What’s important is “now”
Taijiquan and Qigong for ADHS and depression
Dietlind Zimmermann in conversation with Michael Wunsch
ADHS is an issue usually associated with children. However, many adults are also troubled by attention deficit disorders. Michael Wunsch recounts how Taijiquan and Qigong helped him to find himself and to feel grounded. Together with painting, these methods provided him with a self-managed method for overcoming his serious depression.
The five “poisons of the heart”
By Liu He and Joachim Stuhlmacher
The cultivation of the heart is an important theme in Qigong – assuming that the art is not only practiced for health reasons. A calm heart is a precondition for achieving a peaceful mind as well. However, various emotions and behavioural patterns can repeatedly create turmoil in the heart. The Daoist Liu He and the Qigong trainer Joachim Stuhlmacher describe the five major “poisons of the heart”: jealousy and envy, pride and arrogance, greed, “short-sightedness” – meaning the striving for short-lived happiness – and finally insincerity and lies. These behavioural traits need to be overcome time and time again. The “exercise for cultivation of the heart” is meant to assist in this process.
Strengthening life skills with Qigong
Qigong as an elective subject in sports tuition at an intermediate secondary school
By Dr Imke Bock-Möbius
Even if they are seldom, there are a number of initiatives to introduce Qigong and Taijiquan as subjects at schools. For seven years, Imke Bock-Möbius has been teaching at an intermediate secondary school in Radolfzell: as part of sports tuition, the classes 9 and 10 can take elective courses that contain Qigong, relaxation and Taijiquan. One of the challenges here was to formulate assessment criteria because the course participants also need to receive marks. These relate only to the Taiji element, since/whereas the Qigong is intended to remain as non-assessed self-experience. In overall terms the offered courses are very popular and seem to benefit the pupils.
On the origins of Taijiquan in the art of war
Part 4: The stick and staff weapons
By Jan Harloff-Puhr
After providing an overview of Chinese weapons in previous parts of this series of articles, as well as taking a more detailed look at the bladed weapons sword and sabre, in this fourth part Jan Harloff-Puhr now examines the stick/staff in its various lengths. These range from a palm stick around 14 centimetres in length to long staffs of several metres. Each of the different models has its own special application possibilities. These are also interesting for realistic self-defence because sticks are the weapons that tend to be available most often in emergencies.
Shide – the virtues of a master
By Foen Tjoeng Lie
In the Chinese tradition, “being a master” involves more than specialist expertise. Traits such as character and the way one treats pupils, colleagues and other fellow human beings should also be developed on the path to mastery. Foen Tjoeng Lie spotlights the three key virtues that one should expect of a male or female master: politeness, sincerity and modesty. He also shows that these virtues benefit the teacher himself/herself because they help to prevent hubris and keep one on the path to lifelong learning and further development.
A historical overview
Ten years of the Deutscher Dachverband für Qigong und Taijiquan (DDQT/German Umbrella Organisation for Qigong and Taijiquan)
By Klemens J. P. Speer
Ten years ago, following a long period of preparation, an umbrella organisation was founded for training institutes in the fields of Qigong and Taijiquan in Germany. This created a representational body that transcends individual styles and schools and which works to create transparent quality standards and to promote the interests of all Qigong and Taijiquan teachers. Klemens Speer, who was himself involved in the process of creating the DDQT, provides a brief overview of how this organisation came about and how it has developed since then.