|> Issue 46||
|The german magazine for qigong and taijiquan|
Qi Jing Ba Mai
The eight extraordinary meridians form the first energetic structure in the human body and are thus closely related to the pre-birth energy. After birth these form a balancing Qi reservoir that can provide rapid assistance, especially in emergency situations. Ulla Blum has made an intensive study of the extraordinary meridians and here provides an introduction which she bases on the theme’s relationship with the Chinese world view. In particular she sets out the numerological assignments which have traditionally influenced Chinese thinking. In the following issue she will give a more detailed description of the individual extraordinary meridians of the first and second generation and will describe the close relationship between the »Eight Brocade Exercises« and the extraordinary meridians, based on the example of the first exercise for the chongmai.
Mastering Life with Taijiquan
Huang Xingxian was one of the most famous students of Zheng Manqing, who with his move to New York made a major contribution to establishing Taijiquan in the West. Lau Kung King was a close student and confidant of Huang Xingxian for 15 years and now continues the latter’s tradition which, besides Taijiquan, comprises »White Crane Gongfu« and Luohanquan. In conversation with Nikolaus Deistler he explains how the three martial arts complement each other and how the Taiji training has affected his life. He recommends all practitioners to engage not only in form training but also in partner exercises which in his view form the application and elaboration of the theory developed in form training. In recent years he has himself developed forms of practice that are intended to promote the learning process.
Taijiquan as a Spiritual Path
Jan Silberstorff, who over the last twenty years has developed one of the largest Taiji associations in the West and who for long was chiefly known for his successes in push hands, sees Taijiquan’s future as a path to mental and spiritual development. In conversation with Sasa Krauter he describes his personal motivation in Taijiquan which has led him to introduce a three-stage seated meditation as part of the training repertoire. For him, education of the mind and spiritual aspiration are logical consequences of a profound development in martial arts. He also talks about his concept of enlightenment and the conflict between the self that wishes for enlightenment and the dissolution of the self.
My Path to the »Gate of Life«
Through the doctrine of breathing types and the associated differences in posture, type of movement and breathing, Frieder Anders has arrived at the insight that more pronounced movement in the lumbar spine benefits the entire breathing process. The area around the mingmen, the »gate of life«, plays an essential role here. In his view, small rocking motions in the lumbar spine and postural organisation in accordance with the breathing type promote the development of the »true breath« which arises by itself and is then continued as appropriate to the situation.
Guru? Master? Teacher? Therapist?
The article »Motes and Beams on the Path to the Dao« in issue 44, together with the account by a female student who experienced the influence exerted by her teacher on her personal life as abusive, has clearly touched on a theme that requires further attention. This is because it reflects something that creates unspoken problems in »our community« as well: abuse of power from the position of authority occupied by the person engaged in teaching. Dietlind Zimmermann describes the various teacher roles and the
The Art of Now
The dancer and choreographer Eric N. Franklin has developed his own form of movement education based on his experiences with various movement and physical therapy methods. The focus of his method is to use the power of the imagination to anchor within our body living knowledge of how our body works. Roland Strauß, who also teaches Qigong, has experienced that the insights from the Franklin Method not only improve our understanding of our own body in general terms but can also simplify the learning process in Qigong and Taijiquan. He provides an introduction to the basic principles of the method: embodiment, imagination and effective movement.