NewAge Top 10 Reasons To Try Taichi

Taichi is one of the most popular Chinese internal martial arts, where it consists of smooth, rhythmic, gentle and graceful circular movements. Breathing is deep and relaxed and is in accordance to the tempo of the Taichi movements. These movement techniques help to integrate the mind and body which allows achievement of total harmony of the body.

Taichi has become an increasingly popular form of physical exercises around the world for all ages, both as a basic exercise program and as a complement to health care methods. Regardless of your age, Taichi can offer both physical and mental benefits to your health and fitness. Here are NewAgeTaichi top 10 reasons to give Taichi a try.

  1. Increased flexibility and reduced risk of injury – Improvements in posture alignment, strength and flexibility have been attributed to Taichi among those individual who practice the exercise. Its slow circular movements allow for gentle stretching and warming up of muscles, tendons and ligaments and are often compared to continuous passive movement which is used to increase the speed of healing. Taichi also allows for compression to the joint which aids in providing nutrients to the surrounding cartilage.
  2. Focused breathing and concentration – A primary component of Taichi is the rhythmic breathing that emphasizes a relaxed state of mind and body which encourages strong blood circulation. During Taichi practices, oxygenated blood flows to the muscles and brain.
  3. The mind-body connection – Rather than mindlessly going through the motions, Taichi requires you to focus all of your energies on performing each movement precisely. When coupled these Taichi movements and breathing together, it is said to dissipate stress and anxiety. This also helps in improving the neural muscular adaptation in the body.
  4. Greater strength and stamina – Taichi also improves strength and stamina physically through the various Taichi routine practices. It helps to generate the inner energy, which revitalizes the physical system, promote strength and stamina as well as flexibility and relaxation. The slower the tempo and the lower the movement posture, the greater the strength and endurance benefit that can be achieved. This is especially true when the Taichi practice is done in the correct posture alignment and movement patterns.
  5. Fewer muscle imbalances – Those who are new to Taichi may notice muscle and flexibility imbalances throughout the body, which is often the primarily cause of body aches and soreness. Taichi movements are specially designed which consists of carefully well coordinated natural body movement to help correct these imbalances over time by proper posture alignment and movement patterns.
  6. Better balance and stability – Balancing require you to engage the core stabilizer muscles, which can help improve overall stability. In Taichi, the movements transition emphasize on the focus of weight transfer, which activates a lot of the core stabilizer muscles. Over time, the body will acquire better balance and stability which helps to prevent falls and injuries.
  7. Improved posture – Taichi helps to strengthen and open up tight areas such as the shoulders and muscles of the upper back, which is necessary for good posture. Taichi also focus on the body being erect and spine neutral during practices which helps to keep the body and spine in neutral alignment.
  8. Greater kinesthetic body awareness – Taichi requires you to contract and/or relax specific muscles during practice, thereby increasing kinesthetic awareness of the body’s strengths and weaknesses. Kinesthetic body awareness is improved through Taichi slow and rhythmic movements that focus on proper postures and constant muscle contraction and relaxation during the Taichi routine that increases neutral muscular activities.
  9. Stress reduction – Taichi helps soothe the mind and lower stress levels by focusing the mind on the inner self and the Taichi movements rather than on external distractions.
  10. Cross-training benefits – Taichi combines flexibility, strength training, agility and balance to create a holistic mind-body physical activity that is a perfect addition to any fitness regimen.

Scientific investigation has shown that the physiological, psychological and social benefits that develop through the regular practice of Taichi are long lasting among this population.

“Structural alignment is a natural function of the human body, but we tend to lose it after childhood”

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Moving towards Well Being with Tai Chi

Tai Chi Background and Guided Practice

Led by Alex Converse and Robert Yu (pictured below)

Converse: I’m an associate scientist in the brain imaging core of the Waisman Center, and I’m also affiliated with the Center for Healthy Minds. I’m studying Tai Chi as a potential therapy for ADHD. Tai Chi is a Chinese mind-body practice; it’s a combination of exercise, martial art and moving meditation. It’s now practiced by many people all over the world, including more than two million Americans.

There are benefits claimed for mental and physical health due to Tai Chi. Recently, there have been publications in The New England Journal of Medicine showing that Tai Chi is helpful to patients with fibromyalgia, and in another study that it’s helpful to patients with Parkinson’s disease.

There have been a lesser number of studies looking at the effects of Tai Chi in adolescents and young adults and in mental health effects. And I’m particularly interested in the effects of Tai Chi on mental health in adolescence and young adults. And the question that I’m asking is whether Tai Chi training might help with symptoms of ADHD in young adults. We’re about to start on a small trial with college students with ADHD to examine the effects of Tai Chi training.

I’d like to introduce Robert L. Yu, who’s a senior lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology here at the University of Wisconsin, and he’s going to demonstrate a portion of the Yang 24 Form and also lead you in some simple exercises. Mr. Yu studied under master Hong Yixiang in Taiwan from 1969 to 1972. He’s taught many hundreds of students since then. Tai Chi reflects elements of traditional Chinese medicine as well as Taoist philosophy, and so for instance there is emphasis on the notion of Ying and Yang.

There are precursors of Tai Chi; there are texts that are over 2,000 years old that describe movements inspired by animals that were practiced for health. Traditionally, Tai Chi forms were passed down within families, which traced their lineage to around the year 1600. There are several popular styles from divergent lineages, which still include common core elements. So for instance, emphasis on breathing, relaxation and mindfulness.

Yu: Tai Chi is standing and moving meditation. So the first thing you want to do is make sure that you’re aligned, that your back is straight and your head is held erect. Your breath should enter into the belly as you inhale and exhale. So the opening sequence is the Yin, so the hands are pointed towards Heaven, and you inhale, and then it’s Yang towards Earth. Exhale and sink.

Let’s do that again. Inhale. Exhale, keeping the back straight, and feel the breath move the hands. Once more. Inhale. Exhale. The opening move, transfer weight and this is called ward off. Stepping forward, this is called roll back. Press. And this is called push. And then we do it to the other side. Ward off. Roll back. Press. And push.

Now you want to be sure that when you’re doing Tai Chi that you’re transferring weight from the back foot to the front foot. You’re not moving your arms and shoulders as much as transferring weight. Again, you’re standing on one leg throughout Tai Chi. Now we’re going to do the ward off, and this is called roll back, this is called press and this called push.

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Optimal Postural Alignment Using Tai Chi Principles

Optimal Postural Alignment Using Tai Chi Principles

Yip See Kit, Senior Coach of NewAgeTaichi, Copyright 2008

Posture is the arrangement of body parts in a state of balance that protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity, which is a definition given in 1947 by the Posture Committee of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Cailliet, R, 1983). By this definition, having and adopting a good posture is therefore effortless, non fatiguing, and painless even when you were to remain in erect position for long periods (Cailliet, R, 1981). Studies have shown that muscles function most efficiently when adopted in such an alignment, where the joints are optimally positioned (Bullock-Saxton, J, 1988).

To achieving an optimal posture, it combines both minimal muscle work and minimal joint loading and stress to the joints. The combination of these two factors is important, where in the event when optimal posture is lost (e.g., in slouched standing), although the muscle activity is clearly reduced, there is a significant increase in joint loading, which often will lead to joint pain and soreness.

Joint loading should be minimized over time where articular cartilage gains its nutrition through intermittent loading (Norris, C.M, 1998), and an even distribution of force is preferable as compared to point pressure. Contact pressure is directly proportional to the transmitted force but inversely proportional to area, since pressure is equal to force over area (McConnell, J, 1993). Distributing force over a larger surface area by optimizing segmental alignment, thus, reduces joint surface compression and lessens the risk of degenerative changes to a joint. The objective of any posture should be aiming towards reducing total energy expenditure and lessen stresses on the supporting body structures.

Tai Chi in particular focus and helps to prevent or eliminate injury and pain such as the knee pain, hip pain, shoulder pain, soreness and fatigue which is often due to poor postural habits and sedentary lifestyle. This is achieved by adopting the principle of Tai Chi optimal posture alignment (Figure 1) during both static and dynamic posture in the practice of the Tai Chi routines.

Any change in the alignment of one body segment automatically causes neighboring segments to move in an attempt to maintain stability (Newton’s 3rd law). Therefore, if one body segment moves forward, for instance, another must move backward to keep the body’s line of gravity (LOG) within the base of support for counterbalance. Eventually, this changes in force per unit area will cause tissue adaptation (Norkin. CC and Levangie. P.K, 1992). Changes in serial sarcomere number within muscles, for instance, are adaptations to postural changes over time. The shortening of ligaments leads to reduced range of motion, whereas lengthening ligaments reduce a joint’s passive stability.

Tai Chi apply the same principle of Newton’s 3rd law of equal and opposite reaction during the movement transition to maintain the line of gravity and to obtain maximal stability with minimal joint loading. The extension of the leg is often counterbalance by the extension of the arms in the opposite direction while maintaining the optimal posture alignment.

Static posture is when the body remains stationary and reflects the alignment of the body segments. This is affected by both changes in load distribution across joints and resting muscle length. Such postures include standing, sitting and lying. Dynamic posture is the body position during movement transition and it gives information about body segment alignment, muscle actions, and motor skill. Typical dynamic postures are walking, running, jumping and lifting. You can use descriptions of both position (kinematic) and force (kinetic) to assess posture.

Excessive changes in posture from the optimal position due to poor postural habits during standing, sitting and walking can give rise to asymmetrical tissue tension. Ultimately, tissue failure can result from repeated passive tissue strain. Avoidance of end-range postures that load the soft tissues excessively may reduce short-term pain as well as long-term pain cause by overuse. The cause of many muscle imbalance such as the shoulder (one side higher than the other), back (scapular protruding on one side), lower back (pelvic higher on one side) are often due to poor postural habit which developed over time.

Scannell and McGill (Scannell. J.P and McGill. S.M, 2003) studies subjects who had either increased lordosis (hyperlordosis) or reduced lordosis (hypolordosis). The investigation modified subjects’ posture using 12-week exercise program and demonstrated a change in posture toward a midrange (neutral) lordosis (Christopher M. Norris, 2008).

One of the benefits of Tai Chi exercise program is its ability to help correct poor postural habits and improve overall range of motion when practiced correctly. The combination of the mind and body in Tai Chi helps practitioners to visualize and be mindful of the line of gravity during any movement transition in Tai Chi, thus enabling the practitioners to adopt and habitualise the good posture habit which can be positively transferred to daily activities, since many of the Tai Chi movements are functional movements.

Through continual Tai Chi practice, the overall kinesthetic awareness of the body improves over time where the body becomes more sensitive to the misalignment of any posture and will move in a position to correct this misalignment. This however could not be achieved without proper Tai Chi exercise program.


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Overcome Barriers To Taichi Exercise

Overcome Barriers To Taichi Exercise

Yip See Kit, Senior Coach of NewAgeTaichi, Copyright 2008
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The first age-related changes may appear as you are reaching your mid forties. However, with a healthy way of life, you may prevent or postponed many age-related diseases. Adequate exercise and a sensible diet play a key role. If you need to have any reason to start an exercise, it would be having a healthier life and enhancing years of quality lifestyle so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Finding the motivation to begin a lifelong exercise program such as Tai Chi may be a challenge for you, but you have already shown your determination to take positive steps for yourself by reading this article. As a Tai Chi and fitness coach, I can provide you with the guidance and coaching tools you need to begin a safe and effective Tai Chi program and to keep your program working for you over time. The motivation to exercise, however, must come from within you.

During my university life, endless assignment and lap reports plus research always make me feel so fatigue and mentally drained that my activity levels inevitable fall off. However, due to my regular Tai Chi practices way back before my university life, I was determined to allocate time to continue my Tai Chi practice routine even during my exam period. The main satisfaction and motivation which keep me going come from the fact that I understand what Ta Chi exercise can benefit my physical and also know I will feel really good and refreshed after my Tai Chi workout which also helps to as a form of de-stress from my studies.

Once you begin learning Tai Chi, whether Tai Chi is completely new for you or whether you have already been practicing Tai Chi and want to add a new element to your Tai Chi program, your motivation to stick with it may be challenged from time to time. In the following section, I’ll describe some common barriers you might come across in staying with your Tai Chi exercise routine and also some strategies for overcoming them.

Occasional lapses in your Tai Chi exercise program are often inevitable and not unexpected. Skipping some Tai Chi practices should not discourage you to the event that you want to give up completely. During a lapse, your main objective should be to optimize the time that you are away from Tai Chi practice and get back into your regular routine as soon as possible.


It is perfectly normally that each of us does encounters barriers to maintaining a regular exercise program at one time or another. Some of us face many barriers and commitments, and that makes the challenge to begin and stick with exercise even tougher. Nonetheless, with a strong determination and a clear goal setting, you can overcome these barriers.

Some of the most common reasons people give for not being able to participate in exercise or for discontinuing exercise are:

  • Lack of time (work, family commitment)
  • Lack of resources (money, location)
  • Lack of support from family or friends
  • Unexpected or frequently travel
  • Inclement weather
  • Lack of enjoyment or motivation

Indeed, barriers can be tough to overcome but it is not impossible. It’s always the question of mind over body. Regardless of what the barrier is, the motivation to address and overcome it needs to come from within you. This type of motivation is known as intrinsic motivation (Richard H. Cox, 2002, Deci E. L. & Ryan R. M, 1985) and it comes from your internal commitment to your health and overall well-being. I will share some of the solutions which can help you overcome these barriers and to avoid lapses in your Tai Chi exercise program (Kerri Winters-Stone, 2005).

Lack of time (work, family commitment)

It has always been one of the top barriers for anyone to stop or even begin any exercise program. Who say you cannot mix your Tai Chi practice into your work schedule and even your family time? I’m not suggesting for you to skip work or go off early without finishing your work just to make time for your Tai Chi practice. In fact, you can be practicing Tai Chi every minute of your time, even as when I’m writing this article.

Tai Chi is not just about the graceful and smooth movements that make it so enchanting, it is in fact a way of everyday life which includes the emphasize on the correct postural alignment on how we should stand, sit, squat, walk or even sleep. The basis of Tai Chi comes from the focus on the correct postural alignment, where the neck and spine are neutral with the body standing tall and erect and the pelvic tilts to engage the core muscles.

Once you understand this principle of Tai Chi postural alignment, you can basically practice it no matter where you are or what you are doing. Coupled with the proper breathing technique, it can even improved your concentration and focus and make you feel much more confident and mentally alert.

You can also break your Tai Chi practices into shorter but more frequent bouts. On average, a Tai Chi routine lasts between 5 to 6 minutes and that’s all you need to spare out of your lunch or tea break. Alternatively, you may even choose to practice it in the early morning just before you go to work, which will definitely make you feel more refreshed as compared to a cup of coffee.

Lack of support from family or friends

The beauty of Tai Chi is that you can choose to practice it alone, in a small group or even in large group together. The lack of support from family or friends comes mainly from the amount of time you spent exercising on your own that you tend to spend lesser time with them. To solve this issue, simply share with them the benefits which you experience with Tai Chi and invite them to join you. In this way, the family time together is not compromised and even more meaningful.

Personally, my parents together with my niece and nephews all joined me in Tai Chi practice and it has been a great family gets together. While they might not join you right away, at least let them understand more about the benefits of Tai Chi and what they can achieve out of it. It took me 2 years just to get my mum to start learning Tai Chi and now, she’s basically practicing Tai Chi basically everyday. Even when she’s doing her cooking, she would do it using the Tai Chi stance and posture. How motivating!

Unexpected or frequent travel

If you are frequently travelling due to work commitment, Tai Chi is definitely your choice of exercise workout as you can practice Tai Chi anywhere in the world! Just visit any park, garden in any country where there are Chinese and you will see people practicing Tai Chi in the morning. You will be surprised that you may even make new Tai Chi friends while travelling abroad where you will reap the additional social benefits out of exercising.

Inclement Weather

You don’t have to depend on the weather to do your Tai Chi practice. While the park or garden would be an ideal location for Tai Chi practices, especially in the early morning or evening when the air is fresh, you can always choose to do it in any open area.

Whether rain or shine, there is no limitation to the training location since you don’t need any equipment. Hence, you can do your Tai Chi practice almost anywhere where you can choose to do your Tai Chi workout either indoor with air-conditioned or even under the void deck with shelter.

Lack of enjoyment or motivation

Something you will find practicing the same Tai Chi routine getting too boring. Having some changes or adding new element such as using the favorite music you like when doing your Tai Chi helps to keep you motivated and enjoyable.

Also, you can learn new Tai Chi routines in a group so that you have more options and can alternate the different Tai Chi routines in different days of your workout. There are many different styles of Tai Chi quan with their unique characteristic which you will definitely find one of them suitable for you.

One of the main reasons why people like to exercise in a group is because they enjoy interacting with other people. Try promoting interaction during your Tai Chi practices and you will find yourself reaping the benefits of social benefits of exercise. Remember that for any group cohesion, people who adhered to a program had higher levels of group cohesiveness. It may be extremely important to the whole exercise experience in terms of making a difference in your health and fitness regime (Kennedy and Yoke, 2004).


his article has been focused on finding ways to stay motivated to Tai Chi exercise. As I mentioned at the beginning, this can be a great challenge. As with anything you do on a regular basis, it’s easier to stick to a routine if you enjoy what you are doing.

You have so many different styles of Tai Chi to select from that one of them is bound to capture your interest. You may have to try out different types of Tai Chi routines, different settings, different equipment, and so forth until you find something which you enjoy and feel motivated.

You won’t always like an activity at first, so make sure that you give any new Tai Chi exercise a long enough trial run. At the same time, don’t force yourself to stick with something you don’t like. You will only be setting yourself up to get turned off by exercise in the long run. Inevitably, there will be days where it will be hard to exercise, and you may have to drag yourself to the park. As long as it doesn’t happen too often, you can usually trudge through them. With constant motivation and a clear goal setting in mind, you will be on your journey to achieving a lifelong fitness with Tai Chi.


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KENNEDY, C. A. & YOKE, M. M. (2004) Methods of Group Exercise Instruction.

KERRI WINTERS-STONE, P. (2005) Action Plan For Osteoporosis – Your guide to stronger, healthier bones, USA, Human Kinetics. RICHARD H. COX (2002) Sport Psychology : Concepts and Applications, New York, McGraw Hill.

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Ditch the treadmill and try Tai Chi

Tai Chi class instructed by Sifu David Richie at 2015 Tai Chi Gala
Tai Chi class instructed by Sifu David Richie at 2015 Tai Chi Gala
Violet Li
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Recommended: “Anatomy of Fitness: Tai Chi”

Book Cover of "Anatomy of Fitness: Tai Chi
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Another successful year at the Tai Chi Gala

Highlights from 2015 Tai Chi Gala
Highlights from 2015 Tai Chi Gala
Violet Li
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I was honored to be invited as a presenter this year at the Tai Chi Gala, held in Albany, New York on June 5 – 7. A few days after the event, I received an envelope from the organizers and found evaluation forms filled out by the attendees in my class. I was pleasantly surprised to realize how efficient the organizers were. No wonder this event has been going strong year after year.
Body alignment during the Tai Chi Gala
Violet Li

Tai Chi Grandmaster Jou Tsung Hwa, the original founder,called the event the “Zhang San Feng Festival” in honor of the legendary Tai Chi (Taiji) originator Taoist Monk Zhang San Feng. It later renamed the Tai Chi Gala by his disciple Sifu Loretta Wollering. The mission of this event is to unite Tai Chi, Bagua, Xingyi, Qigong, and other internal arts enthusiasts in a spirit of sharing the arts. Following the tradition, Dr. Painter’s Baguazhang Circle took place after the Tai Chi Gala on June 8-12 in the same location. As usual, this year’s topics included some rare Tai Chi Chuan (Taiji), Baguazhang (or pa kua chang), Xingyi (hsing-i chuan), Qigong (chi kung), meditation, Chinese massage and acupressure, Push Hands, and other esoteric Chinese healing and martial art subjects. There were 26 topics in total taught by 15 Sifu’s including three new ones. In general, this year’s format is similar to the previously years with few enhancements:

1. A couple of Chen Style Tai Chi classes were added.

2. Few Sifu’s broadened their focus and presented something outside their regular practice, e.g. Sifu Jianye Jiang introduced Dong Hai Chuan’s Bagua, Sifu David Ritchie introduced Wu/Hao Style Tai Chi. Sifu Sharif Bey had an excellent presentation of his theory of Unified Field Fitness, which encompasses body physics, medical insight, psychiatry, spiritual outlook, and philosophy.

3. The food was totally revamped by the hosting hotel and it was well balanced in neutrinos, selections, and tastes.

4. A non-religious kindness meditation ceremony was moved to Friday evening and was well participated by event attendees. Everyone prayed in his own way,for peace, harmony, and happiness.

5. At a request, a chair-massage service was included and made the event even more relaxing.

Over 200 people from various states attended. There were also people came from Canada, Columbia, and Trinidad. The highlights of the classes were as follow:

Sifu Loretta Wollering’s Morning Qigong & Calisthenics Set – Sifu Wollering is extremely fit for her age and showed the same stamina as in her youth. Each morning she practiced a mix of Taoist and Kung Fu inspired calisthenics, Qigong and meditation. She shared a sample of her routine.
Sifu Ken Lo’s The 8-Sided Template in Wu Mei Pai’s Kung Fu Martial Strategy –?Wu Mei Pai’s fighting strategy uses the “Bagua” (8 trigrams) or the 8-sided template. As 2 opponents face each other, each has their own 8-sided octagonal space. The interaction of those 2 spaces helps to determine the outcome of the altercation. Participants learned how to identify the meanings of each of the 8 sides and the resultant optimal strategy.
Sifu David Ritchie’s Sample the New Wu/Hao Tai Chi 24 Form –?The Wu/Hao style of Tai Chi is a lesser-known, but very meditative. The traditional form is nearly 100 postures. Sifu Ritchie shared the short form of 24 postures. This form is ideal for anyone with joint or knee pain, as well as those who are looking for a meditative form with fewer movements.
Sifu Ren-Gang Wang’s Zhan Zhuang Healing Meditation –Zhan Zhuang methods are the cornerstone for developing special structure, growing and circulating the Qi flow, and obtaining the elusive state of “peng” (or buoyancy) in Tai Chi and the internal arts. The Chinese also used standing meditations to increase intuition, the ability to project Qi, and keeping the mind calm and centered while dealing with intense situations. Sifu Wang helped people learn and feel how standing meditations should be done.
Sifu Stephen Watson’s?Taoist Contemplation & Meditation –Sifu Watson showed how to release and engage the mind, using tools from Buddhist, Vedic, and Taoist traditions. Attendees practiced mudras, chanting, meditation, and gentle, flowing movements designed to exercise the body, open the heart, and discover the spirit.
Sifu Richard Clear’s Tai Chi Iron Palm & Dim Mak –?Sifu Clear taught the techniques of the rare Tai Chi iron palm, poison hand (pressure point attacks), and other deadly methods of the hands. He further explained how to use and develop this with Push Hands and how to integrate it into Tai Chi or martial forms practice.
Sifu Ken Lo’s Yijinjing: Bodhi Dharma’s “Sinew Change” Classic –?The Wu Mei Pai style Kung Fu was preserved in China’s Shaolin Temple. Sifu Lo’s teacher, Grandmaster Hsieh Peng, studied in the White Crane Shaolin Temple and learned this cultivated technique from Abbot Hoi San. Sifu Lo stated that this was the most complete version of Yijinjing. It develops the tendons, ligaments and bone, and serves as a bridge that enables Qigong practitioners to use Qi in physical movements.
Sifu William Phillips’ Beginners Exercises for Push Hands –Sifu Phillips taught the special exercises that beginners could learn to get a rock-solid basis to Push Hands. Sifu Phillips is famous for his Push Hands skills for decades, and his students have become international Push Hands champions. According to him, Push Hands is not just about preparing people for sparring, it can be a meditative practice that heightens one’s intuition and ability to center.
Sifu Jianye Jiang’s Qigong “Patting” Techniques to Unblock Qi, and Release Pain & Tension –?In 1986, the Chinese government held a conference bringing together professors, physicians, herbal medicine doctors, and Qigong masters to discuss the benefits of traditional Qigong techniques, like “patting.” Sifu Jiang shared the patting techniques during the class.
Dr. John Painter’s Practical Chinese Iron Fan Martial “Non-Form” – Dr. Painter?explained that one of the most unusual and beautiful weapons of the martial arts, the Iron Fan is commonly used with Tai Chi or Baguazhang. He instructed the methods of using it for modern day self defense tactics against strikes, kicks, grabs and weapons.
Sifu Donald Wong’s A Cornucopia of Qi Development and Healing – Sifu Wong comes from a long lineage of martial artists and healers and known for his uncanny abilities to project Qi and facilitate healing and effects in people who have never experienced it. During the class, he released Qi that was felt by a few dozen students in a room. He also taught the skills to unlock the healing Qi power within.
Sifu Jianye Jiang’s Chen Style Internal Power Qigong – Sifu Jiang?explained that “silk reeling” twisting and spiraling movements form the core produce a huge surge of energy or Qi through the whole body.
Sifu Loretta Wollering’s Very Rare Hou Tian I-Ching Divination Method –?Most I-Ching (Yijing) divination methods use coins or sticks. Sifu Wollering introduced the tool-less method and showed how to get a deeper, richer reading of the hexagrams by adding the Taoist 5-Elements method and intensive symbolism.
Sifu Jianye Jiang’s?Dong Hai Chuan Style Bagua Secrets of Training & Self-defense – Dong Hai Chuan was the legendary founder of Baguazhang. Sifu Jiang taught six movements representative of this style, and those of Dong’s top students, famous Bagua masters Yi Fu and Chen Ting Hua.
Sifu Donald Wong’s Tai Chi Ruler, Metal Spheres, Qi Infused Water, and More –Built upon the concepts from his prior workshop, Sifu Wong taught more about Qi development and projection in this class by using the “Taiji Ruler” and the metal Qi balls.
Sifu Avi Schneier’s?Push Hands Scenarios and Q&A –A veteran Push Hands champion, Sifu Schneier openly shared his knowledge and experience with the attendees. He further analyzed the specific situations that some of the practitioners encountered and their resolutions.
Sifu Violet Li’s ?Chen Style “Silk Reeling” (Chan Si jing) Warm-ups –The oldest documented style of Tai Chi chuan, Chen style, is known for its intensive spiraling and winding movements known as “silk reeling.” Sifu Li instructed several major silk reeling routines with the emphasis on proper body alignment and the Tai Chi fundamentals.
Dr. John Painter’s Martial and Practical Taijiquan–?Dr. Painter explained that the Li Family Five Treasures Taijiquan (Tai Chi) Form has only four basic movements and can be blended into any form or non-form practice of Tai Chi or related arts.
Sifu Bill Lewitt’s Healing Yourself w/ an “East Meets West” Healthcare Approach –?Sifu Lewitt works in the Emergency Department providing care to the acutely ill or injured, with his extensive knowledge of Western medicine. He also works in private practice utilizing complementary and alternative Medicine (CAM) to heal patients’ chronic medical conditions. He shared the techniques of both Eastern and Western medicine for healing, based on his deep knowledge of martial and medical training.
Sifu Sharif Bey’s Unified Field Fitness –Sifu Sharif explained his own theory that embraces the idea of Integrated Existence through Gestalt Bioenergetics. Essentially, the Gestalt ideal examines the totality of a structure and presumes that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. What happens to each part of this structure emerges to the conscious mind through the repeated “working” of gestalt mechanisms through “Unified Field Fitness.”
Sifu Richard Clear’s Iron Body and Push Hands – Sifu Richard explained that in Iron Body Training, people start with conditioning various parts of the body so that it becomes resistant to blows of all kinds. Iron Body training also deeply strengthens the internal organs to heal them and keep them younger. This class provided three practical ways to build iron body skills through internal Push Hands methods for fighting and health.
Sifu Ren-Gang Wang’s Advanced Push Hands – Sifu Wang shared some rare Push Hands techniques, skills and refinements for advance martial art practitioners.
Sifu YuZhi Lu’s 10 Principles of Balance Using the Yang 24 Short-Form Tai Chi – Sifu Lu?shared 10 principles and methods of strengthening the balance by using the Yang 24 form as an example.
Sifu William Phillips’ Meditation and Flow –?Sifu Phillips explained how to center the mind and Qi in basic Daoist (Taoist) styles of meditation.
Sifu David Ritchie’s?Tai Chi Saber (Yang Style) –?Requested by popular demand, Sifu Ritchie reviewed the Yang Style Tai Chi Saber outdoors with the returned students. They all enjoyed the form as well as the nice weather.

In the evening of June 6, there were Friendship demos exhibited by all presenters. Led by Sifu Sharif Bey, the Traditional Chinese Lion Dance Troupe from Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu once again delighted all participants.

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Shawn and Heather are saving us big money through Tai Chi & Qigong

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