Force, Strength and Power

Working my way through the Australian Kungfu Federation’s coaching accreditation, I was reminded of that good old sports science equation: Strength + Speed = Power From the point of view of Tai Chi Chuan, this presents some points of interest. In the Classics, reference is made to “Li” (strength) and “Jin” …

Gin, Jin, Jing, Chin?

In Thai “Jing jing” means “really true”, so for example “Aroy jing jing” means “that really is delicious!”. The Tai Chi Newbie may jar a little when they are told that Gin is at the heart of Chinese internal martial arts. Others, typically with some background in Qigong, might say …

Internal and External

Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese internal martial art, listed as part of the ‘Nei jia quan‘ (‘Internal family boxing’). As such it contrasts with external martial arts (‘Wai jia quan’, where ‘Wai’ translates as ‘External’). The distinction may be traced back to the 17th century, although my teacher points …