TQJ 2/2022, issue 88
May – July 2022

Gaining a sense of one’s own needs
Promoting resilience through Qigong Yangsheng in people with mental impairments
By Dirk Huckhagel-Ziebell
While Chinese sources often state that it is better if people with mental impairments do not practice Qigong, sometimes concepts are developed for making Qigong accessible to this client group as well. Working on the basis of Qigong Yangsheng, Dirk Huckhagel-Ziebell describes which practice principles and effects can also help to promote the resilience of people with a mental illness. Here the training should take place in a self-determined and clear atmosphere that communicates safety and protection.

Two pillars – one building
The relationship between solo form and partner work
By Ulf Angerer
Taijiquan features a special type of partner training, known as tuishou or push hands. Different schools and styles assign varying significance to this special training with respect to realistic fighting situations. In the view of Ulf Angerer, one special quality of Taijiquan is that it assigns great importance to disrupting the body structure of an attacker. This ability is trained through tuishou.

Wudang Xingyibaguazhang

By Birte Timmsen
The relatively unknown art of Xingyibaguazhang in the Wudang tradition unites the spiralling and fexible movements of Baguazhang with the straight-line power release of Xingyiquan. The movements imitate the energy qualities of various animals, adopting their different abilities and characters. Birte Timmsen presents this martial art that is rooted in Daoist tradition.

Back to the future

Health insurance funds – Central Prevention Certification Office – Prevention Guideline
Von Susanne Hainbach
The new rules applied by the German health insurance funds automatically infuence all teachers/trainers who wish their course participants to receive a subsidy from these funds. Susanne Hainbach explains the origins of the Central Prevention Certification Office (ZPP) and its requirements as expressed in the Prevention Guideline. Here she also highlights the opportunities for the professional group of Taijiquan and Qigong teachers and for the further development of these movement arts in Germany.

Pengjin – the basis of Taijiquan

The thirteen postures as neigong training
By Hal Mosher
The thirteen postures or basic techniques are generally seen as the basis of Taijiquan. Within this system, peng or ›ward-off‹ is the basis for developing all the other energies/techniques. Hal Mosher explains how pengjin is developed and in the process how the body becomes a ›taiji body‹ through which the jin can move freely and without resistance. This process accompanies the switch from external training to internal training. This is subject to a good structure and central equilibrium, two qualities that enable pengjin to be maintained as the body moves, too.
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