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Oddih med učenjem taijija v naši šoli na Kitajskem

Prejšnjo soboto, po napornem tednu vadbe taijija, so nas trenerji jangšhouske Tai chi in Kung Fu šole povabili na piknik k čudoviti reki Li Jiang. Li Jiang je ena od dveh rek, ki tečeta skozi Yangshuo, druga je Yulong. Li je ena večjih rek na Kitajskem in nedaleč od naše šole je prijetna plaža, ki jo domačini imenujejo kar ‘skrita plaža’.

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Ker je plaža oddaljena le za krajši sprehod, smo otovorili kolesa in motorje s hrano in pijačo, ki bi napolnila trebuhe stotih prestradanih kamel in se odpravili na pot. Pridružilo se nam je še nekaj deklet, ki delajo v hotelih vasice Shibanqiaa in katere so bile presrečne, da bodo lahko imele priložnost vaditi svojo angleščino in plavanje. Nemalo nazaj nas je kar dobro namakal dež, tokrat pa je bilo prijetnih 28 stopinj celzija. Posledično je bila plaža kar živahno obiskana, a našli smo prijetno senco pod nizkimi drevesi.

Ko smo se namestili, je vsakdo odšel nabirat suha drva, medtem pa je Fred, upravnik naše šole, izkopal jamo za ogenj. Nekateri so napihnili številne ‘šlauhe’ in razne obroče ter čon, ki so ga prinesli s seboj. Medtem ko so naši trenerji pričeli peči naslastnejšega piščanca in ribe na žarečem oglju, smo se nekateri vrgli v reko ali pa samo uživali na plaži na soncu. Nekdo od učencev je prinesel kitaro in zapeli smo nekaj pesmi, dokler ni bila hrana pečena.

Study and learn at our Tai Chi school in China - BBQ eatingFred nam je skuhal izvrsten riž in to v bambusovi cevi, ki jo je položil na vroče oglje. Medtem smo plavali in se igravali v reki s slikovitimi kraškimi hribčki v ozadju. Spekli so tudi banane, ki so jih zavili v aluminijaste folije in jim dodali košček čokolade za okus.

Ko je sonce zašlo, je bil čas, da pospravimo svoj piknik prostor in jo odrinemo nazaj proti šoli. Oboji, učenci in trenerji smo preživeli lep dan in upamo, da ga bomo še kdaj ponovili. Zdaj pa se že veselimo naslednjega tedna učenja taijija v tem najmirnejšem koncu Kitajske.

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Cameron Mc Dowall
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Illlustrated Explanation of Silk Reeling Essence of Taijiquan

Chansijing“The words in the second internal circle (outside the little Yin-yang symbol) are: Ke Nian (Restraining Thought; on the right), Wang Nian (Deceitful Thought; on the left), Si Nian (Personal Thought); then, following the spiral, are: Bailu Haoran zhi Qi (White Path Noble Spirit), Heilu ji Xue Qi (Black Path is Animal Spirit), Rensheng zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Human Life), Tiandi zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Heaven and Earth), Taiji zhi Yinyang (Yin and Yang of Taiji). 

The first white path and black path are like Taiji Yin and Yang existing within Wuji (Limitless). The second white path and black path are like Taiji that gives birth to two Yi; these two Yi are Yin and Yang, e.g. Heaven and Earth. The third white path and black path are like Qi of Yin, Yang and Wuxing (Five Elements) that every man has and needs to live. The fourth white path is what Mengzi called Noble Spirit (Haoran zhi Qi); black path is man’s Animal Spirit (Xue Qi, literally Blood Qi) which, if joins Morality and Justice (Daoyi), becomes Spirit of Righteousness (Zheng Qi, literally Upright Qi), e.g. Noble Spirit. The fifth white path is the Mind of Dao (Dao Xin), the one that governs Qi. Qi can not move without Principle (Li), this Principle is within one’s Character (Xing). Black path is Human Mind (Ren Xin), what sages and men of virtue called Personal Mind (Si Xin). White point inside is Restraining Thought (Ke Nian), while black point is Deceitful Thought (Wang Nian). Only saints are able to keep Restraining Thoughts only and get rid of Deceitful Thoughts. Deceitful Thoughts are what Gaozi called feeding sexual desire (Si Se Xing). All humans have them. If a man could get rid of these selfish thoughts so that they would never appear, then (he would be) of pure heavenly nature (e.g. of pure primordial nature). (If one is) of pure heavenly nature, then while practicing boxing one would move following Nature’s Mystery (Tianji), naturally, lively, the original shape of Taiji would be unintentionally revealed in my body.

The three big external circles advance Yin and Yang from their beginnings; three internal circles say what Yin and Yang are being governed by. Three internal circles, e.g. what a man receives, are all within third circle, and originally there was no need to draw any further circles. (However since I) was afraid (that people would) practice boxing without understanding the principle of Qi governing, so there had to be another picture drawn, and (I tentatively) draw it to make it easier to understand. What is important is that three internal circles are all within third circle, third circle is within the second one, the second one is within the first one. This drawing explains particularly the core of guarding life (Wei Sheng), wonderful formula of Qi returning (Huan Qi). (If one) is expert in moving Qi (Yun Qi), only then one can guard one’s life; if one can guard one’s life, then there is support for one’s Character Restoration (Fu Xing), and Qi can rely on (this). Such Taiji Boxing is a study beneficial for body (Shen) and mind (Xin), character (Xing) and life (Ming). Sages say that cultivating one’s moral character lies in Character Restoration, which means guarding life and moving Qi are the core of cultivating one’s moral character and restoring it. (I do) not know (if this is) correct or not, for the time being (I gave) illustrated explanation to make it more funny.”
–   Illlustrated Explanation of Silk Reeling Essence of Taijiquan.  By Chen Xin (1949-1929).  Translated from Chinese and edited by Jarek Szymanski, 1999.  

Tai Chi Retreat: it all started with a quest for inner peace

Why not get along to Christine Liang’s wonderfully written blog about her experiences of training at the Yansguo Tai Chi & Kung Fu School. If you want to know what it is really like staying at the school and training here this is a good place to start. There is a short excerpt below and of you want to read more go and visit her blog.

“Yesterday, while having a crazy crazy day at work, with all kinds of issues driving me nuts, Master Fu came to my rescue. My phone rang and I saw it was him. It doesn’t happen often that Master Fu calls my mobile. Especially since I’ve left his school, two months ago.  So I grabbed my phone, anxious, excited, and I answered, “Fu Lao Shi, ni hao!”

Master Fu was at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, on a transit, and he was just calling to say hi and check on me. He said he was sorry he couldn’t make time to see me, but being in Shanghai, he couldn’t help but wondering how I was doing in that crazy city.

I told him that I am doing fine, that there are days when I’m drowning myself so much into work that I almost forget where I live. But on overall, things are great, because I was lucky enough to find a company where people really care (about doing a good job, and about each other). I also told Master Fu how I’m struggling to keep up with my daily taichi practice, that unfortunately I can feel my form is regressing already.

Master Fu was all supportive, not pointing at anything that I should or should not do. He just said, “I’m glad you’re doing well and that’s great you’re trying to practice everyday. But don’t put too much pressure on yourself, just enjoy taichi and there’ll be a time in the future when you’ll be able to focus on the training again.” So simple, but so comforting”.

Read more at the Tai Chi Retreat blog by Christine Liang

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