We’re running a team building day this week with a twist; we’re doing tai chi in the afternoon. It came about because the group we will be working with wanted to use the woodland after the bushcraft activities to do some yoga. I told them the woods would be great for this as I do tai chi there and find it really relaxing. So they asked if we could do a tai chi session with them. Ho Kyung, my teacher, has kindly agreed to do a couple hours training. But it got me thinking whether there are any parallels between my 2 favourite pastimes. I think it could be to do with this: tai chi is likely to have been developed by taoist monks and is certainly influenced by Taoism; within Taoism is the concept of Tzu Jan – the ideal state of human existence that results from living in complete harmony with the forces of nature – does that sound a bit like bushcraft, it certainly does to me. On top of that tai chi has 4 guiding principles – remaining calm (mind), staying relaxed (body), using precise actions and using one technique for many applications. Again, useful things to remember in bushcraft. I think I’ll come back to this again at some point when I’ve thought a bit more about it, but welcome your comments.