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Articles: Taijiquan

Theory of Taiji Ball Qigong (太極球氣功之理論)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, November 12, 2018

The theoretical foundation of taiji ball qigong is based on the theory and philosophy of taiji (太極). From this theory, practices were developed. In order to understand the root of taiji ball qigong training, you must first understand the meaning of taiji in taiji ball qigong. More >>

The Value of Differentiated Movement

John Loupos, M.S., H.S.E., November 5, 2018

Your ability to move in a differentiated manner is truly a measure of how freely you can live in your own body. Differentiated movement is a foundational concern to all tai chi and martial arts practitioners and is important, as well, to many other sports and movement disciplines. More >>

Essential Elements of Metarobics and Tai Chi for Therapy

Peter Anthony Griffin, PhD., September 17, 2018

Tai chi is fast becoming a popular exercise, resulting in a wide range of teaching methods. Some changes are beneficial, but others may reduce or even eliminate the unique benefits of tai chi. This chapter provides a brief overview of the development of tai chi for health and discusses what to look for when choosing a class to maximize the benefits of tai chi from a Metarobic and structural perspective. More >>

Metarobics and Tai Chi: How a Student with Cancer Changed My Understanding of Exercise

Peter Anthony Gryffin, August 20, 2018

My awareness of how the body responds to certain kinds of movement occurred over a period of several years, and quite by accident. It was a gradual process. It began with the first student who came to me convinced that tai chi had cured her cancer. Over time, I came to realize that a large variety of chronic diseases shared a common element—an element directly affected by tai chi and similar exercises, which have unique and measurable effects on blood oxygen saturation and diffusion. More >>

Discovering Ancient Secrets for Modern Life

Lee Holden, August 13, 2018

During college my greatest teachers were not professors, and the greatest lessons were not revealed in the classroom. The University of California at Berkeley, which I attended, was home to more than 20 Nobel Prize winning teachers, had an unprecedented research reputation, and was the number one public university in the country. Still, the wisdom I discovered came from teachers without doctorates who taught in a small building across town that I would never have known existed if I had not been lead there. More >>

Tai Chi and Economics

John Loupos, July 2, 2018

Ordinarily the word "economics" conjures up thoughts of money, governments, budgets and expenditures – pretty boring stuff if you're not an economist. However, the word "economy" simply refers to the effects, as measured by the relative advantages or disadvantages, of any causal behavior within any system. The most important and immediate economy in your life has to do not with what's in your wallet, but in how you choose to organize and live in your own body. More >>

Learn Chen-Style Tai Chi

Chenhan Yang, June 11, 2018

Tai chi has become more and more popular as a mainstream exercise, usually practiced in slow motion to improve health. Research has shown that tai chi practice can improve our body coordination, improve balance, and reduce risks for falls, especially for seniors. Tai chi practice can also help to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. More >>

Tai Chi, Metarobics and World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

Peter Anthony Gryffin, PhD, April 23, 2018

Every year thousands around the globe celebrate and promote tai chi on World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQGD). This event was founded almost 20 years ago by Bill Douglas, as a way to promote interest in these exercises. And it worked. Every year many schools who participate in this event bring in new students. And I am excited to announce that this may get even better – new research and the release of my book Mindful Exercise: Metarobics, Healing, and the Power of Tai Chi, byYMAA, August 2018, holds promise for attracting even more to these health and life giving arts. More >>

Perspectives on Tai Chi, Somatics, & Life

John Loupos, April 16, 2018

Live In the Moment, Not For the Moment. One of the great benefits of martial arts practice, and especially internal arts such as tai chi, is the underlying theme of being present to oneself –of being in the moment. More >>

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

What Does Taiji Training Include?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 19, 2018

Taiji has been evolving for more than seven hundred years, and it is very difficult to state just exactly what makes up the art. The content of the art has varied from one generation to the next. For example, one generation might specialize in the taiji spear, and gradually come to ignore other aspects of the art, such as the sword or saber. The contents of the system can also vary from one teacher to another. One might have learned only the sword from his master, and so naturally the sword would be the only weapon he could teach. Some masters will emphasize a particular principle or training method because of their experience, temperament, or research, or perhaps create a new training style for a new weapon. More >>

Combining Qigong, Yoga and Acupressure Using Meridian Qigong Exercises

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 7, 2018

Over the last fifty years, I have been searching for and compiling information on the qigong and yoga (which is essentially Indian qigong) that can be effectively used to benefit today's society. Our lifestyle today is very different from that of a hundred years ago. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

How Do You Learn Taijiquan?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 21, 2018

Whether or not a person learns something depends upon his attitude and seriousness. First he must make a firm decision to learn it, and then he must have a strong will to fulfill his intention. He needs perseverance and patience to last to the end. Even if a person has all these virtues, his achievement might still be different from that of another person’s who has the same qualities and personality. More >>

David Grantham performing tai chi ball

Introduction and Short History of Tai Chi Ball Qigong

David W. Grantham, Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, January 9, 2018

Though the existence of taiji ball qigong has been common knowledge in both Chinese martial arts and laymen societies, its popularity has been limited due to the secrecy of the training techniques. Taiji ball qigong training, in each style, was kept secret and passed down only to trusted students. More >>

Introducing New YMAA Author! Daisy Lee

David Silver, January 3, 2018

This article is being reposted to reintroduce Daisy Lee, one of YMAA's newest authors. Daisy Lee is the disciple of the 58th generation lineage holder, Master Wang San Hua, descendent of Hua Tuo, originator of the root form of medical qigong, Five Animal Qigong (五禽戲) from Bo Zhou, China. More >>

A Melding of Philosophies—One for One, & One for All

John Loupos, January 3, 2018

This article will share thoughts on both spectrums – approaches for personalized individual direction, and for social strategies, i.e. codes of conduct if you will. Hopefully, you may find something here worthy of your review and consideration. More >>

Introduction to Qi Gong Part 2

Lee Holden, August 21, 2017

I was ten years old, lying in my bed.  My dad was standing in the door way speaking in a low deep voice, "10 feel your body relaxing, 9, going deeper now, 8 very relaxed, 7, your body is so relaxed that it feels like your floating on a cloud…" He was guiding me through a visualization.  Every night before bed, either my mom or dad would guide us kids through a deep relaxation technique. More >>

Introduction to Qi Gong Part 1

Lee Holden, August 14, 2017

Qi means life force energy. The ancient pictogram of Qi represented mist coming off water or steam coming off rice. The mist and steam signified that Qi was invisible. The rice meant that Qi nourished the body. More >>

Introducing new YMAA Author! Lee Holden, Part 2, In His Own Words

Lee Holden, August 7, 2017

For the next month, I would go to Master Chia's house and work out every day. We would train for about an hour and a half, practicing tai chi, qi gong, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques. What I kept realizing again and again was that this practice was not new age fluff, but a body-mind-spirit science. Master Chia was showing me formulas that had been tested for the last 4,000 years. He explained that these exercise and meditation routines were like a well-trodden path to the top of the inner mountain. If you practice them, you will reach the peak and enjoy the expanding vista of a clear mind and radiant health. More >>

Introducing new YMAA Author! Lee Holden, In His Own Words

Lee Holden, July 31, 2017

I was ten years old, lying in my bed.  My dad was standing in the doorway speaking in a low deep voice, "10, feel your body relaxing, 9, going deeper now, 8, very relaxed, 7, your body is so relaxed that it feels like your floating on a cloud…" He was guiding me through a visualization.  Every night before bed, either my mom or dad would guide us kids through a deep relaxation technique.  By the time I was 15, I was proficient in self-relaxation and visualization techniques. I would use the technique to help with school, sports and martial arts classes (Karate, Kung Fu, and even Capoeira). More >>

Fun with Words, Tai Chi Style—"TRUST"

John Loupos, July 3, 2017

"Trust" is a fascinating concept. Its presence, its absence, or its antithesis have shaped human history on its grandest scales as well as at every increment of human interaction. More >>

Helen Liang's Triumph Over Tragedy: Healing Cancer with Tai Chi, Qigong, and Chinese Medicine Part 2

Helen Liang, June 20, 2017

After a profound year of meditation, qigong, and internal martial arts, Helen's hair had grown back. Still frail, the experience only seemed to make her beauty all the more ethereal. It was then 1997, and promoter Jeff Bolt was having a groundbreaking event in Orlando, a pay-per-view sanshou fight coupled with a live demonstration performance featuring the top martial arts talent of North America. More >>

Helen Liang's Triumph Over Tragedy: Healing Cancer with Tai Chi, Qigong, and Chinese Medicine Part 1

Helen Liang, June 12, 2017

Miracles are in short supply these days, though we seek them daily. Sometimes we find them, or possibly they find us. Helen Liang, a beautiful young girl, lay dying in a Vancouver, Canada hospital bed, the victim of a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma (cancer). After a devastating course of chemotherapy failed to eradicate the disease, doctors told her that she had only two weeks to live. More >>

Introducing YMAA Author: Helen Liang's Early Training Years

David Silver, May 7, 2017

Bestselling YMAA author Helen Liang was born in a very remote village in China's Sichuan province during the Cultural Revolution, where her father had been forced to relocate after graduating from University for "re-education." Her father, the legendary martial artist Liang Shou-Yu was already a famous kung fu teacher, highly educated, and one of China's top coaches.  Grandmaster Liang was raised on Emei mountain, where he started training at the age of six with his renowned grandfather, Liang, Zhi-Xiang. More >>

Balance and Tai Chi

John Loupos, May 1, 2017

Balance, by which I mean physical balance when upright, is a concern often expressed by potential students prior to taking up their studies at Tai Chi. They want to know: can Tai Chi help them improve their balance? While I'm generally hopeful and upbeat about how Tai Chi can serve students in this regard, there are multiple factors and considerations that come into play where balance is concerned. I feel it is prudent to have a basic understanding of these different factors in order to fashion a reasonable and realistic approach to helping students improve their balance through Tai Chi. More >>

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day with Tai Chi—The Art of Fitness

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 24, 2017

The World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will be held on April 29, 2017.  The whole world celebrates this day by participating in tai chi and qigong practice in a natural setting at 10 a.m. in all different cities, from time zone to time zone.  I will be celebrating at Bay Front Park, Sarasota, Florida (near Marina Jack.)   This is a free event that I highly recommend to people of all ages and all different physical abilities. Come to try and to experience the World Qi Wave; to feel it, embrace it, and to use it to benefit our body, mind, and our spirit. More >>

What is Taiji?

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 3, 2017

Taiji is an ancient Chinese exercise for health improvement, spiritual growth, disease prevention, healing assistance, and self-defense. It involves slow, circular movements; mental concentration; breath control; relaxation; and meditation. More >>

Learning Training Sequences of Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 16, 2017

Every taiji master has his own sequence of training, emphasizing his methods and content. The following is a list of general training procedures according to my experience with three taiji masters and his teaching experience of more than thirty years. More >>

About a Real Fight

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 20, 2017

Before you get into a fight, you must first ask yourself a few things: Is this fight necessary? What is my motivation in this fight? What are my chances of winning? What will the consequences be? More >>

Footwork and Figure Eights with a Staff

Footwork and Figure Eights with a Staff

Joe Varady, January 18, 2017

Footwork is essential to hitting your opponent without getting hit yourself, which is really the whole point of staff fighting. The general rule on footwork is to keep your body weight balanced over a stable, but fluidly mobile base, staying light on the balls of your feet at all times. More >>

The Importance of Posture in Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 29, 2016

Since taijiquan is an internal qigong martial style, correct posture is essential. Incorrect postures can cause many problems: a tight posture can stagnate the internal qi circulation, wrong postures may expose your vital points to attack, and floating shoulders and elbows will break the jing and reduce jing storage. More >>

Tai Chi for Women

Helen Liang, November 18, 2016

Tai chi originated in China as a martial art, and has been known for centuries as a mind-body practice that brings practitioners fitness, health, and wellness. More >>

Experience Tai Chi Fitness

Experience Tai Chi Fitness

David-Dorian Ross, October 10, 2016

Tai Chi Fit is a unique workout that I have developed after decades of traditional tai chi (taijiquan) practice. It is an effort to make tai chi more fun and accessible, while making your fitness more graceful and holistic. It’s a ride along the wave of your inner power, like surfing on your own life energy (Qi). More >>

Analysis of Taijiquan Techniques

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 22, 2016

It is important to understand how martial sequences are created and what purposes they serve. Sometimes people who lack this understanding tend to view the taijiquan sequence as a dance or abstract movement. A proper understanding of the root of the art will help you practice in the most effective way. More >>

Introduction of Yang Style Lao Liu Lu Taijiquan

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, August 8, 2016

In the time of Qing Dynasty, taijiquan was quite popular in the royal palace due to Prince Pu Lun Bei Zi, a man of great power and wealth, who appreciated the fighting technique of Yang-style taijiquan. He recognized the martial applications disguised in the slow, graceful movements, as if there were needles hidden, wrapped in cotton. More >>

Reflections on Taijiquan—A Complex Art

Reflections on Taijiquan—A Complex Art

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 6, 2016

One of the best decisions I ever made in my life is to learn Taijiquan. It is one thing that has always brought me great happiness. I cannot deny how much health I have gained, how balanced my mind has become, and how deeply I have pondered life since I began training it at 16 years old. Taijiquan enabled me to not only live a healthy life, but also a calm and peaceful one. More >>

Taijiquan and Buddhadharma

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, May 30, 2016

The three dharma seals in Buddhadharma: impermanence, non-self, and nirvana. In the sutras it is said that whatever is phenomenal is impermanent, everything is of non-self, and nirvana is perfect tranquility. The three dharma seals are the general principles of truth, which guide the enlightened to "wisdom" and human beings to understand the "world" with its extensive and profound theories. More >>

The Hidden Shaolin Taizu Chang Quan Roots of Chen Taijiquan

Salvatore Canzonieri, May 23, 2016

Shaolin Lohan (Luohan) Quan, Tai Tzu Chang Quan, and Taiji Quan (originating from Chen village), all represent a very ancient history of Chinese martial arts that are associated with health and mental well being besides physical fitness and self-defense. By the time the grand Emperor Chao Kuang-Yin had visited Shaolin temple during the early Sung Dynasty and gifted them with a series of books that contained his own Chang Quan and Hong Quan forms and other martial art ideas, Shaolin already had hundreds of years of chi gung and martial arts development under its belt via its creation of the Lohan style. More >>

24 Hours of World Peace—Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day

David-Dorian Ross, April 20, 2016

David-Dorian Ross, an acclaimed international tai chi teacher, has worked for decades to bring tai chi to the mainstream. Ross is also a recipient of eight US Gold Medals, a World Silver medal and two World Bronze medals in tai chi. Now he is taking instruction to the next level by offering to the tai chi community the first interactive online streaming video. More >>

Some Remarks About Sparring

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 18, 2016

Taijiquan is an internal style of Chinese martial arts. All Chinese martial styles, after a thousand years of practice and experience, understand that in order to have an effective way of fighting, they must acquire the four skills of kicking, striking, wrestling, and Qin Na. More >>

Tai Chi Sword Techniques

Tai Chi Sword Techniques

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 4, 2016

Generally speaking, due to geographical differences, northern Chinese martial artists have developed techniques, which emphasize long and middle range fighting, while southern martial artists focus on firm root, and specialize in short and middle range fighting. Sword techniques, which emerged, therefore differed according to this developmental influence. More >>

Key Points in Taiji Pushing Hands

Key Points in Taiji Pushing Hands

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 21, 2016

Almost every Chinese martial style, both external and internal, has its own hand-matching training similar to Taiji's pushing hands. In southern external styles it is commonly called Qiao Shou (Bridge Hands) or Pan Shou (Coiling Hands), while in northern external styles it is called Da Shou (Folding Hands) or Dui Shou (Opposite Hands.) More >>

Tai Chi 48 Form Movements

Tai Chi 48-Form Movements

Helen Liang, February 29, 2016

The Tai Chi 48-form is traditionally taught divided into six sections, so you may focus on adding a small number of movements to your overall form gradually. The first section stresses basic hand and foot movements and the essential Peng, Lu, Ji, An (Ward Off, Rollback, Press, and Push). More >>

Step-by-Step Tai Chi 24-Form

Tai Chi 24-Form Movements

Helen Liang, February 19, 2016

These are the movements of the official Tai Chi 24-form, which is often referred to as the "Simplified" form. This list and the video included show this traditional form as it was originally intended to be performed correctly. More >>

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Discover the Tai Chi 48 Form

Helen Liang, February 1, 2016

The Tai Chi 48-movement form is ideal for those interested experiencing in the true essence of tai chi chuan, because it combines powerful techniques from all styles into a sequence embodying the spirit of relaxation and softness with circular, continuous movements.  There are over 250 million people worldwide that practice tai chi daily for health benefits.  More >>

Additional Exercises With a Partner for Tai Chi Ball

Additional Exercises With a Partner for Tai Chi Ball

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 30, 2015

It is advisable to have one partner at a time lead the exchanges in the beginning. Follow this with the freestyle method of exchanging where either person may choose to change the direction of the pattern between yin and yang. The following exercises will be the vertical yin-yang circling patterns using both sets of hands on the ball, followed by each person using a single hand attached to the ball. When practicing the exercises using both sets of hands, the ball will be turned slightly along its horizontal axis allowing a crisscross pattern. More >>

Train with a Partner using a Tai Chi Ball

Train with a Partner using a Tai Chi Ball

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, November 23, 2015

Practice with a partner. This will allow you to focus on your sense of distancing as well as enhancing your connecting, adhering, and sticking jin skills. Whether you are practicing pushing hands or engaged with your enemy, these skills are necessary for positioning an opponent into a disadvantage and defeating them. In the following exercises, when it is recommended that one person at a time initiate a movement, the training for the passive partner is to stick to the ball and yield to the direction of the initiating partner. This is also an important element in training. More >>

Discover the Tai Chi 24 Form

Discover the Tai Chi 24 Form

Helen Liang, Liang, Shou-Yu, October 19, 2015

The Simplified Tai Chi 24 form is the most popular tai chi form in the world. With only 24 movements, it is the perfect way to experience the amazing health benefits of a shortened tai chi form, no matter your current fitness level. The ancient art of tai chi is often described as "moving meditation" because it stimulates your mind, body, and spirit. More >>

Tai Chi Ball – A Lost Art

Tai Chi Ball – A Lost Art

David Silver, October 5, 2015

Practice with a wood or stone ball was traditionally part of the curriculum when studying many Chinese martial art styles, until about a hundred years ago. Because of repeated cultural upheaval, some of the deeper aspects of tai chi (known formally as taijiquan, "grand ultimate fist") were lost over time. But now, the taiji qiu or tai chi ball is making a comeback. More >>

Tai Chi Sword for Beginners

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, September 14, 2015

Tai Chi Chuan is a kind of moving meditation with ancient roots in Chinese martial arts. Beyond the bare hand Tai Chi form awaits the elegant and highly effective Tai Chi Sword, which has long been considered the highest achievement in Tai Chi training. The beautiful and flowing Tai Chi Sword form will strengthen your body, sharpen your mind, and raise your spirit. More >>

Qi and Taijiquan

Qi and Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 24, 2015

There are several questions taiji practitioners frequently ask. How do I experience qi in taijiquan? How do I generate qi? How can taijiquan benefit the body and bring me health? How is qi circulated in taijiquan? How do I use my qi in the martial applications of taijiquan? What is the relationship of qi to jing? All these questions are very important for the practitioner who wishes to approach the higher levels of taijiquan. More >>

Some Movements for Tai Chi Ball Practice

Some Movements for Tai Chi Ball Practice

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, August 17, 2015

The following are some movements that you may find helpful while practicing tai chi ball.  It is best to do each exercise for 12 repetitions. 1. Stationary (Ding Bu. To begin this exercise, stand in ma bu and start the stationary horizontal circling pattern using a yang pattern. Once you have increased the size of the circle to your maximum range of motion, repeat the pattern for a few repetitions. More >>

Safety In Practicing Taijiquan

Safety In Practicing Taijiquan

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, August 10, 2015

Is there a safety issue for practicing taijiquan? Yes. I occasionally listen to a program on learning taijiquan while in my car. A host once asked his guest (a famous master of taijiquan), "What physical conditions are required for learning taijiquan?" The guest answered: "You can learn taijiquan as long as your knees are fine." More >>

Saga of the Chinese Sword

Saga of the Chinese Sword

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 13, 2015

The ancient Chinese regarded the sword as a very important weapon, as evidenced by the relatively large number of documents about it and the frequency with which swords turn up in archeological digs. It is the only weapon that has been used and admired continuously from the beginning of Chinese history to the present day. More >>

On Practicing Taijiquan—The Five Mindsets

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, June 29, 2015

Many people are aware that taijiquan is beneficial, but to obtain those benefits one needs "samutpada" (arousal of earnest intention) and one has to pay the price. Everyone can afford it, but most people are reluctant to pay. Whenever I run into taijiquan enthusiasts who want to practice taijiquan with me, what I first say is, "If you want to learn taijiquan you need to pay the price. More >>

Mind Approach in Practicing Taijiquan

Henry (Yinghao) Zhuang, June 22, 2015

The Mind Approach in Practicing Taijiquan. The mind approach is a way of practicing with one's heart (mind and intent) as the guidance. It used to have no fixed patterns or rules; however, the mind approach I present has its principle based on the following six points. More >>

What's It All About?  Tai Chi

What's It All About?  Tai Chi

Ramel Rones, David Silver, May 25, 2015

Each day, millions of men and women worldwide practice the Chinese martial art Tai Chi Chuan (taijiquan), which has been known for centuries to promote deep relaxation, excellent health, and to prevent injuries and illness. This gentle moving meditation teaches you to find balance between strength and flexibility, increases bone density, while involving all of the various soft tissues in your body: muscles, tendons, ligaments, fasciae, and skin. More >>

One World, One Breath: An Interview with Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day & Qigong Day

One World, One Breath: An Interview with Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day & Qigong Day—Part 2

David Silver, Barbara Langley, April 20, 2015

I recently spoke to Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, about his experience with this amazing global event.  Here is Part 2 of the interview.  See April 13, 2015 for Part 1. More >>

One World, One Breath: An Interview with Bill Douglas, founder of World Tai Chi Day & Qigong Day—Part 1

David Silver, Barbara Langley, April 13, 2015

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTCQD) will be celebrated on April 25, 2015 at 10 a.m. in every time zone around the world. You can participate in this global day of peace by yourself or with your local tai chi group by simply practicing at 10 a.m. As the day passes, a wave of energy will encircle the globe through the hearts and minds of practitioners on every continent. More >>

Power Training for Tai Chi Sword

Power Training for Tai Chi Sword

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 6, 2015

According to Chinese martial Qigong, the power is first generated from the mind. From the mind, the Qi is led to the physical body to manifest it as power. Therefore, we can see that the Qi is the energy, while the physical body is like the machine. A detailed explanation of Qigong can be found in the YMAA book The Essence of Shaolin White Crane. More >>

About Pushing Hands—Part 2

About Pushing Hands—Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 30, 2015

An (Press or Push Down) means to settle the wrist. It is executed by using the base of the palm, either one palm or both palms can press and push. An can be divided into offensive An and defensive An. In offensive An, the base of the palm is used to push upward to the chin to destroy the opponent's central equilibrium; to the throat to seal the opponent's breath; to push forward to Xinkan (Jiuwei) (i.e., solar plexus area) to seal the breath as well as destroy the opponent's central equilibrium or shock his heart; to push downward to the abdominal area to destroy the stability of the lower part of his body or to seal his breath. More >>

About Pushing Hands—Part 1

About Pushing Hands—Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 23, 2015

Practicing Methods of the Four Directions and Four Corners (Eight Doors, Eight Trigrams). What are the four directions and four corners? They are the eight doors. It is also the theory of Eight Trigrams in Taijiquan. What are the four directions? More >>

Basic Taiji Theory

Basic Taiji Theory

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 16, 2015

If we desire to understand taiji theory, then we must first trace back to its origins and roots. Only then will we know how and where it came from. Although a great proportion of Chinese martial arts history is vague, we can still trace it with some accuracy and in some detail. More >>

Four Applications of Taiji Ball Qigong

Four Applications of Taiji Ball Qigong (太極球氣功之應用)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, December 15, 2014

At this stage, you should be able to practice the circling, rotation, and wrap-coiling patterns smoothly. You should also be able to perform each of these patterns comfortably while stationary, rocking, stepping, and bagua stepping. More >>

What is Qin Na?

What is Qin Na?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 17, 2014

Taijiquan (太極拳) was originally developed for combat in ancient times. Its fighting theory is to use the soft against the hard, and to use the round to neutralize the straight or square. In order to achieve this goal, the body must be soft and the movements must be smooth and natural. Taijiquan also emphasizes the cultivation of qi (氣), or internal energy. More >>

The Sword Way

The Sword Way

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, October 20, 2014

In ancient China, the way of the sword was widely respected. This was so not just because sword techniques and skills were difficult to learn. The main reason was that moral and spiritual qualities were required in order to attain the highest levels of its art. More >>

Improving Quality of Qi's Manifestation

Improving Quality of Qi's Manifestation

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, July 21, 2014

Here we will discuss how the quality of qi's circulation or manifestation can be improved. First, we should recognize that from Chinese martial art history, it was not until the fifth century that Chinese internal styles were developed, recognized, and practiced. More >>

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Guidelines for Taijiquan Practice

Liang, Shou-Yu, Wen-Ching Wu, May 12, 2014

To successfully learn taijiquan (tai chi chuan), you will need to understand some of the principles and guidelines that have accumulated over the centuries by masters of this ancient art. These principles and guidelines are the foundation of taijiquan. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 7, 2014

During the Song dynasty (A.D. 960-1278) the monks of the Shaolin Temple continued to gather more martial skills from outside sources. They blended these arts into the Shaolin training. During this period, one of the most famous Shaolin martial monks, Jueyuan, traveled around the country in order to learn and absorb high levels of martial skill into Shaolin training. More >>

Historical Survey of Chinese Martial Arts - Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 30, 2014

Chinese martial arts probably started long before history was recorded. Martial techniques were discovered or created during the long epoch of continuous conflict between humans and animals or between different tribes of humans themselves. From these battles, experiences were accumulated and techniques discovered that were passed down from generation to generation. More >>

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2014

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day) on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include hundreds of cities spanning 80 countries. Massive tai chi and qigong exhibitions will be held in public places such as parks, community centers, and tai chi schools across six continents.  It's a time for people to come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.  More >>

Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 7, 2014

How Many Techniques in Taijiquan? In the traditional bare hand sequence, the apparent number of techniques vary between 81 and 150, depending on the method used to count and group the forms. Some instructors and writers, for example, will not count repeated forms. But basically, you may judge whether a taijiquan sequence is complete by comparing the arrangement of the names given to the techniques. More >>

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

Ramel Rones, David Silver, March 17, 2014

For this exercise, we will focus on the physical muscles surrounding the lower energy center area. This skill, coordinating the movement of the abdominal and back muscles with the movement of the lungs and diaphragm, should be practiced and emphasized on its own. This exercise is one of those pillar principles that should eventually be incorporated into every mind/body prescription throughout the Sunset Tai Chi program. It is ultimately used with every breath you take. More >>

Fundamental Eight Stances

Fundamental Eight Stances (Ji Ben Ba Shi)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 24, 2014

Before you practice traditional Yang Style Taijiquan, you should first learn some important fundamental practices. These practices will help you understand the essence and the root of taijiquan practice. More >>

Taiji Sword and Its Applications

Taiji Sword and Its Applications

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, August 26, 2013

Since Taijiquan has developed for more than a thousand years, various styles have been created. There are many Taiji sword sequences in existence. All of these sequences have grown out of the same Taiji theoretical roots. More >>

Tai Chi Wall and Tree Push-Ups

Tai Chi Wall and Tree Push-Ups

Ramel Rones, David Silver, July 1, 2013

Face a wall or a tree, with your feet together and your toes about two to four feet away from the wall or tree, depending on your height and how much resistance you are looking for. The farther away from the support you are, the more resistance you will add to the muscles. More >>

What is Taijiquan?

What is Taijiquan?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 20, 2013

Let us see what is Taijiquan, as it was written down in the past. First, we must define what we mean by “taiji.” It is stated in Wang, Zong-yue’s (王宗岳) Taijiquan Classic “What is taiji? It is generated from wuji and is a pivotal function of movement and stillness. It is the mother of yin and yang. When it moves, it divides. At rest it reunites.” More >>

YMAA Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on April 27

YMAA Celebrates World Tai Chi & Qigong Day on April 27

Barbara Langley, April 22, 2013

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day)on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include 70 countries. More >>

Thoughts On Tai Chi Form And Drills

Thoughts On Tai Chi Form And Drills

Ramel Rones, David Silver, April 15, 2013

During my twenty plus years of training full-time with world-renowned Chinese masters and leading Yoga teachers has rewarded me with gold medals in the solo Tai Chi form and Tai Chi sword, as well as in fighting competitions in North America, and Europe, in China, as well. More >>

Tai Chi Fire Set Exercises for Leg Strength

Tai Chi "Fire Set" Exercises for Leg Strength

Ramel Rones, David Silver, March 11, 2013

The following three exercises make up what I call the “Fire Set,” which are “Walk and Kick Back,” “Walk Like a Warrior,” and “Up Like Smoke, Down Like a Feather.” I designed this exercise after many years of experience working with martial artists as well as elders, and stumbling into many issues of leg strength, as well as osteoporosis and sarcopenia. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong - Theory of Physical Conditioning

Taiji Ball Qigong - Theory of Physical Conditioning (強身之原理)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 4, 2013

Taiji ball qigong is able to condition the physical body and change its structure from weak to strong. In addition, it can also increase the quality of endurance of the body. Due to these reasons, taiji ball qigong can be used to enhance fighting capability, and to increase the chance of survival in ancient fighting situations. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong Training (太極球氣功之練習)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, December 3, 2012

Taiji ball qigong is a mixture of internal gong (nei gong, 內功) and external gong (wai gong, 外功). The internal gong includes the development of the feeling between the physical body and qi and also learning how to use the mind to lead the qi efficiently. More >>

Traditional Tai Chi Ball Training

Traditional Tai Chi Ball Training

Ramel Rones, September 11, 2012

The tai chi ball is a traditional training tool used to strengthen the muscles, joints, and bones. It is also a method used to open and strengthen the circulation in the belt vessel. You may use any kind or size ball or any object that will fit between your hands for this exercise. More >>

Hamstring Stretches

Hamstring Stretches

Ramel Rones, July 30, 2012

Because the hamstrings are the most stubborn muscles in our body, we need to constantly stretch them. If you think about it, the hamstrings are one of the muscles that do not have any strengthening exercises. More >>

Learning Tai Chi - the 24 and 48 Forms

Learning Tai Chi - the 24 and 48 Forms

Liang, Shou-Yu, July 16, 2012

Tai Chi Chuan is a martial art that combines martial arts movements with Qi energy circulation, breathing, and stretching techniques. It utilizes the ancient philosophy of Yin / Yang and the Five Element theories for its foundation and to establish its training principles. More >>

 Advanced Taiji Ball Training

Advanced Taiji Ball Training (高級太極球之練習)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, June 25, 2012

The following exercises are a sample of how you may take your tai chi training even further. As you will see, there is no limit as to how much you can train. It is up to you to challenge yourself to reach deeper levels of understanding and excel at taiji ball training. More >>

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 28, 2012

Celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day-April 28, 2012

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2012

"The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame."-Thomas Alva Edison More >>

Chinese Yang Style Secrets

Yang Tai Chi Family Secrets - Part 2

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 9, 2012

This is a translation of a Yang family poem titled, "The Secrets of Total Applications" by Yang, Yu (Ban-Hou). Each section is followed by commentary by Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. More >>

Yang, Ban-Hou (楊班侯)

Yang Tai Chi Family Secrets - Part 1

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 2, 2012

Taijiquan was first introduced to the West by Master Cheng, Man-Ching during the 1960's. The original focus of his effort was to teach a method of health and relaxation. It was only after several years that the art's effectiveness in reducing stress and maintaining health became widely known. More >>

Tai Chi Ball Basic Warm-up and Stretching Exercises

Tai Chi Ball Basic Warm-up and Stretching Exercises

Dr. Yang, Ming-Jwing and David Grantham, February 20, 2012

The following are basic warm-up and stretching exercises are highly recommended for any and all external exercises. They are designed to prepare the body for more strenuous activity. More >>

Yang Tai Chi for Beginners

David Silver, January 30, 2012

Yang-style Tai Chi is the most popular form in the world, with millions of practitioners. Since the Yang family popularized Tai Chi during the 1800s, the form has been passed down from teacher to student in an oral tradition, resulting in a wide variety in the way the form is practiced. More >>

David Grantham demonstrating Tai Chi Ball

Training Exercises for Tai Chi Ball

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David Grantham, October 31, 2011

The first pattern in external training exercises is known as circling. There are four different methods to complete the circle. Two are related to a vertical plane and two are related to a horizontal plane. More >>

Dr. Yang demonstrating tai chi ball

Breathing Exercises for Tai Chi

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, October 24, 2011

The following will highlight some fundamental techniques required for nei gong. Nei gong is also known as internal gongfu. Internal gong focuses on regulating the body, breathing, mind, qi, and spirit. More >>

Conflict—An Antithesis to Tai Chi

Conflict-An Antithesis to Tai Chi

John Loupos, October 17, 2011

If someone were to engage me in one of those word association games-“Say the first thing that comes to your mind when I say...Tai Chi” More >>

The Setting Sun and Tai Chi Drills

Ramel Rones, August 16, 2011

If you have an opportunity, perform tai chi drills as well as the tai chi form in the setting sun. Relax, but do not collapse your entire body and surrender physically and mentally to the gentle warmth and to the powerful drawing and cleansing energy of the setting sun. Of course, second best would be indoors while the sun is setting. More >>

Dr. Yang performing Taijiquan

How to Practice a Taijiquan Sequence

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, July 26, 2011

Normally, it takes at least three years to learn the taijiquan sequence and to circulate qi smoothly in coordination with the breathing and postures. You should then learn to transport qi and develop qi balance. Even after you have accomplished this, there is still more to learn before you can be considered a proficient taijiquan martial artist. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

Regulating the Breath

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 13, 2011

Regulating the breath means to regulate your breathing until it is calm, smooth, and peaceful. Only when you have reached this point will you be able to make the breathing deep, slender, long, and soft, which is required for successful qigong practice. Breathing is affected by your emotions. For example, when you are angry or excited you exhale more strongly than you inhale. When you are sad, you inhale more strongly than you exhale. More >>

More Benefits From the Sunset and Sunrise Tai Chi

More Benefits From the Sunset and Sunrise Tai Chi

Ramel Rones, May 2, 2011

Most of us are shallow breathers. Some of the mind-body prescriptions from both series, Sunset Tai Chi and Sunrise Tai Chi, will introduce you to various breathing techniques, which will develop your lungs and over time you will become a deep breathing individual. More >>

Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Tai Chi Series

Benefits of Sunrise and Sunset Tai Chi Series

Ramel Rones, April 25, 2011

Most of us experience relief and joy when the end of the working day has come. For our own health, when the end of the day is here it is time to change pace and let go. This “letting go” can be different for each of us as it is a time to relax and recharge. The faster we let go of past activities and focus on the present to refresh, gather forces, and dissolve the tension and stress from the day, the quicker we will be able to enjoy the rest of the evening. More >>

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day across the World—April 30, 2011

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day Across the World—April 30, 2011

Barbara Langley, April 18, 2011

On the last Saturday of April each year, the entire world is invited to move together, to breathe together—one world, one breath. World Tai Chi & Qigong Day is celebrating its 13th anniversary day on April 30. More >>

Dr. Yang performing taijiquan (Photo: P Segadaes)

Steps in Learning Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 28, 2011

Every taijiquan master has his own sequence of training, emphasizing his methods and content. The following lists general training procedures according to my learning experience with three taijiquan masters and my teaching experience of more than forty years. This is a guide only to the bare-hand training procedures of taijiquan. More >>

Taiji Ball Qigong for Health and Martial Arts

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, David W. Grantham, December 13, 2010

Since taiji ball qigong is a combination of internal elixir (nei dan) and external elixir (wai dan) qigong practice, the health benefits of taiji ball qigong can be divided into two parts, the internal and external side. Taiji ball qigong is a soft-moving meditation. Through this meditative training, you will be able to concentrate and focus your mind at a higher level. More >>

Tai Chi Intervention for Fibromyalgia

Ramel Rones, November 29, 2010

Over the past eight years I was given the opportunity to collaborate with Tufts School of Medicine researching the philosophy of Tai Chi and its effects on both arthritis of the knee and Fibromyalgia. I was asked by one of the researchers at Tufts School of Medicine to design and implement an intervention for both debilitating diseases. More >>

Jeffrey Pratt and Bill Buckley doing Pushing Hands

Daoist Breathing Improves Pushing Hands

Jeffrey Pratt, October 25, 2010

As an instructor at the YMAA School in Boston, Mass., my students often ask, “How can my pushing hands get better?” We all want to get better. Many people spend a lot of time looking for some facet of the art that they have missed or a trick to shorten their path. More >>

Form as a Vessel for Tai Chi Principle—Part 2

John Loupos, August 9, 2010

Once enrolled in my class, she was all over the place swinging her arms as if dancing to imaginary music (fine at home, perhaps, but not in Tai Chi class). This woman completely lacked structure, but more significantly, she lacked any desire for structure or willingness to consider its merits. More >>

Form as a Vessel for Tai Chi Principle—Part 1

John Loupos, August 2, 2010

When the average person thinks of Tai Chi, the image that I expect most often comes to mind is one of some person or persons practicing a slow motion Tai Chi form sequence. This is quite reasonable given Tai Chi’s usual portrayal in the various media. More >>

YMAA Taijiquan Lineage

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 31, 2010

Thanks to a recent reunion between Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming and his first Taijiquan teacher, Grandmaster Kao, Tao, we now know the complete lineage of YMAA's Yang style Taijiquan in more detail. The most interesting discovery is that Yang, Chengfu, who is famous for teaching the health aspects of Taijiquan to the public, also had indoor disciples who trained the martial side of Taijiquan. More >>

Understanding Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 3, 2010

In order to analyze the traditional Yang Style Taijiquan sequence, it is necessary to understand how martial sequences are created and the purpose they serve. Taijiquan is not a dance or abstract movement. A proper understanding of the root of the art will help you practice more effectively. More >>

History of Yang Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 26, 2010

When he was young, Yang, Lu-chan went to Chen Jia Gou in Henan province to learn taijiquan from Chen, Chang-xing. Chen realized that Yang had great potential and taught him the secrets sincerely. More >>

YMAA participates in World Tai Chi & Qigong Day April 24, 2010

Barbara Langley, April 19, 2010

It’s open house across the world, beginning in New Zealand, when World Tai Chi & Qigong Day will spread time zone by time zone across the globe through 60 countries and across six continents. There will be events in cities, towns, and villages world-wide embracing wisdom from all cultures of the world. More >>

Dr. Yang performing Taijiquan (Photo: Jon Chang)

Beyond Your Barehand Taiji Form (太極拳套)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 4, 2009

Once you have learned a basic Taiji form, whether you study Yang, Chen, or another style, there is still a great deal that traditional Taijiquan training can offer. More >>

Large Rollback begins

Lessons from the Taijiquan Form Seminar

Jeffrey Pratt, September 17, 2009

I had the chance last weekend to teach at the YMAA Boston Taiji Form Seminar. I was tapped to teach the Two Person Fighting Set. YMAA canon maintains that the Fighting Set is the last thing a person trains prior to free sparring. More >>

Shaolin: the Root of Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, June 23, 2009

After Bodhidharma (Da Mo) passed down his qigong (chi kung) theory at Shaolin Temple around 550 A.D., the Shaolin monks trained the cultivation of Qi, and realized that muscular power could be enhanced to a tremendous level, which could make martial techniques more powerful and effective. More >>

Taiji Chin Na - Martial Application

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, May 4, 2009

Taijiquan was originally developed for combat in ancient times. Its fighting theory is to use the soft against the hard, and to use the round to neutralize the straight or square. More >>

Dr. Aihan Khun practicing sitting Qigong

The True Quality of Tai Chi

Dr. Aihan Kuhn, CMD, April 20, 2009

What is Tai Chi? How does Tai Chi improve health? People ask me these questions all the time. Some ask because they see so many people doing these exercises in the park. Others ask because they can hardly believe there can be any benefits from such slow body movements. More >>

Robert Chuckrow

Taiji and Qigong

Robert Chuckrow, April 6, 2009

Those who practice both Taiji and Qigong as separate arts soon realize that Qigong is included among the many layers encompassed by Taiji. Knowingly doing Taiji movement as Qigong not only adds the benefits of Qigong but also improves the quality of the Taiji movements. More >>

Seniors practicing Taiji on the beach

Senior Moments #2: Taiji, Happy Toes, and Piano Fingers

Roger Whidden, February 17, 2009

So how does one teach Taijiquan to seniors, rehabbers, and the generally unfit? Consult the ancients, "The best leader follows." These people are generally coming to Taiji because of a life urgency (old age, sickness, injury, etc.) which has created an opportunity for change. More >>

Roger Whidden leading a class in Marshfield, MA

Senior Moments #1: "Because we can't"

Roger Whidden, January 30, 2009

Back in the day of the last millennia, I had my first venture into teaching Martial Arts to the elderly. I secured a nice gig at the local senior center. There were about twenty intrepid explorers ready for the unknown. More >>

Zhang, San-Feng

Zhang, San-Feng and the Ancient Origins of Taijiquan part 2

David Silver, December 1, 2008

How old are Taijiquan and Taiji philosophy? Recent findings indicate that the basic Taiji movements and Internal Arts theory of breathing and Qi circulation pre-date Zhang and Chen significantly. More >>

Zhang, San-Feng

Zhang, San-Feng and the Ancient Origins of Taijiquan

David Silver, November 22, 2008

The origin of Taijiquan is a controversial issue. Some trace Taijiquan to the Chen family in the 1600's and others trace the art further back to Master Zhang, San-Feng. Both are correct. And neither of them created Taijiquan. More >>

Dr. Yang in meditation posture

Taijiquan Theory of Reaching Enlightenment

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, November 12, 2008

In the practice of Taijiquan pushing hands, Taiji circle sticking hands, and Taijiquan free fighting, etc., you must practice until you have reached a stage where there is no discrimination of the opponent. More >>

Taijiquan Master Kao Tao

Taijiquan Master Kao, Tao - Dr. Yang's teacher

Nicholas C. Yang, Milan Vigil, David Silver, September 23, 2008

Dr. Yang's first Taijiquan master, Grandmaster Kao, Tao (高濤), who Dr. Yang lost contact with after leaving for college and moving to the U.S., has finally been found in Taipei, Taiwan. More >>

Tai Chi Dynamics

Robert Chuckrow, June 25, 2008

Those who study Taiji know that its important concepts are frequently elusive, and, for many practitioners, much of the modern Taiji literature of substantive content is difficult to understand. More >>

Taijiquan Pushing Hands

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 14, 2008

Almost every Chinese martial style, both external and internal, has its own hand-matching training similar to Taiji's pushing hands. More >>

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