So, who am I? My name is David Roth-Lindberg and I have studied T’ai Chi Ch’uan since October 1987. I remember my first class, it was on a Tuesday. Nobody knew about Tai Chi back then, not here in Sweden anyway. Only one or two years later the art slowly started to be recognised, but sadly only as a health exercise for old people. I myself started practicing it as a martial art right from the beginning. But I tried to keep my practice a secret as it was a bit hard to explain that what I did was a martial art.

I was only 11 years old when I started practicing Tai Chi, so you can say that I grew up with this art. I never stopped practicing it, and it never stopped to fascinate me. I have had a great interest in China and Chinese culture even since before starting my Tai Chi journey. Later I studied Chinese, and nowadays I speak fluent Mandarin (well, almost fluently), and I have been travelling a lot in the country.

Regarding my Tai Chi, I have studied this art with several teachers, mostly from Yang and Sun schools. I started with Yang style 1987 and have practiced Sun style since from about the year of 2000. My own Tai Chi that I practice myself is very much a blend of these two styles together with Wu (Yuxiang) and a tradition that I won’t name here as it is most likely that you haven’t heard about it. As I believe that there are no styles in Tai Chi, only different “forms”, it doesn’t matter much what “style” you practice. Only principle matters.

Sharing is… well you know… This is why I started this blog. I wanted to share my knowledge and my thoughts. And for the moment I don’t teach a regular class so a blog suites me well at this time. I used to teach classes and had a Tai Chi group before I had to give it up as I became too busy. However, I do consider taking private students and I am also willing to give private lessons and travel for seminars, so contact me directly or keep in touch if you are interested in the things I share.

Other than a Tai Chi enthusiast, I am an entrepreneur and self-employed since 2011. My work is foremost in online marketing, focusing mainly on SEO –  Search Engine Optimization. You can reach me by my business SEO homepage here: rothlindberg.se. I work with the Swedish market and internationally, and among my customers you will find some of the largest international affiliate companies in the world.

I have also done some import/export from and to China, and amongst many things, I have helped a company to establish a cosmetics brand in China as well as a few other products. I have done and keep on doing some other types of business as well, but that might not be so interesting to hear about.

Please stay in touch with me via Twitter. If you want to reach me, just send me an e-mail directly to rothlindberg [-at-] gmail.com or via my company website. You can also reach me by just writing a comment somewhere on the blog so I’ll get your e-mail address.


17 thoughts on “About”

  1. mendelshun said:

    Hi David
    Very informative site, thankyou.
    Point on intention, from my own practice.
    Energised feeling from ones heart, thinking with the heart. The thinking mind is empty but the mind in ones heart is focused and energised towards your goal. Deeper is the goal of the heart and the spirit are one, the ultimate goal of Tai chi and Qi gong.
    Basic exercises are everything without this training continued training of tendons, internal muscle stretching, ligaments, deeper still in ones bones and in some respects the stretching of ones internal universe. The form will be empty which is about 90 percent of what is going on. One must be baptised in a very painful transformation of ones physical body in order to allow the body to relax and the energy free flow without blockage. Qi gong no form practice means one is asking ones spirit to guide you, empty of thought and connected with ones heart, again the heart and soul are one. Tai chi has to become a way of life, when you walk, when you brush your teeth, when you eat, when you encounter stress, the way you parent. Our sensitivity can only be realised through ones ability to understand how to relax, how to adjust ourselves during postures and movement, feeling it. Intention yes can be mis understood but it can be explained clearly and grasped. You can only grasp it if you have done the basis exercises and have been baptised in the pain, which allows you to open up to understand it. Look forward to reading more on what you have learnt thus far. Best wishes Joaquin

  2. Hi David, I am a Tai Chi novice (2 classes so far in the last week). I am confused about some Tai Chi terminology, and your remark — “there are no styles in Tai Chi, only different “forms”, it doesn’t matter much what “style” you practice. Only principle matters.” — interested me. I am confused about the hierarchy of terms and meaning of them in Tai Chi. To help clarify this confusion, I have set up a 4 level hierarchy to break down Tai Chi into component parts. These are:
    1) Style (such as Sun Style or Chen) which have a different overall philosophy .pr set of principles E.g. martial arts / self defense, or increasing energy flow, etc. A style decomposes into
    2) Form or Forms (singular and plural seem to have the same meaning), which are a numbered collection (eg Sun Style Form 10) of movements which must be performed in a particular sequence — Forms can borrow movements from different styles, or be from the same style but grouped to achieve a specific objective
    3) named movements — one movement has a distinct beginning and end, and a distinct purpose: for example, add stability — movements can be repeated
    4) steps — each movement will consists of discrete steps your body takes, which can involve the feet, legs, torso, hands and head —
    Is this a correct description of how Tai Chi is structured? I am trying to write a posts about my class experiences, and want to make sure I using the correct terminology. Thank you.

    • Hi alibey, and thank you for visiting. To be honest I don’t know how to reply. It took me about two years before I could somewhat explain to myself what Tai Chi is. First then I started to understand the art better. Before you really understand the principles behind the movements and functions, I don’t believe that breaking down the art this way is meaningful. I don’t know if I would agree with what you write could be called a Hierarchy. But on the other hand, any kind of description is just as good as anyone else. Tai Chi has forms, such hands, standing practice, weapons. Some styles or schools implement meditation and Qigong systems. Tai Chi styles can be different, teach different things. But the principles are (well, at least more or less) the same.

  3. Useful information! Thanks for your post

  4. Hi David

    It’s an interesting personal history not too far from my own experience. It’s also a nice blog you have, I’ll be following along.
    Best regards to you and your family.


  5. Jeff Chambers said:

    Just read your comments in Rum Soaked Fist. What exactly is it about YJM’s Taijiquan you find poor? I can see the same postures in TT Kiang, CMC, Dong Yingjie though I feel they use a more ornate flow and more gestural physical movements. Also re breathing – YJM generally says that the breathing serves the action, in-passive, out – attack. Is that wrong? Thanks.

    • Hi Jeff, thank you for connecting… What he does goes against both many of my own experiences and what my teachers taught. I started to write my post on breathing: https://taichithoughts.wordpress.com/2021/03/28/on-breathing-in-tai-chi-chuan/ directly after I had watched YWM’s form.
      “the breathing serves the action, in-passive, out – attack. Is that wrong?”
      The breathing should follow the movements naturally. Even when you attack, you need to relax your breath, not tensing. How you breath when you attack depends on what you do. In tai chi, there are methods to attack even when you breath in, as you expand, and use this expansion to power up a fist strike. However, even here, the breathing must be relaxed and natural. You can’t tense up even as you meet your opponent’s body with your fist. Many methods requires a certain experience to understand. I just don’t believe that YJM has some of the required experience to understand some more advanced things. His first books had good exercises, but his applications and actual fighting methods was rudimentary to express myself in a polite manner. I believe that he has focused more on the meditation and qigong aspects through the years than actual fighting methods, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you had the opportunity for instance to meet up with some of William Chen’s students and practice with them, you would understand breathing better from a practical perspective, because they are excellent in using Tai Chi practically while preserving the principles intact.

      • Jeff Chambers said:

        OK thanks. You did comment on his Tai Chi, saying that it was essentially White Crane with some Tai Chi bits stuck on (I’m paraphrasing…). Your comments were quite damning I felt. Your answer above concerns breathing and is interesting – but, do you also not rate his hand form? I understand you don’t think his martial application is worth much.
        In the UK the nearest we have to William Chen is presumably Don Docherty’s Practical Tai Chi Chuan. Do you know him? Rather than from Taiwan, his style is from Hong Kong. Thanks.

      • Hi Jeff. Yes, I feel that he is a foremost a White Crane practitioner. White Crane was his main style and he learned Tai Chi from his White Crane teacher. He has adapted his teachers expression. I do think that he has technical knowledge and a certain qinna expertise. But how he applies it is not much Tai Chi. You see, a good practitioner will take the balance of his opponent just by touch, even by deflecting arm with arm/hand. This is about how you apply pressure against your opponent and what angles you use. I don’t see anything of that when I look at YJM. He blocks or deflects and goes in, but he has no control over the opponent’s structure or balance before he moves in for a technique. Thus they are free to move and change, which means that little of it would work in a real situation. So he just doesn’t apply techniques in a Tai Chi manner. But again, most people don’t know how to do it.
        Docherty, yes I know a couple of senior students. They usually have a quite technical approach. I wouldn’t compare what they do with William Chen, though the WD PTTC people try to make things practical. Chen has a very specific and generous approach to body techniques that is very hard to find elsewhere.

      • Jeff Chambers said:

        “But how he applies it is not much Tai Chi.” – I can see how you would say that, in that, in a video of pushing hands he applies qinna techniques (impressively) when he could instead lead them to fall over. I take your point.
        I studied one style which relied on psychological obedience to the master so as not to embarrass him when far fetched applications were being demonstrated so I am cynical enough. But I DO believe what this guy, Liang de Hua shows is credible. I know some are not so impressed. Is this what you think is missing from YJM?
        Finally I can’t see any William Chen clubs in the UK (London actually).

      • To be honest, I have a very hard time to judge Liang’s actual skill. I do think he has something. But I can’t say if he has what YJM is missing or not. I would like to see where Liang is at in 10-15 years or so, that would be interesting. You could take a look at Wang Peisheng’s Push hands seminar on Youtube. He has what most practitioners are missing – a very clear Tai Chi method and a great precision in what he does. Or take a look at how Li Mogen throws people with ease, but often it still looks quite physical. Those two are the ones I can come to think about for the moment.

  6. Jeff Chambers said:

    Hello David. Since your last reply I have bought the Wang Peisheng book on the Wu hand form. I really like the way it is presented (and it is old enough not to appear fashionable) though I am sure attendance at a class will be pretty necessary, quite quickly! His 37 posture form doesn’t seem to be done by those practising Wu near me in the UK, as they seem to follow Eddie Wu as the (5th gen?) successor. I like it though. Is it worth following the Wang Peisheng book in any case (not for the moment looking at pushing hands) or better to attend a normal class following Eddie Wu? I see Bruce Frantzis defined a 37 posture form accepted by his teacher as well. There are too many styles! Thanks.

    • Hi Jeff, a book might work like an inspiration and give you good pointers on what to strive for. But it’s hard to follow any book. Not because you would have hard to understand the external movements, but because no one is there to direct you properly to understand the internal movements. The machinery, what is on the inside, is what is important. So even if you follow it and do everything properly, it will still be shallow and I don’t know how rewarding it would be. Eddie Wu seems to be a great teacher, that is a good idea. Skill is translated from hand to hand, not by reading letters.

      However, the most important is to find a teacher who focuses on principles and mechanics, as well as finding a teacher you personally like as teacher and like being around. It’s easier to learn something substantial and keep the knowledge for a longer time if you don’t have to be irritated as soon as that person open his/her mouth, or don’t have to feel being minimised by a teacher.

      Hope that made sense. And good luck.

      • Jeff Chambers said:

        Yes it makes sense, thanks. It’s funny, here in London there are many, many schools, seemingly in many, many styles. I am told the teacher is more important than the style so I guess I just have to jump and keep jumping until I find the right teacher. Thanks again.

  7. Sifu David Neighbors said:

    Greetings from Texas. Interesting site. I found good information. I teach mostly Yang forms with a little Sun and Chen thrown in. It is more difficult for the teacher to find a good student than the student to find a good teacher. Good luck in your search for the right person.

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