Why all your moves are wrong (it's not your fault)

I was listening to some tunes the other day, and realised that the old ones are much better. For example, take these lyrics from a very popular 1978 film:

"We go together, like rama lamma lamma ka dinga da dinga dong"

Then the emotion building:

"Remembered forever, as shoobop sha wadda wadda yippity boom de boom"

And finally, the coup de gras:

"Chang chang changitty chang shoobop

That's the way it should be, whaa ooohhh, yeah"

Which finally proves my point. They don't write 'em like they used to.

I rest my case, M'Lud. (Guessed the film yet?)

Ok, I don't know much about designing a song, but I do know a little about designing your body movements and how they're influenced by others.

So with that in mind, let me tell you a story…

Back in 2005, I was having dinner with Peter Ralston. He'd invited me to eat with him to discuss the future of the UK Cheng Hsin camps. Once we'd discussed that, he looked around the room and said "How many people wearing the black t-shirts come along to the Cheng Hsin classes?"

At the time, all my students wore black embroidered polo shirts with the Chanquanshu logo.

I said "All of them."

And Ralston replied, "Hmmm. One thing I will say is that they all need to relax and open up their bodies much more."

"Would that apply to me too?", I asked (stupidly, really)

And Ralston hit me with "Well, they probably got it from you"

Oof. Right. That's me told then.

But it made me realise that the teacher will influence his students' movements and not always for the better. So I began to look more closely at the way I moved and what state or condition my body was currently in. Anything that didn't match the Cheng Hsin Principles and Structures was changed as much as possible.

And that work still continues today. No mindless repetition, just an honest investigation into what is so about my body and mind.

Thankfully, I move somewhat better today than I did back then but there's another huge secret I'll share with you that made me more effective in my chosen art(s).

Not today though, 'cos I've run out of time, but very soon…

In the meantime, if you wanna do t'ai chi like "dip da dip da dip doowop da doobee doo", you may want to boogie on over to the classes page and shimmy along to a class..

Theres only one thing left to say after all that:

A wop baba lumop a wap bam boom!!

Best wishes,


PS Don't forget, the brand new Port Tennant beginners class starts tomorrow evening, be there or be square. If you haven't been to a class before, you really don't know what your missing. Apart from my bad jokes, that is ;-)
PPS If you haven't booked for the Summer Social yet on July 30th, please let me know as soon as you can