> Issue 28
The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 28 – 2/2007
What works
Qigong – a relaxation method?

By Ursula Rimbach

Ursula Rimbach has investigated how the often impressive effects of Qigong come about. Looking beyond relatively obvious aspects such as relaxation and inner calm, she points above all to two aspects: experiencing and acting in the present moment, which brings us close both to ourselves and to the flow of the universe, and the process of letting go and renewal. In this context she relates letting go not only to tension that manifests itself physically but also to mental emotions, ideas and fears. A state of wakeful presence and letting go enables change and reshaping.

Taijiquan in Malaysia
A living martial arts tradition

By Dirk Ruppik

In Malaysia, Taijiquan is viewed and practised not only as a health exercise but also as a martial art. Due to past conflicts between the population groups and rival clans, great value was placed on the practical aspects of Taijiquan. The 37-step form of Zheng Manqing, a direct student of Yang Chengfu, is the most widespread form. Two direct students of Zheng Manqing – Huang Xingxian and Yue Shuting – taught Taijiquan and demonstrated their abilities in many tournaments and in single combat with various martial artists, some of them famous. This tradition remains lively up to the present day.

Finding calm in the movement of life
By Dr Henrik Jäger

Taijiquan and Qigong follow basic principles that are clearly opposed to Western society. Slowness, self-perception, acting from one’s own centre, connection to the current moment: these are qualities that create a sense of distance from the fast-moving ›performance society‹. In the view of Henrik Jäger the secret lies in the interpenetration of stillness and movement, through which we as human beings can attain a unity with nature such as traditionally advocated by Chinese philosophers. Through our own body, which of course is part of nature, we can achieve a state of resonance with the natural order, understand it and act within it.

Winning or learning
By Ronnie Robinson

Tuishou or push hands is a basic training method in Taijiquan in which we learn together with a partner. Two persons enter into a dialogue in which they can learn a great deal about Taijiquan and themselves. This depends however on a corresponding willingness and openness. Ronnie Robinson describes how the learning possibilities can be limited if one clings to old habits and wishes for superiority. Moreover, he sees a danger in focussing on external techniques: this can lead to a neglect of the basic Taiji principles which form the basis for every external application. The author gives tips for useful and productive training and for dealing with unpleasant situations in free push hands.

Hún, the cloud soul, and the element wood
By Achim Eckert

The five regulations or elements are an essential part of Chinese medicine. Besides inner organs, physical structures, tastes and colours they also, of course, have correspondences at the emotional/mental level. Achim Eckert describes how Shen, Yi, Zhi, Hun and Po relate to the elements and the related Zang organs and, taking Hun as an example – the light soul aspect located in the liver – shows how far-reaching the effects at this level are. As spirit of the wood element, Hun encompasses the visual imagination, the ability to visualise goals and wishes, the creative power in us, which leads to our growth. It contains the images that guide our life, ideas of ideal love and of our calling in life. The wood element and thus also Hun can be stimulated through specific exercises and certain acupuncture points.

Dao – the path to long life
Von Wang Ning

In the Chinese view of things, humankind has found a way to live a pleasant and happy life.
A »long life« is considered to be the highest individual goal. Wang Ning describes from a
mainly Daoist perspective what a long life involves.