Tai Chi

Tai Chi, or “Supreme Ultimate Fist,” is a Chinese martial art developed around the 1500s. It is used for self-defense and has health benefits. The five major Tai Chi styles are Chen, Yang, Wu/Hao, Wu, and Sun.

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How do you become a yamakasi?

Anyone can become a Yamakasi. You need focus, need to have determination and most importantly you need to have the 'I can do it' attitude. The very first thing you do is warm up before you start jumping around and hurt yourself. You need to stretch your body and make sure you are flexible and you need to have balance. Very important thing NEVER! EVER! try and do flips without an instructor! Learn each and every move. For instance how each move is made, what do you do before you jump. If you don't have a parkour training facility nearby then maybe google can help you out. Hope this helps

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What is a chi spot?

A chi spot is a location that breeds positive energy thus releasing the inner chi and allowing the mind to think freely.

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How do you do Tae Kwon Do advanced kicks?

You would be wise to seek an experienced instructor to learn these techniques. Nothing we can say here will be even a fraction as helpful as having it demonstrated and critiqued by an experienced instructor. First you learn the techniques, then you practice them a lot.

Advanced kicks are extensions of the basics. The first step, of course, is to locate a good school with a certified instructor (check credentials to verify authentic knowledge of Taekwondo, and if backed by organizational authority to teach). Your instructor will teach you the rudimentary movements of each basic kick. Preparing your body for kicking is also very important. Lots of stretching will improve your flexibility. Exercise and proper diet will get your body fit to be able to execute advanced skills better. It is helpful to practice good balance by standing on one leg for several minutes while extending and retracting the leg in various directions, and at increasing heights.

Most advanced kicks progress in stages of skipping, turning or spinning, jumping, jump with a spin, and flying. In order to prepare for these kicks, the student should practice turning without losing balance, and then to be able to control the turn so as to not over spin. Consistently placing the striking tool of the foot on a target is essential. For airborne kicks, the student should practice jumping high while pulling the knees to the chest, clearing the highest vertical distance possible. Next, you can practice jumping, tucking the legs in tight, and turning backwards without kicking, then landing gracefully. Flying kicks can be improved by running and jumping over soft objects in a clear, safe environment.

It may take years to really become accomplished in advanced kicking techniques, especially jumping and flying kicks.

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What is the orientation of the Yang Family Tai Chi symbol?

Round of the white at the top, black on the bottom. Tail of the Ying Yang swirl counter clockwise.

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What is tai chai?

Tai Chi Chuan is basically Chi Kung with Kung Fu moves woven into it; the Chinese practice a form of "Yoga" they call "Chi Kung," a series of movements, usually circular, that is coordinated with the breath in order to promote health and the flow of vital energy that they call "chi." Tai Chi Chuan, combines the martial arts techniques of Shaolin Kung Fu, with Chi Kung exercises from the Daoist temple of Wudang mountain. The reason, for example, the Yang style is seemingly useless for fighting, is because it emphasizes the Chi Kung aspects of Tai Chi rather than the martial art aspects. The Yang style is more Chi Kung than Kung Fu, while it could be argued the Chen is more Kung Fu than Chi Kung. When it comes to building up Chi, the Chen style is superior to the Yang, because its "complete." The Chen style is divided into three separate routines, all of them very difficult to learn, you need total body flexibility to be able to execute them; 1) The Pao Chui or "cannon fist" form 2) The "softer" Chen large frame, which is "slow motion" like the Yang style, however the moves are completely different. 3) Finally the most advanced; the Chen small frame, from which the Hao Wei Zheng style of Tai Chi Chuan is derived. Although the moves in the Chen small frame are, well, small, do not be deceived; in terms of chi circulation, it is the frame that most powerfully circulates the Chi in the body. Hao Wei Zheng, the man who invented Hao Wei Zheng Tai Chi Chuan studed under a Chen family master, who was well known for having achieved total mastery of the Chen small frame. He taught Hao Wei Zheng the small frame, and Wei Zhen in turn created a new style. Later on Sun Lu Tang invented the Sun style of Tai Chi Chuan, which combines Hao Wei Zheng Tai Chi, Xsing Yi, and Bagua Zhang. The Sun style of Tai Chi, is the most powerful, because it is derived from the Chen small frame, which already circulates chi powerfully, however, it also borrows from Xsing Yi and Bagua Zhang. I don't think the Chinese themselves have realized, just how powerful the Sun style of Tai Chi actually is. Additionally the martial art's creator was a genius, a highly intelligent man, one of the last Chinese people to complete a classical Chinese education. Believe me when I tell you, that is quite a feat; a Classical Chinese education is not at all easy. Sun Lu Tang was also a well trained Daoist mystic, who spent practically the entire day meditating in his old age. According to the Tim Cartmell translation of "A Study of Taijiquan," it is a translation from the Chinese textbook written by Sun Lu Tang, anywya according to that book, the day Sun Lu Tang died, Sun Lu Tang's son was visited by a young man in his early 20's. According to the story, the young man gave Sun Lu Tang's son a letter telling him not to open it, until a full week after his father's burial. Sun Lu Tang's son did not listen, tore up the letter, and angrily told the young man to leave. Who the young man was, is still a mystery, however Daoist religionist Chinese believe Sun Lu Tang became an immortal, and that the young man in his early 20's was in fact none other than Sun Lu Tang himself. Because Sun's son was accustomed to seeing only the old version of his father, when he saw the rejuvenated version he didn't recognize him. When doing the Sun style you will feel like your body has been lit on fire; the feeling, is surreal.

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Does tai chi cure diabetes?

Yes it can, but only at alleged "legendary levels." And by "legendary" I mean, your chi is so strong, you have total and absolute perfect health, like when you were 18 years old, and you stay that healthy, until the day you die. However I will not make the dangerous claim that Tai Chi Chuan is a panacea; now it CAN be, if you have dedicated practice, and watch your general health, but always caring for the body. What I am trying to say is, do not give up your treatments, just because you do Tai Chi, it tooks the old masters decades, years, before they reaped the full effects of the martial art, and even then they were guided by masters. Even master Yang Lu Chan made occassional visits to Chen village to consult with his own teacher, long after he earned the nicname "Yang Wudi" (Yang the invincible). If anything, it is when martial artists reach really high levels of skill, that they most consult with their teachers, similar to how, even though a middle aged man may have much experience in life in general, they will still visit their father for advice. No matter how much experience or skill one acquires, there is always a degree of insecurity, hence the reason the advice of the old is valued. What I am trying to say is, you may never cure it with Tai Chi Chuan, OR, you may pull off a miracle, nevertheless, don't get careless. Diabetes is a serious condition from what little I know of it, and considered by western medicine to be incurable. If you wish to cure it, you will need an extensive regiment of Tai Chi Chuan, Chinese herbal medicine, Chinese accupuncture, treatment with insulin that MUST continue so long as you still have the disease, Chinese theraputic massage, and finally, Chinese chi kung designed specifically to improve health. Most importantly you have to have a humble attitude. In other words, to outright cure diabetes you will need "the works" so to speak, absolutely everything Chinese and western medicine have to offer. I do not know where you live, however if you live in San Francisco, I'd start being nicer to the Chinese American folks who live there if I were you, as their doctors, accupuncturists and massage therapists may save your life. good luck.

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How do you do Tai Chi?

Tai chi Is to China traditional philosophy of Confucianism and Taoism in Tai Chi, yin and Yang dialectical philosophy as the core idea, the functions of maintenance of temperament, physical fitness, martial arts Sanda etc. as a whole, with the changes of yin and Yang and the five elements of learning, meridian, guidance and tonalide operation to form a Neiwaijianxiu, soft, slow and flexible and the traditional arts of ancient China move among force and soft.

In the philosophy of Tai Chi, it is said Chi (life energy) follows the mind, each posture and movement creates a different energy flow that, has a benifital overall affect on overall well-being.

Tai Chi stimulates circulation, aligns the skeleton and joints correctly, stimulates the organs of the body and helps digestion. It increases muscle tone, strength, improves balance and co ordination and improves breathing.

Tai Chi does not just provide physical benefits; by raising energy levels, it also affects the mind and the spirit. Tai Chi focuses thought, so that mind and body energy works together as one. When practising Tai Chi, people find that they are not just physically fitter but, happier, more alert, have greater mental focus and are more creative.

You do not DO Tai Chi. First you must study the motion of Tai Chi, then after learning the motion, a series of moves, then you may start to understand why the moves are performed. TAI Chi expertise comes with the understanding of why the moves are performed. There are different experts in this martial art. Each master has his own beliefs why a motion has to be performed. Example, Float hands like clouds, there are at least three different methods to perform this move. Does this work each way, yes but each master has a belief that their's is the correct motion. Tai Chi is usually performed slowly and rythmatically. After studying the martial art for maybe about five years one can understand why. Example, an object is coming directly at you, this object is going to pass close by you, if this object is sensed by your brain as a problem, then it may seem like this object is moving very slow. When one can view the world at this speed you will know why Tai Chi is practiced slowly. The Health benefits of tai chi

The benefits of tai chi are said to include the reduction of stress, anxiety, and depression, and the enhancement of mood, both in both healthy people and in those with chronic conditions.

  • Improve your health and quality of life
  • Enjoy the gentle tai chi movements
  • Improve relax and harmony
  • Enjoy learning an art that you can continue to grow and progress
  • Improve muscular strength, fitness and flexibility
  • Enjoy camaraderie of tai chi friends
  • Improve balance and confidence
  • Better mood, with lower levels of depression, stress, and anxiety
  • Greater aerobic capacity and muscle strength
  • More energy and stamina
  • Enhanced flexibility, balance, and agility
  • Lowerblood pressureand improved heart health

If you are searching for a good place to learn Tai Chi in China, Handan Taichi Kung Fu School is the best choice. Improve your tai chi techniques. Learn Tai Chi And Martial Arts in China! China is the most popular destination of martial arts enthusiasts.

Handan Taichi Kungfu School, located in Handan City(China ancient capital,Birthplace of Taichi,Cultural city ,Martial arts village)

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What is better wing chun or shaolin do?

no martial art is better than another because they are both forms of art they are about self expresion so it is more about the person. this is like asking if ink is better than paint or is guitar better than violin.

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What three styles of Tai Chi is Waterbending based off of?

THREE styles?! AFAIK, I see it as primarily based on Yang style. That's the "default" style that people think of when they think "Tai Chi", solely due to its popularity. It's hinted that the Swamp Tribe does Chen style, although I have to see for myself.

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What is the difference between ultra chi and chi?

nothing! the only thing is that the ultra chi comes in various colors and the chi is in black. also, the regular chi is the first one to come out so its less advanced than the ultra and the ultra comes with tourmaline plates which is less damaging to your hair aswell.

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Who is artist Hui Chi Mau?

Hui Chi Mau was a Chinese educated artist who immigrated from Hong Kong to the USA, new york city was renowned for painting Horses in his black brush style...he also produced some remarkable modern oils and some of his florals have been screened for commercial fabric's simply great artists whose work was displayed at the Greenwich village art show...his day is coming

Hui Chi Mau comes from a long line of gentleman-scholars, who since the days of the Sung Dynasty have traditionally been associated with calligraphy, poetry and painting. He was born in 1922 in the province of -Chekiang, near the famous West Lake of Hangchow. From early childhood, Mr. Mau was surrounded and deeply influenced by the art treasures collected by generations of his family. As a young man, he studied classic Chinese brush painting at the National Art Academy, Hangchow, China. He was a protege of Chi Pai-shih. Mr. Mau also studied under Hsu Pei-hung.

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How many times do you have to practice taichi forms in a day?

This depends on you. Some people do it first thing in the morning only, others only later in the day, others 5 times a day. It depends when you have time and the extent to which you want to do it.

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How can you learn Tae Kwon Do self defense moves?

AnswerYour instructor will teach them to you when you are ready. For an instructor to share these techniques with you requires a trust that you will not misuse them and hurt people inadvertently, nor teach them to others until you are properly trained and certified as both a Black Belt, and qualified Instructor.

Self defense is one of the primary reasons that people become involved in the martial art, and learning to defend yourself will be among the first things that your teacher should teach you. It requires the tutelage of a qualified instructor (check credentials to verify authentic knowledge of Taekwondo, and authorized organizational authority to teach). It cannot be learned adequately through reading, either online or in a book, and videos only show things without personal instruction. Sometimes an additional partner is needed to practice on while the instructor teaches and makes corrections.

It also requires a basic ability to move and use your body without losing balance and concentration. It is important to first warm up, and stretch to make the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints flexible. You first learn the basic components of each move, then practice them repeatedly with a partner until they flow smooth. At first, they should be done slowly for correct form, then gradually increase speed until it is fast enough to be effective in real life self defense. Initially the resistance of your training partner should be minimal until proficiency is gained, then intensified until it is as close to a realistic attack as safely possible without injuring your training partner. All of this must always be done under the close supervision of your instructor.

To enhance your self defense training after you have attained sufficient proficiency, you can train while wearing a variety of clothing as you would in your daily life, and practice indoors as well as out. Training carefully on a variety of terrain, with different obstacles to avoid, in various weather conditions, and against multiple attackers (unarmed and armed with safe training weapons) will prepare you for any encounter. Your choice of techniques and tactics should be altered according to the above conditions.

Proficiency at self defense skills requires a lot of practice of effective skills. Attending class more often will help to guide you better. However, it is important to understand that any real-life self defense situation can be potentially dangerous, or even deadly. No amount of self defense training will make you infallible, or bullet-proof. Part of self defense training is learning to avoid dangerous locations, people, and situations. It is safer and wiser to avoid a conflict by being alert to your surroundings, observe people and be able to read their attitudes and intentions, and to be a pleasant person who is not naturally aggressive, and does not provoke aggression from others. It is best to walk away (while remaining safe and alert), or talk your way out of a fight. Physical combat should ALWAYS be a last resort, and then it is applied only to the level necessary to protect the innocent, and neutralize a situation.

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What cards does rai use in tai chi chasers?

fire,sword,aggressive ,explosion, bell sound,bend,and ball tai chi cards

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What is the oldest style of tai chi chuan self defense?

The origin of the Chen family style of Tai Chi Chuan was not historically known until the seventeenth century. There are five major styles of Tai Chi Chuan: Chen style, Yang style, Hao style, Wu style, and Sun style.The Chen family style is the oldest and parent form of the five main tai chi chuan styles.

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Why was Tai Chi invented?

tai chi was invented as an ancient form of martial arts to protect yourself from defenders

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Does chi chi from Dragon Ball Z have powers?

no she is just insane and kinda stupid and mean/strict

she is a martial artist though not as strong as Goku.

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Chi Chi Rodriguez do for a living?

professional golfer

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Basic forms of tai-chi?

Almost all Tai Chi practiced nowadays is either the Yang or Wu style (although a few practice the Chen or Hao).

Tai Chi styles are generally done in two ways- long forms and the short forms. Long forms yield more benefits for the student, but require a longer amount of time to be set aside for them and have a much higher degree of difficulty to learn. While some quality is definitely sacrificed, short forms yield a large degree of benefits and are much easier and simpler to learn.

Of all the Tai Chi short forms, the most basic and well known is the Yang 24 move short form. This article does a fairly good job detailing the subject:

http://www.taichimaster.com/tai-chi/tai-chi-secret-how-to-choose-a-tai-chi-style/

If you want to have access to the best resource on the subject and the different forms of Tai Chi, their difficulty, who teaches them and what they can accomplish I would recommend getting the book Tai Chi Health for Life.

Also, if you want to get technical, the basic components of Tai Chi exist within Qigong, and the best form that exists within Qigong (which while simple contains most of the attributes and benefits one would get from practicing Tai Chi) is known as Cloud Hands. It's actually simple enough to be detailed within an instructional booklet (as opposed to a 5000 page tome for a Tai Chi form), with the book on it being called "Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body."

My own opinion is that the best way to learn Tai Chi is to first extensively master the energy components within the form from a simpler qigong form before beginning the Tai Chi one. If you're open to that, The Energy Gates method is the classic one that's been taught for the past few thousand years in China!

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Can Christians do Tai Chi?

Yes, Christians can do Tai Chi, but may or may not choose to put all of their mind on the main reasons of Tai Chi. Yes, of course Christians can do tai chi. Tai chi is practised by people all over the world, regardless of their religion, culture or creed. Tai chi is not only practised due to a religious point of view, its practised world wide because of its amazing health benefits.

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Does Ku style Tai Chi exist or is it Wu style Tai Chi?

Ku style Tai Chi does exist, as well as Wu style; and many other styles of Tai Chi. Katara studies Ku style/Yang form Tai Chi, Sun style Tai Chi, and Bikram Yoga.

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How do you gather chi?

All together, it has been estimated that in China, there are over 100,000 schools of Chi Kung, and well over 1 million methods of gathering Chi. Methods range from the esoteric, namely taking up a monastic lifestyle in a Daoist mountain and meditating all day, to the just plain strange, such as massaging your body so much, and slapping yourself, chi gathers of its own accord. The method that is considered universal though, and probably the only reliable method, in the Zhang Zhuang posture.

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This man is showing the correct way to hold it, and the way most universally accepted in China as the correct "orthodox" way. This posture, is fundamental to all internal martial arts, the same way the horse stance is fundamental to all external ones. In China the schools of martial arts are broadly divided into two; you have the external schools, who seek to achieve spiritual perfection through the harsh training of the body, overall and complete conditioning, with meditation done "on the side." Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate, Judo, Aikido, the various species of Wrestling, Western Boxing even, could all be classified as "external" martial arts. The internal schools seeks spiritual perfection through meditation, with physical training done "on the side." Physicality within the forms themselves is not emphasized, what IS emphasized, is focus. That is why the forms in the variouis styles of Tai Chi, for the most part, move slowly, while in other internal schools, postures may be held for long seconds before transitioning to the next set of movements, or posture. Of the two branches, everything is a trade off. Here's what I mean;

1) The external schools you master faster, but in the long term, because the external schools emphasize the physical side of things, your skill is subject to deterioration with age, regardless of how hard you practice in your youth. Even Shaolin Kung Fu is subject to deterioration; even though Shaolin does posses chi kung training, it is not emphasized completely, and the internal schools hold that the only way to offset the ravages of age, is by devoting oneself completely to the gathering of chi. However.....(always a catch with everything in life isn't there?)

2) Even though for the long term, the internal styles are in fact more powerful than the external ones, to use them competently, requires many, many years of arduous meditation training. Shaolin Kung Fu, if you are not a monk, is such a well made martial art that within only 3 years of hard, dedicated training, every day, 4 hours a day, one hour dedicated to meditation, you can use it competently to defend yourself. Assuming you are young enough, and fit enough, you can begin to use it to defend yourself and others, with only 3 years of training. Althought he recommended training time is 10 years if you live in the temple, 20 if you train outside of it and can't dedicate your whole life to Kung Fu. Regarding internal martial arts, to use them to the fullest extent of their power, the "magic" you can do with Chi, you are looking at 20 to 30 years of hard training. Yang Lu Chan, the respected founder of the Yang style of Tai Chi, did not become an accomplished, "invinsible" martial artist until his 60's. Prior to that, he could not competently use Tai Chi without first receiving 20 years of training. Yang did not become known as "Yang Wudi" until he was approaching his 40's, whereas in the Shaolin temple, men who gained the reputation as good masters, where often much younger. See that is the trade off; a true master of the internal styles, just one of them, IS indeed "undefeatable," however it takes forever to get there, because the human ego, is stubborn. Daoist philosophy, spiritual philosophy holds that chi can only circulate at its very best, when the ego is destroyed. If there is even a HINT of pride anywhere in your mind, it will disrupt the flow of chi, and the gathering of it. Daoist philosophy holds, that chi is everywhere, it is the fundamental energy field of the universe, that holds everything together. It is neither mystical nor physical, just the fundamental building block of all existence, everything that exists in the universe is "built" with chi. However although not mystical, like water, it is a sort of conduit between the physical, material world, and the spirit world. Moreover, a human being possesses the capacity, with enough training, to refine chi into "shen," or divine power. If chi flows everywhere, and it is the fundamental essence of life itself, why do so many people die of old age? Daoist philosophy holds, that the answer is, selfishness. The more selfish you are, the more malicious you are, the faster you age, and this is universal across all races. If east Asian, black, Indian and the mestizo peoples of latin America generally age better than most Europeans, specially Europeans from the Germanic countries, it has to do with the fact, that they are not malicious folks. You take a German descended American, a "typical" one, and you take a person from India, both aged 40, and, odds are, the man from India will look much younger, and in better condition, despite poverty, than the man from the U.S. By the standards of other countries, many people in the U.S., Germany, the Scandinavian countries and Britain in their 30's, look closer to 60. The way Daoist philosophers would explain this difference in appearance despite the same chronological age, is the fact that the peoples of the Anglo/germanic sphere, are selfish, malicious folks. Selfish, malicious, and arrogant, mind. Why does it seem that some women, seem to defy age, yet they have never gone under the knife? The reason that is, is because being the most powerful force in the universe, the essence of heaven itself, of life itself, of the two genders, women posses a greater capacity for love. If a woman engages in meditation, and channels love the right way, she will remain in good condition, and beautiful, even as old as 60. However if she is malicious and selfish she will start to age well before her time. It all has to do with the contents of the mind; selfishness, cuts the body off from the flow of chi that is in fact, everywhere. For chi to flow freely through, and into the body, for the body to be able to gather nourishment from the chi that in fact exists everywhere in the universe, and for the body to unclog its own chi blockages, a person has to let go of all selfishness and pride, and this is achieved through seeking to "empty the mind" in meditation. Feel nothing, see nothing, hear nothing, be aware of everything; that is the fundamental teaching of Daoist meditation training. If the body and mind, can be visualized to become a complete void, empty, then there will be room in it, to be filled by the love of heaven, what Buddhist's call "turn your soul into heaven's mirror." A mirror, is in fact empty, there is nothing in there, but because it is empty, there is no limit to the amount of light it can receive. The block, is not in fact that its impossible, it is the fact that the human ego, is stubborn, despite our best efforts, the mind desperately clings and clings to this world. Most Daoist masters, and internal martial artists do not achieve high skill until old age, because, by that time, when a man or woman grows tired of living, it is easier to let everything go. However a young man or woman, or even a middle aged adult who feels there is much left to accomplish or do, they will have considerably more trouble. Also the more a person dwells on mastery, the further and further away mastery of martial arts becomes, because dwelling on it, obsessing over it, feeds egotistical pride, thus, obsessive training, obsessive practice, for the end of feeding the ego, in fact further separates a would be martial arts master from the goal of total mastery. A teacher is required, because a teacher, aside from their job of correcting your form, they also have a job of keeping their student's egotism in check.

3) The Zhang Zhuang posture, and the many variations of it, are all refered to collectively as "nei kung," translated it means "internal work." In Daoism there are two methods of dealing with chi, gathering and circulating it; the method used by beginers, emphasized by beginers, is Chi Kung which, translated it means "energy work" or "chi work." Chi Kung, primarily serves to circulate the chi, and unclog any blockages, and, usually it must be paired with "lotus" meditation, that is actively meditating to "empty the mind" because doing chi kung full of egotism accomplishes nothing. Its not dangerous, its just a sad waste of time. If you have a mind full of arrogant pride, and competitiveness for the sake of ego inflation, and you practice chi kung, nothing will happen. You'll be getting a great mild aerobic workout, but no chi will circulate. The Zhang Zhuan posture, and its variations within the world of Nei Kung, circulates and gathers. In other words, Chi Kung serves to circulate the chi you've already got, which is in fact considered an important first step, while Nei Kung, is what you use to gather more. In the begining you do both, but you emphasize chi kung more time wise. Consider the following analogy; say you have a country, with vast river systems, however the rivers are so shallow, its very easy to wade across them, you are barely up to your ankles in water. Potentially the rivers can hold much more water, but they can't, because there are blockages all over the place. If you want to get more water to flow through the rivers, what is the first thing you need to do? Common sense dictates, you need to get the workers to clear whatever stones, mud, debrix, fallen logs whatever, are blocking the water flow. So, all the river systems in a country are completely uncloged, and even though still shallow, the water is flowing more vigorously now. However you still can't use it for irrigation for farming, so, what do you do? You connect the rivers to a lake (the Dantian), a lake, that actively receives water from rainfall. Before the lake is connected to the rivers, before the gathered water is allowed to flow, you must first remove the blockages of the river system. There are three ways to do it; intense Chi Kung Training, Massage, and the fastest way, accupuncture, visiting a Chinese doctor.

In the end though, Nei Kung, Chi Kung, and "cross legged" meditation all have to go together, of those three things, it is Nei Kung which gathers chi. Another method is something called "marrow washing." While doing "cross legged" meditation, you visualize chi being syphoned up, "sucked in" if you will, by your bones. The reason chi is gathered in the bones, according to some Daoist schools, is because from the marrow, it travels to other body systems, and it facilitates the unclogging of chi meridians. This view has been held in China, since ancient times, and modern day science has confirmed, if the bone marrow is damaged in any way, the rest of the body suffers. For one thing the marrow is where red blood cells are made I believe, and those cells are important for oxygenating body tissues to keep everything working. Moreover one of the most lethal forms of cancer is bone marrow cancer; it is widely feared by parents across the western world, because many people who undergo treatment for it, may not survive.

All the same, before gathering chi, you have to look into that "mind emptyness" stuff. If you try to do it, without first emptying your mind, you are only doing aerobics if you do Tai Chi or Chi Kung, or "striking a pose" if you do the Zhang Zhuan posture. Some people are naturally more humble than others, that is why in the western world, whether people "feel" chi or not, tends to vary. Some people swear they feel it, in that they body warms up, others think its nonsense, and although they may do Tai Chi Chuan for many years they get nowhere with their practice. Even if you are naturally humble though, there is room for improvement; according to Daoist spiritual philosophy, you do not become TRULY humble, unless you have become an immortal. Regarding the whole issue of "immortality," don't worry about growing old, and watching friends die like in "Highlander;" if you do achieve such a "legendary" state, and if the stories are all true, from the stuff I have read, whoever it is rules heaven, will inform you that your place is no longer on earth. They won't force you, hold a "gun" to your head and tell you "you have to ascend," but they will warn you that once you have reached spiritual perfection there is no point in continuing to exist in such a sad and corrupt world. Also, here's the kicker; you can't engage in meditation to try to escape from things either. Sorry; you can't have an escapist mentality, the need to escape is rooted in ego, and it means you have not let go of inner demons. You can't do Daoist meditation just because you don't like this planet, if you meditate with that in mind, it just won't work.

Good luck with your practice.

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What does t'ai chi do?

Yin and yang combine opposing but complementary forces to create harmony in nature. By using t'ai chi, a person can bring this principle of harmony into their own life.

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What is the origin of Tai Chi?

According to official documented history, Tai Chi Chuan began with the Chen family, Universities in China, the history departments, and the PRC government, all recognize the Chen style as the original style of Tai Chi Chuan. In the academic world you can't go with tradition, even if the people have no reason to lie. Chinese tradition, an alternate but not-accepted-in-the-academic-world, holds that the inventor of Tai Chi Chuan, was a Daoist saint by the name of Shang Sang Feng. Shang Sang Feng had a total of 3 disciples, and each of the three, became the patriarch of a separate branch of the Chinese internal martial arts schools. One disciple became patriarch of all styles of Tai Chi, Chen style included, the other, of schools such as Baguazhang and Xing Yi, and the other, the patriarch of many unknown-in-the-west southern Chinese internal styles. The internal schools of Kung Fu, all hold that Shang Sang Feng is the patriarch of their systems, sorry all of them, with the exception of the Chens.

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When will the latest Tai Chi Chasers episode be put on Youtube?

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