I got excited today because I met a samisen player who was interested in playing for my fighting class in Boulder, Colorado, where I am now teaching. I got this idea that I should teach drumming and fighting together because there are so many things that tie the two together. But samisen would be really good too. I want it to be live music because that interaction between tempo and rhythm is key to working with mood and timing and letting go. I want to foster the kinesthetic conversation between freedom and chaos, order and spontaneity.
Weakness with a Twist: A blog about internal martial arts, theatricality and Daoist ritual emptiness
Watch the Video: A Cultural History of Tai Chi
Buy the Book: Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater and Religion, By Scott Park Phillips. Amazon Kindle ($9.99), Paperback ($18.95)
Chicago April 27-May 1st. (This is a post-graduate bodywork course, but the 27th is a full day on Daoism and is still open, email if you want to attend.)
Israel May 3-15th
Paris May 16-26th
International Daoist Studies Conference, Paris: May 17-20 (Will have panels on Martial Arts and Theater and this is going to rock!)
Martial Arts Studies Conference, Cardiff, Wales: July 11-13th.
Portland July 28-30th
San Francisco Sept