What is Qigong?

Tara Brayshaw - Monday, June 13, 2016

Qigong is an ancient Chinese health practice dating back 3000 years that aligns the breath and physical activity to promote mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. It includes aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Martial Arts but its main emphasis is on preventing illness. read more

What is Tai Chi?

Tara Brayshaw - Monday, June 13, 2016

Tai Chi (Taijiquan in Chinese meaning “Supreme Ultimate Fist”) is literally an internal Chinese Martial Art that has been practiced in China for both its self-defence training and health benefits since the 16th Century. read more

Bad Boys Rock with Tai Chi and Qigong

Tara Brayshaw - Monday, June 13, 2016

The stage-diving wild child of rock, Iggy Pop of The Stooges, credits 40 minutes of Qigong a day with staying on the road, staying sane and still having pecs at 65 years of age; Lou Reed, singer and guitarist from The Velvet Underground tamed his "rock and roll animal" by practicing Tai Chi for three hours a day; The American Grammy winning music producer, actor, rapper and leader of the Wu Tan Clan (rap group), RZA has trained in Kung Fu and Tai Chi for a number of years, and says it keeps him on track. read more

Li Tianji - The Truths About Taijiquan

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Text of a lecture at the Wuhan International Taijiquan and Taijijian Display and Exchange Meeting, Wuhan, China, April 1984 by Distinguished Taijiquan expert Li Tianji

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The Cracked Pot

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. read more

Tai Chi in the Modern World

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

When Professor Zeng performs taijiquan, it looks textbook perfect. There's a simple reason for this. Professor Zeng wrote the book. He was one of the editors of China's 1988 taiji compilation, an influential treatise for the development of modern taijiquan. Professor Zeng Nailiang (曾乃梁) is one of the founding fathers of modern taijiquan. read more

Move Like a Tiger, Gaze Like a Hawk

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

In applying this piece of advice to our form practice we have to be selective in choosing which attributes of these two animals we wish to emulate. In the case of the tiger we are concerned with the relaxed, padding movements which contain the potential for swift and terrible action should it be required. If you study the way a tiger moves you will notice how once its leg touches the ground the whole of the bodyweight follows, yet without jarring and in a relaxedly-controlled manner. read more

It Takes Years and Years to Fully Discover Tai Chi

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

“… A tai chi master would tell you that you’re doing nothing wrong but you just don’t have it yet. It takes years and years to fully discover tai chi. You cannot just learn life instantly. Life is to be lived. You might think “If I find a good teacher, if I read a good book, I will eventually become very wise, and I will have conquered all the difficulties in life.” If you do that, then what’s next? Boredom. The physical understanding of movement that we call tai chi can help you to understand and face the difficulties in your life, but it won’t eliminate all your problems. read more

An Introduction to the Chinese Wushu Duanwei System

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The Chinese Wushu Duanwei System is a hierarchical system which the Chinese Wushu Association formulated to evaluate the professional level of wushu practitioners. Based on this system, a series of Textbooks was compiled to ensure a unified standard of education and evaluation. In order to promote the popularization of Wushu and develop different schools, every effort was made to establish an agreed set of standards in the hope of guiding wushu practitioners to master wushu and its empty hand and weapon techniques through gradual improvement and attainment of Duan levels. In many ways, the Duanwei system can be compared to the Japanese Martial Arts Dan System – a system that has become an international benchmark for its practitioners. read more

Study: Tai Chi and Qigong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, June 03, 2016

A review of scientific literature suggests that there is strong evidence of beneficial health effects of tai chi and qi gong, including for bone health, cardiopulmonary fitness, balance, and quality of life. read more

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