Tag Archives: Tai Chi

Walking on the wild side

British author Neil Gaiman remembers Lou Reed of the Velvet Underground for his career-long “determination to use the least amount of words to convey the most.” It makes sense that Reed was also a Chen-style tai chi master.  Dead of liver cancer at 71.


The main thing is not to want anything. To welcome what comes and to play with that.

Something else: If we hope to prevent our children from becoming little doings, indistinguishable from the herd, we will need to teach ourselves how to do nothing.

A higher intelligence

While unpacking the intricacies of the tornado kick, my esteemed Chen teacher paused to say, “The mind is inherently lazy.” (Mind was hoping to keep this a secret.) Later, with the same placidity: “The legs are strong but stupid. Kicks are for ending fights, not starting them.”