Happy Lunar New Year – It’s the Year of the Metal Ox

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, January 22, 2021

Well, the end of the Rat Year is in sight. Most people will be overjoyed to see the beginning of a new Lunar New Year, although we should all take a moment to reflect on the lessons 2020 has taught us. We’ve become more resilient, more adaptable, more resourceful and more compassionate. They have been hard won but each of these qualities will continue to benefit us for the rest of our lives, no more so than in our Tai Chi and Qigong practice. read more

Considerations for a Therapeutic Approach to Tai Chi

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, December 04, 2020

There have been numerous studies done over the last few decades on the therapeutic benefits of Qigong and Tai Chi. If you perform a search on PubMed for Tai Chi you will generate 2,028 abstracts on the therapeutic benefits in just the last decade. Looking across all these studies it becomes obvious there are several factors that contribute to the therapeutic outcome. The most obvious is physical movement, however there are many more that add depth and better health outcomes in the practice of Tai Chi and Qigong. read more

Yang’s 10 Important Points of Practice for Taijiquan... An Interpretation.

Tara Brayshaw - Tuesday, September 01, 2020

It is surprising to find out just how many Yang Style Taijiquan practitioners have never heard of "The 10 Important Points of Practice", and even more surprising to find that they don't embody any of the concepts in their practice. Hopefully, the following will provide some insight into what the Points of Practice are and how to use them. read more

Virtual Tai Chi and Qigong – The Real Solution for All of Us

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, April 24, 2020

Firstly, I want to say “Hello” to all my JinLi family. How are you going? I’ve been challenged and I know I’ve had it easy compared to most in Australia. Time is very strange; the day disappears and I reflect on how long we have been “protecting” ourselves and realise it’s been a relatively short time. read more

Happy Lunar New Year to All – It’s the Year of the Metal Rat!

Tara Brayshaw - Tuesday, January 21, 2020

On the 25th January we will start a new Chinese Astrological cycle and the first of the 12 animals is the Rat. According to myth, the Jade Emperor sent a party invitation to the animals stating that the order in which they arrived would determine the Astrological sequence. The Rat persuaded the Ox to give him a ride across the river and as they got close to the river bank the Rat jumped off the Ox and raced ahead, arriving at the party first. read more

Beijing Sport University Taijiquan Training 2019 – Teachers Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, October 17, 2019

Taijiquan Training in Beijing 2019 – 13 People, One Wheelchair, One Walker, and at least a dozen physical, mental and emotional challenges to overcome. What brought this disparate group together was an unashamed passion, verging on obsession, for Tai Chi. Why mention the wheelchair and the walker? Because the “2 W’s” not only defined us, they taught us so much about ourselves, reinforced what we were learning in our Tai Chi training each day, gave us time to reflect on what it means to study Tai Chi, and most importantly strengthened our understanding of the philosophies behind our beloved Tai Chi. read more

Tai Chi and Qigong – A Good Night's Sleep is a Movement Away

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, May 23, 2019
Can’t Sleep? You aren’t alone.  read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Ten – Will (志 – Zhì)

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, May 01, 2019

This is our final chapter of “WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner”. We have spent time reflecting on the 5 Actions or Deeds that we should be seeing in others and cultivating in ourselves: Humility, Loyalty, Respect, Morality and Trust, and will now complete the list of Thoughts or Mental Attitudes with “Will”. The other 4 being Courage, Patience, Endurance and Perseverance. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Nine – Perseverance (毅 – Yì)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, April 18, 2019

In our Ninth instalment of “WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner” we will look at “Perseverance”. Perseverance is already being displayed by those of you who have continued to read all the articles in this series. Now let’s look at why that’s so important. read more

WǔDé – The Definition of a Truly Great Martial Arts Practitioner - Part Eight - Endurance (恒 – Héng)

Tara Brayshaw - Thursday, March 28, 2019

The concept of WǔDé (武德) – Martial Morality, where our actions and our thoughts combine to define us as a truly great martial arts practitioner can be put to the test in the five “Thoughts”: Courage, Patience, Endurance, Perseverance and Will. It can be said that the concepts of Endurance, Patience, Perseverance and Will are almost identical yet they all have subtle differences. When we consider the four, Patience is the ability to accept hardship, Endurance is the ability to take hardship, Perseverance is the ability to continue on despite hardship and Will is the ability to focus despite hardship. We’ve considered all the implications of patience, so now we will look at “Endurance”. read more

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