Author Archives: theinternalathlete

The Art of Standing Still – Part 2

A diffuse awareness of everything In my garden there is a certain vantage point where I can see almost everything contained within it. If I stay there for a while and watch quietly it is possible to rest into a … Continue reading

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The Art of Standing Still – Part 1

As a family we love walking. We are fortunate to live in the heart of the South Downs National Park and as such there are many varied and beautiful routes that stem right from our doorstep. It is common on … Continue reading

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Basic movement patterns and body coherence

When I was a college student I used to give guitar lessons. It was a great way to earn money without being too time consuming and I soon realised that I really liked the teaching process, not to mention the … Continue reading

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Guest post by Antonia Stringer

I don’t often read fiction books however on the run up to our recent retreat in Morocco I read an excellent and very funny book. It is titled ‘this book will save your life’ by the author A.M. Homes. The … Continue reading

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Taiji Almighty – Training with Chen Bing

First published in Winter 2013 edition of Tai Chi and Oriental Arts Magazine “First, you have to find your body.” Calm and cool Chen Bing looks at each of us in turn. After patiently watching us carefully demonstrate the opening … Continue reading

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It’s not what you do…

 It’s not what you do it’s the way that you do it – that’s what gets results. Exercise is a bit like food, we are what we eat and we are how we use our bodies. So it is well … Continue reading

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An Interview with Chen Bing

‘After ten years of training Laojia all day, everyday, it only took me 2 and ½ hours to learn Xinjia’ says Chen Bing smiling at us. ‘It’s easy!’ he adds, ‘once you know the basics’. Everyone groans, because inevitably this … Continue reading

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An Interview with Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang

First published in 2015 in Tai Chi and Oriental Arts Magazine Last year I was fortunate to have the opportunity to interview Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang. I’m not one who goes in for hero worship in any shape or form but … Continue reading

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Tai Chi, Fascia & Biotensegrity

I have always had a deep passion for nature and in particular I am consistently fascinated at how all of Earth’s inhabitants, from the tiniest of bacteria to the biggest of mammals, are inextricably linked through one vast ecological web. … Continue reading

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Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang

First published in the No.49 edition of Tai Chi Chuan and Oriental Arts Magazine ‘Learning Taijiquan means to educate oneself. It is like slowly advancing from primary school to university. As time passes, more and more knowledge is gained. Without … Continue reading

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