An emigrant tradition on a visit home
Experiences of a Li style delegation in Taiwan
By Hubert Schneider
In the 1930s Li Kam Chan took his family’s fighting and healing system to London. In contrast to other traditions it was then continued in Europe without any further contact to the country of origin. During a visit by Li style practitioners to two world cup events in Taiwan the experts there were surprised that a Chinese martial art had survived in such a convincing form under these conditions. The importance of Taijiquan as a form of cultural heritage that can promote human values and virtues was also stressed during the competitions.
Self-healing for all the body
Interview with Lin Housheng, the founder of 18 Movements Taiji Qigong
Taiji Qigong is one of the most popular types of Qigong in German-speaking regions. However, many people are unaware that there are now eight sets in this system, each with 18 movements. While
Prof. Lin Housheng was giving a seminar in Baden-Baden, Ronnie Robinson took the opportunity to interview him about the origins of the Qigong system developed by him. Here Lin Housheng described how he has sought to establish a scientific basis for Qi and how healing with Qi led him to develop a self-healing method intended to unite the benefits of Taijiquan and Qigong in one series of exercises.
Leading groups in a competent and lively manner
Part 2: Basic knowledge of group dynamics
By Ralf Jakob
After setting out the basic principles of theme-centred interaction in the previous issue, Ralf Jakob now turns to the group process with its various phases and the roles adopted by the participants. This makes it easier for those who are leading groups to understand the group dynamics appearing in each phase and to respond appropriately.
Emperor, chancellor and minister
– the organ network of the body landscape and its functions
with respect to Qigong and Taijiquan
Part 3: Lung and bladder
By Joachim Stuhlmacher
Understanding the organ networks can help us deepen our practice of the Chinese life arts. In his series of articles, based on sources from the Han Period, Joachim Stuhlmacher describes important aspects and connections. The third organ pair he focuses on is the lung and the bladder, both of which play important roles in the immune system. In this hierarchy the lung takes the role of chancellor and is vital in determining the rhythm of the body. The bladder stands in close relation to the »small heavenly cycle« and thus also to the spine.
A new staff form in the Yang style
By Yang Jianchao
The curriculum of Yang style Taijiquan not only includes weapon forms with sword and sabre but also with spear or staff, whereby these long weapons traditionally have a length of over three metres. The techniques that can be executed here are limited by the length and corresponding weight of the weapon. Yang Jianchao, representative of the 6th generation of Yang style Taijiquan, has spent several years developing a new staff form that can be performed with a shorter staff and thus contains a more diverse range of movements. He describes the essential aspects of this form and the benefits of training with a staff.
Cheng – Devotion to practice
In favour of an »outdated virtue«, the strength of commitment
By Stefanie Champa Lanz
Even if regular practice is generally seen as the foundation of our arts, it remains something that many people find difficult. Stefanie Champa Lanz points to the great strength that is set free when one stops considering everything in intellectual terms and simply devotes oneself in a trusting manner to practice. Such self-commitment leads to a new freedom. This is not a question of subjecting oneself to strict discipline but instead of joining with universal power.