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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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The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness
Luk Tung Kuen:
The 36 Health Exercises of Master Ha Kinh ........... 18
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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A.. Makes we want to go back and read them again. Inc. and what a great symbol. Pinyin system Wades-Giles Yale or other taijiquan t’ai chi ch’üan tai ji chywan qigong ch’i kung chi gung jing ching jing Dao (Daoist) Tao (Taoist) Dau (Dauist) Yijing I-Ching Yijing Lao zi Lao tzu Lau dz jing. Qigong. Inc.. it means to pay attention to your body. or its officers.A. A change from extreme activity and expanding energy to one of rest and consolidation. footnote #6 should be changed to #8. shen Beijing Peiching (Peking) Beijing. dba INSIGHT PUBLISHING —————————— CONTRIBUTORS JOHN VOIGT KENTON SEFCIK. No matter what country they come from. the old #6 should be moved to #8 and a new #6 entered as “Guan-Cheng Sun and Jill Gonet. Temecula. ch’i. US$41. your diet. Romanizations We try to use the modern pinyin romanization whenever possible. A seasonal change was often a time when traditional Chinese would visit their local herbalist or acupuncturist for a diagnosis and advice on diet and lifestyle changes. shen jing. Internal Activation: Yi Ren® Medical Qigong Manual Volume I..com. adapt to the change instead of trying to alter it.. 92590. circadian rhythms. Under the subtopic “Reproductive Energies and Strong Bones”.. All rights are reserved by Insight Graphics. A season of change as we exit the heat of summer and prepare for the upcoming cold. Bob Talbot introduces “Breathing for Taijiquan” in this issue. qi. And this issue has the conclusion of “Words About Martial Arts for Health” by Carol McFrederick. Drachen in Asien © Jürgen Effner Visit our Web Site at: http://www. These changes are just another of the many rhythms of your body like your heartbeat. And in the footnotes themselves.95 per year for International orders. 26151 Carancho Rd. 26151 Carancho Rd. 26151 Carancho Rd.. 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Inc. shen ching.. “What Your Tongue is Saying: A Layman’s Guide to Tongue Diagnosis” by Kenton Sefcik is going in my personal reference folder at home and should be in yours too.” And I must admit to having a similar experience in seeing this many times and not knowing what it was... and even birth and death. INC. sleep. and our friend Ken Cohen expands our understanding of Zhao Bichen who was featured in our last issue. Brendan Thorson shares another qigong department entitled “Taoist Secrets to Menopause & Low Testosterone”. —Steve Rhodes.com —————————— Subscription rates are: $18. Tel: 951-699-5343 The opinions expressed by these authors and advertisers do not necessarily reflect the policies and beliefs of Insight Graphics. Another one of life’s mysteries solved. Tel: 951-699-5343 —————————— ©2012 Insight Graphics. chi. Web page: http:// www. Seasonal changes happen no matter where you live because they are part of life. Inc. CA 92590 U. and these dragons have described “Chinese culture” as well as anything that could be written. Even if you lived in a bubble. a Chinese dragon is a powerful symbol of China and it’s rich history and culture.. No medical action should be taken based upon the contents of this journal.. thanks.In This Issue of Qi THE JOURNAL OF TRADITIONAL EASTERN HEALTH & FITNESS —————————— Welcome to our Autumn 2012 issue.95 per year for United States. menstrual cycles.AC ROB TALBOT CAROL MCFREDERICK BRENDAN THORSON KENNETH S. Email: lily@qi-journal. This is part 1 of a 3-part series that delves deeply into the topic and is one of the most important concepts in taijiquan as well as qigong. Part of your genes and cells. I thought it very interesting to hear her comments about many of the books that influenced my own progress.S. 2010..qi-journal.a typical Eastern way of thinking. Not something we do anymore. but some articles and proper names are still written in other systems. 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the is going home. Henan. Gansu. have been detected in recent years. walls were built by later dynasties in scattered. Liu Yang’s performance is gentle and natural. form and meaning while emphasizing balance between Yin and Yang.850 km. Tai Chi also provides physical exercise. Some local residents have taken soil or bricks from the wall. Liaoning. even cooler. silver and gold.721 heritage sites were identified nationwide during the survey. —CNTV. including stretches of the wall. SACH deputy chief. and banning podium. including Beijing. such as mining. Healthy Living: One To prevent the architectural wonof the best parts about the Olympics der from further damage. and maintenance for the these fierce competitors to the at the 2012 Great Wall. Shaanxi. plopping down Did you central government rolled on the couch. Shandong.CN to eradicate major risks so as to ensure intact.196. only 8. Qinghai. infrastructure development and profit-driven tourism. She says all the astronauts enjoy performing Tai Chi when they have spare time. they pack up and head on home to The five-year survey finally gave their respective countries. something we tend to commercial activities on the overlook are the methods and London wall. restoration determination it takes to get modality. and have planted crops over ruins of it.170. “The saving and preserving ACUPUNCTURE of the Great Wall’s relics should not be delayed. 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. a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing. over subsequent centuries. The program was specially designed for the mission crew by the physical trainer for the astronauts. 74. as a preliminary survey in 2008 only showed that the Great Wall structures built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) extended more than 8.) and. autonomous regions and municipalities. only its Wall. pain prevention and of the status quo of the Great Wall. A total of 43.. and in some sections. Tong Mingkang.7 miles). A large amount of the wall has 6 OLYMPIANS WHO ACHE FOR collapsed. foundation remains. Damage from human activities. up a monitoring and warning system (continued on page 12) AUTUMN 2012 QI—3 . establishing funding Yet beyond the hard work and is a popular for protection. The three-minute long show by Liu Yang also brought some enjoyment to the staff at Beijing Aerospace Control Center.C.” Tong also accompanied Liu Yang into the return capsule on the day the spacecraft blasted off.” which of your favorite athletes have Tong said. Jilin. Another important reason is that Tai Chi is a traditional Chinese sports activity. according to the report. defense works and passes. So far. She then performed some Tai Chi. Heilongjiang.” the report stresses. Inner Mongolia. TheDailyZeel. Astro- A naut Physical Trainer. 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.170 MILES LONG Xinhua—China’s existing Great Wall. Ningxia and Xinjiang. said. said at Tuesday’s press briefing.. 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. is 21.Event & Association News CHINA’S GREAT WALL IS 13. “Performing Tai Chi is to regulate their breathing and relax their body and muscles and bones. This was the first time such a figure had been released. as well as other related Great Wall facilities and ruins.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. Tai Chi stresses body. one of the country’s signature relics. according to the survey report. Cultural heritage officials and experts warn that the Great Wall is still threatened by natural forces as well as human activities. Tianjin. according to the latest survey results released by the State Administration of Cultural Heritage (SACH) on Tuesday. It was put on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites in 1987.18 kilometers long (13. 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. but strategic areas to fend off northern nomadic tribes.1 percent is in poor condieffective preservation of the Great tion. incorporated acupuncture into their By 2015. Liu Yang strapped down her feet and began warm-up exercises. overall physical maintenance at the which could serve as a solid founda2012 London Olympics? Check out tion for future protection projects. worked out a general guideline for who’s actually licensed to practice the protection of the Great Wall and set ancient healing art. Tong Feizhou. Tong said. Construction of the first Great Wall dates back to the Warring States Period (475-221 B. Hebei. Shanxi. the SACH will have training programs and. 2006.
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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That gives children the amazing power to physically and mentally grow and develop. Firmer & more Elastic Face and Body Skin •Yi Ren Qigong Facelifts—A) Droopy Faces Tighten Up. 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. 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. and development for my life. C) Face Color Improvements AUTUMN 2012 QI—5 . and muscles for healing and tonification. This will allow the body to digest more of its reproductive energies for upgrading our energy levels that can be used for healing. but the real long term benefits from my upgraded reproductive system is the increased regeneration power my body now has for greater healing. personal growth and spiritual development. just like our energy system was when we were children. 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. This is described as the reverse energy flow in Taoism—so one can be like a child again. vitality and energies. vitality. The above noted changes were important to help me become more masculine. I also notice sometimes during my qigong practice that I can feel the reproductive glands are very alive. To date I have had numerous male and female students with ages ranging from teens to 70s that have significantly increased their internal strength. To summarize. 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. fascia. Reversing the energy flow of the reproductive energies from outward to inward. weak and exhausted—I felt like an exhausted broken down old-man stuck in a young-man’s body. 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. 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. When I first began this training at the age of 30 my body was prematurely worn down. longevity. B) Withered & Wrinkly Faces become softer more Elastic & Less Wrinkly. B) Withered & Wrinkly Faces become softer more Elastic & Less Wrinkly. Yi Ren Qigong can help you overcome health imbalances related to menopause and low testosterone. active and can sense the energy flow backward into my body and then circulate to other areas of my body like my organs. a boosting of my reproductive system and reproductive system aliveness like I had as a teenager. A process that could be described as second puberty or adult puberty lead to a slight deepening of my voice. increased facial hair. Like the energy flow of babies and kids before reaching puberty.Qi Department: Qigong tive energy pathways and reproductive glands which include the testes/ prostate or ovaries/uterus. bones.
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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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I enjoyed several lengthy conversations with Tsui Wei and greatly appreciated his integration of Daoist philosophy and breathing techniques into his Taiji Quan practice. the famed martial artist from the mountain village of Yanbantian in Hunan Province. son of the founder of Yang Style Taiji Quan. and because of the school he opened in New York City after moving there in 1964. To recapitulate. whose disciples included Scott Rodell in Washington D. like Zhao. published in 1927. and Wan Laisheng walking with exquisite balance on a bamboo basket. Sun Xikun taught (continued on page 10) AUTUMN 2012 QI—9 . Tsui Wei 催巍 (1926-2010) originally from China but who taught for many years in Oakland. who both taught Wang Yannian. and the life of Zhao Bichen. Europe. The basket is weighted with stones. one of the five masters chosen by the Chinese government to direct the Central Martial Arts Academy in Nanjing in 1928. qigong. who taught him the Spontaneous Boxing School (Zi Ran Men 自然門) he had founded as well as light-weight skills (qing gong). Sun’s seminal work “The True Transmission of Bagua Zhang” includes sections on Daoist cultivation. and elsewhere. in addition to being a Daoist. near Beijing. From “The Common Basis of Martial Arts” Wan Laisheng practicing Teeth Clacking. lived. another major player in the spread of wu shu and qigong. Here is an outline: Tan Bo taught Zuo Yifeng 左一峰. Zhao Bichen. Both Zhang Maolin and Zhang Qinlin accepted Wang Yannian 王延 年 (1914-2008) as a disciple.S. to Sun Xikun 孫錫堃 (18831952). who became the third patriarch of Gold Mountain Daoism. a “Master of the Five Excellences”: calligraphy. Tan Bo. Du taught his combination of Daoism and martial arts to Wan Laisheng 萬籟聲 (1903-1992). Chinese medicine. California. Stones are gradually removed week by week. Zhao’s other teacher. making the practice more and more challenging. Wan also wrote major books on Chinese martial arts and qigong. Wang. was a champion martial artist. Liao Kong also taught Du Xinwu 杜心五 (1869-1955). Gold Mountain Daoism 金山 派 is a branch of the well-known Quan Zhen. most significantly Wu Shu Hui Zong 武 術滙宗. enabling Du to leap to tremendous heights. Du learned from an eccentric Daoist named Dwarf Xu. an internal martial art based on the Five Elements. Zheng Manqing was one of the most influential Taiji Quan Grandmasters in the world. was also a martial artist. He taught Xingyi Quan. and Taiji Quan. Zhang Qinlin. an alchemical meditation to awaken the spirits of the head and generate saliva. became one of the most beloved Taiji Quan grandmasters in Taiwan. painting. Zhang was furthermore an important teacher of Zheng Manqing 鄭曼青 (1902-1975). student of Liao Kong and Tan Bo. before he began training with Liao Kong. herbal formulas to heal martial arts injuries.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. Canada. He had been a student of Yang Jianhou. Wan’s students teach throughout the world. Complete Perfection sect.C. his methods are practiced in most major cities in the United States. 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).. 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. we have a line of transmission from Tan Bo to Zuo Yifeng to Zhang Maolin and Zhang Qinlin. mentioned earlier in this essay as one of the founders of the qigong movement in China (though Hu also learned from others). the second patriarch of the Gold Mountain sect of Daoism. At age 13. During the 1980s. and others in the U. “The Common Basis of Martial Arts”. From “The Common Basis of Martial Arts” martial arts lineages. in turn.. There are still other notable connections and inter-connections among these Daoist. Zhang Qinlin taught Hu Yaozhen. poetry.
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where world heritage status is increasingly being used as a economic vehicle to develop backward regions. the most of any country in the world and dozens of other wannabe UNESCO sites across China are preparing bids. says “People are getting richer and they have the right to appreciate heritage sites but we need a balance. with its Department of Health estimating that one in five people aged between 18 and 64 are obese. Bristling with battlements and turrets. said she found the results “encouraging. Hong Kong itself has an obesity problem too. Significant losses found through extended treatment The researchers claimed that treatments can result in weight loss of around 5. 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.8 kilograms if the herbs are used and 4. but for those who wanted to reduce the health risks. face a threat of a different nature—the incredible boom in Chinese tourism.000 patients at its Chinese medicine clinics as it prepares to undergo a large scale clinical trial.” 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. 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. told the South China Morning Post. these days the Kaiping watchtowers. scheduled to begin next January. the Paris-based chief of UNESCO’s Asia and Pacific section. The tiny village of Zili attracts dozens of tour buses on weekends. Now a UNESCO world heritage site. —Chinese proverb AUTUMN 2012 QI—17 .Event & Association News on Chinese weight-loss treatments that were designed not to help people who simply wanted to become slimmer. you will eventually encounter the tiger. height and waistline measurements—from around 50. both over a period of up to four months. who led the research.” Other Chinese media claimed Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority would now collect data—such as weight.” Chinese University’s assistant dean of medicine.1kg if the acupuncture is used. Literal meaning: When you go up to the mountain too often. China now has 43 world heritage sites. The most successful acupressure points used were those in the ear aimed at the spleen and the stomach. According to the report. or diaolou as they are known locally. hundreds of abandoned watchtowers dot a landscape of water-logged rice paddies. such as the onset of diabetes. which are associated with obesity. Like most modern cities these days. Professor Chan. China (CNN)—In a quiet corner of southern China’s Pearl River Delta. Jing Feng. It’s a scene that’s played out at other UNESCO sites across China. lush bamboo groves and ancient villages. Professor Chan said some drugs commonly used to fight obesity in Western countries had been known to cause blood pressure or even emotional problems. Professor Juliana Chan Chungngor. 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). and the points in the leg known as “Sanyinjiao” (near the ankle) and “Zusanli” (just below the knee). “A Western approach was used to show Western scientists that Chinese medicine methods work.
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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she completely recovered. When she returned she told me sadly. and the world. California. 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. educational. She practiced them daily. At sixteen Ha Kinh contracted malaria. race. The story goes that her father taught her the exercises he had developed. the other in Hong Kong.Oakland Fall 2011. Within a week. religion. where today she is listed as “Founder and Chief [but] never President. Google Magazines had nothing. Hong Kong. (Ho Wing Siu 何永紹). joints. Suffering from malnutrition. was a acupuncturist who created his own exercise regime based on Chinese martial art boxing. Medicine did not work and she grew sicker. From http://www. Once again she regained her health. and energy (qi/ chi) meridians.com did have one entry. Master Ha Kinh has been adamant about certain things. Wikipedia had nothing. MASTER HA KINH It all begins with a strong willed and charismatic woman named Ha Kinh—(何瓊 sometimes written as “Ho King. and open to all people regardless of age.) However I did find two very important websites. Oakland. and later had its instructions translated from Cantonese into English. “Maybe when you get home you might be able to find information on the internet. Living conditions were difficult. each morning every day of the year. In 1941 to escape an invading Japanese army. an now out of print used VHS tape. A Malaysian doctor recommended exercise. and now with its proper Chinese name. 4 “Hands Out to Sides” in Madison Park. or economic background. Many of these students would go on to teach LTK throughout the United States. gender. north of Kowloon.org. She remembered her father’s exercises and began to practice them. Amazon. Their basic URLs are given at the end of this article. There she married.luktungkuen. By now I knew that every day thousands of people do Luk Tung Kuen in this country and in China.” Another reflective pause—then. To spread her teachings—which also include giving to charitable institutions— her pupils formed the Luk Tung Kuen Association. one in California. The number of students grew. Google Books had nothing. (I immediately bought it. By 1963 Ha Kinh relocated to Hong Kong and began teaching Luk Tung Kuen publicly.” Over the years. searched the store anyway. Her father. she became deathly ill. In 1985 she went to live with her children in Los Angeles and continued to teach LTK. It must always be presented free of charge. 1980 Hong Kong.” Back in Boston. Together they named them Luk Tung Kuen. and on his knowledge of the body’s internal organs. she and her parents moved to Saigon. I went to the standard digital sources and typed in Luk Tung Kuen. Doing LTK no. Used with permission of Master Ha Kinh. She was born in Guangdong province in Southern China in 1918. There is a DVD available in Hong Kong. but we don’t have it here. Master Ha Kinh leading a Luk Tung Kuen practice in a park. or singularly. “There are no books about it— not even in Chinese. her doctor confirmed the benefits of these exercises. Luk Tung Kuen is to “Strengthen the Body and Serve the Society. After a series of tests.” It is to be practiced outdoors in groups.” and pronounced “Haw King”). In 1986 she returned to Hong Kong to stay. AUTUMN 2012 QI—19 .hk/category/hoking.
luktungkuen. kidneys. For instructions to properly learn the exercises refer below to “Sources For Further Information. LTK no. April.” then to “2011: Ha Kinh Visit December.Author in Boston.” The entire program lasts for approximately forty 20 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . They are (in the words of Master Ha Kinh) “Targeted to help our bodies stay healthy. The hand movement stimulates the acupoints which in-turn stimulates the function of the brain.” 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. Go to http:// www. 2012. heart. Now in her 90’s. fingers and central nervous system. offered only as a short introduction to Luk Tung Kuen. There is a short video clip made less that a year ago that captures her dynamism. and improves the elasticity of the joints in your hands and fingers.” Its purpose is to promote good health for those who practice it diligently.” More about the health benefits of LTK from http://www. 1 “Hands Open the Door. arms.org The controlled movement regulates the cardiac muscles which facilitates and improves blood circulation. she is still healthy and active in the world of LTK.org scroll to “News and Events. exercise program. These exercises are not offered as treatment for any illness or other medical problems. MOVEMENTS 1 TO 36 What follows is a summary.luktungkuen. The stretching of extremities tightens abdominal muscles. or any other. shoulder.
as the left pushes down. in groups. With right hand over left hand. Look at the right hand and drop that middle finger ten times. Interlock the fingers and extend the arms forward knuckles out. 10. Repeat this on the left side. shoulder. Circling the Foot. Assume a crouching position. Extend right foot. Ten times. 3. 9. On each turn to the side the wrists quickly touch. turn the hands clockwise ten times. Then bend downward ten times. Hand Exercise. then forward ten times. The symptoms are fatigue. draw circles with the heel of the right foot. Benefits acupuncture points on the hands. but with face looking forward. Steady yourself on something if necessary. 6. Bring hands back and forward ten times.) Helps avoid Neurasthenia—a condition commonly diagnosed in Asia. ten times. It is best done outdoors. No other exercises should follow them. the other fist powerfully punches down between the legs. Left hand in front of face and right hand on small of the back. Look at the left hand and drop the middle finger ten times. Deep Knee Bends With Six Way Boxing. interlock fingers. This form also is called “Luk Tung” (“Six Circulation”) because it opens AUTUMN 2010 QI—21 SPRING 2012 . (Resembling pedaling a bicycle backwards. headache. and as exercise in general does. 1. Turn to the left as you reverse hands. 5. End by extending arms forward with palms out. this strengthens immunity to cancer. Helps in reducing belly fat. 7. each way ten times. and the nervous and lymph systems. Left leg forward. Rotate the Wrists. then circle arms down by the sides of the body. then counterclockwise ten times. 8. bring arms above head and force them back once. This exercise also opens and cleans the nerves of the brain. kick the right foot back ten times. this helps keep power in the arms and body). then forwards). Each punch has three counts. especially LI-4. In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine this: helps clean and clear [疏通] the veins and arteries [血管] of the heart. The right hand is above the head with palm facing up. Reduces body fat. early every morning. Stimulates 18 important acupuncture points on the right side. With arms still extended. Do ten times. Beneficial for the joints of the fingers. Repeat movements with the left hand over the right. then quickly relaxes. then bring hands back to the chest ten times. With one fist on waist. Reverse the arms and repeat. With hands still on your waist. However if a person has difficulty doing any exercise. Turn to the right and reverse hands. ten times. don’t fall over. Assume a crouching position with legs a shoulder-width apart. the left hand by the waist with palm facing down. The exercises should be done in the order given. A stretching exercise for rheumatism and blood circulation. Beneficial for the vital organs. 2. and press down over the right leg five times. Hands Out to Sides. hearing. neuralgia and depressed mood. Number Two. Steady yourself on something if necessary. Bicycling. Crossed hands. Do the same with the left foot. Turn palms forward and take three deep breaths. kidney. curl other fingers over thumb. Strengthens sense of balance. Make the LTK fist—(crook thumb into palm. Good for blood circulation. Beauty in the Mirror. Hands Open the Door. for a total of six punches. Reverse hands and push up and down. First clockwise. Arms extend horizontally. Bend Knees and Beat Drum. but not in the West. This exercise is also for the veins and arteries of the heart. heart. anxiety. and the left side. With hands on hips.minutes. 11. 4. brain. Repeat with the left foot. Right hand pushes up. Hands Open the Door. Imitate beating a drum with alternate hands. then counterclockwise. and for bones and muscles of the arms. they should move as gently and comfortably as they can—or simply disregard that particular exercise. (Related to Shaolin One Finger Qi Gong. and central nervous system.
This benefits the heart 22 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Exhale though mouth. Lift heels. the right hand ending in front of the left shoulder. Both arms are held horizontally to the left side of the body. This exercises the arteries and veins to help avoid hypertension. bend forward with arms hanging down—and like sucking on a straw. 12. Raise arms with yang force forward with palms up. then back toward the eyes. Take one step forward with the left foot and kick up the right foot. Builds waist strength and pushes blood to every corner of the body. 16. alternating hands go down toward the toes and various gestures are made with the palms. 23. left hand above right hand as if holding a basketball. swing back and are folded. 13. look at the middle finger of the fully extended arm only after making the turn. Palms face down. Five times. and strengthens the pancreas. Eagle Posture.) Begin with arms horizontal to each side. 15. The Crab. and qi of the body. (Similar to no. Rotate hands up and down by the sides of the body. The fingers of both hands are spread with the little fingers held straight. Do ten times. Begins with right foot extended. This exercise uses complicated hand and arm positioning. Then left foot steps backward. Place the right hand. as the right arm is turned and folded to the left. Swing Out With One Hand. Reverse and repeat with the right arm extended to the right and the left arm turned and hand folded into the right shoulder. Helps prevent amyotrophy (loss of muscle tissue). Palms massage down from the waist to the front of the legs.” 17. inhale through the mouth. 21. The left arm remains straight. This helps develop the reflexes to catch ourselves in case we accidentally fall down. Arms go forward with palms down. Beneficial for the thyroid and heart. 19. With each swing. 22. Do for five kicks. With one foot extended. Come up as you exhale through the nose and lift the palms up to the eyes. Reverse and repeat movements starting with arms pointed to the right side. Always look forward. Arms swing forward and make the LTK fist. (Like Jumping Jacks). 19. as heels go up. Waist and Tummy Exercise. Begin with arms horizontally extended to both sides. then arms quickly swing down and hands slap sides of the upper legs. Also cleans and opens capillaries and stimulates acupuncture points. That way we “only hurt skin instead of hurting bones. Right arm extends horizontally to the front. Windmill. heels lift and drop. A stretching exercise for the toes and knees. Left hand at waist with palm down. 20. above head. Do ten times. With tip of tongue on roof of mouth. Make a circle (resembling a windmill or Ferris wheel) by tracing hands down then up to the right. 18. thumbs touch sides of hips. Fold the right arm to the left chest just below the shoulder. as the left arm is flung to the right. Then fling the right arm out and return it to a right horizontal to the side. Use the waist to turn the body. This exercise cleans the capillaries of the heart and helps prevent blood clots. Arms with elbows up. hands pull to the sides twice as the head turns to each side. Turn palms quickly outward. Breathing Exercise. Use power when swinging out. never to the sides. For the intestinal digestive system. Five times. Stretch the Arm and Kick Up the Foot. To prevent dizziness. Helps regulate blood sugar levels. Then palms immediately face up and down. five times. and swing straight down like doing the breast stroke in swimming. palms down. and arms with yin force go horizontally out to the sides. Benefits the lungs.and cleans energy pathways and flushes out bad blood helping to prevent blood clots. Hands Make Circles. For the acupuncture points on the sciatic nerves. with palm up. then left foot extended. Hands Straight Swing Out. Bouncing Up and Down. 24. hands pause briefly when directly above head. Do this up-down lifting movement ten times. Heels drop as arms with palms facing down move horizontally out to the sides. Yin and Yang. Shovel the Mud. Hands Push Out. 14. Reverse legs and repeat kicks. except the fingers are extended. Inhale through nose. Knee bends with arms extended horizontally to the sides.
Helps avoid Sclerosis (i. slowly lower the body. especially Urinary Bladder-1 (where the inner corner of the eye meets the nose). 35. flick ten times. With hands on knees.e. Men: Do it in reverse order to the women: what is left-or-right directions for the woman. So you will hear words sounding something like “Choo-Lay” meaning something like “Strength” or “Force” and implyAUTUMN 2010 QI—23 SPRING 2012 . Then eight or so spoken “Strength” commands. stroking the legs. with palms facing down. Breathe deeply with attention focused to the lower abdomen (dantian). and bending. Promotes the digestive system. Arms. then to the right ten times. Put your left foot forward. prevents crow’s feet. extending the arms. left hand brushing down the right arm pit. Brush with alternating palms across upper neck by the jaw. This exercise benefits the sense of balance. hardening) of the body and blood veins. right hand brushes down from left armpit over left side of body to just below the waist. Do five times. Knee Exercise. Then palms face upward and fingers are thrown out. Sweep the Side of the Body. 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. Helps joints in the hands. Use the LTK “clenched fist. Hands on hips. Tap up and down from temples to upper sides of head. Bend the left knee and with right leg extended out to the rear. 26. then exhale through the mouth as you lower the tongue. shake the hands two times. Left hand with palm up goes over head.by facilitating the up and down movements of heart muscles. 30. First you should know each of the moves are usually being counted. 27. Women: Bend to the right side. Tapping Nerves Behind the Ears. Beneficial for blood circulation to the brain. Benefits the Liver and the Kidney. Do at an easy comfortable pace for up to 250 counts. Change the Method of Breathing. Then reverse sides and again count to 130. Hands on hips. Then make LTK fists and bring them to temples. Five times. Stay relaxed and do not force. flick the index finger on the back of the head. Rotating the Waist—(resembles doing “Hula Hoops”). kicking. will be right-or-left directions for the man. 28. Raise and drop the hands and arms. Neck Massage. Five times. ten times. then right. Count to 130. and yoga-like super stretches. Besides the counting.” Then reverse the position of the legs and repeat the whole thing. Inhale through the nose with the tip of the tongue on the hard palate. Benefits the thighs and calves. except the extended arm is held horizontally out to the side.) This may be difficult to do: if necessary do hold onto something to keep your balance. Palms cover ears. Hold the left foot and stand on the right foot. then bend the head to the left. helps in avoiding cataracts. Fingertips draw circles around the eyes pressing acupuncture points. Tap with fingertips up and down from cheeks to lower forehead. Do five times. then right to left. each three times. the leader will call out power words like “Strength” and “Force. Now do it the opposite way by bending to left with right hand up. Stretching Legs. With palms still down. Repeat with the left hand index finger. Light Jogging. 33. 29. With hands alternating. ten times.” Beneficial for the joints and spine. Arms go forward then back and form LTK fists on the waist. Eye Exercise. Relieves eye strain. Also power words are occasionally given—especially with the more intense punching. (Resembles “Pose of the Dancer” in Yoga. With right hand only. For hearing and the hindbrain. still with the left leg extended to the front. brush palms upward from the jaw. but now the spoken command is “Sit down-Sit down…. ten times. Standing on One Leg. 32. and extend the right arm.. 25. Caution: Never put fingers directly in the ears! 31. ten times.” Beneficial for the Respiration. Neck and Waist Exercise. and again do the same thing. are extended horizontally to the sides at shoulder height. Circle hips to the left ten times. and helps avoid leg cramps. 34. circle the knees from left to right ten times. This complex set of movements includes the LTK fist. then the fists with knuckles facing down go back to the sides. Stretch Out Hands. 36.
Tung 通—The character resembles water or sewage pipes. 43A Jordan Road.” but that has little practical significance in English.org.org. © 1990 by Master He Qiong. Six also traditionally carries the ideas of: Longevity. Actually. However any mistakes or misinformation is the fault of the author alone.hk .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. Tel: 2783 8381 / 2985 8338.” 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. Religious. This book may not be publicly available.) Contact Email: info@luktungkuen. If not use any Chinese pictogram of six of your choice] resembles a human body: two legs.org/ then to “LTK Step By Step.org. “Soy-die” meaning “Relax. Instructions on how to do LTK are at http://www.voigt@comcast. clearing. But don’t call it a “qigong. ” 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. For them LTK is about Community— not isolation. 3/F Lee Shing Mansion. or Spiritual meaning. DVD. Hong Kong.hk Contact Email: info@luktungkuen.” (Quán is the Mandarin pronunciation of the Cantonese Kuen. When we finish the exercises they invite me to join them at a close-by fast food restaurant.) http://www. left-right. arms. You might even simply travel to the closest Chinatown early some morning. certainly enjoy doing it. [from 1990 version]. and happily they converse in Cantonese (I smile) and they share delicious home baked goodies.org. Using their visual pictograms. two arms. I believe that is the source of much of LTK’s health granting qualities. Coffee is ordered for all.luktungkuen. like mischievous schoolgirls. luktungkuen. a body.org/ for 24 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . There are hundreds of places worldwide where you can find Luk Tung Kuen every morning. as I did.hk.org.” Master Ha Kinh says that it is not because it never uses any qigong style abdominal or reverse breathing. Kuen 拳—literally is “Fist. But there is more to it than that. © 2012 by Master Ho King.” and finally “Exercise. highly recommended. and from several personal conversations.org (Based in California. and I as well. and body. and flushing out waste matter—in other words we “dredge” out the impurities. so we gain good circulation of blood and life energy throughout the body. they sometimes even talk between themselves when doing the LTK forms. The people I practice it with are most often middle-aged and elderly women. FINAL THOUGHTS The majority of the information in this article comes from various Luk Tung Kuen groups and their web sites. but there is English text for each of the 36 movements. Kowloon. and a head (or “brain”). 世界六通拳畫冊—(Worldwide Luk Tung Kuen Handbook).) “Fist” becomes “Boxing” and continues to become “Exerting the hands and body.” or “Gang-Lay” meaning “neck strength.hk/category/ltk/ .” but in Chinese is actually tài jí quán.org.luktungkuen. You will find another outstanding instructional video in English by going to http:// www. literally mean “Six Circulation Fist. up-down. Expansiveness and Universal Power. info@hkca. ——————— The author of this article may be contacted at john. Contact: info@luktungkuen.(LTK) The Chinese characters 六通拳. The Orthodox Luk Tung Kuen.] The Orthodox “Luk Tung Kuen. and find a park with a group of people doing LTK. A special thank you goes to Chuchu Wen for her translations. Consult http://www. meaning “Supreme Boxing .” Then there is the opposite. what follows is a more useful symbolic etymology of those three words: Six 六—Figuratively the character [this should appear as the copied calligraphy.” ing “Throw it out with Power!” Similarly there is “Bock-Taw-Lay” meaning something like “ArmHead-Shoulder Strength. from a privately circulated handbook. as well as cleaning.DEFINING LUK TUNG KUEN . For the Chinese.hk. It relates to what Americans call “tai chi. There is a overriding social component to LTK which should not be overlooked. [Text in Chinese. however there are also written instructions in English.” None of the words used in LTK have an overt Political.luktungkuen.luktungkuen. “Six” implies the ability to move easily in all six directions: forward-backward. (Site of the Luk Tung Kuen Worldwide Association. Price $30 HK dollars. And they.” VHS.net SOURCES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION http://www. addresses.
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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Dryness. Spleen and Kidney. The color of the tongue should not be pale. Cold and Fire all paint a picture to aid the acupuncturist in diagnosing their patient. Hot. often mimicking the patient’s body-shape. nor too dry. CRACKING & SHAPE There are four main things to look for in a tongue: color. The tongue is very much like soil. Cracking generally shows that the body has been running hot for some time. If the soil is too wet. 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. The tongue can also be a different shape. It took a long time of a (perhaps poor) lifestyle to have set the stage for the current tongue image. A dry coating may tell that there is a lack of fluid circulating in the body and/or there is Heat. A practitioner may ask an upsetting question. cracking and shape. 2. just behind the tip. it can be deduced that the tongue will not. motions to one side. It should be said. yielding teeth-marks along the side. natural sunlight is best. A patient may have ‘the worst of both worlds. in the back portion. the water will pool on top. A tongue can also be thin. when stuck out without force. the sides or all over. such as Liver. Dampness. one can easily see if the soil is healthy or not. Dampness or Phlegm (example: swelling). while halogen lights are second best. The terms are capitalized in order to avoid confusion. coating. it indicates that a patient may be Cold inside. A thin shape is just the opposite and may indicate lack of fluids. Combinations are not uncommon. and has cracked like the earthen in the desert sun. Therefore. however. It will take a long-term lifestyle commitment to health and wellbeing to change it back. Bell’s Palsy or some other debilitating illness. To the common eye. is as important for us today as it was for the Ancients. however. COLOR. Another tricky combination is a thick. COATING. one can then look to the tongue to diagnose and make the appropriate lifestyle changes. 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). Common words are used to describe not only health phenomenon but also weather. to distinguish between a ‘Western’ kidney (and its functions) and an ‘Eastern’ Kidney. yet have red bumps (called prickles) caused by the papillae being raised up—again indicating heat. mental and spiritual role to play. typically the ‘Eastern’ Kidney’s functions are more encompassing—the Kidney having a physical. A wet coating may indicate retention of fluid. down the middle. the tongue coating should not be too wet. that the tongue takes a long time to change. Swelling in the tongue may tell that there is swelling throughout the body. A swollen tongue often pushes against the teeth in the mouth. If a tongue is pale.it became a science in its own right due to thousands of years of observation. nor be red. sticky-yellow coating with red prickles. Healthy soil should not be too wet. Organ systems are capitalized as well. one can diagnose their own.’ in that they present with a swollen tongue that has cracking. Both of these scenarios are difficult to treat AUTUMN 2012 QI—27 . Each one of these tells a story and often times combing two or more tells a very complete story. Wind. if the soil is too dry. without proper fluid replenishment. The fact that it does not change tells two things: 1. It is Yin while pulse diagnosis is Yang. Some tongues may have a normal color. It should have just the right amount of moisture on it without any sort of growth sitting on top. Dampness and/or Phlegm. As explained before. A ‘deviated’ tongue is one. even after looking at a few tongue pictures. and the ability to marry the two for diagnostic data. Each nuance must be put against the backdrop of many tongues in order to get a good reading. The only thing a patient needs to view their own tongue is proper lighting. There are different places where the tongue can crack: tip. With this new knowledge of weather pattern diagnosis and the ability to recognize healthy soil. Patterns in nature and the human body. and while the pulse quality has the ability to change immediately. it will lose its luster and eventually crack. nor too dry. A red tongue may indicate Heat. one must have patience in waiting for the tongue to change.
Acupuncture. coating. Briefly. but is very accurate. the Ancients observed nature and found the same patterns occurred with. scalp. distributing fluids. for ease of use. it can be said that the Liver is completely burnt out that it has cracked. in the middle of the tongue is the Spleen and Stomach. all fluids in the body will increase as well. In the branch of Classical Chinese Medicine. controls Blood and helps calm the mind before retiring for the night. or that the Stomach has lost its fluid. The Kidneys are responsible for governing the root water and root fire processes of the body. represents the Stomach. the Heart feels all emotions. The back third of the tongue represents the Kidney. Many of these can stand alone or can work in conjunction with full-body acupuncture. it has been discovered that constellations in the same likeness of organs were mapped out on the body. 28 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Bladder and Intestines area. This situation with the Liver is often due to high amounts of stress for long periods of time. from the tip to almost the middle of the tongue represents the chest area (Heart and Lung). microsystems of acupuncture have developed. Because the tongue can be divided into three parts. Taking the microcosm model further. When viewing the tongue. leading one to believe that the Dampness outside made the Dampness inside increase.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. stores Blood and is affected by western-world stress. it is important to not look too far back. coating and cracking changes can occur at this site. If cracking is seen on the sides. and influenced. When the Dampness got worse outside. a more accurate diagnosis can be made. middle and lower thirds. MIDDLE AND LOWER YOU The tongue can be divided into thirds. cracking throughout the tongue body is thought to be a Kidney system problem as well. When two or more images are seen. foot. Liver and Spleen areas. The back of the tongue mirrors the Kidneys. 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. While color. face and tongue. including the sides. one can not only make general comments on health. the Heart is at the tip of the tongue. The Lungs are responsible for breathing. Taoist thought has always been that the human body is just a smaller version of the great. hand. that all capitalized organ names have to do with the broader viewpoint used in Chinese medicine. AN UPPER. while getting over the ‘stomach flu’ can cause the middle of the tongue to peel. or coating is missing in the middle. it is easy to see that this will affect all fluids. one is respectively making their way from the neck to the groin. patient’s joint pain would worsen. Both the Spleen and Stomach are responsible for the digestive processes—a huge pillar of health in Chinese medicine. By combining color. The Liver is responsible for the potency of all energy in the body. MICROCOSM OF THE MACROCOSM As stated before. but can pinpoint which organ system is ill in order to heal in more focused way. the Liver is heavily treated in Chinese medicine. the human body. Because it is so easily affected by stress.’ much in the same way a diuretic would work. The middle of the tongue. protection from external influences (think cold/flu and boundaries) and are affected by grieving and/or sadness. the entire body has been mapped out on other anatomical structures such as the ear. resentment and anger. On either side of the digestive area of the tongue is the Liver. stomach. Behind the Lung area. Remembering. herbs and other traditional healing modalities were used to help the body naturally ‘drain Dampness. and has the ability to course the energy throughout the entire body. unexplainable universe. The Lung is just behind the Heart area. and fear affects their function. If one increases the ‘good’ fluids. a balanced treatment approach must be sought—along with patience. while overthinking and rumination affects them. The upper one-third. The tongue’s microsystem not only makes sense from an anatomical standpoint. If one tries to get rid of the ‘bad’ fluid. As one plots their path from the tip to where the tongue attaches. cracking and shape with upper. As time has gone on.
the amount of exercise (lack thereof or in excess) affects health and wellbeing. the tongue does SAMPLE IMAGES OF COMMON CONDITIONS Dry with a sticky-yellow coating in the back. it will return quickly.) Sticky-yellow coating with a stomach crack.TONGUE’S IMAGES The tongue takes a long time to change. Stomach cracking and also throughout. teeth marks and red prickles throughout. As an individual gains weight and inches. When the tongue swells. First. AUTUMN 2012 QI—29 . Most often. Stomach crack extending to Heart area. Teeth Marks: Teeth marks are one of the easiest things to observe. Red prickles over the Lung area and the start of teeth marks. Swollen. Teeth marks. how a patient earns a living and that environment can affect their health. When the tongue changes quite quickly. working their way up the sides. the tongue can take days. However. Red prickles on tip (Heart) and moving into the Lung area. Wet. the tongue body reflects the entire body. a clearer patient-picture can be painted when combined with tongue and pulse diagnosis. Stomach crack down the middle. Fourth. teeth marks and red prickles through Heart. which can change in an instant. Lung and Liver. The tongue is the past while the pulse is the present. Second. when the change remains for some time. Sticky-yellow coating with horizontal cracking throughout. Swollen and everything peeled except for middle. what a patient’s home-life is like. Lifestyle encompasses a few key ideas. food and drink plays a large part. Red prickles from Heart to Lung and starting up the sides. Red prickles at tip. This image generally occurs when the tongue is swollen. Third. (Patient has diabetes. months or even years to get to the stage where something wrong can be detected. that’s when the lifestyle of a patient needs to be observed. it pushes up against the teeth which leaves an imprint on the sides. Along with questioning and a combination of past and present symptoms. for example when its coating peels off during a course of antibiotics. Stomach cracking with yellow coat inside cracks and Lung (teardrop) cracks. Unlike the wrist pulse. even with certain diagnostic questions being asked. what a patient puts into their body must take considerable consideration. teethmarks and cracking throughout.
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Another. the tongue on Dampness and/or Phlegm. steaming and cooking with greens will help the Spleen and Stomach’s burden to digest when weak. As a area is exercise to increase energy. energy bogs increases heat in the body and this aids A patient can be quite thin and presin digestion. Some practitioners also mention salads. chips. Chinese medicine blames the swelling of gy—eat it or sleep it. Overthinking has to do with the same thoughts ruminating in the mind over and over. the digestive energy bogs down with excessive thinking.. More specifically: certain breads. As previously mentioned. it probably creates Dampness. This is possible the blood throughout the body along excessive because of a patient’s personal makewith adding increased motility in the thinking. but yields more energy post-workout. preferably room temperature at all times.too. the digestion could then ‘cook’ or use that extra fluid up. food directly creating ‘bad fluid’ which shows up as challenges affects the tongue body shape because an excess on the tongue. Drinking water. but salads are important due to the amount of vitamins and fiber contained in them. Also. exercise is a great choice to ramp up the heat in the body. is a great way to combat dryness on the tongue but must be done on a daily basis. Foods that should be avoided are the same as with teeth marks. there are no set rules in health. With a Dampness model. chocolate bars. Just as there are no hard-fast rules . crackers. To simplify. French fries and battered fish. keeping it simple. More often both Dampness and teeth marks are so closely tied to digestion. ice cream. This lower abdomen—aiding elimination. it takes a long time for a tongue to get to its current stage. but with an emphasis on steaming or cooking foods. If there was more warmth overall.the digestive Exercise increases liver metabolism. When Damp foods are taken out. Rice is a good food choice as it is easy to digest. they gain in ‘Dampa two-way street in that it requires energy to ness’ as well. There are generally only two ways to get enerthan not. so care must be taken in order to not overburden the system again with raw foods. Again. up. smoothies and ice water. another patient doesn’t have to do with is causing damage to their health while Wet: just not as visible. it can compound the situation. More vegetables than fruits are always recommended because they have less natural occurring sugars. Instead. unlike other lar scenario that of teeth marks. in life. This is because this tongue image requires a little bit of Cold present in the body. processed foods and deep-fried fatty foods. vegetables and fruits are the best choices.. In fact. Lastly. do it. This weakens digestion and if one adds poor food to the mix. Cold foods should be avoided such as ice cream. 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. A wet tongue is seen after a patient everyday Certain foods cause Dampness work-related swallows and it is still wet. it can look like there’s not a lot left to a patient’s diet. A tongue can be dry for a few reasons but the most basic is that the patient isn’t taking in enough fluid. alcohol and AUTUMN 2010 QI—31 SP SPRING 2012 QI—31 SPRING 2010 QI—3 0 —31 — . often neglected. Eight cups of water per day is still a good number to go by. if a food tastes good but has little-to-no nutritional value. 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. it must be noted that they can add certain foods back in to ramp up digestion and health. exercise helps pump down with ent with teeth marks. Too much and must be avoided when there is a saliva on the tongue indicates a simithinking as swollen tongue. Again. While one patient gains weight with improper foods. it is assumed that digestion is weakened by poor food choices. As stated above. Examples of this include: sugary foods. a wet coating is accompanied by a pale colored tongue body. This doesn’t have to do with everyday work-related thinking as that brings new and fresh challenges. The that brings tongue images where moderating digestion is having a hard time and is new and fresh stress or overwork is key. Exercise is patient gains in inches.
is because Exercise is. of course. Damp-Heat can. besides major reason a patient might have a Chinese medicine treatment. hot spices. counselPeeling of dry coating is that they have Heat in ing is often the best option. Going to bed between 10:00 pm and Sometimes the coating is missing from this 10:30 pm is best. there are visible more time awake and not get enough rest at little red bumps. drying up the Usually a deep-rooted emotional disWhen the tongue coating turns yellow. With this type of Heat. Sometimes only the middle of the creates a complex compound pattern called tongue will peel. large amounts of water. If a patient is burning the candle at squeeze of lemon and a pinch of sea salt into both ends. the very rear of the tongue where filtered water is a great substitute for sports the Kidney is viewed will peel first. Most of replenished. while for others it may peel Damp-Heat. When the tongue peels in any way. tle into the joints and cause swelling and pain. which will be discussed next. Just like Heart fire. it is important to think of two things to improve this condition: water and rest. so it can be easy to get there is usually an emotional disturbance that up to that recommended amount. this can indicate that there is an Dry and Cold. ‘cooking’ themselves from the inside tongue this indicates Heat in the body. If a patient drinks that contain too much of everything: is overwhelmed with stress the sides will peel. 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. care must be taken to ensure plenty of fluids hot environment in the body which depletes are replenished—especially in hot weather. Howevof stress. If the prickles are on either side of is common the tip. 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. during a Yellow Coating: This can occur with grieving and/or course of The tongue should have a thinsadness. sugar and coloring. Heat. excess of Dampness and/or Phlegm. It is imperative that the water gets helpful in finding where the Heat is. this indicates important to get enough rest when the project Heat in the Heart and can be called Heart Fire. 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 . Also. for example. The other is ‘heart-felt. caffeinated drinks. however. is done. sugar. drying up the coating on Dampness to Heat is frowned upon because it the tongue. This is because the mediarisen. If a coating gets too thick. With deep-fried and fatty foods. Overwork and overstress creates a er.’ This may pass. A the fluids. 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. the tongue the body. can start to burn up fluids putting on themselves in regards to their interso it’s not surprising that a yellow tongue coatnal problem. coffee. While many people have to burn the time this Heat is the emotional kind. a good thing. it is just as If the prickles are at the tip. or is Prickles throughout the tongue medicine is wet. or psychologist if they believe that they fit this Foods to avoid are labeled ‘hot’ and include image. setthroughout. This shows antibiotics. means that there is Heat throughout. fruits and vegetables contain there for a long time. this is read as Heat in the Lungs. with the amount of ‘pressure’ they are left for a long time. it is often best ing might be paired with a dry and/or cracked for the patient to seek out a qualified counselor tongue. adding cine is Dry and Cold. the body has to use more of its water explains where each organ’s position is can be and food up. cially if it does so in a patchy way. Prickles on the sides indicate white coating at all times. 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. turbance is present and the patient is coating on the in the absence of coffee or cigarettes. Using the tongue map that night. levels. processed foods and deep-fried/fatty foods. espeamongst other symptoms. salt. One of the key reasons a tongue peels.
Parkinson’s. or spider-cracks all over the tongue show up due to overwork or with some illnesses that tend to burn up the body. This occurs most often when a their health back on course. such as: rheumatoid arthritis. Sometimes there is just charge of their own healthcare. Cracking in the Kidney area of the tongue. is almost irreright foods. cine from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Cracking along the sides indicates that the Traditional Chinese Medicine. husband. Other times more leafy green vegetables. proper nutritongue will eventually lead to cracking. asthma or more water throughout the day. As with a peeled tongue. These activican be defined without coating for some time. there is some crossright amount of work. 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. Nothing replaces patient is suffering from a ‘broken heart. Huntington’s. as a practitioner. Poor food choices since childlongevity in life will be on the rise. tion issues will resolve. versible with just acupuncture. Registered Acuvery hard to extract the proper nutrients from puncturist. 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. which tion. Creating Tongue diagnosis is a very valuable the right a crack in the tongue can take years. 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. hood create a situation where digestion breaks —————— down. etc. tool. it is difficult to into high gear again. More information Liver has had its share of stress. with again: it will take a long time. a lot of digesafter years of smoking. resentment at harbourhealth. Herbs ing vital energy needed to heal. As mentioned above. Lastly. health ever it is important not to overdo it. howCracking: part. 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. Tai Chi and Qigong and wellness occurs when the tongue has been exercises come into play. but if a patient can this image.pm tends to kick the body’s stress hormone tional distress and burnout. such as bronchitis. Exercise is still For the most valid with peeling and cracking. as it’s going to take it off applies. with the right amount over with the Heart. the stresses involved with their work and how Most patients have one and it is due to our much rest they are getting. mood and western diet. energy. health and wellness can the problem. rather than taking. fruits and drinks include illness. hydration and rest are the first steps to will be discussed next. If a patient observes A centerline crack is called a Stomach crack. Loss of a loved one often of rest. martial artist and published author. we’ve seen. cracking This is where Yoga. there’s a chance they will take called a tear-drop crack.’ An the years of schooling and practice that a proemotional breakup. If a patient makes the move to add causes the Lung area to crack. He some of the poor aforementioned foods. Crackties are easy on the body and are more simply as: the rejuvenating—giving. a prolonged peeled treat. 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.ca and/or anger. diabetes. Because the Lung organ resonates be defined simply as: the right foods. one teardrop indicating only one Lung having For the most part. with the with grieving and sadness. However. 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 — . be recommended to patients.
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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” Hong Jungshen. avoids the tendency towards choreographed dance and performance. complex demonstrations of balance. Both absolutely suffer if their principles are dissipated by a need to perform for the judges. This last attaches prime importance to the external expression of various forms (taolu).qigong were steadily. AUTUMN 2012 QI—35 . Creators of new styles often had many teachers and even learned different arts. changes become necessary based on the passage of time and the replacement of people. On the other hand. Accordingly the taijiquan arena was dynamic and always developing. and taiji the performance art. “Taiji without practical application gives superficial benefits at best. unlike karate and tae kwon do. If the focus is on Olympic representation. being globalized. The third is form competition. This is important for our health goals. there were many of them. They are represented in the ring (leitai) under specific rules for their art and a fight takes place. 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.Chen Man Ching. However. without losing focus on health and correct use of breath and qi. It seems to me that there are two increasingly divergent forms of taiji: taijiquan. The genuine contemporary attempt to share freely what knowledge remains is admirable. the merging of martial and health practicality. p XIX. it should be noted that other Olympic sports with martial heritage—judo. or. The breaking of so many lineages on the Chinese mainland has inevitably meant a loss of much knowledge.”. 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. whether from scientific knowledge. To isolate an art from external influences. Efficient body use and practicality are absolute requirements. Taiji based on authentic martial applications. Traditionally. the majority teaching only the external form. “In the development of taijiquan. WHAT IS THE REAL TAIJIQUAN? Both within China and internationally there seem to be three distinct versions of taiji. There is a much larger number training in taiji for health. However. while changes that depart from the principles are regressions. for example. There are few coaches who have these credentials. Changes that do not betray the principles of taijiquan are developments. It is conceivable that taijiquan will thus become moribund. It compares closely to the differences between walking for health and race walking with its exaggerated unnatural style and incorrect body use. would have a broad appeal. Taiji does not seem to be attracting the young. 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. even rapidly. “The View from the Back of the Class” p29. Liang. 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). another movement modality or another “family”—even foreign ones—leaves it wallowing in dogma. boxing etc— do not have form competition. Yang Style Traditional Long Form as Taught by Master T. Fortunately it is still possible to discover essential truths. If the martial applications are acknowledged then we retain focus on efficient and effective movement which. Not taijiquan alone but across all of wushu where high level of technical difficulty (nandu) garners extra points. quoted by Gordon Muir. Here are some increasingly centralised “modern” taiji traits which I feel are detrimental to taiji and its health potential. that leadership has strong political influences upon it. LOSS OF MARTIAL HERITAGE The historical reasons for this in its Chinese homeland are understandable but it is happening worldwide. tae kwon do. quoted by Mark Peters. families held the secrets close to themselves and often were inflexible. It is natural that the growing international taiji/ qigong community looks to the China homeland for leadership.T. It moves taijiquan from the practical to performance. martial and health art are totally compatible—this is especially true of taijiquan as an internal art. in turn. global standardization detracts from an otherwise desirable path. more generally. This encompasses height of kick in taiji. At the same time.
they skip over basics such as breathing. It should be a self-experiential exercise in essentially holistic health. 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. to incorporate competition or sport into their styles. Competition also deters elderly or physically challenged people. Further. However. COMPETITION BASED ON VISUAL PERFORMANCE Competition in sanshou/sanda makes sense. physical alignment and posture—both standing and moving. Yet this is what one Chinese organization intends. IS THERE A FUTURE FOR COMPETITION TAOLU? Competitions can be used to hone our skills in the set. not even to its own exponents. you cannot enjoy the health benefits other than by doing taiji which is utterly false. The various scientifically proven health benefits of taiji invariably promote it for the elderly and incapacitated. the problem remains that one’s goals can be diluted without realizing it. to my knowledge. Yoga and Pilates are hugely popular. esoteric and/or secret. most likely. In other words. unproductive and illusionary. 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. much less needy. If you remove the competition from human groupings you allow them to flourish together as one. Similarly. However. Neither has. 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. 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. Dichotomy can also occur whenever traditional taijiquan. international exercise systems acknowledging breathing and qi as central to their art. Taoists view any form of competition as useless. is differentiated from simplified or competition forms. At the higher levels of taolu. the result of individual masters’ development of their art. A part of the original art has been extracted and a new alien entity created. Not just a loss of novelty but traditional styles. as a practice system to train correct and efficient habits is nonsensical for competition. For example the principle of “wu wei” effectively means “avoid struggling” or “minimal effort”—even none. contemporary taolu has become very systematic. It is clear that competition taolu and taolu which is part of a fighting or health modality are two totally different arts. 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. such as the Yang Long Form. Where visual performance is promoted over the intended health focus then efficient movement and health will suffer.HEALTH BENEFITS PURPORTED AS UNIQUE There are many teachers who truly believe that the health benefits of taiji come from just doing the form. taiji form. are watered down in sameness. Modern competitive wushu has already been divided into taolu and sanshou/sanda. What is good about taiji is that it benefits every aspect of life. Those who are able to teach such basics will often incorrectly imply that the benefits are separate from day-to-day activities. Now. Can a taiji player suc- 36 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Of course the form is central and really important. we should not diminish the outright pleasure one may gain from competition activity. But “Health Qigong Competition” is an oxymoron. Competition absolutely ensures this will happen. found it desirable. to learn from our mistakes and to see others from different training backgrounds do the same set. Anything that pushes taiji into this dichotomy is likely to be deleterious for taiji’s popularity. Since competition is adrenaline producing it is hardly adhering to original principles. The internal aspects of breath and qi are often cursory. It is obviously difficult (impossible?) for taolu competitors at high level to properly train internal skills and vice versa. The “shadow boxing” has been given new artistic life devoid of its practical origins. For the sake of standardised judging and point scoring. Even the attempt to allow semi-creative new routines still has myriad rules attached.
•Relaxation and awareness. as you will see. acupressure. consider it “natural” breathing. How can that be? Breathing is meant to be one of the core principles of taiji. The instructor will have his own idea of “taiji” or “dan tian” breathing and may.cessfully participate in both? It is true only if one or the other is subservient to its partner or otherwise non-existent. •Holistic connection of physical and energetic i. The universal coaching tip is to “just breathe naturally”. weightbearing movement. I will develop my argument step by step. don’t they? But the reality is… NATURAL BREATHING IS POORLY UNDERSTOOD In my experience very few understand natural breathing. It just happens when we need it. energy healing and so on). compete in Mixed Martial Arts. coordination. Discussing in depth one of these attributes— breathing—allows me to demonstrate where taiji is losing its health direction in the 21st Century. efficient body use and attendant longevity. Does modern competitive taolu truly represent Chinese culture as its authors desire? If by “culture” we mean the historical customs. We all breathe deeply. mentally and even spiritually? Taiji players can be smug when it comes to breathing. without doubt.e. The twentieth century and recent taiji literature will talk about packing. as many lost. How one breathes normally is no guarantee of it being natural or healthy. AUTUMN 2010 QI—37 SPRING 2012 . WHY DO SO FEW UNDERSTAND NATURAL BREATHING? I define natural breathing as the breath of original/primitive man and that of every modern child. We cannot blame esotericism or faulty translation for the lack of understanding. or may not. we are often told. dao yin. then they have not been taught the kind of taiji which will give the optimum health response. Many basics (ji ben gong) of taiji/qigong have been glossed over and. However… HEALTH AND TAIJI ARE CONGRUENT Taiji can be an international health activity available to everyone. •Breathing naturally and appropriately. We have only ourselves to blame. Everybody knows how to breathe. They may as well go to Zumba classes. if you want to represent China’s martial art culture. civilization and achievements of a people such as morris dancing (England). if you want to compete artistically and gracefully you must be an ice-skater. qigong and meditation. turtle. It is not too difficult for you to teach them correct breathing. If you want to compete in jumps do gymnastics. haka (New Zealand Maori) or sumo (Japan) then modern competitive taolu fails miserably to do China justice. •Whole body activity involving balance. aah… now we find the real but often hidden taiji and related qigong. The taiji classics are almost silent when it comes to natural breathing. embryonic. only a true master can teach it! Make natural breathing one of the basic skills with which the beginning student has to be familiar. body/mind/spirit. 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. •A natural extension into healing (qigong. With the coming of experience there may be acknowledgement of reverse breathing but. don’t we? Some senior students even know how to use reverse breathing. if you want to learn from China’s many thousand-year heritage in internal health. •Historic and cultural relevance (martial) to give meaning to the moves. It is totally innate. •Carry-over of principles into everyday life. The outstanding attributes that make taiji such a desirable system of movement/exercise are:•Correct physical alignment and efficient body use. The average beginning student hears that as “normal” and assumes both his and the master’s “normal” to be the same. Eventually there may be complex instructions to breathe in or out according to the direction of hand movement. If competition is the motivating factor for taiji players to improve their taolu when they are actually aiming for a health response. He may reckon the student not ready to coordinate breathing with movement. natural stretching and effortless power. Hopefully what you read here will help you in that direction. We don’t have to think about it.
The swelling is. The best way I know of retaining simplicity is in giving straightforward and simple exercises for you to experience and learn natural breathing. Sooner or later baby experiences a perceived threat and for the first time perhaps feels fear. he innately uses a second breathing method which. Mankind once retained these methods into adulthood as they went about their daily activities. I will call… REVERSE BREATHING Whenever baby is active he utilizes core muscles to stabilise his trunk. This is commonly called the “bucket handle” action. You will get solid knowledge that will defend you against misinformation and methods that just may be potentially harmful to your health. understand it and also why such breathing is important to taiji. and others. 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. The lungs themselves are strongly elastic and. The amount of tension will be appropriate to the task in hand. running. turning over. Breathing is an autonomic function of the body which starts when the just-born infant draws first breath. The diaphragm still contracts but rather flattens and pushes sideways on the lower ribs and in the back too. Regardless of the degree of tension. without any help from abdominal muscles tensing. The abdomen and diaphragm both relax in the exhalation whilst in resting mode. Because the abdomen is relaxed and little compression of its contents is possible the diaphragm distends the abdomen beyond its normal resting position. These may or may not be natural or even safe. 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. Even Yang Chen Fu’s Ten Essentials mentions it only in passing as an attribute of doing the form slowly enough to deepen breathing. OK. This is exactly as nature intended to provide stability and maximum power in the limbs. walking. crawling. this is still normal abdominal breathing. It is this pairing I want to address and convince you that the three methods are all totally natural. his diaphragm has restricted access to push down into the abdomen which is now under pressure. 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. climbing and eventually becoming a thorough bundle of mischief. Discovering how pervasive the breath is in everything we do is to discover that respiration and movement are inextricably linked. I have discussed the peripheral political and cultural biases that seem to relegate breathing to something which is too difficult. of course. 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. I recommend all taiji players become familiar with them. esoteric or secret to teach. The in-depth physiology of natural breathing is best left to the following article (Part 2). The abdominals are no longer relaxed but rather tensed—not sucked in—in their normal resting position. There are many breathing systems which are really exercises. This is when his nervous system orchestrates his body 38 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . Neither can we forget yoga and its huge array of breath techniques.longevity and other forms of breathing. he’s not yet ready for “bend bow. THREE NATURAL BREATHING METHODS From the many and varied breathing methods I have found that there are only three truly natural methods of breathing. Although the abdomen is no longer relaxed on the out breath. shrink to perform an exhale. forsake of argument. NORMAL ABDOMINAL BREATHING Everyone has noticed the gentle swelling of a sleeping infant’s abdomen. However none of these are natural nor claim to be. caused by the diaphragm contracting down into the abdominal cavity. I will use terms commonly used in taiji to show the relevance of natural breathing to taiji. In the early years of life the infant naturally and innately utilizes three different mechanisms of breathing. We must now outline the general structure of natural breathing as I. I believe natural breathing receives no real emphasis in the classics because at that time breathing was indeed natural.
“Breathing” is becoming a fundamental component in all sport training and performance. It is part of what is technically known as the sympathetic nervous response. 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. The emphasis seems to be on the form and afterwards some instruction in breathing usually desultorily and often incorrectly. is considered “deeper”. Now retired he continues to encourage people around him in sickness prevention by lifestyle changes particularly in nutrition and movement. These include the following: •It enhances relaxation. 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. 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. as shallow breathing although its natural purpose is to take in a lot of air (oxygen) quickly to prepare for a fight or flight.to perform the third innate method of breathing which it seems natural to call… CHEST BREATHING Strictly speaking. •It helps us stay calm even in stressful situations. He was drawn to tai chi as a health modality following the death from cancer of his wife of 42 years. There are others but all of the above are only optimally effective with natural breathing. Unfortunately. 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. in the physical act of chest breathing. everyday awake breath. Unfortunately the preponderance of chronic chest breathing has prevented the vast majority of people from enjoying abdominal/diaphragmatic breathing. However. chest breathing now becomes the normal. Instead of a breathing pattern that is useful for extreme action lasting only seconds. Taiji should have the lead in promoting natural breathing. By natural breathing I mean the three natural methods outlined above. status or freedom rather than outright survival. modern life has tended to accumulate threats to our livelihood. Auckland) for 8 years. producing the same stress response as the natural chest breath. We cannot be precious nor esoteric about taiji’s modes of breathing being unique and special. 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. Having spent many years in industry in a technical and training role. •It coordinates movement with effortless power. paradoxically. This will be the subject of part 2. AUTUMN 2010 QI—39 SPRING 2012 . The situation is seriously wanting. This method is usually criticized. If the breathing technique is good for taiji then it is good for all and vice versa. to aid in lifting the chest. A Swedish study showed 83% of adults chest breathe. •It builds and balances qi. the majority of people chest breathe in a very fast and shallow way—nominally sufficient for our basic oxygen needs but. Breathing is essentially a natural process. ————————— Rob Talbot has been a student of David Wong (Yang Style Tai Chi. In researching this article I have found the reverse to be true with only lip-service to correct breathing. It is usually accompanied by the shoulders lifting somewhat and the abdomen pulled in more or less. My own tests show that chest breathing is capable of a lot greater volume of breath than abdominal breathing which. We have dealt with the context of breathing within taiji with its emphasis now firmly on health. WHY IS NATURAL BREATHING SO IMPORTANT TO TAIJI? We know taiji is renowned for its health benefits. This is to the detriment of their health and free movement. Breathing needs to be part of our basic training. 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. falsely. 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. •It is meditation in motion. As a consequence.
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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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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…. “Very frequently. 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.[T]he progressive elimination of physical and mental deficiencies though practice [will make one] truly free.nobody should surprised if healing and hurting come from the same source. First. slowly and without tenseness blood circulation to all parts of the body is free. (2007: 13-14) Moreover. the health. but because no one single part is ever in action continually in the same manner. one is made to confront one’s deficiencies both mental… and physical … and through gradual practice. So. In other words. More profoundly. and attainment of spiritual enlightenment require a natural way of life “including good nutrition. “ and the student will realize “how Taiji Quan. something totally new is called for in the sequence. otherwise. and balanced lifestyle”. “the repeated movements are so constructed that they enable the student to perceive the movement in a new light. to overcome them…. one can complete the exercises with a feeling of repose rather than fatigue. practicing it daily and of perfecting it. can be said to consist of ‘one thousand changes.9 (2007) One of the paradoxical qualities Delza’s writing addresses is the need for discipline/effort to achieve freedom/effortlessness: The movements. in conjunction with deep respiration and concentration. balanced. an old movement recurs.10 Hence during the process of learning this art. though they may appear “effortless. the diaphragm becomes able to move more freely and respiration becomes correspondingly deeper and smoother. (2007: 15) One of the beautiful aspects of Taiji Quan is. ten thousand transformations. (2007:17) Of course. Gallagher draws the readers’ attention to his website where he sells DVD’s to demonstrate systems such as the Five AUTUMN 2012 QI—41 . then. Paul Gallagher designed his guide through and commentary on “Masters’ Secrets” with an eye to the variety of goals pursued by various readers. the relaxed body does not waste its energies and the release of “unnecessary muscular tension aids the flow of blood to the organs. as a whole. In Taiji Quan: each portion of the body becomes fully activated and exercised. when the muscles surrounding the thoracic cavity are relaxed and false tensions disappear from the chest area. Breathing will seem.” she would say. “[I]f movement is smoothly done. happy feelings.”8 Moreover.” are surely not perfected without effort. and unhindered (2007: 14). 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. without haste or anxiety. “the pursuit of the highest goals of Taiji Quan would be quite futile” (2007: 19). and conversely. Many want pictures to follow. with mind and body vigorous and adroit. giving one a respite. throughout the book. since the body. mind and spirit are all of a piece. Delza’s writings are quite meaningful to those who have had some experience trying to learn taiji movements. as Delza points out. the longer versions are designed to “keep the mind of the practitioner from straying. 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.The reasons for this insistence upon “relaxation” are manifold. and going through an entire sequence of movement amidst the business of daily life demands that one be patient and persevering. Taiji Quan is to be practiced all day in all walks of life—even waiting in line at the grocery store. no feeling of fatigue in the muscle tissues. will activate or “fill” the dan tian center.” (2007: 16) For when the mind or body is about to become too fatigued with new actions. as if it comes from the belly rather than the chest. when the practitioner is about to become bored with the old actions. both philosophically and physically. the physical-psychic energies will eventually be developed and. sleep habits.” Over the time devoted to learning “the practitioners body becomes gradually acclimated to the demands made upon it” (2007: 15). 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. to understand how the same movement can be generated from any one of several previous Forms.
For example.” First learn the sequence of movements. but from “long practice of Form and Function. enumerate and elaborate briefly on various “principles” and “points. (25-26) Chapter Four contains Master J. Sung’s “Twelve Guiding Principles. Then the Function. pondered. Form. My personal favorite is number four in the B. In addition. “It is like a great river or the sea itself.” Gallagher prefaces Chapter Three of this section by explaining that it “has been traditional for masters to express the essence of their art. Then the practitioner enters the stage of Forgetting.12 But. for strictly speaking the word “defense. the appreciating more flavors (even though they might come from the same dish) is good. Gallagher presents a hint of the historical background for the principles and practices in his book. I find it telling that this list mainly deals indirectly and almost apologetically with the martial benefits. when the player is completely “empty.J.” Next Feeling develops. pointing out that taiji can relieve spinal problems and cultivate temperament. From beginning to end it continues fluidly without interruption.P. which for Gallagher includes: “the proper (defensive) Applications of the Form to understand the purposefulness of the movements in depth. and 42 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . i. Yet.’” the word “defense” is irrelevant. And Yang’s ninth point provides the source of Gallagher’s title11: In Taiji Quan one uses mind-intent rather than muscular force. in this day of AK47’s and anthrax attacks.” and has so “completely integrated all the other F’s that…the Solo Form seems to do itself” (2007: 45-46). when practicing Taiji Quan. Occasionally. The chapters that follow. For.” as does Gallagher’s own Ten Essential Points (Chapter Five). it flows in an endless circle and is never exhausted. 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.” It also says. of course.” which requires “offense” to exist. which focus mostly on attitudinal approaches to the discipline. This chapter appearing after many pages of how to be disciplined and to practice seems designed to sustain enthusiasm. into a set of short aphorisms or sayings”(2007: 21). as well as how to image the flow of qi in each Form. These have much to do with integrating all the parts and seeming contradictions of the practitioner into a whole. He advises that each line “should be studied.e. when practicing taiji.” which.” All of this refers to its continuity without break. be converted to PowerPoint. I do not move.” seem more concrete and provide a different perspective or “flavor. Chapter Three is comprised of Ten Points glossed from the oral teachings of Yang Chen Fu (1883-1936). feeling into each facet. So reading the classics should not be like reading an encyclopedia or a group of factbound paragraphs but more like reading a poem. An early treatise says. are made up of lists and short paragraphs of advice that could. Three through Fifteen. “’If the opponent does not move. sets up an artificial dichotomy. “May brave men everywhere prolong their years and enhance longevity and not use the art merely as a means to martial skill”(2007: 54). And. the chapter usefully puts things in perspective drawing attention to the dan tien. Chapter Seven “Some Benefits of Practicing Taiji Quan” begins with a kind of disclaimer: “Strictly speaking. I move first. Chapters Three through Six. Even Zhang San Feng’s “Classic” states. at the opponent’s slightest stir.” Last. These lists help simplify at the same time they exemplify the underlying philosophy.Animal Frolics. an argument that any form of hand-to-hand combat will do much to defend the realm has no legs. Completing a cycle and beginning a gain. Still Gallagher seems a little too quick to use the word “defense” when it comes to the martial side. not from conscious effort. one should forget about benefit and loss…and let Nature take its course”(2007: 50). “Mobilize the intrinsic energy as if you were drawing silk from a cocoon. such words from a strict speaker would be lost on most new beginners. 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. and he advises that many readers may want to skip the Delza chapter and go on to the following chapters. turning them over. in comparison to the Third Classic saying. flowing on endlessly without ceasing. Chan inspired Chapter Six’s “Taiji Quan by the Numbers”: The Four “F’s. although mostly similar to “Yang’s Ten Points. with very little editing. returning to them after absences to see them anew. ripened after decades of practice. All this is great. including what seems like redundancy. and incorporated into one’s practice in a systematic way” (2007: 61).
and therefore suggests that the “waist”(yao) might run on a vertical plane. the waist is like the axle” (67). starting in Chapter Ten with a reprint of an article he wrote for a magazine feels like a series of add-ons. One piece of advice in the Third Classic says: “Throughout the entire body the mind-intent should be concentrated on the vital spirit. and it expresses the state of the fourth “F” in forgetfulness.at the same time consulting them for advice.” Clearly. Then he presents the learning of taiji in stages: from Basic Conditioning. It also develops dexterity and finesse. not on the breath.” In the days before the introduction of guns to warfare made the use of kungfu in battle “obsolete. One of these concerns the waist: “All Emanates From The Waist. and the projection of the spirit to the eyes and tip of the sword. etiquette that most new beginners would not (but should) recognize as relevant. Otherwise. when I read Polisher’s . 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). the book is remarkably accessible at the same time it contains nuances that call for numerous readings. appearance. Chapter Twelve simply responds to frequently asked questions. Although the main topic of this chapter is martial practice. the narratives that make up Chapter 16 have a New Age quality that tries. “The Contemporary Purpose of Kung-fu. Students learn to use their qi throughout the form.” Hsu’s attitude is clearly evolved from kung-fu’s history. not just for an individual but for a whole village. I feel the most useful is Chapter Thirteen. Finally. 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. Like Gallagher. with subtle movements of the waist and wrist” (2007: 116-117). 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. takes a no-nonsense approach to the subject. One reason he gives for this approach is “that single movements are easier to perfect than combinations of movements. Adam Hsu sees the martial arts as inseparable from Chinese culture. for Hsu. controlled breathing impedes spontaneity (ziran). Gallagher’s first “F” is for Form. which support the rotations of the waist” (2007: 101). a collection of short articles which appeared in martial arts magazines like Black Belt and Inside Kung-fu. but Hsu advocates learning Forms after a “basic training—punching. static postures and fundamental movements” and learning two-person training. But they are useful add-ons. “can a student experience a genuine flow of qi in the Solo Form”. kicking.” Thus. the student will be able to glean only a very small fraction of Taiji Quan’s real potential for overall mind and body development. relative stable base. he continues to highlight the health and spiritual benefits. which emphasizes the importance of the taiji’s martial purpose. Yet. The rest of the book. But AUTUMN 2012 QI—43 . His first chapter. accenting specific movements and issuing power” (1997: 91-92). Conscious. through various sparing practices and a brief discussion of weapons to cultivation of internal energy and spirit. THE SWORD POLISHER’S RECORD: THE WAY OF KUNG-FU (ADAM HSU) The Sword Polisher’s Record. For example. culture. containing answer to questions about lineage. “overuse of (external) breath will not bring true strength” (2007: 67).” practitioners viewed “the health benefits as a by-product of their art. unsuccessfully to create a mystique. Otherwise. (2007: 116) “Only by imaging and having some awareness of the ‘Applications’. I think. I got a much stronger sense of kung fu’s history as a necessary tool for survival—mistakes could be fatal. He advises finding a teacher who is versed in at least some aspects of the entire “System” [including martial “Applications”].” serves as a reminder of “ancient practitioners.” Hsu’s claiming that today “it is common knowledge that daily exercise benefits one’s health.” he says. forms are important as among other things “form training is learning to manage the qi (energy). the sequence of movements.’ 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. he explains how the “Sword Form develops the flow of qi into the fingertips. For he says that the inguinal crease “forms the solid. “The qi is like a wheel. Of the chapters that occur near the end. 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.
“Balance also refers Hsu is aware of the way each word contains the to the relationship between yin and yang”: seed of its opposite. At the outset. Words are no ance. heat. which is charge of horizontal twisting But Hsu does not let this happen. 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). tendons. higher levels. feeling with a single English word. which focus as the student learns the basics. he says. it became obvious…that and world view” (1997: 31-32). or internal. “most Western exercise.” for real kung-fu training and images in books. and basic theory.” In kung-fu. improvgames. For him. nition. Hsu goes on to say that unlike soft. “Words and theory. desire.” Moreover.” He has a Taoist’s discomfort with words.” is the source of his metaphor of polishing health. So kung-fu study the column needed to help restore kung fu’s defishould not be confined in any one discipline.” (1997: 15). sports and training is by nature primarily external recreational activities. (1997: 36-37) yin and yang. and video “must enrich the entire human being. balance is more than.”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. consider A most noticeable example of this is his dis- 44 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . nado kicks sic feet in the air. interprimarily on external training. developing physical and mental abiliing a sword. (1997: 30) “kung-fu has not just one purpose” The power develops through physand is a living “ceaselessly changing” ical and mindful practice. baguazhang. “a result of the ing the practitioner’ s mental capacity to include many misconceptions spawned from the words the space around him.” And notably Hsu does not anesthetize the “Preface. Qi accumuentity.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. external. is true whether the styles are labeled hard. says: “are not a substitute for the physical and Similarly. that in making “the distinction between interand ligaments” (1997: 12-13) I feel that if his were nal and external kung-fu. according to its function: a danger that more words will just dig in deeper.” In fact. he says the feela sense that once a living thing is pinned down ing could be of “solidity. The feeling must come from the inside and of “ceaselessly changing” shows in Hsu’s out. movies. The waist. obviously there is cally. 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. They acquire their meaning from their for example. This and ligaments. chan si jin movement.cussion of internal and external.The universe is a process of relationAnother word Hsu gives fresh insight is “balships and continuous interaction. Because of kung-fu’s “becoming an ties and expanding one’s philosophical outlook endangered discipline.” 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. Adam Hsu the practitioners have feeling “in the A sense of taking things in context dantian. exception. performing a dozen consecutive torrelationships with objects and with other words. TV shows. the misuse of words. but are often harmful to tendons and he finds the exclusive classification ligaments and how many people are of taijiquan. cooperates with the back…. while kung-fu trains the body it is mental training required to polish one’s kung“incomplete unless it trains the mind. purity. or with a word it can die.” he will” [emphasis mine] (1997: 36). In discussing yin and yang balance. strength. which I think he means the spine) and dynamiIf words are digging a hole. and xingynow attracted to the category of kungiquan to be erroneous (1997: 54-55). principles. “a treasure forever being redislates “like money in the bank” until covered. enlargfu. 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.” 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).
”and he uses “kung fu” to mean “thousands of years old” and “highly developed system of martial art” (Hsu 1997: 13). but his words “solid” and “real martial arts” signal to me that he has had thoughts similar to mine. This change is beneficial to all society. (1997: 127) Then when he says that at “this point. 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). Hsu’s title and focus. (1997: 121) Balance of internal and external is also essential. the weight shifts forward and the head turns. This is the real training. Hsu discusses principles that he applies to several types of Chinese martial arts including chaqua and baguazhang.” though the head and eyes gaze forward. Instead. with “single whip” the external movement is obvious: both arms move. In fact he seems to agree with the classic poem Treatise on Taijiquan. and strengthening the organs. “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. Nei means internal. Yang Yang sees the martial and health aspects of his art as inseparable. 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. Yet. It is not unusual for those who write about Taijiquan to assume the task of clearing up mis- AUTUMN 2012 QI—45 .” Healing neigong “teaches people exercises that are investments in good health and life” (1997: 123).) Not unlike Adam Hsu. (1997: 199) TAIJIQUAN: THE ART OF NURTURING. Understanding the full Chinese origins and the cultural context of kung-fu is clearly important. but accepting all the cultural baggage is another thing. 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). but it also must possess its own intrinsic balance. whereas qi refers to an aspect of neigong. many martial arts have been transformed into health exercises. subcategories of neigong. “the author compares Taiji to other martial arts concluding that they are all different from the ‘science of power’ that is Taijiquan” (2005: 93). he prefers “neigong. developing specific kinds of energy. THE SCIENCE OF POWER (YANG YANG.” Martial art and healing neigong are. and then I speculate. are on revealing “the real kung fu. say. however. 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). students overemphasize the yang movement. For if its essence is change. He begins by explaining his terminology: qigong he defines as “breathing exercise”.” he claims that overall “you can get more from traditional martial arts training” (1997: 127). I assume he is aware of the growing number of the clinical studies that have involved qigong and taiji. These are invaluable and irreplaceable lessons we learn from kung-fu.movements in which one arm moves away from the body (yang movement) while the other arm moves toward the boy (yin movement). he indicates. the two types of neigong seem to overlap. Usually. For example. Nearing the end of the chapter. The results generally show the taiji group to show benefits. six weeks. I have difficulty agreeing entirely with some of Hsu’s pronouncements. however. We use fighting as a tool to slice away the layers of illusion. to uncover and acquaint each of us with our true selves. 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. Although Yang Yang demonstrates the standing posture of santi on page 60. which must be an inspiration for his title. his focus is decidedly on Taijiquan. The taijiquan movement “white crane spreads its wings” is a good illustration…. (1997: 121) In the chapter “Internal Training: Is It Necessary?” Hsu deals most directly with the healing function of his art. In “single whip. PH. For typically a study will involve people who have studied taiji for. the mind should not be fixed in a single direction.” he says. He discusses how the xingyiquan posture called san ti shi is practiced for health benefits. “Here. 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. by as the chapter commences. The internal movement is harder to describe.D. [Often] the missing ingredient is proper balance of yin and yang.
sitting a reclining meditative practices. (2005: 55) Yang Yang. itself. says that at “the outset. or standing meditation. That is not to imply that taiji and qigong can be pinned down with plain or easy logic. Of course. qi(gong) is not as good as spiritual nourishment. tranquility seems like a logical goal for the nervous system. 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. Adam Hsu. mental and spiritual. so I am purposely 46 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . In contrast.” is the Mother of Taiji. 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. Wuji. When Yang Yang discusses Da Zuo. when he uses the word “persevere. Yang Yang says. training is by nature primarily external as the student learns the basics.” (72). there is the possibility of movement. Yang Yang presents a clearer picture of the interrelation of the physical. But one of Yang Yang”s points of misunderstanding. Moreover: Worrying about what stage of development you are at is just another distraction. He advises: “Experience wuji for what it is and not for what you think or want it to be. In contrast.Acquiring the fundamental gong for Taiji therefore begins with wuji practice. …Some have practiced Taiji form movements for many years and have never truly gotten beyond the beginning stage. Of course. So a more useful word with less baggage may be shen. meaning “literally ‘grand extreme’”: Wuji is a void or abyss. then. and nurturing body structure” (2005: 62). Gallagher.or Sitting Wuji Meditation. or standing and sitting meditation. Western brains have been known to short-circuit at the word “spirit” which can conjure images of a holy ghost. they never really began accumulating gong. Possibly. his idea is one of mind harmonizing with matter. (2005: 21) The Taiji form. yin and yang separate from within wuji to create Taiji…. food/nutrition is not as good as qi(gong). noteworthy. is “external manifestation of our inner spirit. translated as “no extreme. He provides what I think is an appropriate amount of detail to understand how to place the various body parts “to relax. sinking the qi to the dantian and rooting the body. Thomas. improving body awareness. “The most important principle of practicing quiet is to be completely natural” (2005: 66).But even in the stillness of wuji. as Professor Kenneth Cohen chooses to think of it “as the energy of the nervous system” (Cohen 1997: 40). (2005: 19) Although the writers like Liang. and when that critical movement happens. It is neither….” There must be a balance of yin and yang in both the internal and external nature (2005: 21-22). When Yang Yang references Grandmaster Feng’s teaching of xujing (empty and tranquil). He warns the advancing practitioner never “to develop an attachment to a particular sensation. But that does not mean that it is easy.” he doesn’t mean the kind of mind-over-matter attitude that springs from Western tradition. 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. he is even more insistent in warning “against using mental force to control qi” (71). or “mental and physical equilibrium” (2005: 61). gives advice on how to practice wuji zhuang. He must offer encouragement that “regardless of obstacles. For listening to messages from the mind and body is a main component of nurturing qi. Nothing should be forced. In wuji there is no difference between yin and yang. For going up requires going down. whether it is with the body or the surrounding environment and being alert to avoid getting stuck in habit. internal aspects of the training are layered into the training as the student progresses to higher levels” (Hsu 1997: 30). and Hsu emphasize the importance of balancing yin and yang and provide a sense that mind and body are inseparable.understandings. He quotes a Chinese saying to emphasize the spiritual: To improve your health. He starts with a description of the elements of posture to establish and maintain zhong ding. is. Focusing on these feelings will only stall your progress” get ego out of the way and “let everything happen naturally” (67). And movement must start with stillness. I feel. for example. Each subsequent step relies upon the gong accumulated and is itself a means for the further accumulation of gong. medicine is not as good as food/nutrition.” even the greatest masters once had to persevere in practice. “that [it] cannot be understood without decades of practice”(6).
My teacher. “If you expect the teacher to explain the yin and yang of each movement. peace. Yang Yang quotes Grandmaster Feng: “when practicing Taijiquan. 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. translated as “ability”: but it means much more than that. and briefly reclining. The product of energy. (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.” As do the other authors he says turning of the waist is important. and tranquility. xin yi (intention) is an indispensable concept. the “waist” does not include the hips. The importance of yi is apparent. it is just the beginning: In practicing slow movement.” His second requirement is similar to Gallagher’s second “F” for function. if my intention is to go up. which comes from confusing the qua with the Inguinal Crease. with no delay between thought and action. the correct movement can be achieved. Like wuji form serves to nurture and build energy and to exercise and continually improve the body/mind connection. Since this essay is meant to focus on the healthpromoting aspects of Taiji. Without exception. In his chapter “Taiji Form Movement. Yang Yang examines form practice. This will help a student to eliminate the stiff force or clumsy strength…. (2005: 74) After analyzing wuji standing. but form practice is necessary to learn the mechanics of efficient body movement.14 This would also make it easier to envision movement on a vertical plane. It “must be learned—it is a constant exercise of one’s cognitive function as well as physical exercise. He quotes Grandmaster Feng’s teaching in a 2001 seminar: “Without turning the waist. Understand “that the goal of every form is to move a certain distance in a certain direction. cannot perform unified silk-reeling. 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. I believe. Ling is light.omitting trying to name and describe levels of quietude. (2005: 121) Of course. So. using certain parts of the body to express the force generated from the movement (all the while maintaining central equilibrium).” And this is acquired through practice of yi. calmness. except I am inclined to visit (again) the word “waist. Reminiscent of Gallagher’s starting with “F” for form. as important as wuji practice is. you likely have not reached a level to really understand it or do it. Clearly. mind/body connection. in a word—power. It is also instantaneous. In understanding how the movements of the form create power. If the practitioner holds the hips steady and turns from the qua. 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 . I think there is a translation problem. your mind will be occupied and therefore not focused on the intention of the movement. his joints will open up and the internal qi can reach into the bones and marrow. 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. this advice seems easy to comprehend until I apply the idea of intention to the concept of yin and yang. for if “the hips move with the waist. if you are progressing in sitting wuji you will feel an increasing sense of lightness. and mechanical aspects of form movement is. and cannot switch jin from inside the body” (2005: 111). Ling refers to the mental as well as the physical…the ability to anticipate or foresee an opponent’s movement. it is no longer “turning with the waist” (2005:111). So. a student cannot adjust substantial and insubstantial. 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). cannot achieve synchronizing up and down. we build upon this foundation and emphasize motor and sensory system development and integration. remember to use yi and not to use strength. I won’t outline them here. and effortless. 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. When he can stretch his tendons and loosen his muscles.” 2) an exercise of xin yi and qi. 3) a producer of silk-reeling energy (chansi jin). (2005: 73) The peaceful and tranquil sitting leads to the development of ling.” Yang Yang presents practical principles for movement and for maintaining central equilibrium.
the more you can use. 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. respiration decrease without significant changes in arterial oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations.spend much time explaining how to achieve chansi jin. it is also a doorway to enhanced control over all autonomic activity” (2005: 80). 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. other than to explain that “the spiraling motions are a manifestation” of the principles of the Taiji movement he has already discussed. (2005: 141) Yang Yang’s citing of such studies indicates that his use of the word “science” bridges Eastern and Western observational systems. apparently there haven’t been studies. And. (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).” So. “Very simply. I suspect that wuji standing yields some of the same effects as the sitting which seems to have been studied by Young and Taylor. Then he begins with an explanation of ways that wuji standing. “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. (2005: 80) At this point the study confirms numerous studies on the ability of meditation to produce a “relaxation response. 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. Some practitioners of meditation seek peace and tranquility by shutting themselves away from the world’s perturbations. The study by Young and Taylor (1998) examines the effects of meditation on activity in the autonomic system. while15 parasympathetic dominance characterizes the initial stages of meditation. and the more you use the more you can accumulate (if you practice correctly)” (2005: 140). he provides an overview of the nervous system. Obviously each of these stillness practices have much in common with each other. Yang Yang shows that the various versions of the two-person practice continue the development of internal power. Still his analysis is invaluable. this practice exemplifies much about the nature of Taiji practice. 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 more internal power you have. sitting and lying down nurture the mind and body. “the expression of internal force will also be realized with yi” He says. To explore how Taijiquan practice can be both understood and advanced with Western science.” he says. Through push-hands the practitioner learns to “perceive the difference between internal power and brute strength. At the University of Illinois. In his discussion of push-hands. This decline in motor control main explain the reason for some falls in the elderly. However. while form practice helps accumulate yi through use. 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. 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). 48 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . increased cerebral blood flow.” 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). 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. a study was recently completed that evaluated both improvements in strength and force control in Taiji practitioners…. and a marked decline in blood lactate. Yang Yang says that Young and Taylor “concludes that. decrease in skin moisture. although the claims Yang Yang makes for lying down wuji are both intriguing and convincing. 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. Our ability to gauge and control force deteriorates with age.
Yang Yang’s analysis disables or. 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. instantaneous. “In all form movement.” “instinctive. Thus.” Then he points out that the elements of all form movement. scientists largely believed that neural connections were genetically fixed and developed only during the first few critical years of life. at least.” or “intuitive”: An important point to note is that laws governing voluntary movement can be modified by learning—we learn motor programs. “peng/lu/ji/an/cai/lie/zhou/koa are exactly analogous to the scientific concept of a ‘motor program’” (2005: 131). this optimum response is difficult for an ordinary person living in the modern world. then conscious intention generated in the cerebral cortex can take control. which relays sensory input to the brain and spinal nerves that govern voluntary contraction.” 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). if conscious relaxation can remove the habit of using “external” muscular force.as the muscles contract against each other. . While learning or practicing Taijiquan I have often felt as if the form was somehow taken my brain out for examination. Anyone. Because Taiji movement is relatively complex and is not intuitive or a function of natural ability. a motor program includes the intended length.This balancing effect speaks. today it is recognized that the brain has neuroplasticity…throughout life” (2005: 81-2). In other words. 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). 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. Whereas in the past. and agile movement of Taiji characterized as “ling. of course. With his discussion of wuji standing. But the precise and complex motor programs. And habits can change and continue to be changeable. Now much of Yang Yang’s treatment of the nervous system and the Taiji form. a person can “calibrate the movement of the body to respond appropriately to its environment” (2005: 77) However. 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). According to Yang Yang. reframes questions about whether Taiji is “natural. Yang Yang looks to the future.” moreover. It communicates back and forth between body and brain. correct intention (yi) is primary “and is developed through correct practice. the dorsal and ventral striatum of the basal ganglia (responsible for habit AUTUMN 2012 QI—49 . This becoming rigid or “global contraction” (Yang Yang says the Taiji term for this is “being stiff”) is common and extremely counterproductive. for “researchers are now capable of capturing precise images of the brain and can therefore identify changes in brain activity during meditation practice. Gradually one learns to complete the standing meditation task while maintaining an energy-conserving and ultimately an energy-accummulating [sic] state” (2005: 83). can flail arms and punch out wildly. building core strength and yielding greater power output. along with push-hands as a species of voluntary movement.16 Wuji standing teaches practitioners “to adopt the ideal pattern of contraction and relaxation of agonist and antagonist muscle groups…. the ability to remain calm in times of peril and is “an obvious requisite for the light. confirms my feelings. (2005: 131-2) Although the focus here is on martial movement. Thus. direction. 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. even a baby. the form must be practiced slowly to be learned. In other words (Yang Yang quotes a Chinese proverb here) you can “Let your body listen to your mind” (2005: 84-5). wuji standing’s main influence is on the somatic sensory system.. Yang Yang suggests some impressive possibilities for maintaining balance and posture. For.of Taiji have to be learned. as the individual essentially fights him/herself . and force of a movement.
when they would do better to just use the Chinese term rather than take an inaccurate stab at an English approximation. He goes on to observe that: although different neurotransmitters are used within the basal ganglia. and both send information back to the motor cortex via the thalamus. the overall effect of the basal ganglia on the thalamus is inhibitory. I move first’” (2005: 160-1). (2005: 133) Thus. as healing art. For as the posture. 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. 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. “Instinct” is that which we share with animals. but basically go back to the interdependency of yin and yang. balance and awareness that have been developed through wuji and form practice are tested by the perturbation of an opponent/partner. some patterns emerge and some questions remain. That Taijiquan involves a lot of learning (especially through practice) should be good news.’…is a balance between the inhibitory (yin) basal ganglia and the excitatory (yang) cerebellum systems and their communication with the motor cortex. The practitioner must learn the responses to fulfill the famous Taiji classic’s saying: “’The opponent moves. should be observed and followed.” “therapeu- tic” and “holistic” benefits like postural control/ balance (skill-related). equate such words as “song” with “relax” or “yao” or possibly “qua” with “waist. voluntary movement is regulated via communication between the motor cortex. He points out that the practice produces the right degree of confidence.” 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). 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.T. Of course. Yang Yang advances yet another paradoxical situation in which yin and yang elements operate simultaneously rather than sequentially. If it was not possible to learn it. “Nature. 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. taijiquan makes it fun. basal ganglia. as something to be valued for its martial applications. “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. 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.” Yang Yang enumerates and elaborates somewhat on what he categorizes as “skill-related. In his chapter “Why Practice Taijiquan. Taiji movement. Interestingly. and cerebellum. D. “Intuition” is developed from harmonizing consciously and unconsciously with nature. Change is inevitable. while the overall effect of the cerebellum is excitatory. This is another way of saying that the practitioner will be neither overly fearful or belligerent. Often writers and teachers. Some misunderstandings are rooted in Chinese and Western contexts.” Others are rooted in concepts that to the Western mind seem paradoxical or contradictory. ENDNOTES 1. Understandably.formation. and those emotions are not in themselves healthful. the practitioner must feedforward (anticipate) and feedback (respond) in ways that are neither excessive or insufficient. 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). as an ancient cultural tradition or as something full of limitless future possibilities. To achieve the benefits he advocates principles of nurturing and naturalness. which should have “absolutely no extraneous or purposeless movement… ‘no excess or deficiency. digestion/bowel function (therapeutic) and avoidance or repair of stressrelated injuries/illness (holistic). as spiritual practice.
As her ﬁrst teachers. Reich etc. were well-known Chinese watercolorists and calligraphers. Master T.” 11. When Smith lists the “Man” and Earth stages he uses the word “chi. she has a particular interest in the infusion of qi in both the martial and the expressive arts. caol@taichijoy. 1997. The sword polisher’s record: the way of kung fu. 2.describes Zen. Smith. Robert W. the late Chow Chian Chiu and Chow Leung Chen-Ying. 2007. AUTUMN 2012 QI—51 . 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. 17. For me.taichijoy. The American Heritage Dictionary’s primary definitions include a superhuman power and. editor. Paul B. Zen and Japanese culture. ABD) (www. I have to agree. the unintended side-effects—all of them good! Hsu traces the source of the overemphasis on internal to Huang Li-Chou. This subject came up when my teacher Yan Gaofei and I were working on article (2003) and Yan explained this definition to Marvin Smalheiser. Liang. NY: Vintage Books. most Westerners feel the word connotes an exterior being to be worshipped. Gallagher. Although some people might call it a non-theistic religion. Fairview. 1977. 14. 1970. from Gallagher’s summary. Smith’s endnote indicates the three parts of the HEAVEN stage as: A. Elevating the internal helps the upper classes maintain their illusion of superiority. The effects of Contemporary music (Cage. Thinking too much about health or other benefits can distract one from 13. 16. VT: Tuttle. For. an early Qing scholar. Suzuki.T. BIBLIOGRAPHY Hsu.) are not dissimilar. 8. “practice” seems to be a more appropriate word. D. An exact concoction of familiarity and newness is what makes musical and other types of composition successful. 1974. 12. —————————— Carol McFrederick (MA. Chinese boxing: masters and methods. I think. 5. Adam. Liang lived to 102.com) has been teaching taiji and qigong in South Florida since 1994. B. Gallagher. What’s the word for “immaculate conception” when it’s the male who’s producing offspring without a female? 6. NJ: Princeton University Press. 15. it’s the peasants and the yeoman soldier whose lifestyle has helped to keep them physically fit. The summit. “Hear” energy. I suspect there’s a touch of elitism. 7. Paul B. Princeton. NC: Total Tai Chi. Yang Yang’s discussion supports this suspicion. In turn Yang’s source seems to be the Third Classic. I think he’s summarizing. 10. the Daoist approach does not seem to require disconnecting oneself from ”daily life. 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. Understand energy (unconscious receiving) C. Rutland. T’ai chi ch’uan for health and self-defense: philosophy and practice. Significantly. Wow! I believe that wuji standing also helps rid the mind of the habit of fighting against itself. I’m not absolutely sure if Gallagher is quoting from Delza or summarizing. NY: Kodansha International.” Does he mean sh’en? 4. 9.T. Taiji in the 2008 Olympics had a similar circusact quality.com. Ltd. Drawing silk: a training manual for t’ai chi.” But for the Heaven stage he says “energy. historically East or West. 3. .
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AUTUMN 2004: An Interview with Sifu Wong Kiew Kit. WINTER 2004-2005: Medical Qigong Qi Emission: Therapy for the Treatment of Breast Cysts and Tumors (part 1). An Interview with Li Junfeng: From Wushu Glory to Qigong Wholeness (part 1). AUTUMN 2002: Special Feature Issue: Taiji vs. Meditation and the Nature of Being. Energetics of Food from a Classical Chinese Medicine Perspective. WINTER 2006-2007: Chinese Face Reading (part 1). Qigong & Taiji in the Prevention & Treatment of Chronic Disease. Kidneys: The Root of Life. A Qigong Tour: Discovering China’s Sacred Mountains. Tonic Herbs that Every Qigong Practitioner Should Know (part 1). Optimizing Your T’ai Chi Practice. Dissipative Brain Qi. WINTER 2009-2010: Plasters. Martial Grand Circulation. Qigong For Weight Loss. Qigong (but not taiji) in the Prison System. limit of 1 copy per person) Domestic Postage = $2. SPRING 2005: Medical Qigong Qi Emission: Therapy for the Treatment of Breast Cysts and Tumors (part 2). 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Schizandra. . .00 CardioPro 2000 This product contains substances that have been clinically proven to help protect the cardiovascular system. . . . The herbs help to protect the liver from toxins & protect the lungs from pollutants & infection. . Tibetan Rhodiola. and by those interested in becoming generally more vital. . . Cordyceps Mycelium (vegetarian) Order #H006 . . This formula will build your immune system. . Qi and Shen. . . . . Dragon Bone Siberian Ginseng. Ginkgo Biloba (standardized to 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones). . . All the herbs in this formulation have been use to re-establish Liver health. . . . A superior athlete's formula. Achyranthes. Aged Citrus Peel. Tibetan Rhodiola increases oxygen in the brain. .00 Order #H033 . Morinda. Spirit Poria. . . . Fennel. . . . Agaricus. . It contains the three strongest immune modulators known to Chinese herbalism. . . . strengthens the lower back and joints and it can be a powerful sex tonic. Imperial garden is said to strengthen the legs and the back. Asparagus. but they do work quickly to restore Liver functions to a healthy state. focus. Cinnamon Twig. Tibetan Rhodiola. . . . helping us to remain “centered” during stress and thus allowing us to persevere through difficulties. . Tonifies all three treasures .00 Strong Bones Strengthens the skeletal structure. Schizandra. . Suited to all ages. . old and young. power and endurance. The herbs in this formula have been used successfully for centuries by martial arts practitioners to speed up the heal- 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS Office Hours: Mon. It is extremely safe and has no side effect on the fetus. . . . Order #H003 . Epimedium.$26.power. . . Dioscerea. Qi (Vitality or Energy). . . The herbs are all extremely safe.00 Supreme Protector Composed of the three kings of defense in Chinese Herbalism: Reishi. . This formula expands the power of the body to adapt to all the stresses of life and strengthens the immune system. . . . Rubus. .$27. . Made from premium Astragalus roots and highly concentrated to our precise standards.-Fri. The formula is also extremely well suited to athletes who are looking for a potent Yang tonic to increase strength. It is extremely safe and effective. Reishi mushroom (Duanwood Reishi fruiting body). Tonic herbs balance these three treasures (Qi. Each of the other three herbs in this formula have been used for centuries to improve concentration. Drynaria. . Dioscorea. Lycium Polysaccharides Adaptogen Energizer Increases physical and mental vitality both quickly and cumulatively. . inner awareness and inner strength. infertility. . . . . Schizandra. Morinda. Dang Gui. Broussonetia Seed. Lycium. 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. They do not result in rapid detoxification. . . Safe and nontoxic. . . Dragon Bond. . Ant. . It is good for men and women. Oyster Shell. . night sweats.$32. . . . . . . Red Jujube Date. . . . . Cinnamon Bark. .$27.$23. . Licorice. Jing (Regenerative Essence). Red Jujube Date. and is excellent for the recovery from illness. . . strengthen the kidneys and fortify the adrenal. . Plantago Seed. It is an ideal formula for athletes in contact sports and for those recovering from bone fractures. . Lycium. . Gynostemma. . . but traditionally known as the "Will Strengthener. Shen) by using the regulating principles of Yin and Yang. . Similar (less potent) formulas based on Reishi spores are being sold in Hong Kong and Japan for over $500 for a month’s supply. . .00 Diamond Mind Diamond Mind is designed to strengthen and empower the mind. Cardio Pro 2000 can help lower LDL (“bad” cholesterol) and raise HDL (“good” cholesterol). . . . . Premium quality herbs are extracted and spray dried at full potency to create this powerful product.$36. Schizandra. Schizandra. Many people suffer from a dysfunctional Liver. Order #H005. . Duanwood Reishi Arguably the most revered herbal substance in Asia.00 Astragalus One of the premier tonic herbs of China. Cynomorium. . Cuscuta. Reishi Spores. . Epimedium. . . . . . . the most common sources on the American market. . . Licorice. .00 Three Treasures: The Daoists in China thought there were three primary forms of energy in the human body and in nature. . . . . Traditionally used to prevent weakening and degeneration of eyesight and hearing. Will Power can be used by anyone wishing to build will power in order to achieve new heights and to break old habits. . Eucommia. . Epimedium. Eucommia. dioscorea. except for Reishi spores. . . It tonifies the kidney and liver energy. . which are enzymaticly cracked to release their full therapeutic and tonic effect. . Imperial Garden is one of the few powerful vegetarian Yang Jing tonics in the supertonic class of Chinese herbalism. ." Polygala is combined with herbs that strengthen Qi and Shen. Poria. and are highly adaptogenic. but it is also used as a Brain tonic. chronic fatigue. . . 100% Duanwood Reishi (Ganoderma lucidus) ing of broken bones and damaged soft tissues of the skeletal structure. . . Order #H002 . . . . . & memory. Prepared Aconite. . . . . . . . . . Duanwood Reishi. since the herbs are so safe. . . . . which controls female fertility. .00 Order #H030 . including bones. . Cistanche. . . premature aging and degeneration. . Polygonatum Sibericum. . . codonopsis. . . . . . Supreme Protector is also an excellent Shen tonic. . Polygala. An excellent Blood tonic and is used to strengthen the entire body. Imperial Garden A superb Jing tonic. . . Tibetan Rhodiola. It is suitable for those who have experienced chronic or acute stress. . . Eucommis. . . . . . . . Morinda. Ginseng. Achyranthes. . . . . Also. It is remarkably effective.
Salvia. . It is an adaptogenic. . immune modulating. . Benefits circulation. Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf Order #H012 . The overall effect of this formula is to replenish Jing. . . . . Chaenomeles. and White Peony Root. . . . . . Peony Root White. . Licorice Root.” It replenishes Yin Jing. Gypenosides (Gynostemma Saponins). . . strong hair and nails. . young or old. Gynostemma. . . . Ginseng. to reduce plaque and improve cholesterol profile. . Dioscorea Root. . It is said to be able to increase the “primary motive force for life activities. . It is a superb anti-aging and rejuvenation formula. . Profound Essence is primarily a deeply restorative essence tonic. . . .$36. It is considered to be “the complete tonifying formula. . . excessive stress. . . anti-inflammatory. . . It may be used by men or women as an adaptogenic Office Hours: Mon. cardiovascular protecting. Eucommia. . anti-aging agent. to slow down aging. It is regarded as one of Asia’s premier longevity herbs. It is suitable as a long term “restorative” Jing tonic for those who have been exhausted by overwork.00 Gynostemma Pure Gynostemma. . The formula is headed by Polygonum. SIberian Ginseng. . . focusing heavily on Yin and Yang Jing. .$18.00 Order #H009 . . structural integrity and healing ability. with herbs that tonify all three Treasures. cholesterol regulating. Gynostemma is universally believed in Asia to be an anti-aging herb. . One of the great herbs in the world. Aged Citrus Peel. . dryness or night sweats. This harmonizing function reduces the effects of unfavorable conditions and stimulates the body’s own immune and healing functions. . . . It forms the foundations of a great many other formulations in Chinese herbalism. . . anti-hyperlipidemic. Eucommia Bark. . . . thus promoting well being. moistening blood tonic. . eliminate fire and to nourish the Kidney’s Yin Jing. It is also an important Yin Jing tonic. . .00 Four Kings The four great “longevity mushrooms” combined into one extraordinary elixir. . and systemic balance. One of the primary anti-aging herbs in China. Astragalus Seed. Shou Wu Formulation can be used as a basic Essence tonic by anyone. . .$23. . . Prepared Rehemannia. . . . . Jujube Date Red. and to improve sex functions. . Cordyceps. . It also has been found to be anti-ulcer. respiratory tonic. . building blood and producing sperm in men and increasing fertility in women. to reduce oxygen deficiency at high altitudes. cellular. . . . Strong antioxidant activity. . prepared Rehemannia. . . . . . Order #H040 . . . Tortoise Shell Order #H010 . . .” It is a quintessential adaptogenic herb. . It is also believed to help calm the nerves and to ease pain. . In addition. . to improve digestion. . . Polygonum Root. Polygonum. Raw Rehemannia.00 Young at Heart Similar formulas have been used clinically in China to improve coronary blood flow. . These herbs have a general “heat clearing” effect. . Gynostemma. . Polygonatum Rhizome. Licorice. Astragalus Root. consult your physician. and in particular to reduce fatigue. . Polygonum. . . to strengthen the mind. This is a full spectrum adaptogenic formula which nurtures all three treasures. . . . It is known in China a Da Bu Yin Wan. Sandalwood. . . Schizandra. . Achyranthes Root. . . . It has been used for centuries as a nutritious. .$36. . Dipsacus Root. . . . Notoginseng. . . or Super Yin Nourishing Formula. . . and an excellent Yin Jing tonic that may be used as a basic formula in a personal longevity program. . . Ligusticum Root. . . . . this is the supreme blood tonic formulation of Chinese tonic herbalism.00 Spring Dragon Longevity Tea Gynostemma is generally reinforcing to overall health. . . . . . . . . Dang Gui Root. It is moisturizing and may be used regularly to restore the Yin and Blood. and anti-thrombic.” or “super pills” of Chinese herbalism.$23. Order #H041 . .00 Profound Essence A broad spectrum formulation. . . .00 Order #H098 . Ilex Pubescens Rhizome. . . Tonifies Yin Jing and clears heat in the eyes. . pregnancy. . . brain power.$23. . . which include sexual functions. . 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Pacific Time Zone) http://qi-journal. . which yields incredible results in restoring deficient blood and Yin. wrinkling and drying of skin. . Rehmannia Root Raw. . . These adaptogenic substances help the body to adapt to various stressful challenges presented by the environment and reduce the damage inflicted on the body. Dang Gui. . enhancing sexual and mental energy. . It tonifies Shou Wu Formulation Shou Wu Formulation is a Jing tonic designed to nourish the Kidney Yin and to enrich the blood. . Rehmannia Root Order #H011 . Tibetan Rhodiola. Tonifies Jing. They tend to promote the body’s own ability to cope successfully with stress. . . This formulation is designed to nourish Yin. to increase vigor. The herbs also improve blood circulation. Four Things Combination is a famous woman’s blood tonic. Schizandra. It is for people who have severely depleted their Yin reserves and are in serious health condition as a result. while preventing further loss of this primary treasure. Cuscuta Seed.” This formula is a major energy and blood enhancer. . . White Atractylodes. . 100% Vegetarian Cordyceps the immune system.00 product has the effect of improving adaptability. . . It is composed of safe herbs that have been demonstrated to be effective. liver protecting. Cyperus. and who wish to further prevent degeneration. Fortifies the protective functions. . . Cordyceps is widely use for the purposes of strengthening the primal kidney functions. . These herbs are all very excellent tonic herbs which protect the body and help it to ward off invasion with utmost verocity. . . Dragon Bone. Gynostemma. The formula removes toxins and stagnation and helps regulate hormonal functions. and probably the most powerful immune stimulating herbs. chronic pain or chronic illness. male or female. Ligusticum. nourishes the blood. . . Siberian Ginseng Root Order #H097 . Atractylodes Root White. restoring the deep energy expended as a result of excessive exertion. If you are on any medication. Dang Gui root. benefits the heart. . Red Jujube Date Eagle Vision Herbs used traditionally to maintain excellent eye health. . . . $9. . and particularly the micro-circulation that supplies the hair and nails. . Ligusticum root. . .$27. Notopterygium Primal Yin Replenisher Dendrobium Primal Yin Replenisher is an extremely powerful Yin Jing tonic.00 Four Things Combination Sometimes called Dang Gui Four Combination. . It is used as a tonic by those who have experienced extreme Yin Jing depletion and are experiencing inflammatory symptoms. . Rehmannia Root. .$23. triglyceride lowering. Currently one of the most popular herbs in all of Asia. Astragalus. All four herbs are known for their powerful tonic and protective benefits. Cornus Fruit. . These are the four most powerful immune stimulating mushrooms in the world. . Dang Gui Root. Yin deficiency will lead to rapid aging and rapid deterioration of one’s health.Tonic Formulations Cordyceps Cordyceps is used to strengthen the body and mind at a fundamental level. highest grade Gynostemma. . . . . a short temper. Package of 20 tea bags. strengthening hair growth. . . . anti-obesity.00 Super Adaptogen If some one were to take just one formula.-Fri. . Includes Chrysanthemum. Gynostemma pentaphyllum is widely believed to have the following health benefits: to slow down aging and to prevent feebleness at all ages. An adaptogen is a substance which helps bring the body into a state of harmony with its environment by inducing chemical. Lycium Fruit. removes blood stagnation. Red Peony. Duanwood Reishi. This H100. . .00 1-800-787-2600 ONLINE ORDERS: VISA OR MASTERCARD ORDERS Ten Complete Supertonic This is one of the original “dabu wan. . . fortifying the senses. Aged Citrus Peel. It is also suitable for those who have reached mid-life and who wish to replenish Ching. .com 62 QI—The Journal of Traditional Eastern Health & Fitness . also known as “southern ginseng” and the “miracle herb. . . . . healthy. Made from the purist. . . Peony Root White. has a strong anti-fatigue effect.00 Order #H099 .$20. . . yet mild. . . . Tibetan Rhodiola.$18. it is an important blood vitalizing agent which improves blood circulation in congested areas and dispels stagnant blood. adapting to stress or from aging. substance abuse. Order #H043 . . . strengthening the back and knees. Lycium. . . . Qi and Shen Order #H039 . this could be the one. platelet regulating. 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. Licorice Root. . salvia.$18. . . . . antioxidant. . In China.
. Order #H110 . . . . anti-aging supplements ever discovered. . . . Siberian Ginseng Bupleurum & Dang Gui It is a Qi. stress syndrome. . . . . . to promote muscle development and to invigorate blood circulation. Cimicifuga. . Ledebouriella. Tao in a Bottle also contains adaptogenic herbs. Poria. White Atractylodes. a process by which the constituents of pearl become highly dissolvable and almost totally bio-available. cardiovascular system. Pearl has a very high content of highly absorbable calcium. Astragalus. Asarum. . Sun dried. 8 oz. Alphathean is an herbal ingredient that helps you to feel calm and alert at the same time. . . . .extraordihave an nary and balanced phytonutrient profile. .$21. Lotus Leaf. Arctium. dang Gui Root. . . . . Agaricus mushroom originated in the rain forest of Brazil and the Chinese have become the premier growers of Agaricus to the world. . . Notopterygium. Order #H104 . Order #H108 . . . . constipation. It is routinely used for debility after an illness. . The main ingredient is an amino acid called Alphathean which is found only in green tea. Adaptogenic herbs increase our vitality while promoting our ability over time to handle stress. . . . . . . Atractylodes Root White. Licorice. .$21. Zizyphus Seed Order #H107 . Forsythia. Gynostemma (standardized to 60% gypenosides). Gelatin. It also has immune potentiating activity. Mint.” They are plump. . Cassia Tora. . . .formula. dispels heat.00 Poria Five Combination This famous classical formula is used to improve the utilization and circulation of fluids in the body. . Licorice Root. Glycerin.$21. . . . . It may be used strengthen Qi and Blood which have become deficient due to major illness.$29. . . . Pearl has a huge reputation in Asia as both a beauty tonic and as a Shen tonic. It contains 92% calcium compounds or 38% calcium element. chronic fatigue. a remote mountain range in Central Asia—an area that possesses the precise qualities for producing the best Goji on Earth. standardized to 40% Lycium Barbarum Polysaccharides). . . . diarrhea. pack. Order #H113 . . Shen stabilizing herbs help stabilize our emotions so that we can experience our higher self. . . . 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. .00 Order #H111 . Phellodendron. . . . Angelica Dahurica. 1 Order #H105 . . . The calcium contained in hydrolyzed Pearl powder exists in its ionic form. Peony Root White. Red Atractylodes. Codonopsis Root. . Citrus Aurantium. A Shenstabilizing adaptogenic Qi tonic. 100 pills.00 Magnolia Sinus This is a time tested. . . White Peony. . so it is easily dissolved in water and is virtually completely absorbed by the intestines. Gypenosides. . Poria. . naturally sweet. . Crataegua. . and calms the Shen. . . Coptis. Used in conjunction with an proper diet and regular exercise program. . Dang Gui. . . . . Order #H112 . . chronic or acute bleeding and/or mental or physical stress. . . juicy. White Peony. Ledebouriella. It is used for fatigue. . to benefit reproduction. Platycodon. . . . help regulate our bodily functions. . . . . . .$18. Codonopsis Root. . . . . 100% natural. . . This formula tonifies two of the three treasures: it strengthens the Qi (both the Qi and the Blood components). vitalizes. . .$40. . . . . Rehmannia Root Bupleurum & Rehmannia This is a deep and superb detoxification formulation. Furthermore. Tibetan Rhodiola. weight management. . Every drop of water in the growing fields is derived from the melted snow and glacial runoff from Heaven Mountain. . and it is renowned for its ability to relieve a broad range of female imbalances. It can strengthen eyesight in those with weakened vision due to fatigue. Gymnema. The pearls are “hydrolyzed”. . . . . when consumed internally. . .$52. . diabetes. . Polyporus. Qi tonic herbs increase our energy. . Pearl. People have used it to overcome numerous disorders relating to the immune system. . reduces blemishes and wrinkles in the skin and calms the mind. Heaven Mountain Goji Berries Heaven Mountain Goji Berries are the only Goji berries that are “snack grade delicious and herb grade serious. . Rhubarb. . Astragalus. . . . . Astragalus Root. you will become more resistant to stress. . . . Akebia Caulis.00 Lighten Up Diet Formula Perfectly balanced thermogenic formulation for those who need to speed up their metabolism in order to lose weight. If you use Tao in a Bottle regularly. digestion. . . . Prepared Rehmannia. Effective for women who wish to regulate their female cycle and women who lose emotional control during the pre-menstrual period. Polygala Root.$17. and it works quickly to release tension and worry. Cinnamon Bark. . Purified Water. . . It normalizes digestive functions. . Cinnamon Twig. Blood and Shen tonic.” This is one of several “super pills” offered by Dragon Herbs— and may well be the ultimate one. Duanwood Reishi. .” by definition in Asia is a formulation that “does it all. and to relieve fluid stagnation. to remove visual Magnolia Flower. Siberian Ginseng. Dang Gui. Green Tea. . Beeswax. the formula is a formidable immune system enhancer. . Green Tea. Gardenia. It is famous in the Orient for reducing the size of swollen lymph glands and for a variety of toxic conditions. . Lecithin. Chromium Polypeptide. . Ron Teeguarden’s Super Pill No. . . . . Dang Gui. It is designed to help handle stress. Schizandra. H102.00 Tao in a Bottle A new and unique formula designed by Master Herbalist Ron Teeguarden. . Carob. . and regulate our immune system. . purifies the blood. . . 100% pure. . It promotes urination and is often used as a tonic to improve digestion. . Fresh Ginger. Licorice. . . Recent Chinese medical texts credit pearl with the ability to relieve uneasiness of the heart and mind. . anemia. . H101. . . . Hydrolyzed Pearl Powder is arguably the best calcium supplement known. . . They are grown naturally in the pristine foothills of Heaven Mountain. and disorders of the liver.$32. Polygonum. . . . . .$21. This formula has excellent skin clearing effects Bupleurum. .00 AUTUMN 2012 QI—63 . and is especially beneficial to the digestive and urinary functions. Bupleurum. Licorice. Ligusticum. Lycium (also known as Goji. . Dang Gui Root. . . . . Atractylodes Root White. . 1 is a highly concentrated powdered extract of four of the most incredible health promoting herbs in the world. and it is a harmonization formula. . . . . regulates menstruation.00 NEW Ron Teeguarden’s Super Pill No. Nourishes the blood. loss of appetite and dry skin. premium grade fresh water pearls. to relieve internal fever. and absolutely And they NEW delicious. . Cynomorium. Alisma. smoothes and regulates the flow of Qi and Blood. This is a Citrus Aurantium-based thermogenic formulation. Bupleurum and Dang Gui Combination nurtures. Green Tea. extremely effective and perfectly safe formulation made to promote healthy nasal functioning.00 Agaricus Agaricus blazei murill (most commonly known simply as Agaricus) is one of the most exciting new herbs on the market today. . . . . Excellent for those with allergies and chronic nasal dysfunction. . White Atractylodes. White Peony. Gynostemma.00 Ginseng and Longan Combination A premier Spleen-Heart tonic of classical Chinese tonic herbalism. . . Ginkgo Biloba. This great Qi and Shen tonic formula has been used for centuries to increase vital energy and calm anxiety. . It is considered one of the premier beauty-enhancing. obstacles and improve eyesight. . Jujube date Red. cataracts. Soybean Oil. . . or to overcome chronic ailments due to Qi and blood deficiency. Hydrolyzed Pearl is a very rich source of calcium. . Lycium. Ligusticum. . Astragalus. . Tibetan Rhodiola. chronic and acute allergies. It is the most widely used classic formulation for strengthening the immunity and resistance of immune suppressed individuals. Poria. to clear sputum. . . . . . Mint. . this formula will help to burn fat and eliminate excess water weight. . Carthamus. surgery or childbirth.00 Order #H106 . . Agaricus is traditionally known as “God’s Mushroom” because of its near miraculous healing benefits. . . . Scute. Licorice Root. Licorice.49 Order #H0103 . . Trichosanthes. A “super pill. . . .$12. Jujube Date Red. White Atractylodes. Poria. It helps clear the sinuses and regulate immune functions. .$40. Agaricus blazei murill (freshly dried mushroom fruiting body only). Longan Fruit. Ligusticum. . . . to relieve”wandering arthritis”.00 Pearl Powder Made from cultivated pearls that are grown in clean fresh water and are enzymatically broken down (hydrolyzed) for easy and complete absorption. hearing difficulties. allowing it to grow. .
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