The new issue of Tai Chi and alternative health magazine is out now ! The magazine offers useful information on all matters Tai Chi ! The magazine is in electronic format and can be subscribed to by going to the following address:
Students of the Master Ding Academy can get a free copy of the magazine. Contact your instructor for more information.
If one practices Kung Fu (Kuen) without practising internal power (Kung), a lifetime training bears no fruit.
This is a famous and important Chinese saying within the martial arts world. What it really means is that, even if you were to practise the Kung Fu until old age, no matter how much time you spend on your Kung Fu without internal power (Kung) training it will be as achieving nothing. Similarly, for practitioners just training Kung without Kuen will also bear little result as both must go hand in hand to achieve excellence in the art. In the internal martial arts system, the movements are powered by internal power, Chi and not physical force. The more concentrated your Chi is, the more powerful and effective your movements are when applied. Just like having a car with a 500cc as opposed to 3000cc engine. You are able to do much more with a highly powered car, however you will need to develop the skills to harness such power. This is why Applied Chi i.e. actual practice with other practitioners through Gau Sau (or exchange of hands), is an important and integral part of traditional Tai Chi Chuan training. It helps you develop and polish your Tai Chi Chuan skills and provides a point of reference for you to measure your own progress and ensure that you are on the right track.
In this issue, to get you started with a good system of Chi Kung to practice, I have written an article on the second Chi Kung set that is taught in my Academy. The principles and concepts described in this article can also be applied and incorporated into your own system of Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuan. We also have another extract from the book, “Qigong and Chinese Self-Massage” compiled by Zeng Qingnan which shows ways to address chronic health issues and how to improve your health based on Chinese medicine techniques. Nick Cheang’s article, “Gamifying” your life and learning the skills of Tai Chi Chuan, takes a look at how to use similar techniques that gamers use to complete levels in a game by seeing how a task such as learning Tai Chi Chuan fits easily into the structure games use to motivate, make you work and reward you - makes a lot of sense if you want to progress deeper into this amazing and addicting art. This way you are assured of steady progress and the wonderful feelings that you get from Tai Chi Chuan will grow deeper and stronger as you grow deeper and stronger from the art. We welcome Trish Groves with her article, “ Relax, harder” who shares with us her experience of the first Open August Tai Chi Chuan Retreat 2014. It gives a very good insight into how hard all participants worked and the fun that we all had in training together with people from different countries.
Once again, we also have a few more practitioners sharing their stories of how they got into Tai Chi and their experiences along the way.Until the next time, keep practising your Kuen and Kung.