Promoting coordination and concentration
A study of the effects of Qigong on the motor skills and concentration of kindergarten children
By Dr Elke Opper and Sabine Schreiner
Up until now there have been various positive reports about the effects of Qigong on kindergarten children but hardly any scientific studies. Dr Elke Opper and Sabine Schreiner have tested the effects of Qigong lessons, given over the space of six weeks, on the motor skills and concentration of kindergarten children. They explain the concept of the study, the structure of the provided Qigong lessons and the test results, which show that after just six Qigong lessons a slight positive tendency in concentration abilities and physical coordination can already be discerned among the children.
Dantian rotation – the hidden core of Taijiquan
By Howard Choy
In Taijiquan the lower dantian is regarded as the centre of movement. Howard Choy explains how the rotating movements of the dantian are the decisive factor in moving the entire body as a unit. The dantian connects the lower and upper part of the body and channels the strength in the desired direction. In conjunction with the breathing, the dantian is strengthened and the distribution of yin and yang in the body is harmonised. Vertical rotations of the dantian promote the flow of Qi in the small and large heavenly circuits and assist a purification of energy.
Mindfulness in all actions
Interview with Zhang Xiao Ping
By Piet Haeuser
Zhang Xiao Ping, who has been teaching Taijiquan, Qigong and Wushu in Vienna for twenty years, began his career with intensive Wushu training as a teenager. In this interview with Piet Haeuser he talks about the traditional training methods and how the interest shown by European guests at his university led him to delve more deeply into Taijiquan, which until that time he had derided. His path from external martial arts to inner cultivation took him deep into Buddhist teachings which shape his work and his entire way of life. His current main practice is aromatic Qigong from the Buddhist tradition.
Heavenly Pattern Boxing
New information about the history of Taijiquan
Translated, summarised and edited by Dr Hermann Bohn, following the original by Wong Yuen-Ming: “Taijiquan: Heavenly Pattern Boxing”
The history of the origins of Taijiquan remains controversial and generates much debate, especially in its country of origin. One common motivation here is the protection of one’s own interests. In order to introduce new aspects into this debate, Wong Yuen-Ming has studied a large number of little-known sources and has found, above all, evidence for links between the Daoist Zhang Sanfeng and martial arts that could have been the forerunners to modern Taijiquan, and for a very early use of the Taiji concept with regard to these martial arts. Another interesting aspect is the relationship between the Taiji symbol and the stellar constellation of the Great Bear. Dr Hermann Bohn has translated and summarised the article in which Wong Yuen-Ming has published his results to date.
What moves the mind when it comes to rest?
Reflections on the meditative dimension of Taijiquan and Qigong
By Manfred Folkers
“Calming the mind” is a frequently quoted goal of meditative methods. But what then? Manfred Folkers examines what can actually be achieved with a clear and calm mind. Buddhist and Daoist teachings indicate that this involves not only overcoming personal suffering but also compassion and responsibility for all of one’s environment. This means that meditative methods also can make an essential contribution to the continuing survival of humanity.
A wealth of application fields
Reports from the Qigong working groups
The meeting of the Qigong working groups within the context of the German Qigong Days is now an established tradition. Before the official start of the 9th German Qigong Days in Halle an der Saale in September 2010, the majority of the working groups – which include members from different schools – once again met to conduct a professional exchange of ideas. The diversity of the themes contained in the lectures given by experts fitted in well with the theme of the Qigong Days: besides the issue of quality standards, the focus this year was on integrating Qigong in society and in the working world. The records of the meetings on 24 September 2010 provide insight into the working methods of the various working groups.