Welcome to the website for my fifth book, Ride Backwards on Dragon: a poet’s journey through Liuhebafa. A finalist for Canada’s Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, Ride Backwards on Dragon is a collection of 66 linked poems following the 66-move sequence of Liuhebafa, a 1,000-year-old martial art from China that I have been studying since 1997 (with thanks to my teacher Josh Crossley for starting me on this path).
I also include 30 pages of endnotes in the book to help decode the Taoist metaphysical symbolism of the ancient names of all 66 moves, since they are purported to be a hidden recipe for internal alchemy, longevity and even immortality.
Have a look around. In addition to information on the book, I also have some further information on Liuhebafa and the other internal martial arts from China (Tai Chi, Bagua, Hsing-I), plus Taoism and Qigong. I also post my nature-themed haiga here. (Haiga is a Japanese literary/art form consisting of a haiku plus an image.)
And check out my creativity workshops involving these practices in my Pen & Dragon: Kung Fu for Writers series.
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May you be river flowing, never ceasing,