|> Issue 38||
|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Gathering and emitting jin
Fajin, the emission of jin, is one of the basic skills required for the application of Taijiquan. However, there is little concrete guidance about how this can be practiced. Howard Choy describes how he was taught effective fajin movements by Chen Xiaowang and how, thanks to fine postural corrections, his body increasingly loosened up. Relaxation, sinking and a precise physical alignment are the preconditions for gathering jin and then emitting it through a focused full-body movement.
On trust in complex systems of exercise
Trust would seem to be a central concept in Eastern systems of exercise – or at least this is the impression given by the corresponding literature, in the view of Dr Daniel Schaup. But often it is not clearly stated what constitutes this trust and on what it is based. Daniel Schaup examines this concept and attempts to clarify what trust actually involves. He arrives at some surprising conclusions and ultimately at the question whether trust might be emphasised so strongly because there is so much mistrust about the sense and effectiveness of what we practice.
A Qigong for the new age
Alongside the established Qigong traditions, new systems of exercise continue to arise today. One of these is Shengzhen Wuji Yuan Gong or simply Shengzhen Qigong, developed by Li Junfeng and specially inspired on the basis of Zhongtian Yiqi Gong. For Gabriela Moosbauer this Qigong, which focuses in particular on opening the heart and a state of unconditional love, provides help and healing at all levels for people in the current transition from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. She cites insights of new science which show that the heart exerts a strong energetic effect that interacts with the energy of the earth.
Transforming pain into joy
Qigong can be an excellent source of support during pregnancy and birth. Susanne Oechsner explains why conscious preparation is so important during this time and that Qigong can make a major contribution to this process. It can strengthen self-awareness, promote relaxation and loosening up, regulate the breathing and reduce points of resistance in the body that contribute to birth pains.
Investing in winning
Taijiquan arose as a martial art but it is questionable whether it is suited as a self-defence method for women. Sasa Krauter indicates which criteria are relevant for women’s self-defence. In her experience, the advantages of Taijiquan lie in the development of body awareness and self-confidence, a better structure and a stable stance as well as a calm, centred and peaceful presence that contributes essentially to the avoidance of physical conflict. What is lacking, however, is attention for the situation of women in the general social context and the incorporation of these insights into training. For this reason she has developed a training concept that combines Chen Taijiquan with the feministic self-defence method of Wendo.
The potential of life
The transformational phase “Water” is associated with the dark time of year, the night and cold. The themes here are withdrawal, age, silence – issues which many often prefer to ignore in our modern age. Joachim Stuhlmacher shows that this tendency is based on fear, ultimately the fear of death, and on the fundamental imbalance that arises when only the yang aspects of life receive consideration. In order for one to withdraw, it is also important to be able to say no to the many temptations the world has to offer. Other important aspects are an upright posture and sincerity, as well as being able to live life in a meaningful way.The long road to heavenly harmonyBy Wang NingThe striving for harmony forms an essential aspect of Chinese culture and wisdom and today, in view of the changes in society, would seem to be even more important than before. Citing various expressions that express harmony, Wang Ning shows that the key elements are always equity, calm, justice and a peaceful coexistence. Here he creates a link to his own article on the “repressed self” (TQJ 1/2009), because the self would seem to disturb the harmony.
The long road to heavenly harmony
The striving for harmony forms an essential aspect of Chinese culture and wisdom and today, in view of the changes in society, would seem to be even more important than before. Citing various expressions that express harmony, Wang Ning shows that the key elements are always equity, calm, justice and a peaceful coexistence. Here he creates a link to his own article on the »repressed self« (TQJ 1/2009), because the self would seem to disturb the harmony.