Aug 21, 2015
Separating fact from fantasy in Tai Chi and other martial arts. Stuart Shaw teaches Tai Chi and Sanda in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. He has a Facebook page, The Fajin Project, that confronts the "BS" in martial arts, shining a light on people who claim supernatural powers and abilities such as the no-touch knockdown and the ability to send push hands partners hopping and jumping just with a light touch. Like Ken, Stuart offers $5,000 to anyone who can prove to him that they have these "chi" powers. There is a language alert for this episode -- this is a real world, adult conversation about how martial artists, particularly those studying the internal arts, need to apply critical thinking skills to the claims made by unethical teachers. This interview is aimed at separating fact from the fantasy that has developed not only in Tai Chi but in many other martial arts.