|Back to naturalness
Interview with George Xu
George Xu is one of the internationally active teachers who is a particular supporter of the traditional content of Chinese martial arts and of exchange between various schools. In the interview with Doris Tyson and Stefan Frey he explains the value of a traditional martial art such as Taijiquan in modern society. In his view it can lead us back to an original naturalness of the body in which the inner body regains its liveliness and perceives external space more strongly. In addition he discusses the five levels of movement development in Taijiquan which make it possible to efficiently connect one’s own strength and spontaneous flexibility with the effects of gravity.
Paths away from fear
A report of experiences with Qigong in the healing of anxiety states and depression
By Ulrike Cornelia Lambert
Although various forms of mental illness in our society are clearly increasing, the stigma attached to these is still much greater than for somatic complaints. Little is known about how those affected actually experience depression, anxiety states or psychotic disorders. Cornelia Lambert has broken this silence and recounts how Qigong and behavioural therapy supported her process of recovery. Qigong brought her into direct contact with herself and the here-and-now; she experienced inner calm and stability.
Power through the back
An explanation of Tongbeiquan
By Yürgen Oster
In addition to Taijiquan, Baguazhang and Xingyiquan there is a series of other, less well-known martial arts which belong to the family of inner styles. Tongbeiquan is closely linked with the origins of Taijiquan and also resembles it in many movement principles and above all in partner training. Yürgen Oster experienced the encounter with Tongbeiquan and in particular with an outstanding exponent of this style, Wu Maogui, as a valuable enrichment for his Taijiquan training. In a detailed discussion with Wu Maogui it became clear that various martial arts are known under this name and that, as so often the case, their origins cannot be clearly defined.
Exchange and group creativity
Reports from the Qigong working groups
Since 1996 a number of working groups relating specifically to various professions have been active in the German »Qigong scene«. These groups meet once a year to exchange experiences and ideas and to discuss the possibilities for applying Qigong in various fields of work. During the 2006 German Qigong Days the idea was further developed to create »exchange groups« in which specific themes could be discussed independently of professional categories. This move emphasized that the aim is not just to increase one’s own Qigong competence but also to highlight, utilize and connect the competencies already present. In order to showcase the work of the various groups, all of which are open to new members, we here publish brief reports on the meetings held during the Qigong Days.
The teacher with the long plait
Interview with Tian Jingmiao
In the martial arts there are only a few women who have really made a name for themselves. Tian Jingmiao, a student of Lei Muni, who in turn was a master student of Chen Fake, has worked long and hard to secure a place in the Chen Taijiquan lineage. In a conversation with Davidine Siaw-Voon Sim she recounts that, as a young woman in poor health, she had difficulty being accepted as a student at all. This was followed by years of intensive training and researching the deep meanings of the Taijiquan movements. Following Lei Muni’s death Tian Jingmiao continued her research by learning aspects such as Fajin in other styles as well. She regards Taijiquan as a good discipline for women as well for whom, in her opinion, it is more difficult to train continually and intensively due to social obligations. She advises other women not to let themselves be confined by social conventions.
Dao the Way
Explaining the meaning of the graphic character
By Wang Ning
Chinese writing was and is used in many Asian countries. Especially in the form of calligraphy, with its aesthetic appearance and its many different types of character, it is regarded as a special art and meditation. In this and the following issues of the TQJ we will take a closer look at a few characters that relate to Taijiquan and Qigong, examining their origins, their development and their use in daily life. To begin with, the calligrapher and Taijiquan teacher Wang Ning will explain the term »Dao«: this not only plays a major role in philosophy and religion but also permeates everyday language in a variety of ways.