Author: Edward Hines

  • Martial arts and self-defence (from bullshit)

    Martial arts and self-defence (from bullshit)

    Not surprisingly people associate martial arts and self-defence. I believe your physical training should help you in this regard, rather than make you even more vulnerable (that’s the subject of another article or two). But for most of us, we don’t need to physically fight aggressors often.  It’s many years since I’ve been in a…

  • Tai chi Combat forms- my problem with them…

    Tai chi Combat forms- my problem with them…

    Sometimes I meet people who talk about or have learned Tai Chi combat forms. They often stress that they practice a special “combat form”, rather than a “health form”. Sometimes this is accompanied by an air of superiority, which I think is better characterised as delusion. This is broader than Tai Chi, and applies to…

  • Tim 17-23 Juillet 2023

    Tim 17-23 Juillet 2023

    Préparez-vous à une semaine d’entraînement exceptionnelle avec Tim Cartmell. Les grandes lignes Une semaine d’entraînement Les matinées sont consacrées aux arts internes chinois – principes d’utilisation du corps, formes/exercices simples, tactiques et techniques. Les après-midi sont consacrés au JJB et au MMA. Matinées 10H-12H30 après-midi 14H30-17H Les arts martiaux sont des arts martiaux – les…

  • Online Bagua training – Bagua in a nutshell

    Online Bagua training – Bagua in a nutshell

    A classic Bagua position demonstrated against a misty background

  • The best martial art…Dags, de yer laik dags?

    The best martial art…Dags, de yer laik dags?

    This classic line from the film Snatch can be translated as Do you like dogs? But what’s that got to do with martial arts, or the best martial art? I’ll explain… You may have noticed I do like dogs. When Frida first joined our house I gave a talk about dogs and how the 60000+…

  • Perfect martial movement – how can you develop it?

    Perfect martial movement – how can you develop it?

    Whatever you practice you likely have some ideal of perfect martial movement. Perhaps that ideal movement is encapsulated for you in classical terms such as six harmonies, maybe it is something that you feel towards, or there is a teacher/fighter who you’d like to be more like. The point is, you aren’t there…yet…just…more…practice… There is…

  • What to wear? Bagua uniforms vs rubber boots

    What to wear? Bagua uniforms vs rubber boots

    Greetings from rainy Brittany. What’s with the title Bagua uniforms vs rubber boots? If you look at videos of Bagua online you are likely to come across people with a range of different clothes on. There are people who wear classic wushu silk pajamas. I think there are also growing number of folk clad in…

  • Your first Bagua class?What you need to know

    Your first Bagua class?What you need to know

    How to begin your first Bagua class? Starting any new practice can be exciting, but stressful. Most of us don’t like to appear ignorant or clumsy, and sometimes that acts as a barrier to begin. This post is to help smooth over those issues. I’ll cover some terminology, etiquette and basic ideas. Remember too that…

  • Bagua zoom class – results and reflections after 2 years

    Bagua zoom class – results and reflections after 2 years

    During the pandemic, I opened up a Bagua zoom class each day of the week. A little over two years later these are some reflections on the experience. Big picture – I am pleased. I’ve enjoyed working with people from around the world, When I started I wasn’t sure what it would be like, but…

  • Unpack Bagua principles from forms (or die unfulfilled)

    Unpack Bagua principles from forms (or die unfulfilled)

    It’s not the form that counts it’s what you put into the form it’s not the shape that’s impirtant but how you move. If you don’t get this, your wasting your time.