Chinto kata by Steve Rowe

In a guest post Steve Rowe 8th Dan talks about how looking deeper into kata can help us appreciate it more. “I hate kata!”  Peter was obviously not in a good mood and the days course today was on kata…… “So why bother to attend?”  I asked. “Because if we don’t it will affect our…

Steve Rowe interviews Sifu Jim Uglow (1999)

Shikon head Sifu Steve Rowe interviews Tai Chi veteran Sifu Jim Uglow in 1999. This article reproduced with kind permission of Steve Rowe. Jim Uglow is one of a rare breed.  I have often likened finding a “real” Martial Artist to that of finding a diamond on a beach of pebbles.  Jim is a diamond,…

The 13 Dynamics of Tai Chi by Steve Rowe

A guest post by Shikon head Sifu Steve Rowe on the 13 core principles of Tai Chi (which also relate to any other martial art):  Often called the ’13 Techniques’ or the ’13 Postures’ this list can really confuse Tai Chi practitioners and therefore they often get sidelined or bypassed, but when understood, they lie…