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November 25, 2018

Prince Zuko: Enough. I've been drilling this sequence all day. Teach me the next set. I'm more than ready.
Uncle Iroh: No, you are impatient. You have yet to master your basics. Drill it again!

- Avatar: The Last Airbender

We get the same corrections repeatedly. It's not...

November 16, 2018

One month left in the semester and this is my first blog post! We've been back at the center as "super seniors" and things are no less busy than before. It's great being just a "visitor" and having many responsibilities passed on to other students. On the other hand, I...

August 24, 2018

The YMAA Retreat Center Graduation videos are released!

I made the basic edits on an old and painfully slow laptop, so thank you for your patience :) As Barking Rabbit Media, Jon and I have worked on a number of projects for Dr. Yang, the YMAA Publication Center, and th...

August 8, 2018

On June 23rd, 2018, friends and family gathered for the graduation of the Shaolin/Taiji students.

For a while, I was indifferent. What does it even mean to graduate? Training is a continuous process of many failures and few short-lived successes before failing again at...

April 19, 2018

Day 2 (Sunday, 18 March)

We arrived in Hsinchu mid-morning and wandered around the city center where the Hsinchu City God Temple (新竹城隍廟) is located.

Before noon, we regrouped to meet Grandmaster Cheng’s sons and students at the younger son’s residence. The next mome...

April 18, 2018

On March 15th, 2018, our graduation trip to Taiwan began promptly at 4:30am. After Dr. Yang eliminated all other possible drivers for various reasons, I volunteered to take the first shift of the 4-hour trek to San Francisco. As a functional insomniac, driving an SUV c...

April 9, 2018

I used to be enthusiastic about writing this blog. I used to be enthusiastic about the program, about being here, about training. Much of is dormant or gone. Hidden under other responsibilities, the stress of balancing said responsibilities on top of the training objec...

December 9, 2017

Taijiquan (AKA Tai Chi Chuan or Tai Chi) was developed as a martial art. A number of people practice for the many health benefits, but each posture does have a martial purpose.

The Taiji Fighting Set is in the 5th level in the YMAA curriculum. We’re not at that level an...

October 18, 2017

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