Remaining centred and practicing engaged compassion
A Taijiquan and Qigong seminar alongside the flow of refugees
By Dietlind Zimmermann
We are all confronted to a greater or lesser extent by the arrival of the many refugees in Europe. Dietlind Zimmermann took a seminar trip to Lesbos, where thousands of refugees were arriving every day. She took this as an opportunity to include the issue in the seminar that she was leading together with Isolde Schwarz. This led to the question of how the practice and philosophy of Taijiquan and Qigong can help us to deal with a challenge that both requires compassion and prompts fears. She describes the resulting meditation to open the space of the heart and to develop engaged compassion, as well as fundamental aspects that help us to achieve a calm heart as well as outer and inner stability.
Five Harmonies Qigong
– The five transformation phases as Qigong exercise
By Franziska Rüscher
The five transformational phases, alongside Yin and Yang, form the second essential classification system in Chinese philosophy and our movement arts. Various Qigong sets have a direct relationship with the phases, and Five Harmonies Qigong, also known as the Little Harmony or Five Elements Exercise, forms a particularly clear example of this. Franziska Rüscher explains the theoretical background and the exercises of this simple movement sequence, which gives the practitioner physically based access to the quality of the transformational phases.
If something should go wrong …
Liability risks for Qigong and Taijiquan teachers
By Lothar Eberhardt
Generally speaking Qigong and Taijiquan are viewed as gentle, health-promoting movement arts with a very low risk of injury. However, it is often overlooked that serious injury can, for instance, also result from a black-out caused by standing for long periods or from other causes. Lawyer Lothar Eberhardt cites various examples to show what risks teachers should consider and to what extent they might find themselves being made responsible.
Emperor, chancellor and minister
– the organ network of the body landscape and its functions with respect to Qigong and Taijiquan
Part 4: Small intestine and large intestine
By Joachim Stuhlmacher
In the fourth part of his series on the organ network according to Han-period sources, Joachim Stuhlmacher first explains how the organs are assigned to the levels of earth, heaven and man in line with the respective organ’s main functions. He then focusses on two organs: on the small intestine, which as the partner of the heart is the latter’s “executive organ” and responsible for storing Yang Qi and for inner withdrawal, and on the large intestine, which chiefly ensures the elimination of waste but which can also lead to an overemphasis on the material aspects of life.
The Path to Deeper Practice
On the value of empty-hand forms for training Taijiquan
By Epi van de Pol
Training predefined forms is a key aspect of learning Taijiquan. Epi van de Pol, whose Taiji experience underwent a major change at the start of this century due to an intensive period of research, describes how the empty-hand form constitutes the essential practice method for a process of development that gradually shifts from external movement towards a way of moving that arises from relaxation.
Taiji: Fascination and Motivation
– Results of an online survey
By Peter Kuhn, Timo Ebner, Theresa Mildner, Sebastian Münzel, Donata Potthoff and Hannes-Jakob Wackerbarth
In 2014 a team of researchers from the German Commission for Martial Arts and Combat Sports carried out an online survey intended to find out what fascinates Taijiquan practitioners so much about their art, and what motivates them to keep practising. Peter Kuhn, the leader of the project, presents the study and its results, which reveal a broad spectrum of answers for both issues. Points of criticism expressed by the participants are also addressed here.