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A word on the word “taiji”

This is an excerpt from taijizen.org, a school founded by Jet Li and Jack Ma. The site looks non-maintained, with latest posts in 2013. The facebook page looks current, though. Of course, the meaning of taiji stays the same. Taiji 太极 is an ancient Chinese philosophy about the natural world and is one of the… Continue reading A word on the word “taiji”

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The bubbling spring and your gongfu

In the beginning, you want to develop sensitivity to the bottoms of your feet, or the "Bubbling Spring," also called "Bubbling Well," or in Chinese, Yongquan. As you practice over time and develop your gongfu, that feeling that you once had to concentrate so much in order to develop now results from a more-mature practice.… Continue reading The bubbling spring and your gongfu

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Zhong Ding

Central equilibrium. This is the Chinese word I know it as—Zhong Ding. I assume readers are familiar with it.  I came to understand that central equilibrium is more than alignment. Alignment has a linear quality that we can become aware of in our bodies. It is two-dimensional, a line between two points. Equilibrium, which we… Continue reading Zhong Ding

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A Comp. Review identified 163 different physiological and psychological health outcomes of taiji and qigong

This review [published in 2010] has identified numerous outcomes with varying levels of evidence for the efficacy for Qigong and Tai Chi, including bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness and related biomarkers, physical function, falls prevention and balance, general quality of life and patient reported outcomes, immunity, and psychological factors such as anxiety, depression and self-efficacy. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085832/… Continue reading A Comp. Review identified 163 different physiological and psychological health outcomes of taiji and qigong