Bad Boys Rock with Tai Chi and Qigong

Tara Brayshaw - Sunday, June 12, 2016
Bad Boys Rock with Tai Chi and Qigong
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 ...  read more

Li Tianji - The Truths About Taijiquan

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Li Tianji - The Truths About Taijiquan
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 “Regardless of whether one is learning traditional Taijiquan sequences, or studying the newly-compiled materials, Taijiquan's characteristic features should be maintained and expression given to its basic essentials. The Wushu competition rules incorporate five points concerning the characteristic features of Taijiquan. I will give them some introduction merely from my own personal understanding. 1. Body relaxed ...  read more

Tai Chi in the Modern World

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Tai Chi in the Modern World
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. But what is modern taijiquan? It's almost oxymoronic as taiji is an ancient art. When "modern" is bandied about in Chinese martial arts, one can't help but ...  read more

Move Like a Tiger, Gaze Like a Hawk

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
Move Like a Tiger, Gaze Like a Hawk
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 ...  read more

It Takes Years and Years to Fully Discover Tai Chi

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
It Takes Years and Years to Fully Discover Tai Chi
“… 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. ...  read more

An Introduction to the Chinese Wushu Duanwei System

Tara Brayshaw - Wednesday, June 08, 2016
An Introduction to the Chinese Wushu Duanwei System
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 ...  read more

The Cracked Pot

Tara Brayshaw - Tuesday, June 07, 2016
The Cracked Pot
An elderly Chinese woman had two large water pots hung on either end of a pole, which she carried across her neck. One of the pots had a crack in it and at the end of the long walks from the river to the house, the cracked pot always arrived only half full.   Every day the woman continued to bring home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. ...  read more

Study: Tai Chi and Qigong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, June 03, 2016
Study: Tai Chi and Qigong Show Some Beneficial Health Effects
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. Researchers from the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (Santa Barbara, California), Arizona State University, and the University of North Carolina analyzed 77 articles reporting the results of 66 randomized controlled trials of tai chi and qi gong. The studies involved a total of 6,410 participants. Of ...  read more

Study: Tai Chi on Psychological Well-Being: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, June 03, 2016
Study: Tai Chi on Psychological Well-Being: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
We know that physical activity and exercise are supposed to improve psychological health. However, the question has been what if any, effect Tai Chi has on stress, anxiety, depression and mood disturbance in eastern and western populations. Eight English and 3 Chinese databases were used to collate forty studies totalling 3817 subjects that met the criteria of having at least 1 reportable psychological health outcome. Approximately 29 psychological measurements were assessed revealing that Tai Chi significantly increased psychological well-being including ...  read more

Study: Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being

Tara Brayshaw - Friday, June 03, 2016
Study: Tai Chi Relieves Arthritis Pain, Improves Reach, Balance, Well-Being
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – In the largest study to date of the Arthritis Foundation's Tai Chi program, participants showed improvement in pain, fatigue, stiffness and sense of well-being. Their ability to reach while maintaining balance also improved, said Leigh Callahan, PhD, the study's lead author, associate professor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and a member of UNC's Thurston Arthritis Research Center. "Our study shows that there are significant benefits of the Tai Chi ...  read more

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