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Issue 48 – 2/2012

»Study conscientiously and train bitter«
14 points on Taijiquan by Chen Zhaokui
Translated and commented by Nabil Ranné

Chen Zhaokui was one of the main representatives of Chen style Taijiquan in the 18th generation. He learned from his father Chen Fake (1887 – 1957) and was one of the two main teachers of the 19th generation in Chenjiagou. He devoted attention both to the classical texts and to modern medical knowledge in order to develop a training approach that fitted the circumstances of his period. He summarised the essential cross-stylistic aspects of Taijiquan in 14 points. Nabil Ranné has translated these notes on connecting mind and body, on physical structure and on ways of moving and explains them in terms of their practical application.

 

»Relaxing is the most important thing«
Interview with Li Bingci
By Christine Will

Li Bingci is a lineage holder and one of the two main representatives of the northern Wu style in the fourth generation. Christine Will has experienced his clearly structured teaching and had the opportunity to interview him. She met him in his home in one of the few remaining traditional residential districts of Beijing and talked to him about his progress from sickly youth to participant in the first “Chinese Wushu Games” in 1956 and later to professional trainer, not only for Taijiquan but also for many other internal and external types of wushu. Additionally, Christine Will describes the special features of the basis stance in Wu style and the points of focus in Li Bingci’s practical teaching.

 

Guo Lin New Qigong
By Wang Li

Guo Lin Qigong has become known chiefly thanks to its effects on cancer illnesses, but the method is also used for treating other chronic illnesses. In this context it is important that each person practices in accordance with their current state of health. Different exercises are selected for various sets of symptoms, and moreover the specific way of practicing is adjusted correspondingly as well. Since a highly reduced and undifferentiated form of Guo Lin Qigong is often practiced in the German-speaking countries, Wang Li considers it especially important to describe the special qualities and different effects of the various types of practice.

 

The mind leads
By Axel Dreyer

A central aspect of the partner routines of Taijiquan is “hearing the energy”. On the basis of scientific studies on human motion sequences, Axel Dreyer describes how the essential preparation of a movement takes place in the brain a second before its execution and already manifests itself in subtle physical changes. These changes become perceptible through a correspondingly attentive mode of practice and can be used for one’s own reaction. In order to make progress at this level of the finest motion control, one not only needs to train physical sensitivity but must also be prepared to recognise and change habitual movement patterns.


Qigong, Taiji and Communication
By Christoph Zehnder

Christoph Zehnder has made an intensive study of the possibilities of Qigong and Taijiquan as a support for communicative and speech behaviour. Drawing on his experiences both as a speech teacher and as a Qigong and Taijiquan teacher and as a stammerer, he has devised exercises that can be of particular use to people with difficulties in these areas. In this article he presents some of these exercises on the basis of the five transformational phases, which here represent various aspects in the communication process, and describes the specific benefits of each exercise for communication.

 

Shu Fa / Tao Shu - The Way of Writing
Part 2 – Writing as a movement art
By Wang Ning

While the first part of this essay on calligraphy examined the creation and further development of Chinese characters, Wang Ning now turns to the act of writing itself. Writing with a brush requires conscientious preparation and trains precise perception and a very mindful way of moving. Thus the act of writing becomes both art and meditation.