to the 128 kbs I record in and you get at Itunes and other places.

    For most it is still good enough, but I just wanted you to know :)

    This player auto updates with each episode if you want to bookmark this page.

    Posted in Kwoon

    The Critical Ingredient to Getting the Results You Need : TKF 58

    Posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at 8:43 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    results,martial arts,kungfu,qigong,chikung In Podcast 58 I will share

    Using Social media for us at TKF&TCC

    Students Recent Breakthrough on a Fixed Mindset

    Recognizing How to Apply Your Martial Training in Different Area's

    I walk through the Steps that I use

    What is a Critical Ingredient, that you must have?

    I added a Live Recording of a Qigong Meditation Class, where we discuss :

    How can you use meditation, to make a difference,

    Getting the mind to a point of associative thinking, connecting the dots, in Martial Arts and the World.

    I take the students through a 15 minute meditation.

    Download : Critical Ingredient to Getting the Results You Desire

    I will put the notes and steps of this podcast in an upcoming newsletter.

    Arwork : Working Ladies

    Also Mentioned in this Podcast :

    100 Ways to Motivate Yourself: Change Your Life Forever

    Mindset and Attitude : Revealed thru Your Kungfu : TKF 032

    Edited on: Friday, July 17, 2015 5:30 AM

    Posted in Personal Development , Podcasts

    Using A Creative Mind : TKF 57

    Posted on Tuesday, July 07, 2015 at 6:04 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    creative mind,qigong,martial arts,kungfu

    Podcast of Tibetan Kungfu #57 looks into :

    Sugars in Your Diet

    Mental and Emotional Health as related to sugars.

    Health risks associated with excessive sugars.

    Creative Minds

    Its not the old 'left brain' and 'right brain' theory anymore.

    Where is the 'physical structure' of a creative mind?

    What are the 4 stages of being creative?

    How can you use creativity?

    Why is it important in life, business and martial arts?

    Are there things you can do to find creativity and exercise it?

    How to use meditation to cultivate a creative mind.

    What are some of the coolest creations in 2015?

    You may also be interested in:

    The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms

    Artwork Permissioned by : Tanshi at Sketchclub

    Edited on: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 12:10 PM

    Posted in Athletic Performance , Personal Development , Podcasts , Self Defense

    5 Steps Being Dynamically Responsive : TKF 56

    Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2015 at 4:02 AM by Sifu TW Smith the site author">Sifu TW Smith

    respond,fluid,martial arts,meditation,mindfulness,qigong Critical to Success in Life, Business and Martial Arts is the ability to dynamically respond.

    During TKF Podcast #56 we will look at :

    What does a fluid, dynamic response mean?

    Why is it essential?

    How do you become readily responsive?

    3 Domains that it is essential :

    It applies in business : Article on businesses that dynamically respond, and succeed.

    In Life : Charles Darwin points to responsiveness over all other qualities. Forbes has article on how personal career's fail when we can't flex to respond.

    In Martial Arts, Self Protection : Your ability to have any defense is correlated with your agility to flex with circumstances and your objective.

    5 Steps to Becoming Dynamically Responsive

    In the next newsletter, I will put the 5 Steps to Becoming Dynamically Responsive Outline

    Download : Be Dynamically Responsive in Life and Martial Arts.

    “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change,” by Charles Darwin.

    Programs Mentioned in This Podcast

    Young Dragons Martial Arts Program

    Beginners Tai Chi 5 Week Course

    8 Section Brocades of QiGong

    Also Mentioned in Podcast #56

    NeuroSky MindWave Mobile BrainWave Starter Kit

    Charles Darwin

    TKF Episode #32 : Mindset and Attitude as Revealed Thru Your Kungfu

    TKF Episode #35 : Committment in Practice

    Edited on: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 1:53 PM

    Posted in Mindfulness - Attention , Podcasts , Self Defense