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The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan

Issue 31 – 1/2008

Individual breathing types in Taijiquan
By Frieder Anders

The best way of breathing in Taijiquan is an issue that is seldom answered clearly. On the basis of his many years of Taiji experience and insights from ›terlusollogie‹, Frieder Anders has concluded that no generally valid answer can be given because two essentially different breathing types can be defined. »Inhalers« and »exhalers« not only breathe differently, but as a result also employ their energy differently and tend to different physical postures. In Taijiquan this is chiefly expressed in whether the body is held upright or tilted slightly forwards. This would explain the conflicting views held on this issue both by different schools and also by practitioners within the same school.

Ways of releasing and dissolving inner blockages
Methods of Shaolin Neijin Yizhichan Qigong
By Simone Fella and Zheng Buyin

Letting go, excusing and forgiving are methods to be found in many spiritual traditions. In Neijin Yizhichan Qigong these have, alongside movement exercises and meditation, a special role for strengthening health and achieving inner peace and happiness. Simone Fella and Zheng Buyin, who propagates Neijin Yizhichan Qigong in Europe, explain the various core aspects of the three areas. In still meditation one’s own life is contemplated step by step and freed from »old legacies«. By letting go of both memories and expectations, excusing one’s own misconduct and forgiving others for injuries suffered, it is possible to overcome inner blockages and thus causes of mental/emotional ailments and physical tensions, and to release positive energies.

A stick shows the way
Idogo® – Bridge between traditional Eastern knowledge and Western training methods
By Ping Liong Tjoa

Motivated by the wish for a simple method of teaching the basic principles of Qigong and Taijiquan, and inspired by traditional Chinese training implements, Ping Liong Tjoa developed a special wooden stick and an entire system of exercises which can be carried out with it and are intended to give rapid access to the traditional principles. Given the name »Idogo«, in recent years the stick and exercises have also become known outside the Qigong and Taiji scene and in particular have been applied in physiotherapy. Ping Liong Tjoa describes the special features of the Idogo stick with its spherical ends and demonstrates its versatile use.

»Swinging« Taiji
Interview with Tan Ching Ngee (Singapore)
By Dirk Ruppik

In South-East Asia one can still encounter a few direct students of Professor Zheng Manqing, each of whom continues the Professor’s Taijiquan tradition in his own manner. One of these is Tan Ching Ngee, who lives in Singapore. In conversation with Dirk Ruppik he talks about
his teacher Zheng Manqing and his significance, as well as the special features of his own teaching that focuses on the method of training. Among other things he explains the great importance of »song« and his understanding of correct posture.

Qigong in retirement homes
By Divyam Martin-Sommerfeldt

In the last of our present series on Qigong and Taijiquan with older people, Divyam Martin-Sommerfeldt reports on his work in retirement homes. Most of the participants in the groups that he leads in these homes are more or less strongly limited in their physical or mental capabilities, sometimes extending to serious dementia. Practice is conducted in a sitting position, appropriate to the individual circumstances. Here too it is evident that Qigong practice not only improves physical health but at the same time benefits the overall attitude to life and social interaction.

Dong Jing Gang Rou
Movement – stillness, hard – soft
By Wang Ning

Movement and stillness, hard and soft, are exemplary for the complementary opposites in the yin/yang concept. The images used in the characters show, for instance, that stillness contains a continual movement and is simultaneously associated with the origin of life. Hard and soft are symbolised by the movements of different weapons, the cleaver and the spear.