Train with a Partner using a Tai Chi Ball

Practice with a partner. This will allow you to focus on your sense of distancing as well as enhancing your connecting, adhering, and sticking jin skills. Whether you are practicing pushing hands or engaged with your enemy, these skills are necessary for positioning an opponent into a disadvantage and defeating them. In the following exercises,

Before Practicing Meridian Qigong Exercises

Before you begin practicing, there are a few points you should understand. These exercises are designed to be done in bed, and ideally, you’ll be able to memorize them so you can practice without the book or DVD. But at first, you’ll need the book or the video by your side. Before we start exercising,

7 Proven Ways Learning Martial Arts Will Improve Your Health

The word ‘martial arts’ strikes a chord in our minds, it is an interesting mix of physical activity routines that have the primary purpose of improving self-defense.  It is extremely beneficial and in this article, we will be focusing on the health benefits you stand to gain by choosing to get involved in martial arts.

Mental Minefields in Taijiquan

There are many mental factors that should be considered when practicing Taijiquan (太極拳), and the way that people naturally react mentally can become traps, especially when interacting with a partner or opponent. Addressing the mind is more familiar to many from the Zen mind approach in Japanese martial arts (especially swordsmanship), but Taijiquan also addresses

The Meaning of Taiji in Taiji Ball Qigong

Wang, Zong-yue said: What is taiji? It is generated from wuji, and is a pivotal function of movement and stillness. It is the mother of yin and yang. When it moves it divides. At rest it reunites.” From this, it is known that taiji is not wuji, and is also not yin and yang. Instead

What You Need to Know About Your Fascia

STORY AT A GLANCE: Your fascia, the fibrous connective tissue found throughout your body, accounts for about 20 percent of your body mass Your fascia stores and moves water, and carries voltage, acting like an electrical wiring system Fascia may play a significant role in pain, especially back pain. The reason for this is because

Muscle memory – it’s all in the mind!

Muscle memory is a common phrase associated with the martial arts as well as in other sports, playing a musical instrument, riding a bike or in the acquisition of any other psycho-motor skill for that matter. It is a useful way of trying to understand what is going on: through repetition of a set of

Purely Offensive Jing

1. Wardoff Jing (Peng Jing) Wardoff jing is a strong yang jing that is used offensively even in defense. In principle, it behaves like a large rubber ball—when pressure is applied, it compresses, and when a certain point is reached, it bounces the outside force away. The opponent’s force is often directed upward; as you

About the Sword

Many martial artists, even those who have studied Chinese martial arts for many years, still have a number of questions about the structure, use, history, and geographical background of the Chinese straight sword (jian). This is because most students of Chinese martial arts have not also studied Chinese culture. Very little of the available martial

WUDE – Martial Morality

[justified_image_grid preset=1 ng_pics=278 wrap_text=yes] Martial morality has always been a required discipline in Chinese martial arts society. Teachers have long considered martial morality to be the most important criterion for judging students, and they have made it the most important part of the training in the traditional Chinese martial arts. It includes two aspects: the

Some Remarks About Sparring

Taijiquan is an internal style of Chinese martial arts. All Chinese martial styles, after a thousand years of practice and experience, understand that in order to have an effective way of fighting, they must acquire the four skills of kicking, striking, wrestling, and Qin Na. The skills of kicking and striking are good for subduing

How Fascia Can Help Us Unravel Deeply Held Tension

The Gifts of Fascia Once you’ve experienced the aha moments that accompany practices that release the body’s fascia, there’s no going back. You know it. A subtle shift. A feeling of letting go. Maybe you haven’t been able to describe it in words. It’s an experience that needs to be felt. But you know it. You may

Practicing Tai Chi helps improve respiratory function in patients with COPD

Tai Chi offers a low-cost, easily accessible alternative to pulmonary rehabilitation, according to a new study in the journal CHEST® Finding ways to help patients with COPD improve their functional status is an area of interest for pulmonary healthcare providers. Currently, pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is used where available to improve exercise capacity and quality of

The real life stories behind kung fu movie legends

We dig into the lives of Wong Fei-Hung, Ip Man, San Te, Huo Yuanjia and more, as we look at the people who inspired classic kung-fu movies. [justified_image_grid preset=2 ng_pics=261] While martial arts films can often be outlandish or fantasy-themed, there are many rooted in true stories of kung fu through the ages. They take

Reflections on Taijiquan—A Complex Art

[justified_image_grid wrap_text=yes preset=2 ng_pics=247]One of the best decisions I ever made in my life is to learn Taijiquan. It is one thing that has always brought me great happiness. I cannot deny how much health I have gained, how balanced my mind has become, and how deeply I have pondered life since I began training

An Introduction to Qi and Qigong

[justified_image_grid wrap_text=yes preset=2 ng_pics=246]If you study the history of the human race, you will see that a large part of this history has been taken up with war, conquest, killing, and the struggle for power. We have tended to worship as heroes those who could conquer and rule other countries, and we have wrongly educated

The Standing Eight Brocades Qigong: Exercises 1, 2 & 3

The standing set of the Eight Pieces of Brocade qigong is more popular than the sitting set, so there are more versions of it. You should not worry about which version is better or more accurate, because the basic principles are the same. It is more important that you really understand the root of the

Words of Experience by Tung Ying Chie

Translated by Albert Tang – Little Mountain Tai Club Student Tai Chi Chuan is an internal martial art exercise. Strength is produced in the bones. Power is reserved at the muscles. It does not require one to have tough skin or thick muscles, but sunken “chi” and strong bones are required. Therefore, learners have no

Analysis of Taijiquan Techniques

  by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 22, 2016 It is important to understand how martial sequences are created and what purposes they serve. Sometimes people who lack this understanding tend to view the taijiquan sequence as a dance or abstract movement. A proper understanding of the root of the art will help you practice in the most

The Importance of Posture in Taijiquan

  by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 29, 2016 Since taijiquan is an internal qigong martial style, correct posture is essential. Incorrect postures can cause many problems: a tight posture can stagnate the internal qi circulation, wrong postures may expose your vital points to attack, and floating shoulders and elbows will break the jing and reduce jing storage.

Breathing Exercises for Tai Chi Ball

The following will highlight some fundamental techniques required for nei gong. Nei gong is also known as internal gongfu. Internal gong focuses on regulating the body, breathing, mind, qi, and spirit. It is impossible to cover all of this training here, so if you are interested, please refer to the books The Root of Chinese

Basic Taiji Theory

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

About YMAA

 

Yang’s Martial Arts Association was established in Boston, MA in 1982. With the intent of preserving traditional Chinese Kung Fu and Qigong , Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming began training students in the rigors of Shaolin Long Fist and White Crane Gongfu as well as Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan. Dr. Yang also undertook his life-long dream of teaching and researching the Chinese arts and introducing them to the West through many books, videos and DVDs.

Contact

 

Ealing Tai Chi –
YMAA Orientsport

Gurnell Grove Community Hall
Gurnell Grove, Ealing, W13 0AQ
Instructor: Zibi Panasewicz
mobile: 07846938469
email: zibi(AT) orientsport.co.uk