The path to the true human
Philosophical discourse on Wu style Taijiquan
By Gerald Hofer
Those who allow Taijiquan to function as a path to development can undergo deep transformational experiences – not only with reference to themselves but also in relationship to their surroundings. Dr Gerald Hofer sketches this “existential dialogue” which reveals itself in various ways: when practicing forms, partner training, energy work and sitting meditation in harmony with oneself, another person, nature and the One. Here he sees an opportunity to act to the benefit of the universal whole.
Making the invisible visible
How Laozi helped me in the search for new Taiji premises
By Isolde Schwarz
The Daodejing is a fascinating work but also hard to grasp, and many people have difficulty recognising its relevance for our training and daily life. Isolde Schwarz has developed meditation cards that link excerpts from the Daodejing with pictures and thus open up an intuitive path to the wisdom of the text. After working with these cards in her Taijiquan and Qigong teaching for several years, she now uses them on the basis of her own experience to obtain support in difficult situations.
Leading competent and lively groups
Theme-centred interaction for Qigong and Taijiquan trainers
By Ralf Jakob
Theme-centred interaction, generally known as TCI, is a method originating in humanist psychology which focuses on lively, growth-enhancing learning. When leading groups the aim is to simultaneously consider the needs of individual participants, the group as a whole, the requirements of the theme at hand and the context or surroundings. Ralf Jakob presents TCI as a concept that is highly suited for the leading of Qigong and Taijiquan groups.
Emperor, chancellor and minister
– the organ network of the body landscape and its functions with respect to Qigong and Taijiquan
Part 2: Spleen and triple heater
By Joachim Stuhlmacher
The organ networks, as an essential concept of Chinese medicine, can contribute to a deep understanding of life and our life arts. In his series of articles, Joachim Stuhlmacher describes aspects that are of particular importance to these movement arts, basing his view chiefly on sources from the Han Period. In this second part he considers the spleen-pancreas and the triple heater, which form a central axis. Here the spleen is associated with the quality of great modesty based on one’s own inner strength, and also with a transformational ability. The triple heater gives us insight into the unity of life and death. Both organ networks are impaired particularly by damp and the formation of mucous.
The Mudra of Pure Yang
In search of the roots of classical Qigong
By Wu Zhongxian
Mudras, symbolic hand gestures, form a lesser-known area of traditional Qigong and, in their symbolism, communicate the wisdom of classical Chinese culture. Wu Zhongxian uses the Mudra of Pure Yang as an example for clarifying the roots of Qigong in the shamanism of ancient China and its relationship to the yin/yang theory, the five elements and Yijing studies.
An emigrant tradition on a visit home
By Hubert Schneider
While Li style has established itself as a comprehensive martial arts and Qigong system in Europe over the past 80 years, it seems to have died out in its Chinese homeland. An encounter with German representatives of the style during a Taiji competition aroused the interest of a delegation from Taiwan, and this was followed by an invitation to two world-cup events in Taipei. The Chinese participants at these events were surprised that an authentic tradition had lasted for so long “in exile”. Hubert Schneider, who led the German group, was happy to discover that here too the mental/spiritual background and human values were regarded as essential.