I'm a bit high on finally getting the paper version of my book out. All week I've been getting texts and emails from people showing me their copy of the book and sending kind words. It's a bit hard to rest. I have so much more to do. In the process of writing the book, at some point I had to stop and do the hard work of editing and working out the final details. That took more than a year. And in that time new ideas and new evidence kept pouring in. It has been coming in faster than ever before. So I now have two more books to write. I also have endless ideas for videos. But I want to produce higher quality videos than I have in the past. That means collaborators and funding.Read More
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)
New Orleans Workshop: Oct. 21st-23rd (save the dates, info coming soon)
Chicago Workshop: Nov. 4th-7th (full) (still available for private lessons or slideshows)
Ottawa Project: Dec. 11th-20th (martial arts studies collaboration) (available for private lessons)
The paperback version of my book Possible Origins, A Cultural History of Chinese Martial Arts, Theater, and Religion, is now available on Amazon where you can also buy the digital version, and read the introduction. For some reason I make an extra buck if you order it from CreateSpace. This is the best book I have ever written! And I'm sure that readers of this blog are going to love it. As always, I'm open to all kinds of feedback both public and private. I did this to change and inspire conversations about martial arts, theater and religion. So have at it. I also want to say that I have had amazing support from the people around me for doing this work. Thank you.Read More
The conversation started on a dark note. When I was kid we climbed trees all the time. I made amazing tree houses, often way up high in the trees. We climbed every type of tree. I would climb up the bark into trees that had no low branches. Lot's of kids were great tree climbers, even in a city like San Francisco where I grew up. Lot's of men and women my age have stories about being high up in the trees, escaping adults, spying, seeing incredible views. Now people give classes on how to climb trees.Read More
Here is a clip from an interview I did in Wales with Dojo TV. Subscribe to their Youtube channel and check out all the other interviews from the conference.
I will be in San Francisco and Oakland August 18th-29th, so email me if you want to schedule a private lesson or two. I'm teaching at Soja, Click here to Sign Up:
Friday, Aug. 26th, 7-9 pm Dance of the Angry Baby God (Slideshow)
Saturday, Aug. 27th 3-7 pm Dance as Self-Defense (Download the PDF and post it!)
Sunday, Aug. 28th 1-5 pm Unlocking Internal Movement
I've put together a page that tells the story of Dance as Self-Defense, complete with images and videos, Check it out!
I would also like to draw people's attention to my friend Rebecca's new invention, Bean Dip, watch the video.
The print version of my book is still a few days away from completion, but it now has a killer index, so it is worth the wait!
I'm back from my trip to Germany and the UK with twice as much work to do than when I left. Fun, great people, challenging questions, new research, and lot's of teaching. I'm pushing forward with creating a production package to fund my next video. I'm helping plan the martial arts and theater part of the Daoist Studies Conference in Paris (May 17-19). I'm writing another ground breaking paper on Tai Chi (the publication date for the last one has been pushed to January 2017). I've got marketing to do for workshops in San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, and Virginia. The print version of my book isRead More
This week I did a guest blog over at Cook Ding's Kitchen. Check it out.
After spending a week in Berlin teaching and lecturing, I'm hanging out at Marnix Well's house in London. We are pulling all nighters talking history, theater, art, religion and music.
If you are around London and want to meet up (or get a private lesson), get in touch. My regular contact phone number sends and receives texts and of course my email works fine too.Read More
The video and the book are finally here! This is so exciting! And the positive reviews are so positive I might explode. Where are all the haters? Will it be rainbows and unicorns from here on out? Click to see everything!Read More