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Thanks so much for this post! I’ve been telling my students about fascia and taiji and this gives a lovely explanation!
Great article. I’m more of a xingyi and Bagua guy, though I did Chen taijiquan for 6 years, but this gives me some ideas to put in to play in my own zhan zhuang, circle walking, and forms training. I like the Chen Xiaowang quote. My Sifu is a student of his. I once pushed hands with Master Chen at a seminar, and that man is like a mountain.
Thank you for this excellent article on fascia: the “web of life”. Your analogy with the ecosystem is inspired. It brings to mind a Hindu metaphor – the “jeweled net of Indra”. It would seem that the deeper we look, the more divisions disappear…
Thanks very much for your feedback – more articles on Fascia and Tai Chi to come!
Hi Sam,thanks for the article,he facia is something I’ve been thinking about for some time.I’ve been a student of Ali Walmsley,who I think you know.I also trained Ba Duan Jin with Shifu Yan Lei and I wonder if you have any experience of this form?
Hi Daniel – thanks for your comment. I know Ali, he’s a really nice guy!
I did learn a version of Ba Duan Jin years ago but I don’t train it these days. I mainly just focus on Zhanzhuang, Chansigong and Laojia/Xinjia which satisfies all my requirements nicely!
Well written, I particularly like your reference to Tai Chi. Which simply demonstrates how cross cultural ideas work from similar knowledge/experiences but are explained differently.
Great article! 🙂 I have explored the same concepts at an even greater depth in my book, Research of Martial Arts (released 2014). We even used some of the same sources 😉
Thanks Jonathan – I look forward to reading your book!
Brilliant article. So aligned with this all! Thank you.
Thanks very much for your feedback!
Thanks for the great article! We’re Chen Family peeps over here across the great water in Seattle, WA and talk about fascia all the time. Shared with my students & across my networks.
Thanks Kim – I remember hearing your interview with Ken Gullette and liking you immediately. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so much. I look forward to more!
Fascinating article. I have shared it with my Tai Chi friends. I came to Tai Chi as a way of helping me deal with my Parkinson’s. It has been the primary means by which I manage to control my symptoms. I have also found Bowen therapy to be beneficial. Bowen works on the fascia, aiming to keep it free and flowing. Your article very clearly articulates what I have been experiencing: a healthy body needs a healthy fascia. And a healthy body is a connected body. My experience of Parkinson’s is one of disconnection – the mind says one thing, the body does another. When I do tai chi, I have an opportunity to feel connected and, as you point out, it is like tasting honey. Modern medicine says that Parkinson’s is incurable. I know that, through tai chi, it is treatable. My gut feeling is that it is, ultimately curable – or the symptoms are controllable, at least. The concept of fascia is, I feel, an important tool in understanding how this may be possible. Thank you.
Thanks Andy – much appreciated. Keep up the good work with your training mate!
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Theory comes alive when experienced directly. This highly articulate exegesis of a core principle spoken of in the Taiji classics demonstrates the bountiful wedding of the two.
Thanks for sharing!
If you were to take all other components of the human body away, leaving only the fascia/connective tissue system (CTS), a readily recognizable, but moderately dimmer version of that person would remain, such is the largest organ in the body. It transmits information across the whole body, like a plucked guitar string, up to 20 times faster than the Central nervous system, and absorbs information across the whole electromagnetic spectrum. The CTS changes states soft/firm/rigid faster than liquid crystals, and it transmits light. Fascia/CTS are truly the ghost in the machine, often referred to as the ‘Body/Mind’.
Fantastic article. Also inspired me to get back to doing more zhan zhuang! (Always back to the basics, again and again…)
Thanks very much – zhan zhuang is really great, enjoy!
Fabulous article – thank you 🙂
You have inspired me check out my local Tai Chi courses – thank you ❤️🙏🏼😄
That’s great – it’s worth checking out a few different teachers.
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Just started following your blog! I’ve always been interested in fascia tissue and I learnt a lot
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