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The 36 Health Exercises of Master Ha Kinh
Volume 22, No. 3 Autumn 2012 $5.00
Layman’s Guide to Tongue Diagnosis:
Breathing for Taijiquan
What Your Tongue is Saying
Words About Martial Arts for Health (2)
Departments: • Taoist Secrets to Menopause and Low Testosterone • Boba Tea • Daoist Immortals and The Renaissance of Qigong: More on Zhao Bichen • Tidbits, News and Events
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Luk Tung Kuen:
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For years I have been looking for a combination of stretching, moving, breathing, and visualization techniques that would increase my mental and physical wellbeing. I discovered many wonderful exercises...But until recently I kept seeing one marvelous set of movements of which I hadn’t the slightest idea of what exactly they were. And this was no rare item either: I saw people doing it from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. By John Voigt
A Layman’s Guide to Tongue Diagnosis:
What Your Tongue is Saying ................................. 26
When it comes to Chinese medicine, tongue diagnosis is an important part of diagnostic queries. Along with asking the patient about their chief complaint and feeling the wrist pulse quality, a Registered Acupuncturist can use the tongue to explain many causes of disease. The key to optimal health is not just getting rid of signs and symptoms but to effect change at the most basic level: lifestyle. Herein, that is what this article will aim to do. Many people have questions about their tongues and what they show about their health. By Kenton Sefcik
Breathing For Taijiquan......................................... 34
Everybody knows how to breathe. We don’t have to think about it. It just happens when we need it. But what if our modern lifestyle has weaned us away from “natural” to “normal”? What if that “normal” is insidiously harmful to us in many ways—physically, mentally and even spiritually? By Rob Talbot
Part Two (conclusion):
Words About Martial Arts for Health .................... 40
How does something aimed at hurting also heal? Thanks to these readings and to Professor Kenneth Cohen who includes them in his teacher training curriculum, I am able to offer here an examination of books with insights on these questions. Because these books are also a record of the entrance and growth in the United States of this Asian art, I discuss them in a roughly approximate order of their first publication dates. By Carol McFrederick
Events and News ........................................................................ 3 Taoist Secrets to Menopause & Low Testosterone .......................... 4 Culture: Boba Tea ......................................................................... 7 Daoist Immortals & The Renaissance of Qigong: More on Zhao Bichen ................................................................... 8 Back Issues ................................................................................ 52 Calendar of Events ...................................................................... 54 Listings of Professionals .............................................................. 57 Subscription & Order Forms ........................................................ 64
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Liu Yang’s performance is gentle and natural. Healthy Living: One To prevent the architectural wonof the best parts about the Olympics der from further damage. foundation remains. autonomous regions and municipalities. Tong Mingkang. but strategic areas to fend off northern nomadic tribes. “The saving and preserving ACUPUNCTURE of the Great Wall’s relics should not be delayed. So far. the is going home. is 21. establishing funding Yet beyond the hard work and is a popular for protection. plopping down Did you central government rolled on the couch. and maintenance for the these fierce competitors to the at the 2012 Great Wall. and in some sections. The three-minute long show by Liu Yang also brought some enjoyment to the staff at Beijing Aerospace Control Center. up a monitoring and warning system (continued on page 12) AUTUMN 2012 QI—3 .Event & Association News CHINA’S GREAT WALL IS 13. such as mining. 2006. Hebei. Damage from human activities.721 heritage sites were identified nationwide during the survey. defense works and passes.C. It was put on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1987. infrastructure development and profit-driven tourism. said at Tuesday’s press briefing. Shandong. incorporated acupuncture into their By 2015. according to the latest survey results released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) on Tuesday. —CNTV. as a preliminary survey in 2008 only showed that the Great Wall structures built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) extended more than 8. Liu Yang strapped down her feet and began warm-up exercises. Construction of the first Great Wall dates back to the Warring States Period (475-221 B.. including Beijing. Astro- A naut Physical Trainer. a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing. Some local residents have taken soil or bricks from the wall. according to the survey report. silver and gold. A total of 43. Henan. Shanxi. Liaoning. the cultural heritage administrative Did you know that acupuncdepartment and local governments “a ture is a popular modality for injury comprehensive and accurate picture rehabilitation. Tong said. worked out a general guideline for who’s actually licensed to practice the protection of the Great Wall and set ancient healing art. Tai Chi stresses body. they pack up and head on home to The five-year survey finally gave their respective countries.) and. TheDailyZeel. Heilongjiang. over subsequent centuries. and banning podium. Shaanxi. walls were built by later dynasties in scattered. the SACH will have training programs and. form and meaning while emphasizing balance between Yin and Yang. including stretches of the wall. something we tend to commercial activities on the overlook are the methods and London wall. She says all the astronauts enjoy performing Tai Chi when they have spare time.” which of your favorite athletes have Tong said. Tai Chi also provides physical exercise.170 MILES LONG Xinhua—China’s existing Great Wall. as well as other related Great Wall facilities and ruins. said. Qinghai. one of the country’s signature relics. Another important reason is that Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese sports activity. and have planted crops over ruins of it. A large amount of the wall has 6 OLYMPIANS WHO ACHE FOR collapsed. Jilin. even cooler.196. She then performed some Tai Chi. The program was specially designed for the mission crew by the physical trainer for the astronauts. according to the report.CN to eradicate major risks so as to ensure intact. But cultural heritage means required to keep their Olympics? officials and experts said the bodies in peak condition from bans were poorly enforced in remote the time the torch is lit to the moment regions. 74..18 kilometers long (13.1 percent is in poor condieffective preservation of the Great tion. Gansu. restoration determination it takes to get modality. SACH deputy chief. have been detected in recent years.” Tong also accompanied Liu Yang into the return capsule on the day the spacecraft blasted off. pain prevention and of the status quo of the Great Wall. Tong Feizhou.7 miles). and cheering on out a set of rules on the proour favorite athletes as they go know that tection of the Great Wall in acupuncture for the bronze.2 percent of the wall built during the Ming Dynasty remains FEMALE ASTRONAUT PERFORMS TAI CHI IN SPACE fter finishing her routine tasks and communicating with the control center. This was the first time such a figure had been released. An archeological survey jointly conducted by the SACH and the former State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping since 2007 found that the Great Wall structures span the country’s 15 provinces.170. Ningxia and Xinjiang.850 km. Inner Mongolia. Cultural heritage officials and experts warn that the Great Wall is still threatened by natural forces as well as human activities. Tianjin.” the report stresses. only its Wall. only 8. “Performing Tai Chi is to regulate their breathing and relax their body and muscles and bones. overall physical maintenance at the which could serve as a solid founda2012 London Olympics? Check out tion for future protection projects.
Qi Department: Qigong
TAOIST SECRETS TO MENOPAUSE & LOW TESTOSTERONE
By Brendan Thorson
ould you like to maintain youthful vitality into your elder years and skip the dramatic mid-life health decline that naturally occurs when both men and women have a significant reduction in their reproductive hormone levels? Modern medicine offers hormone replacement therapy to help some people ease into old age, but evidence has shown there are many side effects and risks that may outweigh the gains for those who do not want to gamble with their health. Fortunately for those who truly cherish their health and life, the Ancient Taoist (Daoist) Master’s Secrets to potentially reverse, prevent or delay the onset of menopause and low testosterone (or andropause) are available to you from Yi Ren Qigong Training. Qigong can help you to naturally maintain and transform your health, energy levels and reproductive hormones. This can make it possible to prolong your youthful vitality and to help you obtain longevity with robust internal energies, strength and peace throughout.
Menopause and low testosterone is usually caused by a gradual decline of internal energies and energy systems of the body. This results in a weakened reproductive system and lower production of reproductive energies and hormones. This is similar to the premature deterioration of a car that is not well maintained and regularly serviced. Chinese medicine believes women reach their peak strength at the age of 28 and men at the age of 32. Then both sexes energies gradually weaken as the years pass, because they are leaking vital energy. By the time they are in their late 40s or mid 50s both sexes internal energies will commonly degrade to the point that their reproductive energies are significantly compromised. This will result in the body and mind getting weaker and initiate the process of growing old.1 There are many health complications related to the process of mid-life change. These include the glands not working at an optimal level resulting, in lower hormone production and the depletion of vital internal energies. For instance, women commonly expe-
Symptoms of female hormone imbalance •Acne or oily skin •Bloating •Bone loss •Decreased fertility •Depression •Excess facial and body hair •Hot flashes •Heavy or painful periods •Irregular periods •Irritability •Loss of muscle mass •Loss of scalp hair •Low libido •Memory lapses •Mood swings •Nervousness •Night sweats •Poor concentration •Sleep disturbances •Tender or fibrocystic breasts •Urinary incontinence •Vaginal dryness •Weight gain http://www.zrtlab.com/hormone-testing/ symptoms-of-hormone-imbalance.html
Symptoms of male hormone imbalance •Bone loss •Decreased mental clarity •Decreased muscle strength •Decreased stamina •Decreased urine flow •Depression •Erectile dysfunction •Hot flashes •Increased abdominal fat •Increased urge to urinate •Irritability •Low sex drive •Mood swings •Night sweats •Poor concentration •Sleep disturbances http://www.zrtlab.com/hormone-testing/ symptoms-of-hormone-imbalance.html
rience hot flashes, irritability, anxiety, loss of scalp hair, excess facial hair, and weak muscles and joints. While men commonly experience decreased muscular strength, stamina, erectile dysfunction, increased body fat and poor sleep.2 (see attached charts for more details) All the above symptoms are a clear sign that the body has lost its original power and natural internal energy balance. If we were to see a young person with all of the above noted health problems, we would feel sorry for that individual and hope he had a way to regain his health and youthful vitality. If you had the choice between living with the aforementioned symptoms and health complications or enjoying your mid-life and beyond, which would you choose? Qigong can reset the internal energy programs by reorganizing the internal energy systems so a person can gain energy, as opposed to losing energy as he or she ages. Using our car analogy, this would be like getting your vehicle regularly serviced and well maintained. For some people this would be like getting a major overhaul, including rebuilding the car’s entire engine to transform it from a jalopy to a gem. The energy systems that would be reprogrammed include the reproductive energies and hormones to maintain health and avoid the natural aging process most people experience in their mid life. Yi Ren Qigong training begins to improve and harmonize our internal energy levels including the functioning of the organs and glands. There are many key centers and areas of the body that need to be developed to upgrade the whole energy system in a balanced way. The 3-steps directly related to the development and maintenance of the reproductive system that take place in development of the energy body from levels 1-3 in the Yi Ren Qigong Training: The activation of the “power center” sacrum related to boosting the energy levels of the reproductive system. The development of the reproduc-
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Reversing the energy flow of the reproductive energies from outward to inward. a boosting of my reproductive system and reproductive system aliveness like I had as a teenager. Firmer & more Elastic Face and Body Skin •Yi Ren Qigong Facelifts—A) Droopy Faces Tighten Up. Like the energy flow of babies and kids before reaching puberty. The above noted changes were important to help me become more masculine. C) Face Color Improvements AUTUMN 2012 QI—5 . just like our energy system was when we were children. B) Withered & Wrinkly Faces become softer more Elastic & Less Wrinkly. C) Face Color Improvements Male Yi Ren Qigong Health Benefits Related to Hormone Symptom Imbalances (Ages 40s – 70s): •Significant reduction in depression •Significant Sleep Improvements •Increased Strength and Stamina •Enhanced Sexual Power •Improved Concentration •Decreased Abdominal Fat •Softer. and development for my life. bones. That gives children the amazing power to physically and mentally grow and develop. vitality. When I first began this training at the age of 30 my body was prematurely worn down.Qi Department: Qigong tive energy pathways and reproductive glands which include the testes/ prostate or ovaries/uterus. This is described as the reverse energy flow in Taoism—so one can be like a child again. To date I have had numerous male and female students with ages ranging from teens to 70s that have significantly increased their internal strength. This will allow the body to digest more of its reproductive energies for upgrading our energy levels that can be used for healing. B) Withered & Wrinkly Faces become softer more Elastic & Less Wrinkly. To summarize. increased facial hair. A major key to the strengthening and healing of my body has been the empowering of my reproductive system and increased levels of reproductive hormones as a result of my qigong training. longevity. Yi Ren Qigong can help you overcome health imbalances related to menopause and low testosterone. Yi Ren Qigong has allowed me to rebuild my once broken down mind and body. Firmer & more Elastic Face and Body Skin •Yi Ren Qigong Facelifts—A) Droopy Faces Tighten Up. active and can sense the energy flow backward into my body and then circulate to other areas of my body like my organs. personal growth and spiritual development. weak and exhausted—I felt like an exhausted broken down old-man stuck in a young-man’s body. but the real long term benefits from my upgraded reproductive system is the increased regeneration power my body now has for greater healing. I have visually watched students reverse their biological age and heard umpteen testimonials related to their healing and health benefits related to reproductive hormone imbalance symptoms. You may be asking yourself is it really possible to reset and enhance my internal energies and postpone or prevent menopause or low testosterone? I believe the answer is yes. and muscles for healing and tonification. I also notice sometimes during my qigong practice that I can feel the reproductive glands are very alive. A process that could be described as second puberty or adult puberty lead to a slight deepening of my voice. fascia. If you are willing to make this practice a priority in your life then you may also be able to experience what I described as a “second puberty” to help you gain extra internal power of your regeneraFemale Yi Ren Qigong Health Benefits Related to Hormone Symptom Imbalances (Ages 40s-70s): •Increased Stamina •Significant reduction in depression •Overcome Hot Flashes •Feel Calmer & Balance of Excess Emotions •Sleep Improvements •Improvements to Memory & Concentration Levels •Reversed Aging Process of Reproductive Organs •Improved Muscle Tone and Body Shape •Softer. vitality and energies.
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DAOIST IMMORTALS & THE RENAISSANCE OF QIGONG: MORE ON ZHAO BICHEN
By Kenneth S. Cohen
was delighted to read Dr. Adrian Chan-Wyles’ article “Master Zhao Bichen (1860-1942) Daoist Immortal” in the Summer 2012 issue of Qi: The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health and Fitness. Because my own lineage is also connected to Master Zhao, I have a great interest in this subject. I hope that this essay will complement Dr. Chan-Wyles’ insightful and meticulous research. Most scholars attribute modern qigong to the influence of three figures: Liu Guizhen 劉貴珍 (1920-1983), Hu Yaozhen 胡耀貞 (1897-1973), and Jiang Weiqiao 蔣維喬 (aka Yin Shi Zi 因是子, 1873-1958). Liu Guizhen was a leading doctor and scholar of Chinese medicine, best known in qigong circles as the first person to promote Nei Yang Gong 內養功 “Inner Nourishing Qigong” which combines breathing with healing affirmations. Hu Yaozhen was a Daoist, qigong master, doctor of Chinese medicine, and master of the classic internal martial arts (Taiji Quan, Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan). He was also a qigong teacher of famed Chen Style Taiji Quan Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang (1928-2012). This legacy continues today among the thousands who practice Hu Yaozhen’s Hunyuan 混 元 (Primordial) Qigong. Liu and Hu were friends and in the early 1950s were the first to apply Daoist healing techniques, known as Yang Sheng 養 生 (Nurturing Life) in hospitals. However, because Daoism was suspected of being “counter-revolutionary” by the new Chinese Communist Party, Liu and Hu realized that the only way to preserve Yang Sheng was by renaming it and divesting it, at least in public discourse, of its Daoist roots. Thus, they popularized the little known term qigong and coined the phrase yi gong, “medical qigong.” In the early 1950s Liu collected and published research on the effect of Nei Yang Gong on digestive disorders. In 1954 he established a qigong clinic in the city of Tangshan. One year later,
his center won a government award, and his methods were introduced in hospitals across China. In 1956, Hu Yaozhen established the first qigong hospital in Beijing and three years later demonstrated his skills at the first Chinese national qigong symposium. The third generally recognized “father of modern qigong” is Jiang Weiqiao, a Buddhist author, editor, and college professor. In 1914 he published the most popular Chinese work on meditation of all time, Yin Shi Zi Jing Zuo Fa 因是子靜坐法, “Yin Shi Zi’s Tranquil Sitting Methods,” which described the practice and experience of Xiao Zhou Tian 小周天 (Small Heavenly Orbit Meditation, popularly known among English speakers as “Microcosmic Orbit”). He was one of the first to try to explain meditation in physiologic and scientific terms. In 1956, Jiang supervised a qigong clinic in Shanghai and in 1957 gave a qigong workshop at the famed qigong gathering at Beidaihe Sanatorium. (Tragically, not long after the workshop, Jiang committed suicide. He had learned that his son had just
been labeled a “rightist,” meaning an intellectual who promoted subversive, anti-communist ideas such as capitalism. Jiang knew that his son would become one of the hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens “purged” through forced labor, persecution, or execution.) There was, however, another important influence on the development and preservation of qigong, and that is the esteemed Daoist master Zhao Bichen 趙避塵 , also known as The Old Man of A Thousand Peaks 千 峯老人. His Xing Ming Fa Jue Ming Zhi 性命法訣明指 , “Secrets of Cultivating Spiritual Nature and Life” was published in Beijing in 1933. Translated into English by Charles Luk 陸寬昱 (1898-1978), it was published in 1970 as Taoist Yoga: Alchemy & Immortality. It was thus one of the first works to discuss advanced qigong meditations in English. But Zhao’s teachings also formed the spiritual core of various Chinese martial arts, and many teachers of both martial and contemplative arts have been influenced by his lineage, myself included. Zhao had learned meditation and
Liao Kong from “Secrets of Cultivating Spiritual Nature and Life”
Liao Kong and his disciple, Zhao Bichen from “Secrets of Cultivating Spiritual Nature and Life”
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to Sun Xikun 孫錫堃 (18831952). was also a martial artist. From “The Common Basis of Martial Arts” martial arts lineages. Wan also wrote major books on Chinese martial arts and qigong.. Sun’s seminal work “The True Transmission of Bagua Zhang” includes sections on Daoist cultivation. Both Zhang Maolin and Zhang Qinlin accepted Wang Yannian 王延 年 (1914-2008) as a disciple. “The Common Basis of Martial Arts”. painting. To recapitulate. most significantly Wu Shu Hui Zong 武 術滙宗. Tsui Wei 催巍 (1926-2010) originally from China but who taught for many years in Oakland. lived. who became the third patriarch of Gold Mountain Daoism. Here is an outline: Tan Bo taught Zuo Yifeng 左一峰. student of Liao Kong and Tan Bo. Zhao’s other teacher. qigong.S. and Wan Laisheng walking with exquisite balance on a bamboo basket.. Tan Bo’s lineage was carried not only by Zhao and his successors but also through another branch of Tan Bo’s tree that eventually sprouted in the United States. Sun Xikun taught (continued on page 10) AUTUMN 2012 QI—9 . son of the founder of Yang Style Taiji Quan. I enjoyed several lengthy conversations with Tsui Wei and greatly appreciated his integration of Daoist philosophy and breathing techniques into his Taiji Quan practice. At age 13. his methods are practiced in most major cities in the United States. Du learned from an eccentric Daoist named Dwarf Xu. California. the famed martial artist from the mountain village of Yanbantian in Hunan Province. we have a line of transmission from Tan Bo to Zuo Yifeng to Zhang Maolin and Zhang Qinlin. who both taught Wang Yannian. Zhao Bichen. published in 1927. an alchemical meditation to awaken the spirits of the head and generate saliva. and because of the school he opened in New York City after moving there in 1964. He had been a student of Yang Jianhou. near Beijing. mentioned earlier in this essay as one of the founders of the qigong movement in China (though Hu also learned from others). was a champion martial artist. in turn.C. Canada. another major player in the spread of wu shu and qigong. in addition to being a Daoist. and Taiji Quan. There are still other notable connections and inter-connections among these Daoist. During the 1980s. a “Master of the Five Excellences”: calligraphy. Zhang Qinlin taught Hu Yaozhen. Tan Bo. an internal martial art based on the Five Elements. Europe. and the life of Zhao Bichen. Du taught his combination of Daoism and martial arts to Wan Laisheng 萬籟聲 (1903-1992). Liao Kong also taught Du Xinwu 杜心五 (1869-1955). enabling Du to leap to tremendous heights. Zhang Qinlin.Qi Department: Qigong Tan Bo from “Secrets of Cultivating Spiritual Nature and Life” Daoist alchemy from the Buddhist and Daoist Monk Liao Kong 了空 and from Tan Bo 潭柏. like Zhao. From “The Common Basis of Martial Arts” Wan Laisheng practicing Teeth Clacking. Zhang was furthermore an important teacher of Zheng Manqing 鄭曼青 (1902-1975). became one of the most beloved Taiji Quan grandmasters in Taiwan. He taught Xingyi Quan. the second patriarch of the Gold Mountain sect of Daoism. poetry. who taught him the Spontaneous Boxing School (Zi Ran Men 自然門) he had founded as well as light-weight skills (qing gong). Stones are gradually removed week by week. Zheng Manqing was one of the most influential Taiji Quan Grandmasters in the world. one of the five masters chosen by the Chinese government to direct the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanjing in 1928. Wan’s students teach throughout the world. Wang. and others in the U. and elsewhere. Complete Perfection sect. before he began training with Liao Kong. Zuo taught Zhang Maolin 張茂林 (on whom he conferred the Daoist name “Formless” 無形) and Zhang Qinlin 張欽霖 (Daoist name: “Fearless” 無畏). Gold Mountain Daoism 金山 派 is a branch of the well-known Quan Zhen. making the practice more and more challenging. The basket is weighted with stones. herbal formulas to heal martial arts injuries. whose disciples included Scott Rodell in Washington D. Chinese medicine.
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8 kilograms if the herbs are used and 4. It’s a scene that’s played out at other UNESCO sites across China. the ornate towers were built by families and villages in need of protection during the late 19th and early 20th centuries when much of the country was controlled by warlords and banditry was rife. The tiny village of Zili attracts dozens of tour buses on weekends. the Paris-based chief of UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific section. said she found the results “encouraging.Event & Association News on Chinese weight-loss treatments that were designed not to help people who simply wanted to become slimmer. where world heritage status is increasingly being used as a economic vehicle to develop backward regions. Hong Kong itself has an obesity problem too. but for those who wanted to reduce the health risks. Professor Chan. “A Western approach was used to show Western scientists that Chinese medicine methods work. says “People are getting richer and they have the right to appreciate heritage sites but we need a balance. lush bamboo groves and ancient villages. these days the Kaiping watchtowers. Jing Feng. you will eventually encounter the tiger. height and waistline measurements—from around 50. Bristling with battlements and turrets. Literal meaning: When you go up to the mountain too often.” Other Chinese media claimed Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority would now collect data—such as weight. face a threat of a different nature—the incredible boom in Chinese tourism. China (CNN)—In a quiet corner of southern China’s Pearl River Delta. and the points in the leg known as “Sanyinjiao” (near the ankle) and “Zusanli” (just below the knee). told the South China Morning Post. Professor Juliana Chan Chungngor. with its Department of Health estimating that one in five people aged between 18 and 64 are obese.” Chinese University’s assistant dean of medicine. Now a UNESCO world heritage site. scheduled to begin next January. who led the research. Like most modern cities these days. hundreds of abandoned watchtowers dot a landscape of water-logged rice paddies. According to the report. such as the onset of diabetes.000 patients at its Chinese medicine clinics as it prepares to undergo a large scale clinical trial. The most successful acupressure points used were those in the ear aimed at the spleen and the stomach. Their passengers are ushered around the towers by guides sporting red flags and microphones rigged up to loud speakers. TOURISM BOOM THREATENS CHINA’S HERITAGE SITES Kaiping. China now has 43 world heritage sites. Professor Chan said some drugs commonly used to fight obesity in Western countries had been known to cause blood pressure or even emotional problems. which are associated with obesity. the studies—written in both Chinese and English and undertaken in a number of countries including China—found that the herbs most commonly and successfully used in such treatments included “huang quin” (Baical skullcap root) and “shanzha” (hawthorn fruit).” shàng de sh n du zh ng yù h 上得山多终遇虎 Similar Western version: The fish which nibbles at every bait will be caught.1kg if the acupuncture is used. or diaolou as they are known locally. Significant losses found through extended treatment The researchers claimed that treatments can result in weight loss of around 5. the most of any country in the world and dozens of other wannabe UNESCO sites across China are preparing bids. —Chinese proverb AUTUMN 2012 QI—17 . both over a period of up to four months.
LUK TUNG KUEN:
THE 36 HEALTH EXERICES OF MASTER HA KINH
BY JOHN VOIGT “Luk Tung Kuen is like a sweet and delicious longsimmered and wholesome Cantonese-Style Soup that functions as a gentle medicine adjusting and benefiting the vital life energy [qi-氣]”. —Master Ha Kinh
THE SEARCH or years I have been looking for a combination of stretching, moving, breathing, and visualization techniques that would increase my mental and physical well-being. I discovered many wonderful exercises—[I have documented some of this search in previous issues of Qi Journal, see “Qigong in the Park,” Fall 2009; and “Taiji Qigong” in Winter 2011-2012]. But until recently I kept seeing (and doing) one marvelous set of movements of which I hadn’t the slightest idea of what exactly they were, or even what they were called. And this was no rare item either: I saw people doing it from the East Coast to the West Coast of the United States. Whenever I dared ask (in English) what is this Qigong called, I was told something in what sounded like the Cantonese language. Sad to say, I had no idea what they were saying. In an attempt to find out more about it, I scoured through many books, spent many hours on my
computer using various search engines, typing “qigong” in all sorts of spellings, even—against my better judgment—Chinese traditional and simplified scripts. In all this searching I found nothing. Nothing at all. At last I found an English speaking practitioner, a stocky smiling older Chinese gentleman. They called him “Harry” and he wore a large Stetson cowboy hat. To my question he replied, “It’s from Hong Kong, so they call it the Hong Kong Hei Gong.” Noting my blank expression, he continued, “Hei—[pronounced ‘hay’]—is how qi is pronounced in Cantonese.” The only problem is that what Harry told me wasn’t exactly correct. He had given me a variant slang term—not its “official” name. Then one morning in Oakland’s Madison Park there came a breakthrough. After having done “what-ever-its-name-was” with about a hundred people, I asked and was given its name on a slip of paper. I took the hastily scribbled Chinese characters 六通拳 and made the short trip over to San Francisco to find a Chinese book store. There I was told that it meant “Luk Tung Kuen” or in English “Six Circulation Fist.” Eagerly I asked the knowledgeable store owner to sell me all the books and videos she had about it. She thought for a moment, shook her head but
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Oakland. She remembered her father’s exercises and began to practice them. Their basic URLs are given at the end of this article. each morning every day of the year.” Back in Boston.com did have one entry. and open to all people regardless of age. AUTUMN 2012 QI—19 . Living conditions were difficult. Google Books had nothing. In 1941 to escape an invading Japanese army. There she married. gender. “There are no books about it— not even in Chinese.org. A Malaysian doctor recommended exercise. Within a week. Nevertheless no meaningful introductory explanation had been written in English about it in any book or magazine! It was then I decided to do this article. Used with permission of Master Ha Kinh.” It is to be practiced outdoors in groups. In 1985 she went to live with her children in Los Angeles and continued to teach LTK.Oakland Fall 2011. Medicine did not work and she grew sicker. It must always be presented free of charge. and now with its proper Chinese name. (Ho Wing Siu 何永紹). Luk Tung Kuen is to “Strengthen the Body and Serve the Society. and later had its instructions translated from Cantonese into English. California. and the world. Wikipedia had nothing. Her father. and energy (qi/ chi) meridians. north of Kowloon. the other in Hong Kong. There is a DVD available in Hong Kong. educational. After a series of tests.” and pronounced “Haw King”). She practiced them daily. The number of students grew. she and her parents moved to Saigon. In 1986 she returned to Hong Kong to stay. race.” Over the years. From http://www. Hong Kong. one in California. She was born in Guangdong province in Southern China in 1918. Many of these students would go on to teach LTK throughout the United States. and on his knowledge of the body’s internal organs. At sixteen Ha Kinh contracted malaria. MASTER HA KINH It all begins with a strong willed and charismatic woman named Ha Kinh—(何瓊 sometimes written as “Ho King.luktungkuen. she became deathly ill. an now out of print used VHS tape. Amazon.” Another reflective pause—then. By 1963 Ha Kinh relocated to Hong Kong and began teaching Luk Tung Kuen publicly. By now I knew that every day thousands of people do Luk Tung Kuen in this country and in China. Master Ha Kinh leading a Luk Tung Kuen practice in a park. Together they named them Luk Tung Kuen. joints. or economic background. 1980 Hong Kong. When she returned she told me sadly. religion.) However I did find two very important websites.hk/category/hoking. or singularly. her doctor confirmed the benefits of these exercises. Suffering from malnutrition. Google Magazines had nothing. searched the store anyway. where today she is listed as “Founder and Chief [but] never President. but we don’t have it here. was a acupuncturist who created his own exercise regime based on Chinese martial art boxing. To spread her teachings—which also include giving to charitable institutions— her pupils formed the Luk Tung Kuen Association. I went to the standard digital sources and typed in Luk Tung Kuen. (I immediately bought it. Once again she regained her health. Master Ha Kinh has been adamant about certain things. Doing LTK no. The story goes that her father taught her the exercises he had developed. “Maybe when you get home you might be able to find information on the internet. 4 “Hands Out to Sides” in Madison Park. she completely recovered.
They are (in the words of Master Ha Kinh) “Targeted to help our bodies stay healthy. and improves the elasticity of the joints in your hands and fingers. LTK no.luktungkuen.” More about the health benefits of LTK from http://www. shoulder.” The entire program lasts for approximately forty 20 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . April. kidneys. or any other.Author in Boston. Go to http:// www.” LUK TUNG KUEN: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE FORMS Disclaimer: Caution: If you have any physical disabilities or health problems you should consult with your physician or health care provider before undertaking this. heart. arms. offered only as a short introduction to Luk Tung Kuen.luktungkuen.org scroll to “News and Events. The stretching of extremities tightens abdominal muscles. The hand movement stimulates the acupoints which in-turn stimulates the function of the brain. exercise program. 2012. she is still healthy and active in the world of LTK. MOVEMENTS 1 TO 36 What follows is a summary.” then to “2011: Ha Kinh Visit December.” Its purpose is to promote good health for those who practice it diligently. Now in her 90’s. 1 “Hands Open the Door. fingers and central nervous system.org The controlled movement regulates the cardiac muscles which facilitates and improves blood circulation. For instructions to properly learn the exercises refer below to “Sources For Further Information. There is a short video clip made less that a year ago that captures her dynamism. These exercises are not offered as treatment for any illness or other medical problems.
It is best done outdoors. Do the same with the left foot. Look at the right hand and drop that middle finger ten times. Interlock the fingers and extend the arms forward knuckles out. they should move as gently and comfortably as they can—or simply disregard that particular exercise. don’t fall over. Ten times. The symptoms are fatigue. 1. especially LI-4. the left hand by the waist with palm facing down. and press down over the right leg five times. In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine this: helps clean and clear [疏通] the veins and arteries [血管] of the heart. headache. 3. 5. in groups. heart. and for bones and muscles of the arms. shoulder. and as exercise in general does. Stimulates 18 important acupuncture points on the right side. Each punch has three counts. neuralgia and depressed mood. On each turn to the side the wrists quickly touch. then forwards). Do ten times. This form also is called “Luk Tung” (“Six Circulation”) because it opens AUTUMN 2010 QI—21 SPRING 2012 . Hands Open the Door. Bicycling. Circling the Foot. then bring hands back to the chest ten times.minutes. ten times. Imitate beating a drum with alternate hands. Steady yourself on something if necessary. However if a person has difficulty doing any exercise. hearing. Left hand in front of face and right hand on small of the back.) Helps avoid Neurasthenia—a condition commonly diagnosed in Asia. Beneficial for the joints of the fingers. Beneficial for the vital organs. ten times. End by extending arms forward with palms out. and central nervous system. Beauty in the Mirror. Look at the left hand and drop the middle finger ten times. and the left side. Number Two. Hands Open the Door. Turn to the right and reverse hands. 9. Assume a crouching position. Turn palms forward and take three deep breaths. No other exercises should follow them. This exercise also opens and cleans the nerves of the brain. Hand Exercise. Left leg forward. as the left pushes down. Repeat with the left foot. With hands on hips. This exercise is also for the veins and arteries of the heart. draw circles with the heel of the right foot. Assume a crouching position with legs a shoulder-width apart. Reverse hands and push up and down. 4. Right hand pushes up. The right hand is above the head with palm facing up. A stretching exercise for rheumatism and blood circulation. this helps keep power in the arms and body). then counterclockwise ten times. brain. but not in the West. curl other fingers over thumb. With one fist on waist. Reverse the arms and repeat. bring arms above head and force them back once. kick the right foot back ten times. Helps in reducing belly fat. Make the LTK fist—(crook thumb into palm. Extend right foot. Crossed hands. 11. 8. each way ten times. Repeat movements with the left hand over the right. Steady yourself on something if necessary. Turn to the left as you reverse hands. Then bend downward ten times. and the nervous and lymph systems. 2. The exercises should be done in the order given. With hands still on your waist. 10. With right hand over left hand. the other fist powerfully punches down between the legs. (Resembling pedaling a bicycle backwards. With arms still extended. for a total of six punches. then forward ten times. Benefits acupuncture points on the hands. (Related to Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong. Arms extend horizontally. Deep Knee Bends With Six Way Boxing. Good for blood circulation. Bend Knees and Beat Drum. Bring hands back and forward ten times. then quickly relaxes. Rotate the Wrists. 7. anxiety. early every morning. Reduces body fat. Repeat this on the left side. Strengthens sense of balance. First clockwise. then circle arms down by the sides of the body. kidney. but with face looking forward. 6. this strengthens immunity to cancer. then counterclockwise. turn the hands clockwise ten times. interlock fingers. Hands Out to Sides.
hands pause briefly when directly above head.” 17. 24. Exhale though mouth. and swing straight down like doing the breast stroke in swimming. 19. Then palms immediately face up and down. as the right arm is turned and folded to the left. hands pull to the sides twice as the head turns to each side. Fold the right arm to the left chest just below the shoulder. Left hand at waist with palm down. Breathing Exercise. and qi of the body. Begin with arms horizontally extended to both sides. 22. five times. The left arm remains straight. Turn palms quickly outward. alternating hands go down toward the toes and various gestures are made with the palms. Builds waist strength and pushes blood to every corner of the body. Arms go forward with palms down. Arms swing forward and make the LTK fist. Helps regulate blood sugar levels. Shovel the Mud. Do ten times. Heels drop as arms with palms facing down move horizontally out to the sides. Eagle Posture. Arms with elbows up. That way we “only hurt skin instead of hurting bones. then back toward the eyes. Right arm extends horizontally to the front. Reverse legs and repeat kicks. 23. 12. Reverse and repeat movements starting with arms pointed to the right side. Lift heels. and arms with yin force go horizontally out to the sides. inhale through the mouth. (Similar to no. Hands Push Out. The fingers of both hands are spread with the little fingers held straight. Hands Make Circles. with palm up. Hands Straight Swing Out. Stretch the Arm and Kick Up the Foot. With tip of tongue on roof of mouth. 21. 14. never to the sides. This exercise uses complicated hand and arm positioning. The Crab. Beneficial for the thyroid and heart. 13. For the acupuncture points on the sciatic nerves. as the left arm is flung to the right. Waist and Tummy Exercise. Do this up-down lifting movement ten times. Use power when swinging out. Windmill. Do ten times. Place the right hand. palms down. This exercises the arteries and veins to help avoid hypertension. Reverse and repeat with the right arm extended to the right and the left arm turned and hand folded into the right shoulder. Both arms are held horizontally to the left side of the body. Do for five kicks. 15. Always look forward. Five times. thumbs touch sides of hips.) Begin with arms horizontal to each side. Make a circle (resembling a windmill or Ferris wheel) by tracing hands down then up to the right. This helps develop the reflexes to catch ourselves in case we accidentally fall down. and strengthens the pancreas. (Like Jumping Jacks). then arms quickly swing down and hands slap sides of the upper legs. Come up as you exhale through the nose and lift the palms up to the eyes. This benefits the heart 22 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . 16. as heels go up. Inhale through nose. left hand above right hand as if holding a basketball. This exercise cleans the capillaries of the heart and helps prevent blood clots. the right hand ending in front of the left shoulder. then left foot extended. Yin and Yang.and cleans energy pathways and flushes out bad blood helping to prevent blood clots. Raise arms with yang force forward with palms up. 19. Bouncing Up and Down. Five times. 18. Rotate hands up and down by the sides of the body. Also cleans and opens capillaries and stimulates acupuncture points. bend forward with arms hanging down—and like sucking on a straw. To prevent dizziness. Take one step forward with the left foot and kick up the right foot. Swing Out With One Hand. With each swing. Then fling the right arm out and return it to a right horizontal to the side. heels lift and drop. Palms massage down from the waist to the front of the legs. Begins with right foot extended. Use the waist to turn the body. look at the middle finger of the fully extended arm only after making the turn. swing back and are folded. above head. For the intestinal digestive system. Palms face down. A stretching exercise for the toes and knees. Knee bends with arms extended horizontally to the sides. Then left foot steps backward. Helps prevent amyotrophy (loss of muscle tissue). 20. With one foot extended. Benefits the lungs. except the fingers are extended.
36. left hand brushing down the right arm pit. and bending. then the fists with knuckles facing down go back to the sides. Hands on hips. This exercise benefits the sense of balance. Tap up and down from temples to upper sides of head. Breathe deeply with attention focused to the lower abdomen (dantian). extending the arms. 25. Then reverse sides and again count to 130. Arms go forward then back and form LTK fists on the waist. and extend the right arm. Change the Method of Breathing. With hands on knees. Hands on hips. Stretching Legs. the leader will call out power words like “Strength” and “Force. So you will hear words sounding something like “Choo-Lay” meaning something like “Strength” or “Force” and implyAUTUMN 2010 QI—23 SPRING 2012 . Sweep the Side of the Body. Circle hips to the left ten times. 30. Do five times. Neck and Waist Exercise. ten times. each three times. Do at an easy comfortable pace for up to 250 counts. and yoga-like super stretches. but now the spoken command is “Sit down-Sit down…. Knee Exercise. Also power words are occasionally given—especially with the more intense punching. Stay relaxed and do not force. Raise and drop the hands and arms. Standing on One Leg. 27. 34. Now do it the opposite way by bending to left with right hand up. Light Jogging. prevents crow’s feet. Arms. Fingertips draw circles around the eyes pressing acupuncture points. For hearing and the hindbrain. Promotes the digestive system. flick ten times. This complex set of movements includes the LTK fist. WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? When you see or practice LTK in a park—or in front of your computer—you will hear a constant flow of spoken words. kicking. then right to left. Brush with alternating palms across upper neck by the jaw. Repeat with the left hand index finger.e. ten times. Then palms face upward and fingers are thrown out. Hold the left foot and stand on the right foot. With hands alternating. helps in avoiding cataracts. 28.” Beneficial for the Respiration. Tap with fingertips up and down from cheeks to lower forehead. Eye Exercise. Five times. Bend the left knee and with right leg extended out to the rear. 29. 32. slowly lower the body. then to the right ten times. Inhale through the nose with the tip of the tongue on the hard palate. except the extended arm is held horizontally out to the side. shake the hands two times. With palms still down. with palms facing down. Stretch Out Hands. Beneficial for blood circulation to the brain.” Then reverse the position of the legs and repeat the whole thing. ten times. Tapping Nerves Behind the Ears. Men: Do it in reverse order to the women: what is left-or-right directions for the woman.” Beneficial for the joints and spine. Rotating the Waist—(resembles doing “Hula Hoops”). Five times. (Resembles “Pose of the Dancer” in Yoga. 35. Use the LTK “clenched fist. Do five times. Helps avoid Sclerosis (i. Then eight or so spoken “Strength” commands. stroking the legs. 26. are extended horizontally to the sides at shoulder height. then bend the head to the left. ten times. With right hand only. Benefits the thighs and calves. still with the left leg extended to the front. Women: Bend to the right side. Then make LTK fists and bring them to temples. Neck Massage. circle the knees from left to right ten times. and helps avoid leg cramps.) This may be difficult to do: if necessary do hold onto something to keep your balance. right hand brushes down from left armpit over left side of body to just below the waist. Relieves eye strain. Helps joints in the hands. Palms cover ears.. 33. brush palms upward from the jaw. Benefits the Liver and the Kidney. First you should know each of the moves are usually being counted. will be right-or-left directions for the man. Besides the counting.by facilitating the up and down movements of heart muscles. Left hand with palm up goes over head. Count to 130. Put your left foot forward. Caution: Never put fingers directly in the ears! 31. especially Urinary Bladder-1 (where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose). then right. and again do the same thing. hardening) of the body and blood veins. flick the index finger on the back of the head. then exhale through the mouth as you lower the tongue.
org/ for 24 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . But don’t call it a “qigong. up-down. Kowloon. from a privately circulated handbook. A special thank you goes to Chuchu Wen for her translations. FINAL THOUGHTS The majority of the information in this article comes from various Luk Tung Kuen groups and their web sites. Using their visual pictograms. they sometimes even talk between themselves when doing the LTK forms.org. clearing. You will find another outstanding instructional video in English by going to http:// www.voigt@comcast. Hong Kong. luktungkuen.(LTK) The Chinese characters 六通拳.” (Quán is the Mandarin pronunciation of the Cantonese Kuen. Contact: info@luktungkuen. When we finish the exercises they invite me to join them at a close-by fast food restaurant. or Spiritual meaning.luktungkuen.” Luk Tung Kuen is best defined as: An Exercise of 36 Movements That Promotes the Strength of the Body and the Healthy Circulation of Blood and Vital Energy. I believe that is the source of much of LTK’s health granting qualities. two arms. and body. left-right.hk . DVD.” or “Gang-Lay” meaning “neck strength.net SOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION http://www. Coffee is ordered for all. ” Fundamental to many of the movements is the “LTK Fist” where the thumb is covered with the other four fingers to keep in power (qi) in the hands.) http://www.hk Contact Email: info@luktungkuen. Actually. © 1990 by Master He Qiong. info@hkca.) “Fist” becomes “Boxing” and continues to become “Exerting the hands and body. You might even simply travel to the closest Chinatown early some morning. © 2012 by Master Ho King.” Master Ha Kinh says that it is not because it never uses any qigong style abdominal or reverse breathing. 43A Jordan Road. For the Chinese. and from several personal conversations.” and finally “Exercise.hk. like mischievous schoolgirls. This book may not be publicly available. There is a overriding social component to LTK which should not be overlooked.org/ then to “LTK Step By Step. The Orthodox Luk Tung Kuen.” VHS. [Text in Chinese. a body. There are hundreds of places worldwide where you can find Luk Tung Kuen every morning. arms. highly recommended.org.luktungkuen.org. however there are also written instructions in English. It relates to what Americans call “tai chi.org. Instructions on how to do LTK are at http://www. but there is English text for each of the 36 movements. Expansiveness and Universal Power. Six also traditionally carries the ideas of: Longevity. And they.hk. However any mistakes or misinformation is the fault of the author alone. and a head (or “brain”). Tel: 2783 8381 / 2985 8338. 世界六通拳畫冊—(Worldwide Luk Tung Kuen Handbook).] The Orthodox “Luk Tung Kuen. so we gain good circulation of blood and life energy throughout the body.” but in Chinese is actually tài jí quán. ——————— The author of this article may be contacted at john.DEFINING LUK TUNG KUEN .” Then there is the opposite.) Contact Email: info@luktungkuen. Kuen 拳—literally is “Fist. and happily they converse in Cantonese (I smile) and they share delicious home baked goodies.” None of the words used in LTK have an overt Political. Consult http://www. For them LTK is about Community— not isolation. “Six” implies the ability to move easily in all six directions: forward-backward. Tung 通—The character resembles water or sewage pipes. as I did.luktungkuen. as well as cleaning. what follows is a more useful symbolic etymology of those three words: Six 六—Figuratively the character [this should appear as the copied calligraphy. If not use any Chinese pictogram of six of your choice] resembles a human body: two legs.org. literally mean “Six Circulation Fist. 3/F Lee Shing Mansion. and I as well.” but that has little practical significance in English.luktungkuen. addresses. But there is more to it than that. and flushing out waste matter—in other words we “dredge” out the impurities.org (Based in California.If you click on any of the 36 pictures you will see a video of Master Ha Kinh explaining (in Cantonese) and doing that form. “Soy-die” meaning “Relax. and find a park with a group of people doing LTK. Price $30 HK dollars. The people I practice it with are most often middle-aged and elderly women. [from 1990 version].” ing “Throw it out with Power!” Similarly there is “Bock-Taw-Lay” meaning something like “ArmHead-Shoulder Strength. Religious. certainly enjoy doing it. meaning “Supreme Boxing .org. (Site of the Luk Tung Kuen Worldwide Association.hk/category/ltk/ .
AUTUMN 2010 QI—25 SPRING 2012 .
WHAT YOUR TONGUE IS SAYING
A LAYMAN’S GUIDE TO TONGUE DIAGNOSIS
BY KENTON SEFCIK
hen it comes to Chinese medicine, tongue diagnosis is an important part of a collection of diagnostic queries. Along with asking the patient about their chief complaint and feeling the wrist pulse quality, a Registered Acupuncturist can use the tongue to explain many causes of disease. Not only can the cause of disease be explained, but by nature of the medicine the cause is the treatment. For example, in the event that a patient has a thick, sticky coating on the tongue, acupuncture points and herbs are used to directly get rid of that coating.
The key to optimal health is not just getting rid of signs and symptoms but to effect change at the most basic level: lifestyle. Herein, that is what this article will aim to do. Many people have questions about their tongues and what they show about their health. In fact, Dentists seem to take the most notes at Chinese medicine seminars because they see just as many tongues as acupuncturists! IF YOUR TONGUE COULD TALK Chinese medicine is naturalistic and metaphorical medicine. Developed in a time before the medical science of today had a strong-hold,
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however. Wind. A practitioner may ask an upsetting question. A red tongue may indicate Heat.it became a science in its own right due to thousands of years of observation. and while the pulse quality has the ability to change immediately. A swollen tongue often pushes against the teeth in the mouth. typically the ‘Eastern’ Kidney’s functions are more encompassing—the Kidney having a physical. sticky-yellow coating with red prickles. A thin shape is just the opposite and may indicate lack of fluids. If the soil is too wet. even after looking at a few tongue pictures. There are different places where the tongue can crack: tip. Dampness. one can easily see if the soil is healthy or not. down the middle. natural sunlight is best. Another tricky combination is a thick. if the soil is too dry. motions to one side. cracking and shape. Each one of these tells a story and often times combing two or more tells a very complete story.’ in that they present with a swollen tongue that has cracking. one must have patience in waiting for the tongue to change. Therefore. Both of these scenarios are difficult to treat AUTUMN 2012 QI—27 . A dry coating may tell that there is a lack of fluid circulating in the body and/or there is Heat. yet have red bumps (called prickles) caused by the papillae being raised up—again indicating heat. COLOR. it can be deduced that the tongue will not. Dryness. one can then look to the tongue to diagnose and make the appropriate lifestyle changes. The terms are capitalized in order to avoid confusion. It should be said. it will lose its luster and eventually crack. to distinguish between a ‘Western’ kidney (and its functions) and an ‘Eastern’ Kidney. The tongue is very much like soil. the sides or all over. nor too dry. the water will pool on top. The fact that it does not change tells two things: 1. Each nuance must be put against the backdrop of many tongues in order to get a good reading. A tongue can also be thin. Cold and Fire all paint a picture to aid the acupuncturist in diagnosing their patient. Dampness or Phlegm (example: swelling). Some tongues may have a normal color. 2. Swelling in the tongue may tell that there is swelling throughout the body. It will take a long-term lifestyle commitment to health and wellbeing to change it back. A patient may have ‘the worst of both worlds. one can diagnose their own. while halogen lights are second best. The only thing a patient needs to view their own tongue is proper lighting. Cracking generally shows that the body has been running hot for some time. A ‘deviated’ tongue is one. without proper fluid replenishment. nor be red. Healthy soil should not be too wet. that the tongue takes a long time to change. It took a long time of a (perhaps poor) lifestyle to have set the stage for the current tongue image. however. often mimicking the patient’s body-shape. Spleen and Kidney. just behind the tip. yielding teeth-marks along the side. To the common eye. is as important for us today as it was for the Ancients. such as Liver. Common words are used to describe not only health phenomenon but also weather. and the ability to marry the two for diagnostic data. While there can be a crossover in function (a patient suffering from a kidney disease may in fact present with a Kidney Deficiency to a Chinese medicine practitioner). nor too dry. If a tongue is pale. COATING. The color of the tongue should not be pale. it indicates that a patient may be Cold inside. A wet coating may indicate retention of fluid. Patterns in nature and the human body. and has cracked like the earthen in the desert sun. Deviated tongues are often seen in patients who have had a stroke or have Wind— an erratic condition that is very serious as it can often lead to stroke. As explained before. the tongue coating should not be too wet. It is Yin while pulse diagnosis is Yang. Organ systems are capitalized as well. It should have just the right amount of moisture on it without any sort of growth sitting on top. when stuck out without force. coating. Bell’s Palsy or some other debilitating illness. Combinations are not uncommon. in the back portion. CRACKING & SHAPE There are four main things to look for in a tongue: color. With this new knowledge of weather pattern diagnosis and the ability to recognize healthy soil. mental and spiritual role to play. Dampness and/or Phlegm. Hot. The tongue can also be a different shape.
distributing fluids. stores Blood and is affected by western-world stress. While color. Because it is so easily affected by stress. Briefly. The upper one-third. Taking the microcosm model further. The portion of the tongue where it starts to curve back in and where the body of the tongue starts to change texture is where tongue-reading should stop. and fear affects their function. and has the ability to course the energy throughout the entire body. but can pinpoint which organ system is ill in order to heal in more focused way. the Heart is at the tip of the tongue. The Lung is just behind the Heart area. it is easy to see that this will affect all fluids. The back third of the tongue represents the Kidney. 28 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . When the Dampness got worse outside. hand. one can not only make general comments on health. If one tries to get rid of the ‘bad’ fluid. If cracking is seen on the sides. the Heart feels all emotions. coating and cracking changes can occur at this site. stomach. middle and lower thirds. Many of these can stand alone or can work in conjunction with full-body acupuncture. one is respectively making their way from the neck to the groin. Both the Spleen and Stomach are responsible for the digestive processes—a huge pillar of health in Chinese medicine. Behind the Lung area. As one plots their path from the tip to where the tongue attaches. in the middle of the tongue is the Spleen and Stomach. a balanced treatment approach must be sought—along with patience. When two or more images are seen. As time has gone on. it has been discovered that constellations in the same likeness of organs were mapped out on the body. MICROCOSM OF THE MACROCOSM As stated before. controls Blood and helps calm the mind before retiring for the night. On either side of the digestive area of the tongue is the Liver. MIDDLE AND LOWER YOU The tongue can be divided into thirds. unexplainable universe. or coating is missing in the middle. or that the Stomach has lost its fluid. the human body. coating.because it is much easier to just get rid of excess fluid or bring the fluids back into balance—not both at the same time. The Kidneys are responsible for governing the root water and root fire processes of the body. foot. including the sides. it is important to not look too far back. The back of the tongue mirrors the Kidneys. the Liver is heavily treated in Chinese medicine. Bladder and Intestines area. The Lungs are responsible for breathing. AN UPPER. Taoist thought has always been that the human body is just a smaller version of the great. from the tip to almost the middle of the tongue represents the chest area (Heart and Lung). When viewing the tongue. while getting over the ‘stomach flu’ can cause the middle of the tongue to peel. If one increases the ‘good’ fluids. Remembering. a more accurate diagnosis can be made. This situation with the Liver is often due to high amounts of stress for long periods of time. for ease of use. represents the Stomach. scalp. microsystems of acupuncture have developed. Liver and Spleen areas. Because the tongue can be divided into three parts. the entire body has been mapped out on other anatomical structures such as the ear. while overthinking and rumination affects them. cracking and shape with upper. it can be said that the Liver is completely burnt out that it has cracked. resentment and anger. cracking throughout the tongue body is thought to be a Kidney system problem as well. Acupuncture. protection from external influences (think cold/flu and boundaries) and are affected by grieving and/or sadness. herbs and other traditional healing modalities were used to help the body naturally ‘drain Dampness. leading one to believe that the Dampness outside made the Dampness inside increase. patient’s joint pain would worsen. The middle of the tongue. face and tongue. all fluids in the body will increase as well. The tongue’s microsystem not only makes sense from an anatomical standpoint. The Liver is responsible for the potency of all energy in the body. and influenced. that all capitalized organ names have to do with the broader viewpoint used in Chinese medicine. In the branch of Classical Chinese Medicine. but is very accurate.’ much in the same way a diuretic would work. By combining color. the Ancients observed nature and found the same patterns occurred with.
Lung and Liver. a clearer patient-picture can be painted when combined with tongue and pulse diagnosis. (Patient has diabetes. Teeth Marks: Teeth marks are one of the easiest things to observe. Second. This image generally occurs when the tongue is swollen. Fourth. for example when its coating peels off during a course of antibiotics. Wet. that’s when the lifestyle of a patient needs to be observed. months or even years to get to the stage where something wrong can be detected. the tongue can take days. what a patient puts into their body must take considerable consideration. However. how a patient earns a living and that environment can affect their health. teethmarks and cracking throughout. Red prickles over the Lung area and the start of teeth marks. First. When the tongue changes quite quickly. the tongue does SAMPLE IMAGES OF COMMON CONDITIONS Dry with a sticky-yellow coating in the back. As an individual gains weight and inches. Most often. AUTUMN 2012 QI—29 . Red prickles on tip (Heart) and moving into the Lung area. Sticky-yellow coating with horizontal cracking throughout. Red prickles from Heart to Lung and starting up the sides. which can change in an instant. Stomach cracking with yellow coat inside cracks and Lung (teardrop) cracks. even with certain diagnostic questions being asked. Stomach crack down the middle. The tongue is the past while the pulse is the present. Stomach cracking and also throughout. Third.) Sticky-yellow coating with a stomach crack. Swollen. it pushes up against the teeth which leaves an imprint on the sides. it will return quickly. Swollen and everything peeled except for middle. Stomach crack extending to Heart area. when the change remains for some time. Teeth marks. working their way up the sides. the tongue body reflects the entire body. When the tongue swells. teeth marks and red prickles throughout. what a patient’s home-life is like. Lifestyle encompasses a few key ideas. Along with questioning and a combination of past and present symptoms. teeth marks and red prickles through Heart. food and drink plays a large part.TONGUE’S IMAGES The tongue takes a long time to change. the amount of exercise (lack thereof or in excess) affects health and wellbeing. Unlike the wrist pulse. Red prickles at tip.
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Lastly. A wet tongue is seen after a patient everyday Certain foods cause Dampness work-related swallows and it is still wet. With a Dampness model.. there are no set rules in health. up. the digestive energy bogs down with excessive thinking. While one patient gains weight with improper foods. but with an emphasis on steaming or cooking foods. Cold foods should be avoided such as ice cream. Also. unlike other lar scenario that of teeth marks. another patient doesn’t have to do with is causing damage to their health while Wet: just not as visible. it takes a long time for a tongue to get to its current stage. This doesn’t have to do with everyday work-related thinking as that brings new and fresh challenges. Dry: Many patients notice that their tongues are dry and believe that if they just drink a little more water that day it will improve. a wet coating is accompanied by a pale colored tongue body. it probably creates Dampness. in life. More often both Dampness and teeth marks are so closely tied to digestion.the digestive Exercise increases liver metabolism. steaming and cooking with greens will help the Spleen and Stomach’s burden to digest when weak. To simplify. As a area is exercise to increase energy. Just as there are no hard-fast rules . keeping it simple. do it. the tongue on Dampness and/or Phlegm. energy bogs increases heat in the body and this aids A patient can be quite thin and presin digestion. Examples of this include: sugary foods. they gain in ‘Dampa two-way street in that it requires energy to ness’ as well. but yields more energy post-workout. it can compound the situation. Another. Eight cups of water per day is still a good number to go by.too. often neglected. ice cream.. chocolate bars. More specifically: certain breads. so care must be taken in order to not overburden the system again with raw foods. chips. it can look like there’s not a lot left to a patient’s diet. exercise helps pump down with ent with teeth marks. More vegetables than fruits are always recommended because they have less natural occurring sugars. alcohol and AUTUMN 2010 QI—31 SP SPRING 2012 QI—31 SPRING 2010 QI—3 0 —31 — . When Damp foods are taken out. In fact. processed foods and deep-fried fatty foods. A tongue can be dry for a few reasons but the most basic is that the patient isn’t taking in enough fluid. This weakens digestion and if one adds poor food to the mix. If there was more warmth overall. vegetables and fruits are the best choices. This is because this tongue image requires a little bit of Cold present in the body. As stated above. Drinking water. Instead. the digestion could then ‘cook’ or use that extra fluid up. This is possible the blood throughout the body along excessive because of a patient’s personal makewith adding increased motility in the thinking. Again. exercise is a great choice to ramp up the heat in the body. Foods that should be avoided are the same as with teeth marks. Undigested food in the stool is a red flag indicating that it would be easier on the Spleen and Stomach if the foods were steamed or cooked. it must be noted that they can add certain foods back in to ramp up digestion and health. preferably room temperature at all times. food directly creating ‘bad fluid’ which shows up as challenges affects the tongue body shape because an excess on the tongue. crackers. Some practitioners also mention salads. is a great way to combat dryness on the tongue but must be done on a daily basis. The that brings tongue images where moderating digestion is having a hard time and is new and fresh stress or overwork is key. French fries and battered fish. but salads are important due to the amount of vitamins and fiber contained in them. This lower abdomen—aiding elimination. smoothies and ice water. if a food tastes good but has little-to-no nutritional value. As previously mentioned. Chinese medicine blames the swelling of gy—eat it or sleep it. Too much and must be avoided when there is a saliva on the tongue indicates a simithinking as swollen tongue. Again. it is assumed that digestion is weakened by poor food choices. Rice is a good food choice as it is easy to digest. Exercise is patient gains in inches. There are generally only two ways to get enerthan not. Overthinking has to do with the same thoughts ruminating in the mind over and over.
with the amount of ‘pressure’ they are left for a long time. This shows antibiotics. cially if it does so in a patchy way. however. of course. Using the tongue map that night. for example. drying up the Usually a deep-rooted emotional disWhen the tongue coating turns yellow. caffeinated drinks. Heat. Damp-Heat can. is because Exercise is. which will be discussed next. care must be taken to ensure plenty of fluids hot environment in the body which depletes are replenished—especially in hot weather. processed foods and deep-fried/fatty foods. the body has to use more of its water explains where each organ’s position is can be and food up. besides major reason a patient might have a Chinese medicine treatment. Because the Red Prickles: Prickles is a word used for when the papillae patient who is overworked is likely to spend of the tongue become raised. If a patient is burning the candle at squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt into both ends. it is often best ing might be paired with a dry and/or cracked for the patient to seek out a qualified counselor tongue. this is read as Heat in the Lungs. Most of replenished.’ This may pass. counselPeeling of dry coating is that they have Heat in ing is often the best option. it is just as If the prickles are at the tip. If a coating gets too thick. levels. turbance is present and the patient is coating on the in the absence of coffee or cigarettes. setthroughout. espeamongst other symptoms. One of the key reasons a tongue peels. fruits and vegetables contain there for a long time. is done. this can indicate that there is an Dry and Cold. the midnight oil from time to time.caffeinated drinks don’t count while eating an area and it can indicate that the Heat has been apple does. With this type of Heat. during a Yellow Coating: This can occur with grieving and/or course of The tongue should have a thinsadness. hot spices. Howevof stress. Also. Sometimes only the middle of the creates a complex compound pattern called tongue will peel. This Heat in the Liver and is often because that digestion is operating at optimal is because the of pent up resentment and/or anger. If the prickles are on either side of is common the tip. or psychologist if they believe that they fit this Foods to avoid are labeled ‘hot’ and include image. excess of Dampness and/or Phlegm. means that there is Heat throughout. ‘cooking’ themselves from the inside tongue this indicates Heat in the body. there are visible more time awake and not get enough rest at little red bumps. Overwork and overstress creates a er. It is imperative that the water gets helpful in finding where the Heat is. can start to burn up fluids putting on themselves in regards to their interso it’s not surprising that a yellow tongue coatnal problem. adding cine is Dry and Cold. Going to bed between 10:00 pm and Sometimes the coating is missing from this 10:30 pm is best. The other is ‘heart-felt. Just like Heart fire. the tongue the body. while anything past 11:00 32 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness 2 QI—The Journal Traditional Eastern Health Fitness I—Th Journa — urnal Tr ditional Ea te Heal h Tradit i er ealth ea al i e s itness . a good thing. so it can be easy to get there is usually an emotional disturbance that up to that recommended amount. Peeled: The reason that sugar is included again is Peeling of the tongue is common during a because it generally fuels whatever pattern has course of antibiotics. sugar and coloring. tle into the joints and cause swelling and pain. sugar. while for others it may peel Damp-Heat. Prickles on the sides indicate white coating at all times. it is important to think of two things to improve this condition: water and rest. If a patient drinks that contain too much of everything: is overwhelmed with stress the sides will peel. A the fluids. drying up the coating on Dampness to Heat is frowned upon because it the tongue. This is because the mediarisen. this indicates important to get enough rest when the project Heat in the Heart and can be called Heart Fire. When the tongue peels in any way. the very rear of the tongue where filtered water is a great substitute for sports the Kidney is viewed will peel first. coffee. salt. large amounts of water. With deep-fried and fatty foods. or is Prickles throughout the tongue medicine is wet. While many people have to burn the time this Heat is the emotional kind.
energy. resentment at harbourhealth. or spider-cracks all over the tongue show up due to overwork or with some illnesses that tend to burn up the body. Crackties are easy on the body and are more simply as: the rejuvenating—giving. As mentioned above. Huntington’s. be recommended to patients. However. Poor food choices since childlongevity in life will be on the rise. that graduated with a Diploma in Acupuncture and an it overworks the digestion and burns out the honorary Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medifluids and eventually cracks. Nothing replaces patient is suffering from a ‘broken heart. and severe lifestyle changes must be with the right adhered to in order to rebalance that YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT amount of organ system—and it must be said (AND THINK AND FEEL) work. divorce or loss can create fessional opinion can give. the direction can be reroutA crack at the tip of the tongue is called a ed if a patient just looks for the signs and steers Heart crack. it is difficult to into high gear again. tool. Exercise is still For the most valid with peeling and cracking. one teardrop indicating only one Lung having For the most part. hydration and rest are the first steps to will be discussed next. proper nutritongue will eventually lead to cracking. Tai Chi and Qigong and wellness occurs when the tongue has been exercises come into play. there is some crossright amount of work. The Spleen and Stomach have to work Kenton Sefcik is a father. Because cracking is a mixture between emoAUTUMN 2010 QI—33 SP SPRING 2012 QI—33 SPRING 2010 QI—3 0 —33 — . As with a peeled tongue. If a patient observes A centerline crack is called a Stomach crack. fruits and drinks include illness. etc. Parkinson’s. He some of the poor aforementioned foods. cine from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Cracking along the sides indicates that the Traditional Chinese Medicine.pm tends to kick the body’s stress hormone tional distress and burnout. If a patient makes the move to add causes the Lung area to crack. Loss of a loved one often of rest. More information Liver has had its share of stress. This occurs most often when a their health back on course. we’ve seen. mood and western diet. These activican be defined without coating for some time. Herbs ing vital energy needed to heal. as a practitioner. as it’s going to take it off applies. hood create a situation where digestion breaks —————— down. cracking This is where Yoga. there’s a chance they will take called a tear-drop crack. martial artist and published author. It tells where a patient has been amount of and the same theory about how long it and that often tells a practitioner the rest took to put the weight on is how long direction they’re headed. with the right amount over with the Heart. Creating Tongue diagnosis is a very valuable the right a crack in the tongue can take years. A crack in the Lung area on either look at their tongue and get some tangible side of the tip and running just behind is often information. Because the Lung organ resonates be defined simply as: the right foods.ca and/or anger. rather than taking. with the with grieving and sadness. howCracking: part. asthma or more water throughout the day. is almost irreright foods.’ An the years of schooling and practice that a proemotional breakup. such as: rheumatoid arthritis. the stresses involved with their work and how Most patients have one and it is due to our much rest they are getting. a prolonged peeled treat. Cracking in the Kidney area of the tongue. Registered Acuvery hard to extract the proper nutrients from puncturist. tion issues will resolve. diabetes. versible with just acupuncture. a lot of digesafter years of smoking. Other times more leafy green vegetables. such as bronchitis. health and wellness can the problem. Sometimes there is just charge of their own healthcare. Lastly. with again: it will take a long time. which tion. health ever it is important not to overdo it. husband. but if a patient can this image.
BREATHING FOR TAIJIQUAN
PA R T O N E :
A DISSERTATION CONCERNING NATURAL BREATHING METHODS AND THEIR APPROPRIATE USE IN TAIJI AND QIGONG B Y R O B TA L B O T
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND ven before the corrupt government of Chiang Kai-shek was overthrown by Communist forces in 1949 taijiquan was in transition. Since the formation of the Republic in 1911 it was becoming widely adopted as a health-focused activity—Yang Cheng Fu being one of its harbingers. This was being achieved without sacrificing its military roots. Taijiquan had been largely replaced by modern armaments. Never-the-less, the “modern” taijiquan was openly taught and trained as a fighting art and also with great health benefits for the general public. When the Communists took over there was a general purging of much cultural activity— including taijiquan and qigong. The criteria for this revolved around religion and other “superstitions”. Wushu’s martial abilities may have also posed a potential threat. As a consequence, monasteries were raided and their monks pilloried together with wushu/qigong masters operating outside of the religious buildings. Many ancient and irreplaceable documents were destroyed, some monks and masters lost their lives or either escaped from the mainland or simply went underground. However, by the early 1950s most commentators posit that the regime saw the possibility of taijiquan and qigong becoming an effective and cheap way to improve the citizens’ health. Taiji and qigong, now with no spiritual connotations and less quan, became a near ready-made bolster to improving health with little financial drain on the medical system.
It was at this time that the first simplified form—24 step in 1956—was created by a committee of masters from various families. Qigong sanitariums, training centres and research programmes commenced. Unfortunately, the “ten chaotic years”—the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976—saw much undone. Again, any form of self-cultivation or healing that hinted of religion or spirituality, invited censure or worse. As foment subsided, a gradual introduction of a form of capitalism was touted. China made it clear that it wanted to be part of World economic and political structure. Two things heavily influenced the metamorphosing of taiji/qigong. Firstly the desire for an umbrella of science had already been started before the Cultural Revolution and it now operated with even greater vigor. Qigong became integrated into the health system and taiji, with hardly any quan left, once again became popular. More and more “proofs” of their health benefits were published. The second, and potentially damaging change, came as China sought to establish wushu as an Olympic sport as part of its desire for international recognition. Moves were made to change martial to sport as the form (taolu)—especially the new and proliferating standardized routines—became part of competition rather than a training tool. Taijiquan had by now been introduced to the West by Cheng Man Jing and others. Taiwan and other centres of Chinese migration still had many authentic masters who held to the old ways maintaining family styles and secrets. However, taiji/
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flexibility and even aerial tumbling moves! This kind of taiji is neither martial nor health art—it is notably inept martially and certainly sets itself apart from the average citizen who wants to improve or maintain health. There is taijiquan which is recognized as a fighting art and is represented by various versions of push hands (tuishou) and free fighting (sanshou/sanda). p XIX.” Hong Jungshen. quoted by Mark Peters. The genuine contemporary attempt to share freely what knowledge remains is admirable. whether from scientific knowledge. It compares closely to the differences between walking for health and race walking with its exaggerated unnatural style and incorrect body use. it should be noted that other Olympic sports with martial heritage—judo. However. However. martial and health art are totally compatible—this is especially true of taijiquan as an internal art. If the martial applications are acknowledged then we retain focus on efficient and effective movement which. avoids the tendency towards choreographed dance and performance. Traditionally.”. LOSS OF MARTIAL HERITAGE The historical reasons for this in its Chinese homeland are understandable but it is happening worldwide. On the other hand. Yang Style Traditional Long Form as Taught by Master T. Accordingly the taijiquan arena was dynamic and always developing. without losing focus on health and correct use of breath and qi. tae kwon do. quoted by Gordon Muir. while changes that depart from the principles are regressions. “The View from the Back of the Class” p29.Chen Man Ching. or. To isolate an art from external influences. It is natural that the growing international taiji/ qigong community looks to the China homeland for leadership. boxing etc— do not have form competition. If the focus is on Olympic representation. It is conceivable that taijiquan will thus become moribund. This last attaches prime importance to the external expression of various forms (taolu). “Taiji without practical application gives superficial benefits at best. would have a broad appeal. AUTUMN 2012 QI—35 . and taiji the performance art. Creators of new styles often had many teachers and even learned different arts. another movement modality or another “family”—even foreign ones—leaves it wallowing in dogma. They are represented in the ring (leitai) under specific rules for their art and a fight takes place. Taiji based on authentic martial applications. There is a much larger number training in taiji for health. There are few coaches who have these credentials. WHAT IS THE REAL TAIJIQUAN? Both within China and internationally there seem to be three distinct versions of taiji. This encompasses height of kick in taiji. Here are some increasingly centralised “modern” taiji traits which I feel are detrimental to taiji and its health potential. complex demonstrations of balance. changes become necessary based on the passage of time and the replacement of people. the majority teaching only the external form. more generally. Changes that do not betray the principles of taijiquan are developments. for example.T. They have clearly different end goals and they are differentiated by the former emphasizing traditional internal skills—those that are natural and echo its Taoist origins—and the latter being externally judged on techniques requiring unnatural and potentially health damaging skills.qigong were steadily. unlike karate and tae kwon do. in turn. families held the secrets close to themselves and often were inflexible. “In the development of taijiquan. there were many of them. the merging of martial and health practicality. being globalized. The third is form competition. It seems to me that there are two increasingly divergent forms of taiji: taijiquan. Efficient body use and practicality are absolute requirements. This is important for our health goals. At the same time. Liang. The breaking of so many lineages on the Chinese mainland has inevitably meant a loss of much knowledge. global standardization detracts from an otherwise desirable path. Both absolutely suffer if their principles are dissipated by a need to perform for the judges. Not taijiquan alone but across all of wushu where high level of technical difficulty (nandu) garners extra points. even rapidly. Taiji does not seem to be attracting the young. It moves taijiquan from the practical to performance. that leadership has strong political influences upon it. Fortunately it is still possible to discover essential truths. To say that modern taiji is part of that development is false because it is increasingly centralised and rules demanded for competition become more and more didactic.
However. Modern competitive wushu has already been divided into taolu and sanshou/sanda. as a practice system to train correct and efficient habits is nonsensical for competition. is differentiated from simplified or competition forms. A part of the original art has been extracted and a new alien entity created. For the sake of standardised judging and point scoring. Competition absolutely ensures this will happen. Yet this is what one Chinese organization intends. Neither has. The internal aspects of breath and qi are often cursory. Anything that pushes taiji into this dichotomy is likely to be deleterious for taiji’s popularity.HEALTH BENEFITS PURPORTED AS UNIQUE There are many teachers who truly believe that the health benefits of taiji come from just doing the form. much less needy. Yoga and Pilates are hugely popular. Since competition is adrenaline producing it is hardly adhering to original principles. they skip over basics such as breathing. what of this emasculated orphan—taolu— which can only claim grace and beauty to justify its existence? It no longer has a focus which offers health to the masses and. COMPETITION BASED ON VISUAL PERFORMANCE Competition in sanshou/sanda makes sense. Similarly. you cannot enjoy the health benefits other than by doing taiji which is utterly false. the problem remains that one’s goals can be diluted without realizing it. At the higher levels of taolu. Even the attempt to allow semi-creative new routines still has myriad rules attached. to learn from our mistakes and to see others from different training backgrounds do the same set. It should be a self-experiential exercise in essentially holistic health. In other words. most likely. Can a taiji player suc- 36 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . For example the principle of “wu wei” effectively means “avoid struggling” or “minimal effort”—even none. international exercise systems acknowledging breathing and qi as central to their art. Now. such as the Yang Long Form. However. Of course the form is central and really important. IS THERE A FUTURE FOR COMPETITION TAOLU? Competitions can be used to hone our skills in the set. contemporary taolu has become very systematic. to my knowledge. Competition also deters elderly or physically challenged people. are watered down in sameness. the result of individual masters’ development of their art. esoteric and/or secret. What is good about taiji is that it benefits every aspect of life. not even to its own exponents. If you remove the competition from human groupings you allow them to flourish together as one. to incorporate competition or sport into their styles. we should not diminish the outright pleasure one may gain from competition activity. Taoists view any form of competition as useless. The “shadow boxing” has been given new artistic life devoid of its practical origins. The various scientifically proven health benefits of taiji invariably promote it for the elderly and incapacitated. It is thereby acknowledged by the founders of modern wushu that a practical and efficient martial art cannot be joined to artistic interpretation but must exist separately. found it desirable. Further. But “Health Qigong Competition” is an oxymoron. I do not infer that simplified or other newly created forms are any less worthy than the “traditional” ones—provided that the execution of them follows the authentic and established principles that made forms effective training for combat and health. physical alignment and posture—both standing and moving. unproductive and illusionary. Dichotomy can also occur whenever traditional taijiquan. They seek competence not competition and in this regard are like the founders of aikido who took their principles from the original Chinese internal arts and allow no competition at all. Where visual performance is promoted over the intended health focus then efficient movement and health will suffer. Those who are able to teach such basics will often incorrectly imply that the benefits are separate from day-to-day activities. Not just a loss of novelty but traditional styles. It is obviously difficult (impossible?) for taolu competitors at high level to properly train internal skills and vice versa. the need for a lower stance and higher kick causes tension to block qi at the internal aspect and reduce agility and effective kick applications—usually effective in the lower reaches—at the martial aspect. It is clear that competition taolu and taolu which is part of a fighting or health modality are two totally different arts. taiji form.
The universal coaching tip is to “just breathe naturally”. turtle. How one breathes normally is no guarantee of it being natural or healthy. dao yin. We all breathe deeply. consider it “natural” breathing. without doubt. The average beginning student hears that as “normal” and assumes both his and the master’s “normal” to be the same. We don’t have to think about it. body/mind/spirit. However… HEALTH AND TAIJI ARE CONGRUENT Taiji can be an international health activity available to everyone. embryonic. we are often told. if you want to compete artistically and gracefully you must be an ice-skater.cessfully participate in both? It is true only if one or the other is subservient to its partner or otherwise non-existent.e. civilization and achievements of a people such as morris dancing (England). as you will see. Eventually there may be complex instructions to breathe in or out according to the direction of hand movement. don’t they? But the reality is… NATURAL BREATHING IS POORLY UNDERSTOOD In my experience very few understand natural breathing. weightbearing movement. How can that be? Breathing is meant to be one of the core principles of taiji. •Whole body activity involving balance. We have only ourselves to blame. If you want to compete in jumps do gymnastics. •Breathing naturally and appropriately. Hopefully what you read here will help you in that direction. They may as well go to Zumba classes. With the coming of experience there may be acknowledgement of reverse breathing but. •Carry-over of principles into everyday life. mentally and even spiritually? Taiji players can be smug when it comes to breathing. aah… now we find the real but often hidden taiji and related qigong. •Holistic connection of physical and energetic i. It is totally innate. I will develop my argument step by step. only a true master can teach it! Make natural breathing one of the basic skills with which the beginning student has to be familiar. If competition is the motivating factor for taiji players to improve their taolu when they are actually aiming for a health response. qigong and meditation. He may reckon the student not ready to coordinate breathing with movement. We cannot blame esotericism or faulty translation for the lack of understanding. if you want to learn from China’s many thousand-year heritage in internal health. compete in Mixed Martial Arts. The outstanding attributes that make taiji such a desirable system of movement/exercise are:•Correct physical alignment and efficient body use. It is not too difficult for you to teach them correct breathing. then they have not been taught the kind of taiji which will give the optimum health response. energy healing and so on). AUTUMN 2010 QI—37 SPRING 2012 . •A natural extension into healing (qigong. if you want to represent China’s martial art culture. It just happens when we need it. The twentieth century and recent taiji literature will talk about packing. WHY DO SO FEW UNDERSTAND NATURAL BREATHING? I define natural breathing as the breath of original/primitive man and that of every modern child. The taiji classics are almost silent when it comes to natural breathing. acupressure. as many lost. The instructor will have his own idea of “taiji” or “dan tian” breathing and may. Discussing in depth one of these attributes— breathing—allows me to demonstrate where taiji is losing its health direction in the 21st Century. Does modern competitive taolu truly represent Chinese culture as its authors desire? If by “culture” we mean the historical customs. Many basics (ji ben gong) of taiji/qigong have been glossed over and. don’t we? Some senior students even know how to use reverse breathing. natural stretching and effortless power. •Relaxation and awareness. haka (New Zealand Maori) or sumo (Japan) then modern competitive taolu fails miserably to do China justice. or may not. efficient body use and attendant longevity. coordination. Everybody knows how to breathe. But what if our modern lifestyle has weaned us away from “natural” to “normal”? What if that “normal” is insidiously harmful to us in many ways—physically. •Historic and cultural relevance (martial) to give meaning to the moves.
Because the abdomen is relaxed and little compression of its contents is possible the diaphragm distends the abdomen beyond its normal resting position. and others. Neither can we forget yoga and its huge array of breath techniques. Regardless of the degree of tension. The lungs themselves are strongly elastic and. The in-depth physiology of natural breathing is best left to the following article (Part 2). shrink to perform an exhale. Sooner or later baby experiences a perceived threat and for the first time perhaps feels fear. There are many breathing systems which are really exercises. The abdomen and diaphragm both relax in the exhalation whilst in resting mode. understand it and also why such breathing is important to taiji. without any help from abdominal muscles tensing. We must now outline the general structure of natural breathing as I. walking. You will get solid knowledge that will defend you against misinformation and methods that just may be potentially harmful to your health. he innately uses a second breathing method which. turning over. The diaphragm still contracts but rather flattens and pushes sideways on the lower ribs and in the back too. Mankind once retained these methods into adulthood as they went about their daily activities. climbing and eventually becoming a thorough bundle of mischief. THREE NATURAL BREATHING METHODS From the many and varied breathing methods I have found that there are only three truly natural methods of breathing. of course. Discovering how pervasive the breath is in everything we do is to discover that respiration and movement are inextricably linked. These may or may not be natural or even safe. OK. NORMAL ABDOMINAL BREATHING Everyone has noticed the gentle swelling of a sleeping infant’s abdomen. crawling. forsake of argument. The best way I know of retaining simplicity is in giving straightforward and simple exercises for you to experience and learn natural breathing. The amount of tension will be appropriate to the task in hand.longevity and other forms of breathing. The result is a good inhalation but with the abdominal and thoracic cavities being pressurised. As baby becomes more physically active and progresses by lifting the head. Breathing is an autonomic function of the body which starts when the just-born infant draws first breath. Even Yang Chen Fu’s Ten Essentials mentions it only in passing as an attribute of doing the form slowly enough to deepen breathing. This is commonly called the “bucket handle” action. esoteric or secret to teach. his diaphragm has restricted access to push down into the abdomen which is now under pressure. this is still normal abdominal breathing. This is when his nervous system orchestrates his body 38 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . The swelling is. The abdominals are no longer relaxed but rather tensed—not sucked in—in their normal resting position. This is exactly as nature intended to provide stability and maximum power in the limbs. I believe natural breathing receives no real emphasis in the classics because at that time breathing was indeed natural. Although the abdomen is no longer relaxed on the out breath. shoot tiger” but when “baby lifts head” he performs his first abdominal crunch. I have found that the available material can be very misleading and with a poor understanding of the real anatomy and physiology of natural breathing. I will call… REVERSE BREATHING Whenever baby is active he utilizes core muscles to stabilise his trunk. In the early years of life the infant naturally and innately utilizes three different mechanisms of breathing. I have discussed the peripheral political and cultural biases that seem to relegate breathing to something which is too difficult. It is this pairing I want to address and convince you that the three methods are all totally natural. he’s not yet ready for “bend bow. caused by the diaphragm contracting down into the abdominal cavity. The baby’s voice (cry!) is very innate too and volume control is adjustable by using a muscular contraction of the abdomen to forcefully exhale in conjunction with the vocal chords. I will use terms commonly used in taiji to show the relevance of natural breathing to taiji. However none of these are natural nor claim to be. running. I recommend all taiji players become familiar with them. Lifting his head will use modest tension whereas lifting his upper body whilst holding onto dad’s finger requires some effort and therefore greater core stabilization.
We have dealt with the context of breathing within taiji with its emphasis now firmly on health. •It coordinates movement with effortless power. •It helps us stay calm even in stressful situations. everyday awake breath. This is to the detriment of their health and free movement. A third and final installment will reference their application to taiji and qigong together with some conservative enhancements which you may recognise as taiji/qigong breathing methods. There are others but all of the above are only optimally effective with natural breathing. AUTUMN 2010 QI—39 SPRING 2012 . It is part of what is technically known as the sympathetic nervous response. in the physical act of chest breathing. paradoxically. These include the following: •It enhances relaxation. Instead of a breathing pattern that is useful for extreme action lasting only seconds. to aid in lifting the chest. •It is meditation in motion. The emphasis seems to be on the form and afterwards some instruction in breathing usually desultorily and often incorrectly. modern life has tended to accumulate threats to our livelihood. producing the same stress response as the natural chest breath. It is usually accompanied by the shoulders lifting somewhat and the abdomen pulled in more or less. as shallow breathing although its natural purpose is to take in a lot of air (oxygen) quickly to prepare for a fight or flight. He is currently in the process of petitioning the New Zealand Parliament to initiate a life-time preventive health model in which breathing figures prominently. Now retired he continues to encourage people around him in sickness prevention by lifestyle changes particularly in nutrition and movement. A Swedish study showed 83% of adults chest breathe. the majority of people chest breathe in a very fast and shallow way—nominally sufficient for our basic oxygen needs but. it was natural for him to hold several workshops on movement and breathing as he gained experience from his research solidly based on tai chi and qigong. Auckland) for 8 years. This will be the subject of part 2. In researching this article I have found the reverse to be true with only lip-service to correct breathing. the resulting increase in adrenaline and cortisol production remains high all day long with consequent healthdamaging effects such as loss of homeostasis and reduced immune function. status or freedom rather than outright survival. As a consequence. We cannot be precious nor esoteric about taiji’s modes of breathing being unique and special.to perform the third innate method of breathing which it seems natural to call… CHEST BREATHING Strictly speaking. However. chest breathing now becomes the normal. The situation is seriously wanting. is considered “deeper”. it would be more accurate to call it upper chest breathing as it is the lifting and opening of the upper chest which is its signature. This method is usually criticized. •It builds and balances qi. WHY CHEST BREATHING IS NO LONGER NATURAL The natural chest breath is the body’s innate reaction to a serious threat—generally a life or death situation. “Breathing” is becoming a fundamental component in all sport training and performance. Breathing is essentially a natural process. ————————— Rob Talbot has been a student of David Wong (Yang Style Tai Chi. WHY IS NATURAL BREATHING SO IMPORTANT TO TAIJI? We know taiji is renowned for its health benefits. Taiji should have the lead in promoting natural breathing. Having spent many years in industry in a technical and training role. By natural breathing I mean the three natural methods outlined above. Breathing needs to be part of our basic training. Unfortunately the preponderance of chronic chest breathing has prevented the vast majority of people from enjoying abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing. For practical purposes it is necessary to more fully detail the physiology of the three methods of natural breathing and incorporate exercises so that they can be fully experienced and relearned until they become natural to us again. falsely. He was drawn to tai chi as a health modality following the death from cancer of his wife of 42 years. My own tests show that chest breathing is capable of a lot greater volume of breath than abdominal breathing which. If the breathing technique is good for taiji then it is good for all and vice versa. Unfortunately.
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PART TWO: (continued from the previous Summer 2012 issue) In trying to unlock the puzzling paradoxes that are inherent in taijiquan practice—If it’s so natural, why do we have to practice so much? If it’s so effortless, why is it so difficult? If taijiquan is a martial art, why and how does it also heal?—this article explores some of the best books related to the subject. As a side effect, the exploration reveals much about the ongoing effects of this Chinese art has on our Western ways. DRAWING SILK: MASTERS’ SECRETS FOR SUCCESSFUL TAI CHI PRACTICE (PAUL B. GALLAGHER) t the risk of sounding like someone who writes book-jacket blurbs, I’ll say that Paul Gallagher’s book is useful for both the new beginner and the experienced. Gallagher gives an overview of etiquette, principles, lineages, martial practice, philosophy, cultural roots, mind-body connections, reflections of his teachers, the classics, and health benefits. As for beginners: I’ve seen people who can’t seem to leave their ego at the training room door, linear thinking people, who try to conquer a taiji form and end up defeated by their own ego and I doubt that any book, including Gallagher’s will make them taiji players. However, when in his Chapter 11 “Letter to a New Taiji Beginner,” Gallagher addresses those who are on the First Level of “Checking it out,” and points out that “most beginners don’t know…that the graceful and effortless appearance of Taiji requires a tremendous amount of power and controlled effort” (2007: 89), many are likely to misinterpret “power” and “control.” Type-A’s often stall out in the sort of mind-over-matter effort that results in mental double-weighting. Gallagher could do more to sooth over-eager new beginners and to help them realize that one main difference between a new beginner and an experienced beginner is a lot of time learning from mistakes. Yet, Drawing Silk is far from pretentious. Gallagher, like Smith and Thomas, directs his lens at those who have taught him and he maintains great respect for his teachers, carefully and humbly attributing them as sources. In Chapter 2, “Reflections,” his summary of Sophia Delza’s teaching addresses and answers the questions to do with the paradoxical in the taiji experience. He shows that because the taiji is everything, things that are opposite to each other are included—the logical and the illogical, the yin and the yang. Taiji involves the total human affecting the physical, mental, and spiritual. Evolving from the non-ultimate and non-differentiated Wu Ji, Taiji endlessly and supremely differentiates (yin-yang-yin-yang etc). “Beyond Taiji nothing can be conceived, nothing can be manifest”(2007: 12). As Taiji is a universe of intertwined opposites,
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and attainment of spiritual enlightenment require a natural way of life “including good nutrition. ten thousand transformations. balanced.10 Hence during the process of learning this art.9 (2007) One of the paradoxical qualities Delza’s writing addresses is the need for discipline/effort to achieve freedom/effortlessness: The movements. when the practitioner is about to become bored with the old actions. that (in Yang and Wu Style’s “Long Solo Form”) is that “in the initial stages of the 25-minute exercise…the earlier movements demand less of the body than those to come later. otherwise. as if it comes from the belly rather than the chest. throughout the book. Paul Gallagher designed his guide through and commentary on “Masters’ Secrets” with an eye to the variety of goals pursued by various readers. an old movement recurs.” are surely not perfected without effort. (2007: 13-14) Moreover. when the muscles surrounding the thoracic cavity are relaxed and false tensions disappear from the chest area. From the physiological viewpoint this alternation of activity and rest does not create the accumulation of lactic acid that results when one muscle or muscle group is worked continually over a period of time…there is no “oxygen debt” to be repaid and. Taiji Quan is to be practiced all day in all walks of life—even waiting in line at the grocery store.nobody should surprised if healing and hurting come from the same source. then. the health. one is made to confront one’s deficiencies both mental… and physical … and through gradual practice. and going through an entire sequence of movement amidst the business of daily life demands that one be patient and persevering. and balanced lifestyle”. as a whole. happy feelings. as Delza points out. In Taiji Quan: each portion of the body becomes fully activated and exercised. the diaphragm becomes able to move more freely and respiration becomes correspondingly deeper and smoother. Breathing will seem. In other words. Delza’s writings are quite meaningful to those who have had some experience trying to learn taiji movements.” Over the time devoted to learning “the practitioners body becomes gradually acclimated to the demands made upon it” (2007: 15). giving one a respite. (2007:17) Of course. the relaxed body does not waste its energies and the release of “unnecessary muscular tension aids the flow of blood to the organs. and unhindered (2007: 14). mind and spirit are all of a piece.”8 Moreover. “the repeated movements are so constructed that they enable the student to perceive the movement in a new light. slowly and without tenseness blood circulation to all parts of the body is free.The reasons for this insistence upon “relaxation” are manifold. without haste or anxiety. in conjunction with deep respiration and concentration. Many want pictures to follow.[T]he progressive elimination of physical and mental deficiencies though practice [will make one] truly free. (2007: 15) One of the beautiful aspects of Taiji Quan is. will activate or “fill” the dan tian center. one can complete the exercises with a feeling of repose rather than fatigue.” (2007: 16) For when the mind or body is about to become too fatigued with new actions. the longer versions are designed to “keep the mind of the practitioner from straying. So. “[I]f movement is smoothly done. “Very frequently. both philosophically and physically. First. but Gallagher is aware that new beginners who buy his book rarely realize or care that taiji cannot be categorized as simply a set of physical movements. can be said to consist of ‘one thousand changes. “ and the student will realize “how Taiji Quan. practicing it daily and of perfecting it. Gallagher draws the readers’ attention to his website where he sells DVD’s to demonstrate systems such as the Five AUTUMN 2012 QI—41 . and conversely. to overcome them…. Gallagher shares Delza’s case for Taiji’s health effects:7 The very first and most essential requisite of Taiji Quan is the relaxation of all unnecessary tension throughout the body….” she would say. Delza advocates practicing the long form rather than one of the many shortened versions (including the Yang 24) even though many of the moves are repeated. something totally new is called for in the sequence. “the pursuit of the highest goals of Taiji Quan would be quite futile” (2007: 19). to understand how the same movement can be generated from any one of several previous Forms. the physical-psychic energies will eventually be developed and. but because no one single part is ever in action continually in the same manner. since the body. though they may appear “effortless. sleep habits. with mind and body vigorous and adroit. no feeling of fatigue in the muscle tissues. More profoundly.
Even Zhang San Feng’s “Classic” states. returning to them after absences to see them anew. when practicing taiji. enumerate and elaborate briefly on various “principles” and “points. this list reveals Gallagher’s sense of the purpose of taiji and his own resolution of the seeming conflict between the martial and the healthful. “Mobilize the intrinsic energy as if you were drawing silk from a cocoon. Chapter Three is comprised of Ten Points glossed from the oral teachings of Yang Chen Fu (1883-1936). These lists help simplify at the same time they exemplify the underlying philosophy. Chapters Three through Six. not from conscious effort. in comparison to the Third Classic saying. Completing a cycle and beginning a gain. I move first.” Next Feeling develops.” It also says. the appreciating more flavors (even though they might come from the same dish) is good. sets up an artificial dichotomy. when the player is completely “empty. which for Gallagher includes: “the proper (defensive) Applications of the Form to understand the purposefulness of the movements in depth. For. I do not move.” seem more concrete and provide a different perspective or “flavor.12 But. Chan inspired Chapter Six’s “Taiji Quan by the Numbers”: The Four “F’s. pondered. and he advises that many readers may want to skip the Delza chapter and go on to the following chapters. All this is great. the chapter usefully puts things in perspective drawing attention to the dan tien. “May brave men everywhere prolong their years and enhance longevity and not use the art merely as a means to martial skill”(2007: 54). From beginning to end it continues fluidly without interruption. “’If the opponent does not move. as well as how to image the flow of qi in each Form. For example. pointing out that taiji can relieve spinal problems and cultivate temperament.” and has so “completely integrated all the other F’s that…the Solo Form seems to do itself” (2007: 45-46). In addition. (25-26) Chapter Four contains Master J.J. and 42 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . He advises that each line “should be studied. which focus mostly on attitudinal approaches to the discipline. An early treatise says.” First learn the sequence of movements.” which. Occasionally. feeling into each facet. it flows in an endless circle and is never exhausted. although mostly similar to “Yang’s Ten Points. Form. and incorporated into one’s practice in a systematic way” (2007: 61). I find it telling that this list mainly deals indirectly and almost apologetically with the martial benefits. My personal favorite is number four in the B. for strictly speaking the word “defense. These have much to do with integrating all the parts and seeming contradictions of the practitioner into a whole. So reading the classics should not be like reading an encyclopedia or a group of factbound paragraphs but more like reading a poem. The chapters that follow. into a set of short aphorisms or sayings”(2007: 21).Animal Frolics. And Yang’s ninth point provides the source of Gallagher’s title11: In Taiji Quan one uses mind-intent rather than muscular force. i.” Gallagher prefaces Chapter Three of this section by explaining that it “has been traditional for masters to express the essence of their art. This chapter appearing after many pages of how to be disciplined and to practice seems designed to sustain enthusiasm. Then the practitioner enters the stage of Forgetting. when practicing Taiji Quan. an argument that any form of hand-to-hand combat will do much to defend the realm has no legs. ripened after decades of practice. Sung’s “Twelve Guiding Principles. but from “long practice of Form and Function. Chapter Seven “Some Benefits of Practicing Taiji Quan” begins with a kind of disclaimer: “Strictly speaking. be converted to PowerPoint.’” the word “defense” is irrelevant. Still Gallagher seems a little too quick to use the word “defense” when it comes to the martial side. one should forget about benefit and loss…and let Nature take its course”(2007: 50). And. in this day of AK47’s and anthrax attacks. with very little editing. including what seems like redundancy.” as does Gallagher’s own Ten Essential Points (Chapter Five). at the opponent’s slightest stir.” All of this refers to its continuity without break. Yet. turning them over. flowing on endlessly without ceasing. Gallagher presents a hint of the historical background for the principles and practices in his book. Three through Fifteen. are made up of lists and short paragraphs of advice that could.” which requires “offense” to exist.e. of course. but he seldom does so without explanation of how the knowledge leads to effective practice as in Chapter Eight with his presentation of the Taiji Quan Classics. “It is like a great river or the sea itself. such words from a strict speaker would be lost on most new beginners. Then the Function.P.” Last.
For example. The rest of the book. and the projection of the spirit to the eyes and tip of the sword. culture. Chapter Twelve simply responds to frequently asked questions. I think. the waist is like the axle” (67). and therefore suggests that the “waist”(yao) might run on a vertical plane.” Hsu’s attitude is clearly evolved from kung-fu’s history. One of these concerns the waist: “All Emanates From The Waist. “can a student experience a genuine flow of qi in the Solo Form”. through various sparing practices and a brief discussion of weapons to cultivation of internal energy and spirit. He advises finding a teacher who is versed in at least some aspects of the entire “System” [including martial “Applications”]. His first chapter. For he says that the inguinal crease “forms the solid. he explains how the “Sword Form develops the flow of qi into the fingertips. Conscious. I got a much stronger sense of kung fu’s history as a necessary tool for survival—mistakes could be fatal. It also develops dexterity and finesse. for Hsu. the sequence of movements. “overuse of (external) breath will not bring true strength” (2007: 67). relative stable base. Yet. starting in Chapter Ten with a reprint of an article he wrote for a magazine feels like a series of add-ons. Students learn to use their qi throughout the form. I feel the most useful is Chapter Thirteen. But they are useful add-ons.” serves as a reminder of “ancient practitioners. controlled breathing impedes spontaneity (ziran). An interesting point of comparison is Gallagher’s “4-F’s”teaching sequence (Gallagher 2007: 45) and Hsu’s “Is It Necessary to Learn Forms?” (Hsu 1997: 90). One reason he gives for this approach is “that single movements are easier to perfect than combinations of movements. Gallagher’s first “F” is for Form. But AUTUMN 2012 QI—43 . Otherwise. the narratives that make up Chapter 16 have a New Age quality that tries.” Clearly. unsuccessfully to create a mystique. Like Gallagher. Adam Hsu sees the martial arts as inseparable from Chinese culture. not just for an individual but for a whole village. containing answer to questions about lineage. which emphasizes the importance of the taiji’s martial purpose. Although the main topic of this chapter is martial practice. a collection of short articles which appeared in martial arts magazines like Black Belt and Inside Kung-fu. and mental state” implies that kung-fu by virtue of the exercise it provides is at least on par with activities such as running or calisthenics. etiquette that most new beginners would not (but should) recognize as relevant. the student will be able to glean only a very small fraction of Taiji Quan’s real potential for overall mind and body development. “The Contemporary Purpose of Kung-fu.’ Do You Consider The Waist To Include The Yao (Inguinal Folds) Or The Abdomen?” Gallagher’s answer is consistent with the commentary on the waist in the Third Classic when it says. and it expresses the state of the fourth “F” in forgetfulness. appearance. accenting specific movements and issuing power” (1997: 91-92). Finally. kicking.” Hsu’s claiming that today “it is common knowledge that daily exercise benefits one’s health. takes a no-nonsense approach to the subject. he continues to highlight the health and spiritual benefits.” Thus. THE SWORD POLISHER’S RECORD: THE WAY OF KUNG-FU (ADAM HSU) The Sword Polisher’s Record.at the same time consulting them for advice. but they seem to be more of a means to an end than with Gallagher who places fighting or “Function” only at the same status as the other three “F’s. Of the chapters that occur near the end.” In the days before the introduction of guns to warfare made the use of kungfu in battle “obsolete. which support the rotations of the waist” (2007: 101). not on the breath. “The qi is like a wheel. Otherwise. Then he presents the learning of taiji in stages: from Basic Conditioning. static postures and fundamental movements” and learning two-person training.” practitioners viewed “the health benefits as a by-product of their art. Chapter Nine seems to be the culmination of the book as it uses the writings of JJ Sung to expand the scope of the practice to embrace the stars and the heavens. (2007: 116) “Only by imaging and having some awareness of the ‘Applications’. with subtle movements of the waist and wrist” (2007: 116-117). but Hsu advocates learning Forms after a “basic training—punching. forms are important as among other things “form training is learning to manage the qi (energy).” he says. when I read Polisher’s . the book is remarkably accessible at the same time it contains nuances that call for numerous readings. One piece of advice in the Third Classic says: “Throughout the entire body the mind-intent should be concentrated on the vital spirit.
” for real kung-fu training and images in books. They acquire their meaning from their for example. In discussing yin and yang balance.” And notably Hsu does not anesthetize the “Preface. interprimarily on external training. For him. strength.” He has a Taoist’s discomfort with words. movies. improvgames. according to its function: a danger that more words will just dig in deeper. but are often harmful to tendons and he finds the exclusive classification ligaments and how many people are of taijiquan. Words are no ance. purity. baguazhang. performing a dozen consecutive torrelationships with objects and with other words. “Words and theory.” In kung-fu. “a treasure forever being redislates “like money in the bank” until covered. which I think he means the spine) and dynamiIf words are digging a hole. external. cooperates with the back…. the misuse of words.” Moreover. and basic theory. he says the feela sense that once a living thing is pinned down ing could be of “solidity. Hsu goes on to say that unlike soft. The waist. So kung-fu study the column needed to help restore kung fu’s defishould not be confined in any one discipline. obviously there is cally. chan si jin movement. desire. nado kicks sic feet in the air. “Balance also refers Hsu is aware of the way each word contains the to the relationship between yin and yang”: seed of its opposite. Because of kung-fu’s “becoming an ties and expanding one’s philosophical outlook endangered discipline. Adam Hsu the practitioners have feeling “in the A sense of taking things in context dantian.” He describes conceptions that are causing it to become dull and it in action and in connection to the back (by rusty” (1997: ix-x). “most Western exercise. he says. kungnal aspects of training are layered into fu works on harmonizing the external the training as the student progresses to and the internal (1997: 13). nition. or internal. He draws from kung-fu “uses the whole body in a way that exerhis historical and scholarly background to argue cises and strengthens all the muscles. which focus as the student learns the basics. consider A most noticeable example of this is his dis- 44 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . heat. and video “must enrich the entire human being.” is the source of his metaphor of polishing health. exception. developing physical and mental abiliing a sword. is true whether the styles are labeled hard. principles. enlargfu. sports and training is by nature primarily external recreational activities.” (1997: 15). This and ligaments. Qi accumuentity. says: “are not a substitute for the physical and Similarly. it became obvious…that and world view” (1997: 31-32). or with a word it can die.cussion of internal and external. The feeling must come from the inside and of “ceaselessly changing” shows in Hsu’s out. and xingynow attracted to the category of kungiquan to be erroneous (1997: 54-55).” he will” [emphasis mine] (1997: 36). which is charge of horizontal twisting But Hsu does not let this happen.The universe is a process of relationAnother word Hsu gives fresh insight is “balships and continuous interaction. (1997: 36-37) yin and yang.” In fact.13 fu known as taiji because of its record He says internal and external “must of undoing the harm that many sports go together”: and other activities does to tendons One without the other is incomplete. that in making “the distinction between interand ligaments” (1997: 12-13) I feel that if his were nal and external kung-fu. At the outset. higher levels. tendons. balance is more than. (1997: 30) “kung-fu has not just one purpose” The power develops through physand is a living “ceaselessly changing” ical and mindful practice. The key to his success in making his kung-fu The waist could be called the joint that links the sword shine in his adherence to the principles of upper with the with the lower body. TV shows. “a result of the ing the practitioner’ s mental capacity to include many misconceptions spawned from the words the space around him. feeling with a single English word.”internal kung-fu has a longer article he might expound how so many been “unduly” assigned “more value sports are good at building muscles and greater importance. while kung-fu trains the body it is mental training required to polish one’s kung“incomplete unless it trains the mind.” He Hsu’s use of words is fluid and contextual—as polishes the kung-fu sword to clear up the miswhen he employs the word “waist.
the two types of neigong seem to overlap. he prefers “neigong. (1997: 121) Balance of internal and external is also essential. The taijiquan movement “white crane spreads its wings” is a good illustration….”and he uses “kung fu” to mean “thousands of years old” and “highly developed system of martial art” (Hsu 1997: 13). We use fighting as a tool to slice away the layers of illusion.” though the head and eyes gaze forward. Instead. [Often] the missing ingredient is proper balance of yin and yang. imagine having another set of eyes in the back of your head that balances your frontal vision [rather than focusing] excessively in the forward direction. with “single whip” the external movement is obvious: both arms move. there hasn’t been enough observation and accumulation of knowledge to allow for a solid comparison between real martial arts and healing neigong practices” (1997: 127). the mind should not be closed to the possibilities made available through change—an ethos supported by Hsu’s words: Whether you are an excellent or poor fighter isn’t the point. He discusses how the xingyiquan posture called san ti shi is practiced for health benefits.” Martial art and healing neigong are. Usually. six weeks. Nearing the end of the chapter. In “single whip. he indicates. whereas qi refers to an aspect of neigong. He begins by explaining his terminology: qigong he defines as “breathing exercise”.” he says. THE SCIENCE OF POWER (YANG YANG.” he claims that overall “you can get more from traditional martial arts training” (1997: 127). Hsu discusses principles that he applies to several types of Chinese martial arts including chaqua and baguazhang. The results generally show the taiji group to show benefits. These are invaluable and irreplaceable lessons we learn from kung-fu. Hsu’s title and focus. “What would it would be like if they were more practiced and serious?” While he says that “healing neigong is more specialized in treating certain types of illness.movements in which one arm moves away from the body (yang movement) while the other arm moves toward the boy (yin movement). It is not unusual for those who write about Taijiquan to assume the task of clearing up mis- AUTUMN 2012 QI—45 . which must be an inspiration for his title. For example. the mind should not be fixed in a single direction. Understanding the full Chinese origins and the cultural context of kung-fu is clearly important. are on revealing “the real kung fu. “the author compares Taiji to other martial arts concluding that they are all different from the ‘science of power’ that is Taijiquan” (2005: 93). For if its essence is change. (1997: 121) In the chapter “Internal Training: Is It Necessary?” Hsu deals most directly with the healing function of his art. but accepting all the cultural baggage is another thing. subcategories of neigong. and then I speculate. say. This change is beneficial to all society. For typically a study will involve people who have studied taiji for. I have difficulty agreeing entirely with some of Hsu’s pronouncements. This is the real training. Hsu makes pronouncements that are most relevant to the health connection and that I personally find agreeable: In keeping with an era in which kung-fu is treated like an ancient treasure. by as the chapter commences. to uncover and acquaint each of us with our true selves. (1997: 127) Then when he says that at “this point. students overemphasize the yang movement. PH. many martial arts have been transformed into health exercises. without ever practicing xingyi itself and how “internal training is common to all kung-fu styles combining qigong breath exercises with sinking the power and radiating it in lateral directions” (1997: 125). Yang Yang sees the martial and health aspects of his art as inseparable. and strengthening the organs. but it also must possess its own intrinsic balance.) Not unlike Adam Hsu. Yet. however. “Here. In fact he seems to agree with the classic poem Treatise on Taijiquan. Although Yang Yang demonstrates the standing posture of santi on page 60. however.” Healing neigong “teaches people exercises that are investments in good health and life” (1997: 123). developing specific kinds of energy.D. while Yang Yang says the “meaning of the term is not limited to martial arts…but rather refers to true skill in an art in general” (2005: 18). his focus is decidedly on Taijiquan. (1997: 199) TAIJIQUAN: THE ART OF NURTURING. but his words “solid” and “real martial arts” signal to me that he has had thoughts similar to mine. Nei means internal. I assume he is aware of the growing number of the clinical studies that have involved qigong and taiji. The internal movement is harder to describe. the weight shifts forward and the head turns.
meaning “literally ‘grand extreme’”: Wuji is a void or abyss. training is by nature primarily external as the student learns the basics. they never really began accumulating gong. Each subsequent step relies upon the gong accumulated and is itself a means for the further accumulation of gong. so I am purposely 46 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . He must offer encouragement that “regardless of obstacles. That is not to imply that taiji and qigong can be pinned down with plain or easy logic. Focusing on these feelings will only stall your progress” get ego out of the way and “let everything happen naturally” (67).” is the Mother of Taiji. In wuji there is no difference between yin and yang.But even in the stillness of wuji. Adam Hsu. medicine is not as good as food/nutrition. It is neither…. tranquility seems like a logical goal for the nervous system. Nothing should be forced. He starts with a description of the elements of posture to establish and maintain zhong ding. (2005: 55) Yang Yang. and when that critical movement happens. yin and yang separate from within wuji to create Taiji…. Wuji. Moreover: Worrying about what stage of development you are at is just another distraction. “The most important principle of practicing quiet is to be completely natural” (2005: 66). He quotes a Chinese saying to emphasize the spiritual: To improve your health. as Professor Kenneth Cohen chooses to think of it “as the energy of the nervous system” (Cohen 1997: 40). qi(gong) is not as good as spiritual nourishment. “that [it] cannot be understood without decades of practice”(6). I feel. then. internal aspects of the training are layered into the training as the student progresses to higher levels” (Hsu 1997: 30). there is the possibility of movement. when he uses the word “persevere. and nurturing body structure” (2005: 62). He warns the advancing practitioner never “to develop an attachment to a particular sensation. In contrast. improving body awareness. is. Western brains have been known to short-circuit at the word “spirit” which can conjure images of a holy ghost. But that does not mean that it is easy. Yang Yang presents a clearer picture of the interrelation of the physical. one of the reasons Yang Yang describes a short initial training period has to do with the benefits of his internal approach and emphasis on qigong standing.” (72). or standing and sitting meditation. (2005: 19) Although the writers like Liang. for example. So a more useful word with less baggage may be shen. He advises: “Experience wuji for what it is and not for what you think or want it to be. Possibly. For going up requires going down. mental and spiritual. (2005: 21) The Taiji form. But one of Yang Yang”s points of misunderstanding. Yang Yang says: when I tell you Taiji is the process of practicing and accumulating gong I mean that you should start with the internal aspects of the art and first begin to acquire gong. and he still leaves room for the individual to safely discover by listening to his/her own body without an excess of preconceptions or by submitting to any temptation to tense up or to fight the self. and Hsu emphasize the importance of balancing yin and yang and provide a sense that mind and body are inseparable. Yang Yang says. In contrast. noteworthy. …Some have practiced Taiji form movements for many years and have never truly gotten beyond the beginning stage. says that at “the outset. When Yang Yang references Grandmaster Feng’s teaching of xujing (empty and tranquil). For listening to messages from the mind and body is a main component of nurturing qi.understandings. Gallagher. He provides what I think is an appropriate amount of detail to understand how to place the various body parts “to relax. itself. Of course. whether it is with the body or the surrounding environment and being alert to avoid getting stuck in habit. he is even more insistent in warning “against using mental force to control qi” (71).” There must be a balance of yin and yang in both the internal and external nature (2005: 21-22). Of course. gives advice on how to practice wuji zhuang. When Yang Yang discusses Da Zuo. sinking the qi to the dantian and rooting the body.Acquiring the fundamental gong for Taiji therefore begins with wuji practice. his idea is one of mind harmonizing with matter.” even the greatest masters once had to persevere in practice. is “external manifestation of our inner spirit. food/nutrition is not as good as qi(gong). sitting a reclining meditative practices. translated as “no extreme. or standing meditation.” he doesn’t mean the kind of mind-over-matter attitude that springs from Western tradition. Thomas. And movement must start with stillness. or “mental and physical equilibrium” (2005: 61).or Sitting Wuji Meditation.
calmness. and briefly reclining. mind/body connection. (2005: 73) The peaceful and tranquil sitting leads to the development of ling. In his chapter “Taiji Form Movement.14 This would also make it easier to envision movement on a vertical plane. and tranquility. and effortless. for if “the hips move with the waist. (2005: 121) Of course.” Yang Yang presents practical principles for movement and for maintaining central equilibrium. Yang Yang examines form practice. Clearly. we build upon this foundation and emphasize motor and sensory system development and integration. flexible. goal-oriented decider in our brains: “in Taiji practice we emphasize the mental intention of the movement and do not rush to realize the result” (2005: 118). So. a student cannot adjust substantial and insubstantial. My teacher. I must go down can be baffling And Yang Yang addresses this issue in a way that reminds me of Gallagher’s “F” for feeling—a he says you must “develop a ‘feel’ for the yin and yang” of the movements. sitting. Just the fact that xin doesn’t really translate in the English as heart or as mind is a strong sign that the kind of intention needed for Taiji movement does not emanate from a linear. xin yi (intention) is an indispensable concept. and mechanical aspects of form movement is. remember to use yi and not to use strength. with no delay between thought and action. Without exception. as important as wuji practice is. Yang Yang quotes Grandmaster Feng: “when practicing Taijiquan. “If you expect the teacher to explain the yin and yang of each movement. Like wuji form serves to nurture and build energy and to exercise and continually improve the body/mind connection. 3) a producer of silk-reeling energy (chansi jin). Understand “that the goal of every form is to move a certain distance in a certain direction. It is also instantaneous. Since this essay is meant to focus on the healthpromoting aspects of Taiji. using certain parts of the body to express the force generated from the movement (all the while maintaining central equilibrium). He quotes Grandmaster Feng’s teaching in a 2001 seminar: “Without turning the waist. I won’t outline them here. This will help a student to eliminate the stiff force or clumsy strength…. Ling is light. your mind will be occupied and therefore not focused on the intention of the movement. the correct movement can be achieved. this advice seems easy to comprehend until I apply the idea of intention to the concept of yin and yang. So. The importance of yi is apparent. the “waist” does not include the hips. it is no longer “turning with the waist” (2005:111). When he can stretch his tendons and loosen his muscles. Ling refers to the mental as well as the physical…the ability to anticipate or foresee an opponent’s movement. I believe. his joints will open up and the internal qi can reach into the bones and marrow. In understanding how the movements of the form create power. and cannot switch jin from inside the body” (2005: 111).” As do the other authors he says turning of the waist is important. peace. but form practice is necessary to learn the mechanics of efficient body movement.” 2) an exercise of xin yi and qi. cannot perform unified silk-reeling. Yan Gaofei taught me that the qua starts from the Inguinal Crease but goes up to the indentation that most English speakers consider to be the waist. except I am inclined to visit (again) the word “waist. If the practitioner holds the hips steady and turns from the qua. it is just the beginning: In practicing slow movement. The product of energy. It “must be learned—it is a constant exercise of one’s cognitive function as well as physical exercise. (2005: 93) Yang Yang characterizes Taiji movement as an interplay of yin and yang and in addition it is: 1) “qigong or energy/gathering/nurturing/circulating exercise.” His second requirement is similar to Gallagher’s second “F” for function. I think there is a translation problem. in a word—power. Reminiscent of Gallagher’s starting with “F” for form. Yang Yang says the first required stage for reaching the stage of practicing the form with yi is to have “memorized the choreography—if you must think about where to move next. cannot achieve synchronizing up and down.omitting trying to name and describe levels of quietude. you likely have not reached a level to really understand it or do it. if my intention is to go up.” And this is acquired through practice of yi. translated as “ability”: but it means much more than that. I don’t want to get sidetracked by a discussion of the formidable martial benefits of chansi jin and Yang Yang doesn’t AUTUMN 2012 QI—47 . which comes from confusing the qua with the Inguinal Crease. if you are progressing in sitting wuji you will feel an increasing sense of lightness. (2005: 74) After analyzing wuji standing.
whereas Taiji practice teaches a way to achieve central equilibrium (both physically and emotionally) in a real world full of forces trying to disrupt it. which controls the involuntary muscles. The study documented significant increases in both leg strength and force control in those that received the Taiji training…This is a significant finding. However. (2005: 80) At this point the study confirms numerous studies on the ability of meditation to produce a “relaxation response. Our ability to gauge and control force deteriorates with age. Yang Yang says that Young and Taylor “concludes that. sitting and lying down nurture the mind and body.” he says. while15 parasympathetic dominance characterizes the initial stages of meditation. and a marked decline in blood lactate.” So. the practitioner who realizes the movement will enjoy the “salient health benefits of gently stretching the ligaments and tendons and significantly enhancing circulation throughout the body” (2005: 125). it is also a doorway to enhanced control over all autonomic activity” (2005: 80). Yang Yang shows that the various versions of the two-person practice continue the development of internal power. The study by Young and Taylor (1998) examines the effects of meditation on activity in the autonomic system. “the ultimate goal of push-hands practice is to develop and learn to maintain zhong ding…while someone else is actively trying to disrupt it” (2005: 136) To me. respiration decrease without significant changes in arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations. “Very simply. increased cerebral blood flow. (2005: 80) They noted “that this ‘reflects a coupled modification of both sympathetic and parasympathetic activity rather than simply reduction or increase of sympathetic activity alone’” (2005: 80). as previous studies that measured the same variables found that traditional strength training exercises did not improve the ability of older adults to control force exertion. decrease in skin moisture. he provides an overview of the nervous system. a study was recently completed that evaluated both improvements in strength and force control in Taiji practitioners…. and the more you use the more you can accumulate (if you practice correctly)” (2005: 140).spend much time explaining how to achieve chansi jin. “the expression of internal force will also be realized with yi” He says. “The more internal power you have. and I sometimes had difficulty discerning how finely tuned the studies of meditation were to the specific type of meditation practiced .” But Young and Taylor also tested “advanced meditators.” Here they observed: increased adrenaline (indicative of sympathetic nerve stimulation…paradoxically… in the presence of decreased heart rate (indicative of parasympathetic dominance overriding the ability of adrenaline to increase heart rate). the more you can use. (2005: 141) Yang Yang’s citing of such studies indicates that his use of the word “science” bridges Eastern and Western observational systems. 48 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Then he begins with an explanation of ways that wuji standing. although the claims Yang Yang makes for lying down wuji are both intriguing and convincing. apparently there haven’t been studies. Still his analysis is invaluable. At the University of Illinois. other than to explain that “the spiraling motions are a manifestation” of the principles of the Taiji movement he has already discussed. The conscious exercise of “fine tuning” the exertion of force in Taiji practice will greatly help to ward off the inevitable decline in motor control that comes with age. The study found: the physiologic pattern of the initial stages of meditation is consistent with parasympathetic activity—a drop in sympathetic nerve hormone and neurotransmitter levels. And. To explore how Taijiquan practice can be both understood and advanced with Western science. In his discussion of push-hands. this practice exemplifies much about the nature of Taiji practice. Some practitioners of meditation seek peace and tranquility by shutting themselves away from the world’s perturbations. I suspect that wuji standing yields some of the same effects as the sitting which seems to have been studied by Young and Taylor. while form practice helps accumulate yi through use. Through push-hands the practitioner learns to “perceive the difference between internal power and brute strength. Obviously each of these stillness practices have much in common with each other. This decline in motor control main explain the reason for some falls in the elderly. Yang Yang points to research applicable to maintaining health through the ageing process: This principle of push-hands practice is also of direct benefit in everyday life.
if conscious relaxation can remove the habit of using “external” muscular force.This balancing effect speaks.” Yang Yang similarly alludes to evidence that the effect of meditation on neurotransmitters may lead to a restoration of smooth and coordinated movement for people with conditions like Parkinson’s disease (citing Kjaer et al 2002). for “researchers are now capable of capturing precise images of the brain and can therefore identify changes in brain activity during meditation practice. “peng/lu/ji/an/cai/lie/zhou/koa are exactly analogous to the scientific concept of a ‘motor program’” (2005: 131). along with push-hands as a species of voluntary movement.” Then he points out that the elements of all form movement. With his discussion of wuji standing. Gradually one learns to complete the standing meditation task while maintaining an energy-conserving and ultimately an energy-accummulating [sic] state” (2005: 83). And that meditation’ s proven ability to help those with difficulty sleeping may be caused by “‘significantly higher plasma melatonin levels in the period immediately following meditation’” (qtd from Tooley et al 2000 in Yang Yang 2005: 81). Because Taiji movement is relatively complex and is not intuitive or a function of natural ability. According to Yang Yang. But the precise and complex motor programs. building core strength and yielding greater power output. today it is recognized that the brain has neuroplasticity…throughout life” (2005: 81-2). the idea has been that Taijiquan has a martial application is inseparable from its healthful function suggests that good (or bad) health can be learned.16 Wuji standing teaches practitioners “to adopt the ideal pattern of contraction and relaxation of agonist and antagonist muscle groups…. reframes questions about whether Taiji is “natural. of course. Now much of Yang Yang’s treatment of the nervous system and the Taiji form. even a baby. and agile movement of Taiji characterized as “ling. wuji standing’s main influence is on the somatic sensory system. . Yang Yang suggests some impressive possibilities for maintaining balance and posture. confirms my feelings. In other words (Yang Yang quotes a Chinese proverb here) you can “Let your body listen to your mind” (2005: 84-5). For. (2005: 131-2) Although the focus here is on martial movement. scientists largely believed that neural connections were genetically fixed and developed only during the first few critical years of life. “In all form movement.of Taiji have to be learned. Yang Yang proposes that a window into this learning process may come from research into the connection between the prefrontal cortex (responsible for the initiation and programming of motor sequences). direction. While learning or practicing Taijiquan I have often felt as if the form was somehow taken my brain out for examination.as the muscles contract against each other. at least. Yang Yang’s analysis disables or. this optimum response is difficult for an ordinary person living in the modern world. a motor program includes the intended length. He explains that the brain does not plan out a series of joint movements but makes an abstract plan or motor program which “includes movement dynamics and kinematics. the form must be practiced slowly to be learned. A typical person has a tendency to tense all muscles and become rigid when confronted with the ordinary trials of life like traffic jams and bank balances—not to mention serious physical threats. It communicates back and forth between body and brain. which relays sensory input to the brain and spinal nerves that govern voluntary contraction. as the individual essentially fights him/herself . and force of a movement. then conscious intention generated in the cerebral cortex can take control.” or “intuitive”: An important point to note is that laws governing voluntary movement can be modified by learning—we learn motor programs. And habits can change and continue to be changeable. Yang Yang looks to the future.” moreover.. Thus. can flail arms and punch out wildly. Anyone. the ability to remain calm in times of peril and is “an obvious requisite for the light. correct intention (yi) is primary “and is developed through correct practice. Whereas in the past. instantaneous. the dorsal and ventral striatum of the basal ganglia (responsible for habit AUTUMN 2012 QI—49 . Thus. In other words.” “instinctive. a person can “calibrate the movement of the body to respond appropriately to its environment” (2005: 77) However. This becoming rigid or “global contraction” (Yang Yang says the Taiji term for this is “being stiff”) is common and extremely counterproductive.
taijiquan makes it fun. This is another way of saying that the practitioner will be neither overly fearful or belligerent. when they would do better to just use the Chinese term rather than take an inaccurate stab at an English approximation. some patterns emerge and some questions remain. If it was not possible to learn it. and both send information back to the motor cortex via the thalamus. On a moment-to-moment basis. Although the books surveyed here were variously published over period of more than seventy years and reference texts hundreds of years old as well as citing recent clinical studies. as something to be valued for its martial applications. To achieve the benefits he advocates principles of nurturing and naturalness. Taiji movement. He goes on to observe that: although different neurotransmitters are used within the basal ganglia. which should have “absolutely no extraneous or purposeless movement… ‘no excess or deficiency.” Yang Yang enumerates and elaborates somewhat on what he categorizes as “skill-related. Interestingly. as healing art. Change is inevitable. “Intension” seems to be a concept existing partially but not entirely in the conscious mind. his main focus in discussing push-hands has to do with fighting or selfdefense. Of course. and cerebellum. For as the posture. He points out that the practice produces the right degree of confidence. “Intuition” is developed from harmonizing consciously and unconsciously with nature. equate such words as “song” with “relax” or “yao” or possibly “qua” with “waist. Often writers and teachers. basal ganglia.formation. should be observed and followed. if it were just some kind of inexplicable magic or genetic talent—why bother? CONCLUSION In varying degrees the authors discussed in this study approach the martial arts as inseparable from their Chinese roots. while the overall effect of the cerebellum is excitatory. the interplay of yin and yang and the essentials of peng/lu/ji/an/cai/lie/zhou/kao not only apply to push-hand but they are magnified through push-hands practice.’…is a balance between the inhibitory (yin) basal ganglia and the excitatory (yang) cerebellum systems and their communication with the motor cortex. but basically go back to the interdependency of yin and yang.” “therapeu- tic” and “holistic” benefits like postural control/ balance (skill-related). In his chapter “Why Practice Taijiquan. In the context of his book “nurturing” is a form of feeding and developing in a manner that does not force a particular result but lets “things happen naturally” And following nature is assisted by using both ancient and modern science to explore it (2005:169). The practitioner must learn the responses to fulfill the famous Taiji classic’s saying: “’The opponent moves. the practitioner must feedforward (anticipate) and feedback (respond) in ways that are neither excessive or insufficient. “Instinct” is that which we share with animals. Suzuki uses the word “religion” when he 50 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness .” whether evidenced by the quality of water rushing down a mountain stream or from electrical patterns that hi-tech instruments detect in the brain. and those emotions are not in themselves healthful. Some misunderstandings are rooted in Chinese and Western contexts. as spiritual practice.T. (2005: 133) Thus. as an ancient cultural tradition or as something full of limitless future possibilities. ENDNOTES 1. and the cerebellum (responsible for balance and coordination and control of voluntary movement): The way in which movement is controlled in the brain also suggests that the basal ganglia region is ‘exercised’ in the practice of Taijiquan17. balance and awareness that have been developed through wuji and form practice are tested by the perturbation of an opponent/partner. “Nature. I move first’” (2005: 160-1). D. the overall effect of the basal ganglia on the thalamus is inhibitory. voluntary movement is regulated via communication between the motor cortex. digestion/bowel function (therapeutic) and avoidance or repair of stressrelated injuries/illness (holistic).” Yang Yang again sees Taiji’s place in the process because“the balanced interplay of yin and yang is the very definition of Taiji” (133). Yang Yang advances yet another paradoxical situation in which yin and yang elements operate simultaneously rather than sequentially. That Taijiquan involves a lot of learning (especially through practice) should be good news. Understandably.” Others are rooted in concepts that to the Western mind seem paradoxical or contradictory.
Robert W.describes Zen. the unintended side-effects—all of them good! Hsu traces the source of the overemphasis on internal to Huang Li-Chou. Zen and Japanese culture. historically East or West. 12. Rutland. AUTUMN 2012 QI—51 . Although some people might call it a non-theistic religion. I suspect there’s a touch of elitism. . Suzuki.” Does he mean sh’en? 4. 9. Significantly. NY: Vintage Books. Fairview. Adam. Gallagher. 1977.) are not dissimilar. 3. were well-known Chinese watercolorists and calligraphers. Ltd. she has a particular interest in the infusion of qi in both the martial and the expressive arts. and follows it into the Republic when “some well educated and less physically qualified people applied their philosophies as a substitute for lack of real kung-fu technique”(55) Also. Thinking too much about health or other benefits can distract one from 13. I have to agree. For. Paul B. For me. the late Chow Chian Chiu and Chow Leung Chen-Ying. B. I think. T’ai chi ch’uan for health and self-defense: philosophy and practice. Master T. Understand energy (unconscious receiving) C. As her ﬁrst teachers. 16. Liang lived to 102. In turn Yang’s source seems to be the Third Classic. D. This subject came up when my teacher Yan Gaofei and I were working on article (2003) and Yan explained this definition to Marvin Smalheiser. 8. —————————— Carol McFrederick (MA. 17. The American Heritage Dictionary’s primary definitions include a superhuman power and. Yang Yang’s discussion supports this suspicion.” But for the Heaven stage he says “energy. NC: Total Tai Chi. Smith’s endnote indicates the three parts of the HEAVEN stage as: A. 10. Gallagher.com) has been teaching taiji and qigong in South Florida since 1994. Drawing silk: a training manual for t’ai chi. Smith. The summit. editor. NJ: Princeton University Press.com. When Smith lists the “Man” and Earth stages he uses the word “chi. “Hear” energy. “practice” seems to be a more appropriate word. 1970. 7. the Daoist approach does not seem to require disconnecting oneself from ”daily life. 15. 14. 1974. ABD) (www. An exact concoction of familiarity and newness is what makes musical and other types of composition successful. The sword polisher’s record: the way of kung fu. Elevating the internal helps the upper classes maintain their illusion of superiority.T. Paul B. Liang. caol@taichijoy. it’s the peasants and the yeoman soldier whose lifestyle has helped to keep them physically fit. I think he’s summarizing. 5. Chinese boxing: masters and methods. NY: Kodansha International. an early Qing scholar. 2007. VT: Tuttle. The effects of Contemporary music (Cage. I’m not absolutely sure if Gallagher is quoting from Delza or summarizing. This idea of exercising the basal ganglia is highly suggestive when considered alongside Sophia Delza’s commentary on how the form is structured to keep the mind alive as discussed on page 25 above. What’s the word for “immaculate conception” when it’s the male who’s producing offspring without a female? 6. Princeton. BIBLIOGRAPHY Hsu.” 11.T. Taiji in the 2008 Olympics had a similar circusact quality. from Gallagher’s summary. most Westerners feel the word connotes an exterior being to be worshipped. Wow! I believe that wuji standing also helps rid the mind of the habit of fighting against itself. Reich etc. 2. 1997.taichijoy.
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Dang Gui. Tonifies Yin Jing and clears heat in the eyes. Siberian Ginseng Root Order #H097 . building blood and producing sperm in men and increasing fertility in women. . . . . with herbs that tonify all three Treasures. . and to improve sex functions. Lycium Fruit. Peony Root White.$18. Rehmannia Root Raw. Hair and Nails Hair and Nails formulation is composed of herbs that have been used for a thousand years by Chinese royalty to promote the growth of beautiful. . Ginseng. . . Dioscorea Root. . . cholesterol regulating. Red Jujube Date Eagle Vision Herbs used traditionally to maintain excellent eye health. Polygonum. . . . . It is known in China a Da Bu Yin Wan. . . Tibetan Rhodiola. . An adaptogen is a substance which helps bring the body into a state of harmony with its environment by inducing chemical. . Astragalus Root. It is for people who have severely depleted their Yin reserves and are in serious health condition as a result.$27. Benefits circulation.$36. Gynostemma. . .-Fri. Schizandra. . . . Package of 20 tea bags. . . . . . . It may be used by men or women as an adaptogenic Office Hours: Mon. Salvia. . This harmonizing function reduces the effects of unfavorable conditions and stimulates the body’s own immune and healing functions. .$23. anti-obesity. . . triglyceride lowering. Polygonum. a short temper. . . platelet regulating. . Order #H041 . Ligusticum. . Ligusticum Root. Ligusticum root.$23. . and an excellent Yin Jing tonic that may be used as a basic formula in a personal longevity program. . . . and probably the most powerful immune stimulating herbs. . Licorice Root. . . Shou Wu Formulation can be used as a basic Essence tonic by anyone. . .00 Gynostemma Pure Gynostemma.$20. . . It is also an important Yin Jing tonic. . young or old. Dang Gui Root. The overall effect of this formula is to replenish Jing. Polygonatum Rhizome. One of the great herbs in the world. . Order #H043 . It also has been found to be anti-ulcer. this is the supreme blood tonic formulation of Chinese tonic herbalism. Gynostemma. immune modulating. excessive stress. and particularly the micro-circulation that supplies the hair and nails. It has been used for centuries as a nutritious. and White Peony Root. . . Dang Gui root. . White Atractylodes. It is said to be able to increase the “primary motive force for life activities. . cardiovascular protecting. . . Red Peony. . . . . . to improve digestion. . It is considered to be “the complete tonifying formula. . Cordyceps is widely use for the purposes of strengthening the primal kidney functions. . It is regarded as one of Asia’s premier longevity herbs. . In addition. Tibetan Rhodiola. Rehmannia Root. . . .$18. .00 product has the effect of improving adaptability.Tonic Formulations Cordyceps Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. . . . Made from the purist. It is composed of safe herbs that have been demonstrated to be effective. thus promoting well being. . These herbs are all very excellent tonic herbs which protect the body and help it to ward off invasion with utmost verocity. . .$18. . . . Rehmannia Root Order #H011 .00 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS Ten Complete Supertonic This is one of the original “dabu wan. . . They tend to promote the body’s own ability to cope successfully with stress. Strong antioxidant activity. . $9. and systemic balance. The formula is headed by Polygonum. . . . . . . . . . . 100% Vegetarian Cordyceps the immune system. . . . . . SIberian Ginseng. male or female.00 Young at Heart Similar formulas have been used clinically in China to improve coronary blood flow. . . moistening blood tonic. this could be the one. All four herbs are known for their powerful tonic and protective benefits. . also known as “southern ginseng” and the “miracle herb. . . 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Siberian Ginseng Bupleurum & Dang Gui It is a Qi. hearing difficulties. .00 Ginseng and Longan Combination A premier Spleen-Heart tonic of classical Chinese tonic herbalism. Poria. . The main ingredient is an amino acid called Alphathean which is found only in green tea. White Atractylodes. Agaricus is traditionally known as “God’s Mushroom” because of its near miraculous healing benefits. . smoothes and regulates the flow of Qi and Blood. . a remote mountain range in Central Asia—an area that possesses the precise qualities for producing the best Goji on Earth. Soybean Oil. Polygonum.” This is one of several “super pills” offered by Dragon Herbs— and may well be the ultimate one. allowing it to grow. dispels heat. Gardenia. naturally sweet. Green Tea. . . to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. . extremely effective and perfectly safe formulation made to promote healthy nasal functioning. . . . It should be used with Yin Jing tonics and some individuals do well when they use this formula with either Bupleurum and Dragon Bone Combination or Will Power. Gymnema. . Pearl. Crataegua. If you use Tao in a Bottle regularly. so it is easily dissolved in water and is virtually completely absorbed by the intestines. . Asarum. . Licorice Root. Codonopsis Root. Polyporus. .00 AUTUMN 2012 QI—63 . Cassia Tora. . It is routinely used for debility after an illness. Dang Gui. It is the most widely used classic formulation for strengthening the immunity and resistance of immune suppressed individuals. . Citrus Aurantium.$21.$17. . Agaricus blazei murill (freshly dried mushroom fruiting body only). Order #H104 . . It helps clear the sinuses and regulate immune functions. Cinnamon Bark. . the formula is a formidable immune system enhancer. . . This formula tonifies two of the three treasures: it strengthens the Qi (both the Qi and the Blood components). People have used it to overcome numerous disorders relating to the immune system. weight management. . Heaven Mountain Goji Berries Heaven Mountain Goji Berries are the only Goji berries that are “snack grade delicious and herb grade serious.
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