Category Archives: Martial Arts

Five Animal Frolic Qigong

  The Five Animal Frolics is one of the oldest Qigong regimens in the world. Said to be created by the legendary doctor Hua Tuo, over 1500 years ago, this Qigong combines spirit and action to imitate five animals and … Continue reading

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Martial Arts and Feng Shui

Traditional kung fu schools are not known for being pretty. Most martial artists can report a long history of working out night after night in basements, garages, parking lots, and warehouses. I taught my first Tai Chi class 30 years … Continue reading

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What you should know before you start a Tai Chi class

I love teaching Tai Chi, and I especially love introducing this beautiful health promoting martial art to beginners. But many people start out with some ideas that are not only wrong, but prevent them from sticking with the practice long … Continue reading

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Tips on how to memorize a form

Many of my beginning Tai Chi students complain that they find it difficult to memorize the form. Here are some tips from my own teacher, Sifu Ted Mancuso, who has over 40 years of Kung Fu experience and still accurately … Continue reading

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Coldspring Healing Arts Santa Cruz, CA Narrye Caldwell, L.Ac. Welcome to Cold Spring Healing Arts. Over the past 25 years I have developed expertise in a number of traditional healing methods that I now combine in my private practice and … Continue reading

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Tai Chi For Health: Three Month Class

New Class Starting April 26, 2017 Bored with the gym? Tired of the treadmill? Want a movement practice that will keep you flexible, strong and energized into old age? Try our most popular series, Tai Chi for Health. In this … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Sword Training

A strange and beautiful image arises as I sit in meditation. I see a shining steel blade glistening in the sun, beads of water dancing along its edge. The steel becomes a blade of grass, then a bamboo leaf. The … Continue reading

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Why I Practice Tai Chi

It is 6:30 a.m. and I’d rather stay in bed. I struggle up. I’m a little stiff and can’t yet imagine any activity except tea and staring out the window for a while. I grant myself the pleasure of one … Continue reading

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No Practice

Sometimes my morning qigong practice consists entirely of sitting and gazing out the window.  I used to feel guilty about this, as if I were dodging my commitment, succumbing to laziness, just plain goofing off.  But my dog, a Chinese … Continue reading

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Qigong Healing

Qigong is getting popular. That’s good. It’s not quite at the level of yoga or pilates, but at least most non-Asian people have heard of it, though they may not be sure exactly what it is. I’m both happy and … Continue reading

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