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For centuries the ancient wisdom keepers and healers in several traditions had a keen understanding of the energetic body. The healing traditions from China, India, Japan and Tibet, as well as other countries all spoke of energy channels, meridians or nadis along which the vital energy flowed.
Life was considered to be a bio-electrical and vibrational energy phenomenon and so health revolved around balancing energy through various means. Life existed because of life force and energy running through and animating the body, ensuring we can move, breathe, digest food, think and even feel.
You probably will recognise a tai chi instructor instantly as they will be the most relaxed person in the room but in case you don’t here’s a short guide.
- They find it hard to resist adjusting your posture
- They pronounce the Chinese words correctly (but no-one else understands what they are saying)
- They’ll be wearing loose black trousers and a black or white t-shirt (silk pyjamas for special occasions)
In a meeting:
- its the one who’s meditating
- the one who tests your rooting whilst shaking your hand
In the street:
- the one wearing shoes with very thin soles or with the word Feiyue emblazoned across them.
- practising tai chi moves in public oblivious to the strange looks others are giving them.
- standing with their kees unlocked instantly ready to move (slowly).
On the train or bus:
- the one standing without holding on in order to improve their balance.
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by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 16, 2015
If we desire to understand tàijí theory, then we must first trace back to its origins and roots. Only then will we know how and where it came from. Although a great proportion of Chinese martial arts history is vague, we can still trace it with some accuracy and in some detail.
If we trace Chinese martial arts history back, we can see a clear lineage beginning during the Liáng dynasty (Liáng Cháo, 梁朝) (AD 502–557). There are no surviving martial documents from before this time that record or discuss qì and how to correlate it with martial arts, even though at that time, Chinese qigong practice had existed for more than two thousand years…
by Jáchym Jerie, March 21, 2011
We always hear stories about Kung Fu (功夫) or Taijiquan (太極拳) masters who have developed incredible skills. One of the reasons why they became so good is because they practiced Martial Grand Circulation. Some martial arts practitioners believe that through Martial Grand Circulation, one can energize the muscles to a higher state of efficiency. This will give the practitioner the ability to lead the energy to the areas that require it. Hence, the training can be much more efficient and the practitioner can progress at a faster pace. In addition, it increases the sensitivity of the practitioner so that once he touches his opponent, he can sense his every movement. This is especially useful in Taijiquan Pushing Hands and the Southern White Crane style. In the field of Qigong (氣功) there are many grand circulations that one can refer to. However, this article will focus on Martial Grand Circulation…