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The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 29 – 3/2007
Taijiquan and Qigong for Seniors
By Barbara Reik

The movement of Taijiquan in the west has been attracting more and more the older generation. Partly motivated by reports about the positive effects on health, especially in the case of chronic conditions, seniors joining courses often find themselves overtaxed. Younger course participants remember and carry out the movements with greater ease than their elder counterparts, who often suffer frustration. Barbara Reik, after some years of experience with senior groups, describes the special needs of older course members. Cohesion of the group plays an important role. The author also shows how seniors profit immensely from the Chinese art of movement when taught in the appropriate way.

Zhanzhuang – Way of the Standing Pole
By Gerhard Milbrat

One of the most basic practices of Qigong and various martial arts is Zhanzhuang, a silent standing practice, through which, in all its simplicity, the fundamental effects of well-being can unfold. Gerhard Milbrat, who is familiar with this practice both in Qigong and Taijiquan, describes it as a three-level path of development in which body, breath, mind and qi are regulated. At the beginning, an exact adjustment of the posture is necessary to allow for free-flowing and interconnected energy. The relaxation which follows affects muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones, moving to inner organs and emotions, leading to a state of deep mental relaxation and composure. This intensive process of letting go can result in deep-reaching transformation.

About Development and Form of Yang Style Bagua Taijiquan
By Udo Werner and Thomas Richter

Throughout the development of Yang style Taijiquan, numerous schools have appeared which cannot be traced back to Yang Chengfu, and which have received little recognition in Germany. One of these forms is taught by Li Suiyin of Xian. Following seminars and in-depth discussions with him, Udo Werner and Thomas Richter have summarized their obtained knowledge, giving insight to the 103-movement Bagua Taijiquan form and the special features of this tradition which unites principles of Baguazhang and Taijiquan, and has also integrated influences from Xingyiquan.

The Philosophical Background of the »Treatise on Taijiquan«
By Zhu Wenjun

»Taijiquan Lun« by Wang Zongyue is considered to be one of the classical texts of Taijiquan. In the text, the author emphasized the philosophy of Yin and Yang as the principle of movement in Taijiquan. Zhu Wenjun comments upon how the philosophical model of Taijiquan builds on explanations from Zhou Dunyi. Further approaches stem from Zhu Xi, who erected a Taiji model unifying Li (principle), Qi and Wu matter, as well as the theme of harmonious balance and »middle way« thinking.

The Time has come – Duan graduation in Qigong

With the introduction of four standardized forms of so-called »Health Qigong«, an organized system of levels has in the meantime been constructed in Qigong’s land of origin. Practitioners of these forms are ranked in nine Duan degrees. Besides mastering the given movements and achieving merits, classification also depends on a practitioners efforts to develop and spread knowledge of Health Qigong. The Chinese Health Qigong Association sets the rules, appoints examiners and grants certification. Hereby the control over the development of this particular Qigong system at home and abroad rests entirely on the Chinese authority. That this trend is not only concerned with Health Qigong is shown by the report of Annette Züllich-Suhr, who took part in a degree course in Daoyin Yansheng Gong in Beijing.

Fu – Good Fortune
By Wang Ning

In China, together with a long life, good fortune and wealth are the most important goals in life. »Good fortune« in this sense has become an almost religious notion, the attainability of which depends on personal effort and godly mercy. But humans are rarely able to assess their state of happiness or misfortune, as shown in the story of the old man on the border who has lost his horse – a Chinese proverb when someone has encountered misfortune.