Singapore Tai Chi Chuan

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Shortest Distance

Shortest Distance


Kit Kat Moment

Taking a break now after releasing 2 Dots – Six Learning Steps to Mastering Wing Chun’s Kicking Model.

This is a useful primer for those who want to learn how to be able to kick without telegraphing as well as deliver penetrating power. Its not so much a book on how to perform kicks as what are the essential principles; the so-called body knowledge, that must be acquired in order to do kicks in a more optimized manner.

Students have asked and I have demonstrated how I can get my foot off the ground slowly and then suddenly whipped out power through the foot. Just last week I gave a student a tap on the stomach with my foot that bounced him off his feet. Too bad it was impromptu and hence wasn’t filmed.

The key to kicking is balance. If you don’t have balance you can’t get into a position to kick as and when you need to do it.

Also, if you don’t have balance you can’t generate the power.

Learning to kick the Tai Chi way is difficult due to the subtlety of the body movements involved which is largely governed by how the mind directs the body to move. However, if one understands the Wing Chun way of kicking it may well kick start one’s ability to kick. It won’t replace the Tai Chi method, just act as a short term solution for those who don’t want to wait to long to be able to do kicks.


I am getting some messages from WordPress on folks who want to gain access to my private blog Mushin’s Thinking eBooks.

As mentioned before, this blog is for those who have purchased access to read any of my eBooks.

If you don’t get a reply from me when trying to request access its because I have no idea how to reply to such requests. WordPress basically gives me two options for such requests -ignore them or give access. If you have purchased an eBook you will have been invited to join. If not, the only thing I can do is do nothing. Sorry about it.


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I looked at the packet of habanero chili. It’s not that big and ugly. Despite reading about its reputation for heat the actual habanero chilies before me didn’t faze me.

That is until I actually tried one and yikes!!!

Once upon a time my schoolmate saw Master Leong demonstrate a low side kick on me from afar. He said it didn’t look impressive.

I said why not go and try it for himself. He walked over to Master Leong. He came back and said that standing on the receiving end the kick was faster than when he was looking at it from the sidelines.

Moral of the story – don’t jump to any conclusions before actually trying something out.

Yesterday someone commented that a particular master didn’t look impressive. Now I know this master from way back and saw him gain control of another local master who had 10 years on him in Wing Chun. So I would not say he is not impressive.

But I can understand the sentiment when looking at this master’s more recent videos and comparing them with the private footage that I have. There could be reasons for this change but I am not going to speculate.

Again, like eating the habanero one might not be able to stand the spiciness whilst another may find it tame. So sometimes it’s pointless to pass judgement on people or things we have not tried before.

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Which is more important – speed, power or the ability to change?

Actually, this is like asking which of the three hand shapes are more important in the game of paper, scissors, rock.

Actually, all are important against the correctly guessed hand shape that the opponent assumes.

Thus, a good kicker can nail you before you can get close but a good wrestler can close in quick and take the kicker to the ground. However, a good boxer can prevent a wrestler from coming near enough to use his takedown techniques.

Similarly, you can blitz your opponent with your fast techniques. But if you fail to finish the job quickly you may run out if stamina. Or you can go the distance but still lose because your body cannot handle the hardened limbs of the opponent.

You can also throw 5 fast punches at the opponent but if not backed by power then that one retaliatory punch from the opponent backed by strong penetrating power can stop you in your track.

This is why in training Tai Chi we should not focus on one thing at the expense if another.