> Issue 26
The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 26 – 4/2006
Decelerating oneself to increase one’s mindfulness
By Manfred Folkers

Qigong exercises are generally marked by a conscious slowing of movement which helps to focus and open the mind for the events at hand. Manfred Folkers, who in this context has coined the term »deceleration«, gives special priority to this aspect as foundation for the meditative effects of Qigong which go together with mindfulness, concentration and insight. Above all the development of mindfulness, which can lead both to a more truthful contemplation of life and to a more beneficial approach to one’s self and one’s surroundings, becomes a path to a more self-determined, calmer and more integrated life.

A family tradition opens up to the world
On recent developments in Chen Taijiquan from Chenjiagou

By Gabriela Morgado

During a training journey to Chenjiagou, the cradle of Chen Taijiquan, Gabriela Morgado took the opportunity to conduct an in-depth talk with Chen Xiaoxing, the director of the traditional Taiji school in the village, about the development of Taijiquan. On the basis of this interview she recounts how Taijiquan managed to weather the difficult periods of the previous century and describes the stages in which it became known outside the village. After Yang Luchan as non-family member had learned this Taijiquan and on its basis developed the Yang style, Chen Fake and his nephew Chen Zhaopi became the first to teach the Chen style outside Chenjiagou. In the 1970s the wave of interest in Chinese martial arts generated by Kung Fu films also led to a renaissance of Wushu. This helped to make various arts, including Chen Taijiquan, known throughout China and also abroad.

»The Peaceful Warrior«
Qigong and Taijiquan with children and teenagers

By Harald Hasenöhrl

Drawing on his experience with Taijiquan and Qigong and in his capacity as a teacher in the field of child and youth welfare, Harald Hasenöhrl has developed a teaching concept in which children are introduced to the martial and movement arts in a playful manner. This helps to increase not only their physical but also their mental and social abilities, as well as their emotional competence. He describes the very diverse range of effects that the exercises have on the children and, taking one lesson as an example, shows how the games, Taiji and Qigong exercises, above all those taken from the »Five Animal Frolics«, combine with insights from kinesiology and from conflict and de-escalation training.

Increasing Jing and preserving beauty
Interview with Zhou Yi on women’s inner alchemy (Part 2)

The history of inner alchemy goes back at least two thousand years, while the female line of the tradition is documented back to the 8th century. Women’s inner alchemy is adapted to the specific characteristics of the female body, which is different to the male body in terms of energy as well. In the first part of an interview with Almut Schmitz that appeared in the previous issue of the TQJ, Zhou Yi explained various approaches within women’s inner alchemy and its relationship with Daoist religion and with shamanism. In this second part she describes the tradition of the convent which forms an important background to this path of practice and which in earlier times granted women considerable freedom. It is also revealed that one essential aspect of women’s inner alchemy is to retain external beauty and that it is a very demanding method in intellectual terms.

A plea for a scientific Europeanisation of Qigong

By Michel Bouteville

Guided by the question as to how the basic principles of Qigong can be transferred to simple everyday movements, Michel Bouteville has created an exercise system that centres around various ways of stepping or walking. Corresponding to the »five elements« or »five phases«, these types of step have different influences on the body. On the one hand they provide relatively easy access to a more supple form of movement and to self-regulating harmonization of the body’s processes for people who might feel overchallenged by traditional Qigong methods or who wish to use walking in their everyday lives as a means of practice. On the other hand they give TCM practitioners the opportunity to experience in their own bodies the effect of movement on the Zang Fu organ systems.