Become Who You Should Be

My parents told me I was an unplanned and unwanted child and constantly told me I was naughty and an idiot. Just read my old school reports and they constantly said that I didn’t try and was naughty. Not surprisingly I was cast out into the adult world disenfranchised, with no skills, no certificates and a low self image always under the impression that everything was my fault and rejected everything and everyone with an angry and violent reaction to it all. When I found the Martial Arts and Buddhist meditation and logic I realised that actually all my opinions … Continue reading Become Who You Should Be

The Space Between

We take space for granted. We know it and are aware of it. ‘The Tao Te Ching’ reminds us that a room or doorway is only of any use because of the space between the walls and frames that make it so. Space is endless, shapes are put in it and all of them rise and fall as animate and inanimate are all impermanent but that which we never notice is always there. So it is with consciousness, we know we are conscious, we are aware of it, but because it’s always there, we forget it. We think it belongs … Continue reading The Space Between

Be A Tree

Sometimes when I’m meditating I like to gaze at a tree; I’ve always thought of trees as natures watchers; Still, silent, watching; Humans only have brains because they move and need to anticipate; But when I stand still and silent, I am like the tree; Motionless, silent, not thinking; My consciousness joining with the tree and the rest of nature; As we both bear witness to and for, the universe. Steve Rowe Continue reading Be A Tree

Shi Kon Tai Chi Coaching Programme 2021

Shi Kon Tai Chi Coaching Qualification Introduction This one day a month for 10 months intensive course will be taught personally by Steve Rowe 9th Dan, an internationally renowned Tai Chi teacher, Chairman and founder of both the Martial Arts Standards Agency and Shi Kon Martial Arts International. It is designed to certificate and give Tai Chi Coaches the ability to teach Tai Chi and run and administer a club to gold level standard. Participants will be registered with Shi Kon Martial Arts International Association, the British Council for Chinese Martial Arts (the Sport England registered Governing Body for Chinese … Continue reading Shi Kon Tai Chi Coaching Programme 2021

Cultural Indoctrination

When you’re young your body can consume your soul. People notice your body, you’re proud of it and carry it in that way. You train it, dress it, preen it people notice and you are flattered by their attention. You only exist in the eyes of others and they notice you. Social media ‘selfies’ bear this out.  The gym pics, the 6 pack pics, the bathroom selfies, the desperate need to be noticed, how you look on the outside is who you are. Martial Arts clubs pander to this, meditation and a deeper, holistic health are pushed to the side … Continue reading Cultural Indoctrination

Instructor’s Eye

You think your instructors can’t see behind your BS, your excuses, your mask… but the truth is they can see right into your soul. It’s just polite for the instructor to not reveal what they see, so they smile patiently as they listen to the excuses, the distractions and only help or reveal what they see when appropriate. It’s up to the student to tread the path, to put in the time and effort, to sort out their life and emotions, an instructor has to wait until the time is right to put in their bit. But don’t think for … Continue reading Instructor’s Eye

A Successful Martial Arts Coach

After 50 years in the martial arts and going through various incarnations of successfully teaching various arts, being one of the first professional instructors and starting one of the first full time centres, growing old and having to use others to teach many classes I’ve learned a bit about teaching and running a full time centre. What’s the biggest secret of success? It’s you. The coach. This point is often glossed over with ‘continued professional development’ like gathering certificates, doing courses, seminars and the like, but neglects the most important part. You need depth, the part that can’t be easily … Continue reading A Successful Martial Arts Coach