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Lao tzu was a philosopher from China reputedly to have lived in the 6th Century B.C.E. Little is known about him but based on writings of Confucius, Lao Tzu was a court librarian and author of the Tao Te Ching. For this reason he is considered the founder of Taoism.

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One of the Most Important Tai Chi Concepts: Hsu and Shih

            Tai chi abounds with cryptic, mystical statements that circle around back to themselves.  Let’s take a look at a few from the famed sage Lao Tzu: “If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence. “ “Those who know do not speak. Those that speak do not know.” “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” “Anticipate the difficult by managing the easy.” But here he sums it up best:  “The words of truth ... Read More
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Tai chi 101 : Is it Tai Chi, Taiji, taichi, or T’ai Chi Chuan? Yes.

              Here is a little history and an explanation. Chinese is made up of characters and ideograms to represent the concept of what they are writing about.  Whereas the writing you are currently reading  is a string of sounds that your brain puts together to get the concept.  Up until recently, most writings on Chinese topics in English used the Wade-Giles system.  This is a system that was developed by a British ambassador to China (Wade) in the mid 1800s and refined ... Read More