Saturday, 27 December 2014


Are the government putting pressure on your local doctor .Why you a a lot of dear reader ,well i am hearing of feed back about how treatments are being refused if a smoker,overweight as to quote one doctor my wife saw your not worth money from the  n h s money. Its time to make a stand and say no as noone is perfect  and the  n h s was set up for all to be equal,do you wish an amercian like situation,not me.


A bizarre job application letter turns up in Sundays programme -ANTIQUES ROADSHOW this Sunday at 8.00pm.The letter is from a fireman wanting  a change of job or career in 1910-Victorian-asking ti  become an executioner.


The seal in pictures was found stranded on a farmers field 20 miles  from the coast. He was found by a dog walker at RED BANK FARM.It is thought he may have swam  50 miles from RIVER MERSEY  and sankey canal ,newton brook and dragged himself to dry land  and shuffled more than 100 yards to the farm.I t took 15 firefighters using bushes to herd him into a pen to be loaded on a trailer ,this took 6 hours.


What makes referee Nathan Mattick  stand out from the rest .He was born with cerebral pulsy and cannot walk and uses a wheelchair.Good for him a disability is not the person.

Sunday, 21 December 2014


My Lundy Island adventure  was a 3 day trip via employment training ,wnet over to help build sea wall.We going to  the island went from bideford quay against the tide to pay for trip we had to help unload the ships cargo onto a small boat a bit hairy.It was along walk up a steep hill to our digs,i was sick due to sea trip.All the days on island were the same get uo work,eat in pub ,lamb mainly no rabbit as thier were unwell at time,saw a seal on beach one day that was awesome.LINK FOR LINK ABOUT LUNDY-


I dont know if it is just me and my wife but lately the doctors attitude to as seems harsh.My wife was told just to drink a cup of tea and do go to a hypnotist at a cost of 50 pound a time also she has been refused an hearing aid ,she my wife is overweight but she was a regular walker untill her knees got worse silmar to her mother.My self the doctor treats me like the unwashed also when i went to go to volunteer the people you deal with are proper snobs and seem to wish for your help.

Saturday, 20 December 2014


Amazing pictures show ‘ice pancakes’ forming on River Dee

Ice pancakes at the Lummels Pool at Birse, near AboyneSome unusual icy formations on the River Dee have been causing a stir. These images show “ice pancakes” at the Lummels Pool at Birse, near Aboyne, and are already delighting viewers online. The formations, which are more commonly seen in the Antarctic, was photographed by Jamie Urquhart, a biologist for the River Dee Trust. Some unusual icy formations on the River Dee have been causing a stir. These images show “ice pancakes” at the Lummels Pool at Birse, near Aboyne, and are already delighting viewers online. The formations, which are more commonly seen in the Antarctic, was photographed by Jamie Urquhart, a biologist for the River Dee Trust. Ice pancakes at the Lummels Pool at Birse, near Aboyne Ice pancakes at the Lummels Pool at Birse, near Aboyne The dinner plate sized discs can sometimes have a thickness of up to 3.9in, and a diameter of 12 in to 9ft. Experts believe foam on the water freezes overnight, pushing and bumping against each other to become circular. The discs may then grow overnight when the temperatures fall again, collecting new foam. During the day, when the discs soften in the sun, particularly around the edges, the rims are built up as the pieces collide in the water.


NASA Curiosity Rover Extends ArmWell…sort of. The Curiosity Rover on Mars has detected what’s been called a “whiff of methane” on Mars. Cue the laughter. Do you think it’s a Martian cow, or a six-year-old, who’s still giggling about farting on the alien RC Car roaming around the planet? Read More: An Alien Farted on the Curiosity Mars Rover - Proving Life on Mars |


A rare Northern Soul Record a promo copy of u.s singer Darrell Banks-OPEN THE DOOR TO YOUR HEART .This was found inan attic and could fetch 25,000 pounds due to being not destroyed


Santa-muerte-nlaredo2.jpgThe worlds biggest fastest religion  is the cult of Santa muerte this has a non-judgmental attitude  to evil ie wickedness and is denounced by the Catholic church  as infernal.10 million followers in various countries mostly Spanish speaking.Here is a wiki leak for more info -

Antarctic photo science archive unlocked

Aerial photos from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. UK scientists are comparing the images with newly acquired data sets to assess the changes that have occurred in some of the region's 400-plus glaciers. The old and modern information has to be very carefully aligned if it is to show up any differences reliably. And that is a big challenge when snow and ice obscure ground features that might otherwise act as visual anchors. But the researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), Newcastle University and University of Gloucestershire believe they are cracking the problem. "We want to use these pictures to work out volume and mass-balance changes in the glaciers through time," explained Dr Lucy Clarke from the University of Gloucestershire. "There are tens of thousands of these historical images, held by the British Antarctic Survey and the US Geological Survey. "So, they've long been around, but it's only now that we've had the capability to extract the 3D data from them." Dr Clarke has been presenting the work at this week's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San more- Islandronment-30471542

Friday, 19 December 2014

Gem quinn interviewed by mark antony raines ghostman

Gem Quinn wrote:
What inspired you?Good production and sounds inspire me, interesting people and passionate friends who believe in working towards something you love rather than money.
What are you Aims? are to get better and better at my craft..
What plans do you have for the future? for the future are limited, as the future doesn't exist.. The immediate future, maybe, and upcoming gigs, but no big plans.

Wednesday, 17 December 2014


Re-printed in it’s entirety from Best Before). When, in 1976, punk first spewed itself across the nation’s headlines with the message ‘do it yourself’, we, who in various ways and for many years had been doing just that, naively believed that Messrs. Rotten, Strummer etc. etc. meant it. At last we weren’t alone. The idea of becoming a band had never seriously occurred to us, it simply happened. Basically anyone was free to join in and rehearsals were rowdy affairs that invariably degraded into little more than drunken parties. Steve and Penny had been writing and playing together since early ’77, but it wasn’t until Summer of that year that we had begged, borrowed and stolen enough equipment to actually call ourselver a band….CRASS. Having finally managed to rehearse five songs, we set out on the road to fame and fortune armed with our instruments and huge amounts of booze to help us see it through. We did gigs and benefits, chaotic demonstrations of inadequacy and independence. We got turned off here, turned down there and banned from the now legendary Roxy Club. ‘They said they only wanted well behaved boys, do they think guitars and microphones are just fucking toys?’ By now we had realised that our fellow punks, The Pistols, The Clash and all the other muso-puppets weren’t doing it at all. They may like to think that they ripped off the majors, but it was Joe Public who’d been ripped. They helped no one but themselves, started another facile fashion, brought a new lease of life to London’s trendy Kings Road and claimed they’d started a revolution. Same old story. We were on our own again. Through the alchoholic haze we determined to make it our mission to create a real alternative to musie biz exploitation, we wanted to offer something that gave rather than took and, above all, we wanted to make it survive. Too many promises have been made from stages only to be forgotten on the streets. Throughout the long, lonely winter of 77/78 we played regular gigs at The White Lion, Putney with the UK Subs. The audience consisted mostly of us when the Subs played and the Subs when we played. Sometimes it was disheartening, but usually it was fun. Charley Harper’s indefatigable enthusiasm was always an inspiration when times got bleak, his absolute belief in punk as a peoples’ music had more to do with revolution than McClaren and his cronies could ever have dreamt of. Through sheer tenacity we were exposing the punk charlatans for what they really were, a music-biz hype. Our gigs remained wild and disorderly, we were still too scared to play without a belly full of booze and invariably we were in such a state that we’d realise half way through a song that each of us was playing a different one. For all the chaos it was immense fun, no one bitched about leather boots or moaned about milk in tea, no one wanted to know how anarchy and peace could be reconciled, no one bored our arses off with protracted monologues on Bakunin, who at that time we probably would have thought was a brand of vodka. Ideas were open, we were creating our own lives together. These were the glorious years before the free alternatives that we were creating became just another set of bigoted rules, before what we were defining as real punk became yet another squalid ghetto. We even played a Rock Against Racism gig, the only gig that we’d ever been paid for. When we told the man to keep the money for the cause, he informed us that ‘this was the cause’. We never played for RAR again.-READ MORE LINK-

Lauren Barley

2:31 PM (22 hours ago)

to me
Thank you so much for getting in touch. Great that you are interested in Crass. There's so much of a story to tell...this would be a good place to start:
Thanks for the cartoon! Let me know how you get on with your explorations.

On 10 December 2014 at 16:20, mark antony raines <> wrote:
i would like to know more about crass as heard a brief history through a talk given at weird weekend 2014 by wally dean ,am just a humble blogger  here is a link- and a free cartoon for you-thank you from me mark aka ghostman
thank yo-Web:
Twitter: @rarelyunable

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Back-to-work schemes are 'making mental illness worse' says charity

The government's back-to-work schemes are ineffective and damaging for people with mental health problems, according to campaigners. The charity Mind says unemployed people with mental health problems should be moved from mainstream programmes onto a specialist scheme. Mind surveyed 439 people supported by the government's Work Programme. The government says it has helped thousands of people with mental illnesses into work. The coalition government introduced the Work Programme - a key plank in its welfare reform agenda - in 2011. Participants are given support but can face sanctions if they fail to comply with certain conditions. According to Mind, 83% of people they surveyed said using the programme and the government's job centre services had made their mental health worse. Three quarters of those polled said they felt less able to work as a result of being on these schemes, the charity said. At the same time, the schemes were ineffective for people with mental health problems, as only 5% of people had been helped into work, campaigners claimed. 'Perverse' The charity is calling for the government to introduce a specialist scheme for people with mental health problems. The Work Programme is a government welfare-to-work programme introduced in Great Britain in June 2011. "It's perverse that programmes which are supposed to help those who are unwell and struggling to get into work are having the opposite effect, damaging their health," said Paul Farmer, Mind's chief executive. "These schemes are not appropriate for people with mental health problems. If someone is out of work because of depression and anxiety, simply asking them to attend a CV writing course is a waste of time and money, as it doesn't address the real problems they are facing. "Forcing people to engage in these activities, and cutting their benefits if they struggle to do so, is inappropriate and counter-productive. "This approach assumes people don't want to work and the only way to motivate them is to withdraw financial support, which only causes greater anxiety and stress, and makes returning to work less likely."read more-

Saturday, 13 December 2014


An escaped European Eagle Owl  has been perched  on top of a house in OLD TOWN area  of BIDEFORD,DEVON for several days. The  bird is called MERLIN  and is 13 years old. EUROPEAN Female Eagle Owls  can grow to 30 inches -76cms in length and a wingspan of 74 inches -188cms ,males afre slightly smaller. Their nortunal predators and hunt small mammals ,birds,reptiles,amphibians,fish,large insects,earthworms.


If you need help with hair growth,treat tumours,inflamation and wounds,fungal and bacterial invasions.Try out a natural sealant used by bees called PROPOLIS could be your answer ,tried on mice by DR.KEN  KOBAYASI,JAPAN.


If you like to see archive  history of Northam,Devon a new room at the Bideford and District    Community Archives.From 1856 to present day and housed at council offices in Windmill  Lane.Run by volunteers and is OPEN MONDAY,WEDNESDAY 9.30 AM TO 1.00 PM Worth a look.

We found an ancient lake on Mars — a sign the planet may have once been habitable

Earlier this week, the scientists running NASA's Curiosity rover announced the mission's latest finding: evidence of an ancient Martian lake that appears to have formed over the course of millions of years and has since dried up. Naturally, this has a lot of people asking the obvious question: Was Mars once home to alien life? This is a difficult question, and one that scientists still don't have a full answer to. But by collecting more and more data with Curiosity and other probes, they're getting a better idea of what Mars looked like billions of years ago. Here's what we know — and how the new finding changes things.READ MORE AND SEE PHOTOS LINK-


If struck about paying for  an average  funeral it could cost  3,551 so you could go D .I .Y.Its legal to have home burials as long as the bereaved owns the land freehold .You cannot put the body too close to water  and must be at least 2 feet  below the surface .This seems unlikely but it in this era of funeral poverty  a black bag out to the binman would do,only kidding.


Its a strange world when you see an article in the paper stating should books be gender neutral?Here is an example if say Rapunzel escaped her tower  using brawn and brains or a boy or girl cannot be either.This is due to publisher Ladybird plan to make all its titles  gender-neutral.Confused i like boys and girls to make own choices and if not careful in future all kids will be clones of each other its already started.


A 10 FT Mako Whale was found at Barmouth,Wales.Normally live in tropical waters,soorry but the shark was found decomposed.


N A S A managed to wake up a distant space probe-New Horizon.This was to get it ready for final leg of a 9 year journey to Pluto.The  song chosen to wake it up was Where My Heart Will Take Me -  Russell Watson -2001 Star Trek Enterprise Theme.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Tai chi practiced by me at northam community centre Tuesday 12.45 to 13.45 2.50 as a member

Tai chi
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"Taiji" and "Tai Chi" redirect here. For the philosophical concept, see Taiji (philosophy). For people with the name 'Taichi', see Taichi (name). For all other uses, see Taiji (disambiguation).
T'ai chi ch'uan / Taijiquan
Taijiquan Symbol.png
The lower dantian in taijiquan:
yin and yang rotate, while
the core reverts to stillness (wuji)
Yang-single (restoration).jpg
Yang Chengfu in a posture from
the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan solo form
known as Single Whip c. 1931
Also known as Taijizhang;[1]
t'ai chi; taiji
Focus Hybrid
Hardness Forms competition,
Light contact (pushing hands, no strikes),
Full contact (strikes, kicks, throws, etc.)
Country of origin China
Creator Said to be Zhang Sanfeng
Famous practitioners Chen Wangting,
Chen Changxing,
Chen Fake,
Yang Lu-ch'an,
Yang Chengfu,
Wu Ch'uan-yu,
Wu Chien-ch'uan,
Wu Yu-hsiang,
Sun Lu-t'ang,
Wang Pei-sheng
Olympic sport Demonstration only
T'ai chi ch'uan / Taijiquan
Traditional Chinese 太極拳
Simplified Chinese 太极拳
Literal meaning supreme ultimate fist
Simplified Chinese 太极掌
Literal meaning supreme ultimate palm
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T'ai chi ch'uan or tàijíquán, often shortened to t'ai chi, taiji or tai chi in English usage, is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defense training and its health benefits. It is also typically practised for a variety of other personal reasons: its hard and soft martial art technique, demonstration competitions, and longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims. Some of t'ai chi ch'uan's training forms are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movement.

Today, t'ai chi ch'uan has spread worldwide. Most modern styles of t'ai chi ch'uan trace their development to at least one of the five traditional schools: Chen, Yang, Wu (Hao), Wu, and Sun.

The term "t'ai chi ch'uan" translates as "supreme ultimate fist", "boundless fist", "supreme ultimate boxing" or "great extremes boxing". The chi in this instance is the Wade–Giles transliteration of the Pinyin jí, and is distinct from qì (ch'i, "life energy"). The concept of the taiji ("supreme ultimate"), in contrast with wuji ("without ultimate"), appears in both Taoist and Confucian Chinese philosophy, where it represents the fusion or mother[2] of Yin and Yang into a single ultimate, represented by the taijitu symbol Taijitu - Small (CW).svg. T'ai chi ch'uan theory and practice evolved in agreement with many Chinese philosophical principles, including those of Taoism and Confucianism.

T'ai chi ch'uan training involves five elements, taolu (solo hand and weapons routines/forms), neigong & qigong (breathing, movement and awareness exercises and meditation), tuishou (response drills) and sanshou (self defence techniques). While t'ai chi ch'uan is typified by some for its slow movements, many t'ai chi styles (including the three most popular – Yang, Wu, and Chen) – have secondary forms with faster pace. Some traditional schools of t'ai chi teach partner exercises known as tuishou ("pushing hands"), and martial applications of the taolu's (forms') postures.

In China, t'ai chi ch'uan is categorized under the Wudang grouping of Chinese martial arts[3] – that is, the arts applied with internal power.[4] Although the Wudang name falsely suggests these arts originated at the so-called Wudang Mountain, it is simply used to distinguish the skills, theories and applications of neijia ("internal arts") from those of the Shaolin grouping, waijia ("hard" or "external") martial art styles.[5]

Since the first widespread promotion of t'ai chi ch'uan's health benefits by Yang Shaohou, Yang Chengfu, Wu Chien-ch'uan, and Sun Lutang in the early 20th century,[6] it has developed a worldwide following among people with little or no interest in martial training, for its benefit to health and health maintenance.[7] Medical studies of t'ai chi support its effectiveness as an alternative exercise and a form of martial arts therapy.

It is purported that focusing the mind solely on the movements of the form helps to bring about a state of mental calm and clarity. Besides general health benefits and stress management attributed to t'ai chi ch'uan training, aspects of traditional Chinese medicine are taught to advanced t'ai chi ch'uan students in some traditional schools.[8]

Some other forms of martial arts require students to wear a uniform during practice. In general, t'ai chi ch'uan schools do not require a uniform, but both traditional and modern teachers often advocate loose, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes.[9][10]

The physical techniques of t'ai chi ch'uan are described in the "T'ai chi classics", a set of writings by traditional masters, as being characterized by the use of leverage through the joints based on coordination and relaxation, rather than muscular tension, in order to neutralize, yield, or initiate attacks. The slow, repetitive work involved in the process of learning how that leverage is generated gently and measurably increases, opens the internal circulation (breath, body heat, blood, lymph, peristalsis, etc.).

The study of t'ai chi ch'uan primarily involves three aspects:

Health: An unhealthy or otherwise uncomfortable person may find it difficult to meditate to a state of calmness or to use t'ai chi ch'uan as a martial art. T'ai chi ch'uan's health training, therefore, concentrates on relieving the physical effects of stress on the body and mind. For those focused on t'ai chi ch'uan's martial application, good physical fitness is an important step towards effective self-defense.
Meditation: The focus and calmness cultivated by the meditative aspect of t'ai chi ch'uan is seen as necessary in maintaining optimum health (in the sense of relieving stress and maintaining homeostasis) and in application of the form as a soft style martial art.
Martial art: The ability to use t'ai chi ch'uan as a form of self-defense in combat is the test of a student's understanding of the art. T'ai chi ch'uan is the study of appropriate change in response to outside forces, the study of yielding and "sticking" to an incoming attack rather than attempting to meet it with opposing force.[11] The use of t'ai chi ch'uan as a martial art is quite challenging and requires a great deal of training.[12]
T'ai chi ch'uan / Taijiquan is formed by the combination of three Chinese characters (hanzi):

Hanzi Wade–Giles Pinyin Meaning
太極 t'ai chi tài jí the source, the beginning
拳 ch'uan quán fist, boxing
Despite having a single Chinese spelling, 太極拳, there are two different spellings in the English usage, one derived from the Wade–Giles and the other from the Pinyin transliteration, with the West mostly being familiar with the Wade–Giles, t'ai chi ch'uan. This name is often shortened by Westerners to "t'ai chi" (or "tai chi," a common misspelling). This shortened name is the same as that of t'ai chi philosophy, sometimes resulting in confusion between the two. The chi in the martial art's name can also be mistaken for ch'i (氣), especially as ch'i is involved in the practice of t'ai chi ch'uan. The 'up-to-date' Pinyin transliteration, tàijíquán, is not subject to such misinterpretation, as the spelling of the hanzi 極, jí is quite distinct from that of 氣, qi. "T'ai chi ch'uan" (including "t'ai chi" and their misspellings) remains the popular spelling used by the general public today. Many professional practitioners, masters and martial arts bodies (such as the IWUF[13]) write it as taijiquan.

Historic origin
When tracing t'ai chi ch'uan's formative influences to Taoist and Buddhist monasteries, there seems little more to go on than legendary tales from a modern historical perspective, but t'ai chi ch'uan's practical connection to and dependence upon the theories of Sung dynasty Neo-Confucianism (a conscious synthesis of Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian traditions, especially the teachings of Mencius) is claimed by some traditional schools.[5] T'ai chi ch'uan's theories and practice are believed by these schools to have been formulated by the Taoist monk Zhang Sanfeng in the 12th century, at about the same time that the principles of the Neo-Confucian school were making themselves felt in Chinese intellectual life.[5] However, modern research casts serious doubts on the validity of those claims, pointing out that a 17th-century piece called "Epitaph for Wang Zhengnan" (1669), composed by Huang Zongxi (1610–1695 A.D.), is the earliest reference indicating any connection between Zhang Sanfeng and martial arts whatsoever, and must not be taken literally but must be understood as a political metaphor instead. Claims of connections between t'ai chi ch'uan and Zhang Sanfeng appeared no earlier than the 19th century.[14]

History records that Yang Luchan trained with the Chen family for 18 years before he started to teach the art in Beijing, which strongly suggests that his art was based on, or heavily influenced by, the Chen family art. The Chen family are able to trace the development of their art back to Chen Wangting in the 17th century.

What is now known as "t'ai chi ch'uan" only appears to have received this appellation from around the mid-1800s.[14] There was a scholar in the Imperial Court by the name of Ong Tong He, who witnessed a demonstration by Yang Luchan at a time before Yang had established his reputation as a teacher. Afterwards Ong wrote: "Hands holding Taiji shakes the whole world, a chest containing ultimate skill defeats a gathering of heroes." Before this time the art may have had a number of different names, and appears to have been generically described by outsiders as zhan quan (沾拳, "touch boxing"), mian quan (绵拳, "soft boxing") or shisan shi (十三式, "the thirteen techniques").

Relation to taiji philosophy
See also: Taiji (philosophy)
In modern usage, the term 太極,t'ai chi / taiji (unless further qualified as in "taiji philosophy" or "taiji diagram") is now commonly understood, both in the West and in mainland China, to refer to the martial art and exercise system. However, the term has its origins in Chinese philosophy. The word taiji translates to "great pole/goal" or "supreme ultimate", and is believed to be a pivotal, spiraling, or coiling force that transforms the neutrality of wuji to a state of polarity depicted by the taijitu.[15] T'ai chi / taiji is thus symbolically represented by a state between wuji and the polar "yin and yang", not by the actual yin and yang symbol, as is frequently misinterpreted.[1] The combination of the term taiji and quan ("fist"), produces the martial art's name taijiquan or "taiji fist", showing the close link and use of the taiji concept in the martial art. Taijiquan does not directly refer to the use of qi as is commonly assumed.[16] The practice of taijiquan is meant to be in harmony with taiji philosophy,[17] utilising and manipulating qi via taiji, to produce great effect with minimal effort.

The appropriateness of this more recent appellation is seen in the oldest literature preserved by these schools where the art is said to be a study of yin (receptive) and yang (active) principles, using terminology found in the Chinese classics, especially the I Ching and the Tao Te Ching.[5]

History and styles
See also: History of Chinese Martial Arts
There are five major styles of t'ai chi ch'uan, each named after the Chinese family from which it originated:

Chen-style (陳氏) of Chen Wangting (1580–1660)
Yang-style (楊氏) of Yang Lu-ch'an (1799–1872)
Wu- or Wu (Hao)-style (武氏) of Wu Yu-hsiang (1812–1880)
Wu-style (吳氏) of Wu Ch'uan-yu (1834–1902) and his son Wu Chien-ch'uan (1870–1942)
Sun-style (孫氏) of Sun Lu-t'ang (1861–1932)
The order of verifiable age is as listed above. The order of popularity (in terms of number of practitioners) is Yang, Wu, Chen, Sun, and Wu/Hao.[5] The major family styles share much underlying theory, but differ in their approaches to training.

There are now dozens of new styles, hybrid styles, and offshoots of the main styles, but the five family schools are the groups recognized by the international community as being the orthodox styles. Other important styles are Zhaobao t'ai chi ch'uan, a close cousin of Chen-style, which has been newly recognized by Western practitioners as a distinct style, and the Fu style, created by Fu Chen Sung, which evolved from Chen, Sun and Yang styles, and also incorporates movements from Baguazhang (Pa Kua Chang)[citation needed].

The differences between the different styles range from varying speeds to the very way in which the movements are performed. For example, the form "Parting the wild horse's mane" in Yang-style does not at all resemble the very same movement in Sun-style. Also, the Sun 73 forms take as long to perform as the Yang 24 forms[citation needed].

Wu-style master Eddie Wu demonstrating the form "Grasp the bird's tail" at a tournament in Toronto, Canada
All existing styles can be traced back to the Chen-style, which had been passed down as a family secret for generations. The Chen family chronicles record Chen Wangting, of the family's 9th generation, as the inventor of what is known today as t'ai chi ch'uan. Yang Luchan became the first person outside the family to learn t'ai chi ch'uan. His success in fighting earned him the nickname Yang Wudi, which means "Unbeatable Yang", and his fame and efforts in teaching greatly contributed to the subsequent spreading of t'ai chi ch'uan knowledge.

T'ai chi ch'uan in the USA
Choy Hok Pang, a disciple of Yang Chengfu, was the first known proponent of t'ai chi ch'uan to openly teach in the United States in 1939. Subsequently, his son and student Choy Kam Man emigrated to San Francisco from Hong Kong in 1949 to teach t'ai chi ch'uan in San Francisco's Chinatown. Choy Kam Man taught until he died in 1994.[18][19]

Another early proponent of t'ai chi ch'uan to openly teach in the United States was Zheng Manqing who opened his school Shr Jung T'ai Chi after he moved to New York in year 1964. His 37-movement t'ai chi ch'uan form became very popular and was the dominant form in the New York-Philadelphia-Washington DC corridor until other teachers started to emigrate to the United States in larger numbers in the 90's. He taught until his death in 1975.

T'ai chi ch'uan lineage tree

This lineage tree is not comprehensive, but depicts those considered the 'gate-keepers' & most recognised individuals in each generation of the respective styles.
Although many styles were passed down to respective descendants of the same family, the lineage focused on is that of the martial art & its main styles, not necessarily that of the families.
Each (coloured) style depicted below, has a lineage tree on its respective article page that is focused on that specific style, showing a greater insight into the highly significant individuals in its lineage.
Names denoted by an asterisk are legendary or semi-legendary figures in the lineage; while their involvement in the lineage is accepted by most of the major schools, it is not independently verifiable from known historical records.

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Solid lines Direct teacher-student.
Zhang Sanfeng*
c. 12th century
Dash lines Individual(s) omitted.
Various Daoists
Legendary figures
Dot lines Partial influence
/taught informally
/limited time.
Wang Zongyue*
Dash cross Branch continues.
Chen Wangting
Jiang Fa
Chen Ruxin
2nd gen. Chen
Chen Suole
2nd gen. Chen
Xing Xihuai
2nd gen. Zhaobao
Chen Dakun
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Dapeng
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Guangyin
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Shenru
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Xunru
3rd gen. Chen
Chen Zhengru
3rd gen. Chen
Zhang Chuchen
3rd gen. Zhaobao
Chen Shantong
4th gen. Chen
Chen Shanzhi
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jixia
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jie
4th gen. Chen
Chen Jingbo
4th gen. Chen
4th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Bingqi
5th gen. Chen
Chen Bingren
5th gen. Chen
Chen Bingwang
5th gen. Chen
Chen Gongzhao
1715– after1795
5th gen. Chen
Zhang Zongyu
5th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Changxing
6th gen. Chen
Chen Old Frame
Chen Youben
c. 19th century
6th gen. Chen
Chen Small Frame
Zhang Yan
6th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Gengyun
7th gen. Chen
Yang Luchan
Guang Ping Yang
Yangjia Michuan
Chen Qingping
7th gen. Chen
7th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Yanxi
8th gen. Chen
Wang Lanting
2nd gen. Yang
Yang Jianhou
2nd gen. Yang
2nd gen. Yangjia Michuan
Yang Banhou
2nd gen. Yang
2nd gen.
Guang Ping Yang
Yang Small Frame
Wu Yuxiang
He Zhaoyuan
8th gen. Zhaobao
Zhaobao He-style
Chen Fake
9th gen. Chen
Chen New Frame
Li Ruidong
Yang Chengfu
3rd gen. Yang
Yang Big Frame
Yang Shaohou
3rd gen. Yang
Yang Small Frame
Wu Quanyou
1st gen. Wu
Wang Jiaoyu
3rd gen.
Guang Ping Yang
Li Yiyu
2nd gen. Wu (Hao)
He Qingxi
9th gen. Zhaobao
Chen Zhaopi
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen Old Frame
Chen Zhaokui
10th gen. Chen
focused on
Chen New Frame
Zhang Qinlin
3rd gen. Yangjia Michuan
Yang Zhenduo
b. 1926
4th gen. Yang
Fu Zhongwen
4th gen. Yang
Beijing (24) form
Zheng Manqing
4th gen. Yang
Short (37) Form
Wu Jianquan
2nd gen. Wu
108 Form
Kuo Lien Ying
4th gen.
Guang Ping Yang
Hao Weizhen
3rd gen. Wu (Hao)
Zheng Wuqing
10th gen. Zhaobao
Wu Gongyi
3rd gen. Wu
Sun Lutang
Hao Yueru
4th gen. Wu (Hao)
Wang Yannian
5th gen. Yang
4th gen. Yangjia Michuan
Zheng Tianxiong
Wu Yanxia
4th gen. Wu
Sun Jianyun
2nd gen. Sun
Hao Shaoru
5th gen. Wu (Hao)
Chen Xiaowang
b. 1945
11th gen. Chen
Chen Xiaoxing
b. 1952
11th gen. Chen
Yang Jun
b. 1968
5th gen. Yang
Wu Guangyu
b. 1946
5th gen. Wu
Sun Yongtian
b. ?
3rd gen. Sun
Liu Jishun
b. 1930
6th gen. Wu (Hao)
Modern forms
The Cheng Man-ch'ing (Zheng Manqing) and Chinese Sports Commission short forms are derived from Yang family forms, but neither is recognized as Yang family t'ai chi ch'uan by standard-bearing Yang family teachers. The Chen, Yang, and Wu families are now promoting their own shortened demonstration forms for competitive purposes.

Yang Chengfu
3rd gen. Yang
Yang Big Frame

Zheng Manqing
4th gen. Yang
Short (37) Form

Chinese Sports Commission
Beijing (24) Form

42 Competition Form
(Wushu competition form
combined from
Chen, Yang, Wu & Sun styles)
T'ai chi ch'uan today

Outdoor practice in Beijing's Temple of Heaven.
See also: World Tai Chi and Qigong Day
In the last twenty years or so, t'ai chi ch'uan classes that purely emphasise health have become popular in hospitals, clinics, as well as community and senior centres. This has occurred as the baby boomers generation has aged and the art's reputation as a low-stress training method for seniors has become better known.[20][21]

As a result of this popularity, there has been some divergence between those that say they practice t'ai chi ch'uan primarily for self-defence, those that practice it for its aesthetic appeal (see wushu below), and those that are more interested in its benefits to physical and mental health. The wushu aspect is primarily for show; the forms taught for those purposes are designed to earn points in competition and are mostly unconcerned with either health maintenance or martial ability. More traditional stylists believe the two aspects of health and martial arts are equally necessary: the yin and yang of t'ai chi ch'uan. The t'ai chi ch'uan "family" schools, therefore, still present their teachings in a martial art context, whatever the intention of their students in studying the art.[22]

T'ai chi ch'uan as sport
In order to standardize t'ai chi ch'uan for wushu tournament judging, and because many t'ai chi ch'uan teachers have either moved out of China or had been forced to stop teaching after the Communist regime was established in 1949, the government sponsored the Chinese Sports Committee, who brought together four of their wushu teachers to truncate the Yang family hand form to 24 postures in 1956. They wanted to retain the look of t'ai chi ch'uan, but create a routine that would be less difficult to teach and much less difficult to learn than longer (in general, 88 to 108 posture), classical, solo hand forms. In 1976, they developed a slightly longer form also for the purposes of demonstration that still would not involve the complete memory, balance, and coordination requirements of the traditional forms. This became the Combined 48 Forms that were created by three wushu coaches, headed by Men Hui Feng. The combined forms were created based on simplifying and combining some features of the classical forms from four of the original styles: Chen, Yang, Wu, and Sun. As t'ai chi ch'uan again became popular on the mainland, more competitive forms were developed to be completed within a six-minute time limit. In the late-1980s, the Chinese Sports Committee standardized many different competition forms. They developed sets to represent the four major styles as well as combined forms. These five sets of forms were created by different teams, and later approved by a committee of wushu coaches in China. All sets of forms thus created were named after their style, e.g., the "Chen-style national competition form" is the 56 Forms, and so on. The combined forms are The 42-Form or simply the Competition Form. Another modern form is the "97 movements combined t'ai chi ch'uan form", created in the 1950s; it contains characteristics of the Yang, Wu, Sun, Chen, and Fu styles blended into a combined form. The wushu coach Bow Sim Mark is a notable exponent of the "67 combined form".

These modern versions of t'ai chi ch'uan (often listed as the pinyin romanization "taijiquan" among practitioners, teachers and masters) have since become an integral part of international wushu tournament competition, and have been featured in popular movies, starring or choreographed by well-known wushu competitors, such as Jet Li and Donnie Yen.

In the 11th Asian Games of 1990, wushu was included as an item for competition for the first time with the 42-Form being chosen to represent t'ai chi ch'uan. The International Wushu Federation (IWUF) applied for wushu to be part of the Olympic games, but will not count medals.[23]

Practitioners also test their practical martial skills against students from other schools and martial arts styles in tuishou ("pushing hands") and sanshou competition.

Main article: T'ai chi ch'uan philosophy
The philosophy of t'ai chi ch'uan is that, if one uses hardness to resist violent force, then both sides are certainly to be injured at least to some degree. Such injury, according to t'ai chi ch'uan theory, is a natural consequence of meeting brute force with brute force. Instead, students are taught not to directly fight or resist an incoming force, but to meet it in softness and follow its motion while remaining in physical contact until the incoming force of attack exhausts itself or can be safely redirected, meeting yang with yin. When done correctly, this yin/yang or yang/yin balance in combat, or in a broader philosophical sense, is a primary goal of t'ai chi ch'uan training. Lao Tzu provided the archetype for this in the Tao Te Ching when he wrote, "The soft and the pliable will defeat the hard and strong."

Traditional schools also emphasize that one is expected to show wude ("martial virtue/heroism"), to protect the defenseless, and show mercy to one's opponents.[6]

Training and techniques
The core training involves two primary features: the first being taolu (solo "forms"), a slow sequence of movements which emphasize a straight spine, abdominal breathing and a natural range of motion; the second being different styles of tuishou ("pushing hands") for training movement principles of the form with a partner and in a more practical manner.

Solo (taolu, neigong and qigong)
Further information: List of t'ai chi ch'uan forms

Painting in Chenjiagou, illustrating taolu according to the Chen style of taijiquan.
The taolu (solo "forms") should take the students through a complete, natural range of motion over their centre of gravity. Accurate, repeated practice of the solo routine is said to retrain posture, encourage circulation throughout the students' bodies, maintain flexibility through their joints, and further familiarize students with the martial application sequences implied by the various forms. The major traditional styles of t'ai chi have forms that differ somewhat in terms of aesthetics, but there are also many obvious similarities that point to their common origin. The solo forms – empty-hand and weapon – are catalogues of movements that are practised individually in pushing hands and martial application scenarios to prepare students for self-defence training. In most traditional schools, different variations of the solo forms can be practised: fast/slow, small-circle / large-circle, square/round (which are different expressions of leverage through the joints), low-sitting / high-sitting (the degree to which weight-bearing knees are kept bent throughout the form), for example.

Breathing exercises; neigong ("internal skill") or, more commonly, qigong ("life energy cultivation") are practiced to develop qi ("life energy") in coordination with physical movement and zhan zhuang ("standing like a post") or combinations of the two. These were formerly taught only to disciples as a separate, complementary training system. In the last 60 years they have become better known to the general public.

Qigong versus t'ai chi ch'uan
Main article: Qigong
Qigong involves coordinated movement, breath, and awareness used for health, meditation, and martial arts training. While many scholars and practitioners consider t'ai chi ch'uan to be a type of qigong,[24][25] the two are commonly distinguished as separate but closely related practices, with qigong playing an important role in training for t'ai chi ch'uan, and with many ta'i chi ch'uan movements performed as part of qigong practice. The focus of qigong is typically more on health or meditation than martial applications.

Partnered (tuishou and sanshou)

Two students receive instruction in tuishou ("pushing hands"), one of the core training exercises of t'ai chi ch'uan.
T'ai chi ch'uan's martial aspect relies on sensitivity to the opponent's movements and centre of gravity dictating appropriate responses. Effectively affecting or "capturing" the opponent's centre of gravity immediately upon contact, is trained as the primary goal of the martial t'ai chi ch'uan student.[8] The sensitivity needed to capture the centre is acquired over thousands of hours of first yin (slow, repetitive, meditative, low-impact) and then later adding yang ("realistic," active, fast, high-impact) martial training through taolu ("forms"), tuishou ("pushing hands"), and sanshou ("sparring"). T'ai chi ch'uan trains in three basic ranges: close, medium and long, and then everything in between. Pushes and open-hand strikes are more common than punches, and kicks are usually to the legs and lower torso, never higher than the hip, depending on style. The fingers, fists, palms, sides of the hands, wrists, forearms, elbows, shoulders, back, hips, knees, and feet are commonly used to strike, with strikes to the eyes, throat, heart, groin, and other acupressure points trained by advanced students. Chin na, which are joint traps, locks, and breaks are also used. Most t'ai chi ch'uan teachers expect their students to thoroughly learn defensive or neutralizing skills first, and a student will have to demonstrate proficiency with them before offensive skills will be extensively trained.

In addition to the physical form, martial t'ai chi ch'uan schools also focus on how the energy of a strike affects the other person. A palm strike that looks to have the same movement may be performed in such a way that it has a completely different effect on the target's body. A palm strike that could simply push the opponent backward, could instead be focused in such a way as to lift the opponent vertically off the ground, breaking his/her centre of gravity; or that it could terminate the force of the strike within the other person's body with the intent of causing internal damage.

Most aspects of a trainee's t'ai chi ch'uan development are meant to be covered within the partnered practice of tuishou, and so, sanshou ("sparring") is not as commonly used as a method of training, but more advanced students sometimes do practice by sanshou. Sanshou is more common to tournaments such as wushu tournaments.


A pair of jian with their scabbards.

Wushu jian pair event at the 10th All China games.
Variations of t'ai chi ch'uan involving weapons also exist such as taijijian. The weapons training and fencing applications employ:

the jian, a straight double-edged sword, practiced as taijijian;
the dao, a heavier curved saber, sometimes called a broadsword;
the tieshan, a folding fan, also called shan and practiced as taijishan;
the gun, a 2m long wooden staff and practiced as taijigun;
the qiang, a 2m long spear or a 4m long lance.

A matched set of two feng huo lun.
More exotic weapons still used by some traditional styles include:

the large dadao and podao sabres;
the ji, or halberd;
the cane;
the sheng biao, or rope dart;
the sanjiegun, or three sectional staff;
the feng huo lun, or wind and fire wheels;
the lasso;
the whip, chain whip and steel whip.

A Chinese woman performs
Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan
T'ai chi ch'uan has been reported as being useful in treating a number of ailments, and is supported by a number of associations, including the National Parkinson Foundation and Diabetes Australia. However, medical evidence of effectiveness was lacking and in recent years research has been undertaken to address this.[26]

A comprehensive overview of all the existing systematic reviews of t'ai chi ch'uan's health effects, found that as of 2011, "the evidence is conclusively or tentatively positive for fall prevention, general healthcare in older people, improving balance and enhancing psychological health"; the overview's authors thus recommended t'ai chi ch'uan to older people for its various physical and psychological benefits. There was no conclusive evidence of benefit for any of the other conditions researched, including Parkinson's disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritis.[26]

Historic and legendary confrontations

Yang Chengfu utilizing one of the many possible applications of the Single Whip technique.
During the Qing dynasty, a man named Wang Yuanwai living in Beipinggao village (about 10 km East of Chenjiagou), was threatened with death by a gang of highwaymen with bladed weapons, unless he surrendered his valuables. He sent for assistance from Chen Suole (see lineage tree above), who was away according to his sons Chen Shenru and Chen Xunru, who, despite being only around fifteen and sixteen years old, volunteered their own help instead. They convinced the messenger to tell Wang Yuanwai to give the bandits liquor, discussed a plan and that night, travelled to the Wang residence in Beipinggao, where they jumped over the fence of the rear garden and there found Wang Yuanwai. He told them that the highwaymen, numbering around twenty, were drunken in his guest hall. While peeping in, Shenru pushed Xunru into the hall and extinguished several candles by throwing a bunch of peas at them. Xunru leapt onto beam and taunted, the panicked bandits who had seemingly started fighting each other, saying, "So you still will not hand over your weapons and surrender? Gods number one and two are here." Some tried to escape the frenzy, but were attacked by Shenru, who was still at the door.[27]
In the 1940s, a man known as "Big Spear Liu" came to Shanghai's "big world," the city's major performance and entertainment centre. Liu asked the doorkeeper, “Are there any good hands around here?” In other words, he was seeking someone considered highly skilled in martial art in order to make a challenge. The doorkeeper told "Big Spear Liu" of Tian Zhaolin (student of Yang Jianhou). With that Liu set off to find him. He found Tian Zhaolin and immediately demanded to spar by each striking the other three times, to which Tian Zhaolin responded that it may not be necessary. He said, “Just let me touch you. If you can tolerate my touch, you win." Liu, sensing a fool and an effortless victory, immediately agreed. The two men approached and Tian Zhaolin reached out his hand to touch Liu's chest. Within a few moments, Liu's facial muscles started to contort. Soon he grimaced and his face showed signs of intense pain. Spear Liu pulled away and, after recovering, commented, "I have travelled throughout five provinces and various cities but until today I have never seen such a profound skill." Energy, including that of taijiquan, may be thought of as transmission by wave. Earlier generation adepts in taijiquan had an expression – "'hitting the cow on this side of the Mountain." This phrase referred to hitting an opponent's front side with the pain and effect being felt on the back side. In years past, people who sparred with Yang Shaohou often described him as also having an energy like electricity. That is, it caused very painful sensations in the muscle and even on the skin surface. Tian Zhaolin, coming from that background, also knew this method.[28]
In 1945, Hu Yuen Chou, a student of Yang Chengfu, defeated a Russian boxer by TKO in a full-contact match in Fut San, China.
At the age of 60, Huang Sheng Shyan demonstrated his abilities in taijiquan by defeating Liao Kuang-Cheng, the Asian champion wrestler, 26 throws to 0 in a fund raising event in Kuching, Malaysia.[29]
Attire and ranking

Master Yang Jun in demonstration attire that's come to be identified with taijiquan
In practice traditionally there is no specific uniform required in the practice of t'ai chi ch'uan. Modern day practitioners usually wear comfortable, loose t-shirts and trousers made from breathable natural fabrics, that allow for free movement during practice. Despite this, t'ai chi ch'uan has become synonymous with "t'ai chi uniforms" or "kung fu uniforms" that usually consist of loose-fitting traditional Chinese styled trousers and a long or short-sleeved shirt, with a Mandarin collar and buttoned with Chinese frog buttons. The long-sleeved variants are referred to as Northern-style uniforms, whilst the short-sleeved, Southern-style uniforms. The colour of this clothing is usually, all white, all black, black & white, or any other colour, mostly being either all a single solid colour or a combination of 2 colours: one colour being the actual clothing and the binding being a contrasting colour. They are normally made from natural fabrics such as cotton or silk. These uniforms are not a requirement, but rather are usually worn by masters & professional practitioners during demonstrations, tournaments and other public exhibitions.

There is no standardized t'ai chi ch'uan ranking system, and not all schools use belt rankings. Some schools may present students with belts depicting rank, similar to dans in Japanese martial arts. A simple uniform element of respect and allegiance to one's teacher and their methods and community, belts also mark hierarchy, skill, and accomplishment of practice in one school's style and system. During wushu tournaments, masters and grandmasters often wear "kung fu uniforms" which tend to have no belts. Wearing a belt signifying rank in such a situation would be unusual.

In popular culture
T'ai chi ch'uan plays an important role in many martial arts and fighting action movies, series, novels, especially in those ones which belong to the wuxia genre, as well as in video games, trading cards games, etc. Fictional portrayals often refer to Zhang San Feng, who is reported to be the first one harnessing and operationalising the benefits of the 'internal' and the 'soft', and to the Taoist monasteries of Wudang Mountains, where he lived.

As early as 1972 in Lady Whirlwind (aka Deep Thrust) starring Sammo Hung, one of the protagonists (Chang Yi in a rare good guy role) is initially severely beaten by Japanese Yakuza gangsters and left for dead, but afterwards he is taught t'ai chi ch'uan by an old man and it is this martial arts edge that enables him to take his revenge against the leader of the gang.
In 1984, in Drunken Tai Chi, the protagonist (Donnie Yen in his first major role) befriends a puppeteer and is taught t'ai chi ch'uan by him and he combines it with his previous hard style, thus being able now to defeat a contract killer who was hired and sent against him and who used only a hard style. The title's 'drunken' refers to the wine-loving protagonist and not to any variant of t'ai chi ch'uan.
Ang Lee's first Western movie in 1992, Pushing Hands, features as its leading character a traditional Chinese t'ai chi ch'uan master moving to New York and having to get used to a different way of life and to a different group of there. A critical eye is laid upon whether t'ai chi ch'uan and martial arts in general can benefit or even fit someone in modern society, but the leading character seems to be safeguarding the need for this physical and cultural capital.
In 1993, in a reproduction of a series mentioned below, the Kung Fu Cult Master (aka Kung Fu Master, The Evil Cult and The Lord of Wu Tang) starring Jet Li, Sammo Hung and Sharla Cheung, Jet Li with the help of Sammo Hung resembling Zhang San Feng in appearance realises and accepts the benefits of the 'internal' and the 'soft' and their complementarity if not their superiority to the 'external' and the 'hard' and manages to deal with opponents of various other martial arts.
Also in 1993, The Tai Chi Master (aka Twin Warriors) starring Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li leaves behind the hard aspects of the Shaolin practises to which he was used when he was learning martial arts in the Shaolin Monastery and develops and even mentions explicitly the name of his new martial art, t'ai chi ch'uan, thus fighting and defeating his old friend from the Shaolin Monastery but current evil military general.
In 1994, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie showed Chun-Li's t'ai chi ch'uan in a much more obvious manner than seen in the video game mentioned below. In another reproduction in 2009, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, the protagonist (Kristin Kreuk), is shown to practice barehand and sword t'ai chi ch'uan forms with her father (Edmund Chen) in their garden and to be using it extensively in her fights throughout the movie.
The 1995 Ng See-yuen-produced camp classic Superfights prominently features t'ai chi ch'uan as a martial discipline. In the film, the main character is approached by a traditionalist tai chi master who teaches him to use his internal energy overcome a need for steroids when competing in the eponymous professional fighting league.
In the semi-documentary film in 1996 The Tai Chi Boxer, Wu Jing enacts Yang Luchan showing how he managed to become the founder of the Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan, although in this film Wu Jing's t'ai chi ch'uan style actually seems to be Chen rather than Yang.
In Ang Lee's 2000 film, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, starring Michelle Yeoh and Zhang Ziyi, various aspects of the fighting style and philosophy of t'ai chi ch'uan and of neijia in general are also dispersed although not explicitly acknowledged and the same is done in Zhang Yimou's 2004 romantic-wuxia film House of Flying Daggers.
Shaolin Soccer (2001) and Kung Fu Hustle (2004), show exaggerated portrayals of various internal and soft martial arts including t'ai chi ch'uan.
In 2007, in Fatal Contact starring Wu Jing again, his best friend and co-fighter (Ronald Cheng) is a t'ai chi ch'uan master and Wu Jing realises and mentions it when he sees him fighting against many members of a gang in the underground. Jet Li is currently preparing his next film, again titled Tai Chi Master and again intended to provide a semi-documentary account of Yang Luchan, the founder of Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan.
In the opening scenes of the 2008 blockbuster Ip Man (martial arts choreographed by Sammo Hung and starred by Donnie Yen as Ip Man), a young guy credited to t'ai chi ch'uan's '4 taels to move 1000 catties', the victory of Ip Man against a martial arts school owner who came to challenge him and lost easily, a match that he had the privilege to watch secretly while picking up his kite from Ip Man's garden, although his friends insist that this cannot have been the case in so far as Ip Man was known for using Wing Chun and not t'ai chi ch'uan.
September 2012 saw the release of Tai Chi 0 (aka Tai Chi Zero) in 3D, a fictionalised portrayal of Yang Luchan learning t'ai chi ch'uan in the Chen village, which although true, in reality was not for the purpose of him saving the village from a railroad or otherwise.
Released the following month, in October 2012, Tai Chi Zero's sequel, Tai Chi Hero which was shot back-to-back with Tai Chi Zero, concluded this story.
A 2013 Chinese-American martial arts film called Man of Tai Chi directed by and starring Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen was released. The film whose story is in part inspired by the life story of Keanu Reeves' friend and stunt man, Tiger Chen, has been praised by acclaimed action film director, John Woo.
In the 1980 Hong Kong television series Tai Chi Master, the story evolves around a young man (Alex Man), who starts as a young monk from Shaolin Monastery but soon develops knowledge and skills of t'ai chi ch'uan and goes around with an endless number of fights and adventures.
The popularity of the Tai Chi Master series spawned in 1981 the direct Chinese knight-errant sequel Tai Chi Master II, which shares the same action director, Yuen Wo Ping, with The Matrix trilogy, Kill Bill 1 and 2 and Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, and in which the protagonist, Wu Jing, uses his t'ai chi ch'uan to fight the villains of the story.
T'ai chi ch'uan has also formed the basis for the elemental art of Waterbending in the 2005–2008 animated television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and in the new 2012 animated series The Legend of Korra.
The American animated series Xiaolin Showdown centers around t'ai chi ch'uan fighting styles.
Kung fu icon Vincent Zhao, in which his specialty is t'ai chi ch'uan, stars in the 2008 Hong Kong television drama The Master of Tai Chi.
In the Star Trek franchise, the Klingon martial art moQbara' (mok'bara) is based entirely on t'ai chi ch'uan, and is even mentioned in-series as being similar.
In the Street Fighter martial arts video game series, Chun-Li uses a variant of t'ai chi ch'uan.
Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance introduced Kenshi, a blind warrior who uses t'ai chi ch'uan as his primary fighting style. Kenshi is also seen practising t'ai chi ch'uan forms in the ending credits after the single player arcade mode is completed. Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance also introduced Li Mei, who in her bio-card has her hands in a posture representing the symbol Taijitu and who uses a variant of t'ai chi ch'uan as well.
A closer variant of t'ai chi ch'uan is used by the Tekken character Ling Xiaoyu, introduced in Tekken 3 and Tekken Tag Tournament.
In Dead or Alive, Leifang uses t'ai chi ch'uan and this is also mentioned in her bio-card. Before fighting some of her opponents, Leifang gets ready by doing some t'ai chi ch'uan moves such as the 'immortal pounds mortar' move, so one could say that she uses Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan in particular.
The Playstation 2 game Kinetic: The Personal Fitness Trainer includes a t'ai chi based mini game and workout. The Playstation Eye Toy is used for feedback and interaction with a virtual environment.
T'ai chi ch'uan plays a role in Jeff Stone's book series The Five Ancestors as a work-out of many people, especially of elderly ones, due to the slow pace of doing its form in order to learn it.
Tres Navarre, the detective in the popular mystery novels by Rick Riordan, is a t'ai chi ch'uan master too.
Further reading
Jonathan Bluestein (2014). Research of Martial Arts. Amazon CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1499122510.
Yang, Yang (2008). Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power. Zhenwu Publication; 2nd edition. ISBN 978-0-9740990-1-9.
Bruce Frantzis (2007). The Power of Internal Martial Arts and Chi: Combat and Energy Secrets of Ba Gua, Tai Chi and Hsing-I. Blue Snake Books. ISBN 978-1583941904.
Davis, Barbara (2004). Taijiquan Classics: An Annotated Translation. North Atlantic Books. ISBN 978-1-55643-431-0.
Jou, Tsung-Hwa (1998). Tao of Tai Chi Chuan, 3rd ed. Tuttle. ISBN 978-0-8048-1357-0.
Eberhard, Wolfram (1986). A Dictionary of Chinese Symbols: Hidden Symbols in Chinese Life and Thought. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London. ISBN 0-415-00228-1.
Choy, Kam Man (1985-05-05). Tai Chi Chuan. San Francisco, California: Memorial Edition 1994.
Wile, Douglas (1983). Tai Chi Touchstones: Yang Family Secret Transmissions. Sweet Ch'i Press. ISBN 978-0-912059-01-3.
"T'ai Chi Magazine bimonthly". Wayfarer Publications. 2008. ISSN 0730-1049.
"Taijiquan Journal". Taijiquan Journal. 2008. ISSN 1528-6290.
External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Tai Chi Chuan.
Look up tai chi chuan in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
Wikiquote has quotations related to: Tai chi chuan
Videos of the major styles
Yang Zhenduo's Yang-style at YouTube
Wu Yinghua's Wu Jianquan style
Chen Shitong's Chen-style[dead link] at Google Video
Sun Jianyun's Sun-style
Hao Shaoru's Wu/Hao-style
24-form Beijing form
108-form Yang-style t'ai chi ch'uan
Wu (Hao)-style t'ai chi Online Study
Videos of strength and fighting techniques of t'ai chi ch'uan.
Huang Sheng Shyan defeating Liao Kuang-Cheng. Liao Kuang-Cheng, a championed wrestler at the time, loses 26-0 to Huang Sheng Shyan.
Chen Xiaowang resists a Chinese strongman. The strongman can push a 25-ton truck 100 meters, yet cannot push Master Chen (over 60 years old) out of a small T'ai chi circle.
Various styles of tuishou and sanshou.
Notes and references
^ Jump up to: a b Jwing-Ming Yang. Taijiquan Theory Lecture, Tai Chi Chuan (DVD). YMAA.
Jump up ^ Cheng Man-ch'ing (1993). Cheng-Tzu's Thirteen Treatises on T'ai Chi Ch'uan. North Atlantic Books. p. 21. ISBN 978-0-938190-45-5.
Jump up ^ Sun Lu Tang (2000). Xing Yi Quan Xue. Unique Publications. p. 3. ISBN 0-86568-185-6.
Jump up ^ Ranne, Nabil. "Internal power in Taijiquan". CTND. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
^ Jump up to: a b c d e Wile, Douglas (2007). "Taijiquan and Taoism from Religion to Martial Art and Martial Art to Religion". Journal of Asian Martial Arts (Via Media Publishing) 16 (4). ISSN 1057-8358.
^ Jump up to: a b Wile, Douglas (1995). Lost T'ai-chi Classics from the Late Ch'ing Dynasty (Chinese Philosophy and Culture). State University of New York Press. ISBN 978-0-7914-2654-8.[page needed]
Jump up ^ Morris, Kelly (1999). "T'ai Chi gently reduces blood pressure in elderly". The Lancet 353 (9156): 904. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(05)75012-1.
^ Jump up to: a b Wu, Kung-tsao (2006). Wu Family T'ai Chi Ch'uan (吳家太極拳). Chien-ch’uan T’ai-chi Ch’uan Association. ISBN 0-9780499-0-X.[page needed]
Jump up ^ Lam, Dr. Paul. "What should I wear to practice Tai Chi?". Tai Chi Productions. Retrieved 2008-07-14.[dead link]
Jump up ^ Fu, Zhongwen (2006-06-09). Mastering Yang Style Taijiquan. Louis Swaim. Berkeley, California: Blue Snake Books. ISBN 1-58394-152-5.[page needed][dead link]
Jump up ^ Wong Kiew Kit (November 1996). The Complete Book of Tai Chi Chuan: A Comprehensive Guide to the Principles. Element Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85230-792-9.
Jump up ^ Jeff Patterson, Understanding Tai Chi Push Hands
Jump up ^ International Wushu Federation
^ Jump up to: a b Henning, Stanley (1994). "Ignorance, Legend and Taijiquan". Journal of the Chen Style Taijiquan Research Association of Hawaii 2 (3).
Jump up ^ "The nature of Taijiquan". 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
Jump up ^ Patterson, Jeff. "The Chi in Tai Chi is not Qi". Portland Tai Chi Academy. Retrieved 11 March 2014.
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 -interviewed by mark antony raines aka ghostman

WHAT INSPIRED YOU?My grandfather inspired me he fought in WW1 and WW2.WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS?My aims are many and diverse, right now I would like to finish a book by Dan Brown .WHAT PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE?Plan for the future is to live a full and productive life.

David Field interviewed by mark antony raines aka ghostman

questions-what inspired you?Sights and sounds of this miraculous world!what are your aims? Apart from being happy, my aim is to play Glastonbury with my Fabulous Band - The QUIRKS. what plans do you have for the future?Make a new album with The QUIRKS and to keep on Painting and Illustrating. Cheers, Dave,Freelance Illustrator/Musician/Singer Songwriter at

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Da Vinci Ink-NORTHAM DEVON an article

Welcome to Da Vinci Ink, We are a Tattoo Studio based in Northam in Devon. Offering a vast experience in tattooing having tattooed across Europe and attending conventions in and through out the continent. We have a comprehensive design collection, giving our clients the widest choice possible when choosing their Tattoo. Everything we do is geared to the final result: a Tattoo that each and every client will be proud to wear; and they will find their experience all the more fulfilling knowing every possible effort was taken to ensure their experience was memorable. The tattoo artists in north Devon know that this is a very important decision for every individual that is why every customer is different. ​We are now open ​​5 days a week! As tattoo artists being located in north Devon which is an area rich in creative talent we take many influences on board. this is combined with our experience and our after care service so we provide a quality all round tattoo service. If you require any design help or advice or alterations to previous tattoos feel free to contact one of our tattoo artists in north Devon and we can offer sound experienced advise.- will be the palace i am go to get my next tattoo  after i book it with
Scott Ogden
  and pay deposit

Saturday, 6 December 2014


A Albino reindeer called TINSEL managed to escape from a christmas tree farm in MARKET BOSWORTH,LEICS.She did this via going through a small gap in her enclosure gate,police are on the lookout for her.


A teen  was bitten by a 6 ft shark while surfing managed to cycle home for breakfast the go to hospital.He was nipped in right leg ,lifesavers patched him up his wounds before above -beach near PERTH,AUSTRALIA

GCHQ does not breach human rights, judges rule

The current system of UK intelligence collection does not currently breach the European Convention of Human Rights, a panel of judges has ruled.
A case claiming various systems of interception by GCHQ constituted a breach had been brought by Amnesty, Privacy International and others.
It followed revelations by the former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden about UK and US surveillance practices.
The judges said the case had been important in clarifying GCHQ's policy.
Some of the organisations who brought the case, including Amnesty UK and Privacy International, say they intend to appeal the decision to the European Court of Human Rights.
The case led to extensive disclosures of the intelligence agency procedures for handling intelligence.
'Webcam watching'
The Privacy International pressure group had said the documents released by Mr Snowden detailed the many ways that GCHQ was spying on people, many of which violated the European Convention on Human Rights.
This guarantees a right to privacy and to freedom of expression.
The group also said the programmes run by GCHQ and the United States's National Security Agency - uncovered by Mr Snowden - let the agencies listen via microphones, watch through webcams and scoop up detailed web browsing histories-READ MORE-

Friday, 5 December 2014

Jon bass interviewed by mark antony raines ghostman

, Jon Bass wrote:
Hi Mark, sorry for late reply, this was in my spam folder for some reason,
doh! i appreciate your interest, my answers are as follows:
I get inspired by allsorts of things, music, films, the way people act,
art, nature, destruction, the list is endless, am trying not to sound
vague, but, it's hard to pin down to a specific answer, but, what i can do
is say recent inspirations. I lived the film 'Under The Skin', i found it
to be a beautiful work of art that dealt with, isolation, lonliness and the
human experience as viewed from an outsider, which, is what i am really, i
have had many bad experiences which have left me unable to deal with any
kind of intense intimacy, so it really hit me in that way, also loved the
fact it had very little or no music, which is what i loved about 'No
Country For Old Men', the locations in Scotland were absolutely stunning
also. this was also a year when i got to see Mogwai three times, which, is
unheard of for me, as, that's the amount of times i'd seen them since 2005.
to see them sell out the south bank was immense for an independant band
from Glasgow council estates, that was a huge inspiration, the second this
year was an intimate benefit for a dead artist, who's name i can't remember
(sorry) in Koko's, Camden, that was a treat, saw Steve Coogan there which
was odd, as, the first time i saw them, all i could do for three days after
was listen to Brian Eno and watch Alan Partridge. the third was them
headlining Simple Things Bristol festival at Colston Hall, they played when
the clocks went back, so, it was basically in a moment that didn't exist,
was the most brutal i've seen  them since the first time in 2005. all three
completely different gigs, with different sets, by the same band in the
same year, very inspiring. the fact they walked on to Waiting For A Girl
Like You by Foreigner and it made sense was so surreal. i've also been
inspired by a new artist friend i've met called 'Lucy Purrington'. she's
also a burlesque dancer with some friends band called Johnny Cage & The
Voodoo Groove. her art, i can't really describe it, but, it seems so raw
and honest, it's quite fascinating really!
    My plans for the future, well, the Honey Bane project i've been
involved with has been plagued with constant problems and hold ups, which,
is very frustrating, she's a singer from the DIY Crass records days and old
skool punk/artist. the new album is great, but, the label fell through, the
promoter/manager left, so, sadly, it still hasn't got off the ground, but,
next year it hopefully will. i've now started my own thing again, which, is
difficult, as, where i live in Cardiff, it's a very small scene with too
many players, who are all too busy to do anything else, which leaves me
with the following way to do it, the drummer from the Honey Bane project,
who lives in Basingstoke, meets me in Brighton (Studio 284, as, it's my old
mate from 2000DS that runs it) every 8 to 10 weeks, i show him ideas the
day before, then, we pick the easiest to record the next day, i play guitar
and bass on it. obviously, it's going to take a while to get all the songs
ready at that rate, but, i'm hoping that, once it's done, it will be able
to help me find other musicians. i guess another problem, is the fact that,
people ask me what sort of music it is? as i never sit down and think 'oh,
i'm gonna write a song in bla style', i just play what comes out naturally,
so, they all sound kind of different, which, always sounds shit when i say
it, so, the completed recording will help immensley. I also feel it's the
best stuff i've ever done, so, it is a very positive thing for me if i do
it right. One thing i am worried about is, i've had to take a break from
gigging etc, as, i developed very bad tinnitus, which, is currently
stopping me sleeping. i went to audiology department, they said my ears
were clear, so, it's definately permanent damage, i've ordered expensive
custom earplugs to stop it getting any worse, i also need to find a good
doctor, as, my current one is awful and has caused me many problems. I'm
also hoping to do the DSAD band with the remaining member 'DS Paul'. 2000DS
was an underground band with a big following that ran from 1988-2001,
mostly on the now defunct free festival and squat scene in europe. i played
for them 10 years off and on, we were about to get back together when,
tragically, the singer 'DS Gary, Cath, the mother of his first daughter,
and his second daughter Caisie' were all killed in a car crash in Jamaica.
his first daughter Josie was critical, but, survived, his son Gwyn was ok,
it was such an awful thing, this happened in 2011, his brother and drummer
DS Paul has always been keen to do a DSAD thing as a tribute, but, he's got
three kids and had had hell of a lot of adjusting to do, we jam sometimes,
hopefully we can do that more next year. it's just timing i guess. i
sometimes wish i had four arms so i could play both guitar and bass at the
same time, ha ha, would half my music problems immediatley!
thanks so much for getting in touch with me, i'm sorry if these answers
aren't in depth enough, but, i've answered them in the most honest way
possible without 'going on' too much
have a good one and a happy new year ok
onwards and upwards


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Eric Dionne interviewed by mark antony raines aka ghostmanraines

Ok so the questions you sent over here you go. What Inspired/Inspires me? What inspired me to get into the field of study that I do was my grandmother, she was born in Manahawkins NJ, and used to tell me stories when i was 6/7 about the New Jersey Devil and how it would come down from the sky and get me if i didn't start listening to her, well at that time we all lived in North Carolina and as a young boy, you can imagine the look of fright on my face when hearing theses tales, so I decided to start looking up things on the NJ Devil at the public library. From there it bled over into things such as Mythology, Greek Mythology, Indian Folk Lore, Native American History, Monsters, Tall Tales, and eventually into the Paranormal. As of lately my main focus has gone back to my roots of Cryptozoology. That is my passion and as I always tell people, "Things That Are Hidden Are Meant To Be Discovered..." . What are my aims? My aim is to bring the focus of Cryptozoology and The Paranormal field back to a positive light, i'm really tired of the false light and negative focus that both fields have gained over the past 10 years now, Part of this blame i put on the media, I mean don't get me wrong, theses TV shows and Reality "Said with Air Quotes" shows are great for an entertainment point of view, but the networks need to label them as such, They are for Entertainment. I've fallen to the same promises from production, and been behind the scenes of many of theses shows, and I get it, Unsuspecting team gets approached with a chance to do a TV show, a chance to be the Next GHOST HUNTERS ooh OOOOO lol, " then they sign their lives away, and guess what they have no say, it's all in the court of production teams and directors and better yet the NETWORK, and well the networks just care about the ratings" I could go on and on and on about this stuff, but that would take up way to much time. Simply put and as I tell people at my lectures, The biggest secret about Reality TV is, that it's Not Reality at all. I've done and been apart of shows on SyFy Channel, Sky Atlantic in the UK, The History Channel, Discovery Channel, HBO, FOX, the CW and more, and some of the shows i'm on film and others i'm in the background or consulting, I do a lot of consulting for theses Monster shows that are out there now a days, but off my rant and back to the question, my aim is to show people that theses fields aren't a pseudo science field and that there are some really fantastic people in the field that mean it well, and aren't out for a quick buck, or to just get 15 mins of fame on a TV show. What are my plans for the future? My plans for the future are all over the place lol, in all honesty I want to focus more on my Cryptozoology research, I'm currently working on 2 crypto books, as well as a book about the True Accounts of my story that was shown on SyFy's Haunted Collector, biggest problem i'm facing with the book writing is actually having the time to sit down and write, I've even considered looking for some one I can tell the story to and have them co-write the book with me, in order to just get it done and out there. Besides that I'm still doing some acting stuff here and there, I just finished up the season at the Nightmare Factory in NC, playing their newest character named "Botch" who runs the Chamber, and been working on some other little side shows you could say. In 2015 I'm hoping to finally sit down and put together a strong team for my ICE (International Cryptozoology Establishment) group which is separate from SEPIA and hope to start doing some expeditions, If i can do things that right way and get the money earned and saved I want to plan some expeditions around the world at some kin locations. I hope that answers the questions you sent over to me, and if you have any more questions or would like me to go into more detail on anything i've said feel free to shoot them my way, sometimes writing things out i don't get all the details i'd like out there lol, sorry it took so long getting back to you, it was a hectic week over here. Eric J. Dionne

Tom Conwell..Holsworthy mark show

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