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Tai Chi Student Roy Hanney returns to China

This June a regular student at the Yangshuo Tai Chi and Kung Fu School will return to southern China to spend the summer training with us. We asked Roy what he likes about the school and what he wants to learn this summer.

Roy Hanney Training at Yangshuo Tai Chi School China“Well I first came to the school in 2009 and spent a week learning the short form. Then I came back for longer the following summer to learn the Laojia and stayed for 6 weeks. In the UK where I normally, live I train at the Seven Stars Yoga and Tai Chi School in Portsmouth. The teacher there, Andy Cullen is very experienced and we learn Yang Style with him. Last year I started teaching beginners under his supervision and I hope to do more of this when I get back to the UK. Making the change from Yang Style to Chen style has been very challenging but also very rewarding”.
“The important thing about the school for me is that the quality of teaching is very high. Master Fu always makes an effort to coach you when you need it and the attention you get from the assistant instructors is excellent. Of course the sense of community there is really nice as you live, eat and sleep with each other 24/7. One of the things I am very much looking forward to is a late afternoon swim in the river Li after training”.

“The long term aim for me is to get to a level where I can teach back in the UK. There are a few Chen style schools in England but not many following the lineage from GM Chen Zhenglai. This makes it difficult to get good instruction unless I come to China. With any luck I may get the chance to learn the Laojia Erliu this summer and for someone my age and fitness that is going to be very challenging”.

We all look forward to seeing you again Roy and hope we can make your stay this summer a worthwhile one.

Omeida Chinese Academy gets a taste of Tai Chi

On a sunny afternoon The Yangshuo Tai Chi and King Fu School invaded the street outside Omeida Chinese Academy to give students an incredible demonstration of the ancient practice of Tai Chi. The performance started with the graceful, flowing, movements, designed to encourage a channeling of inner energy and work with the opposing forces of the Yin and the Yang. Six students went through the basic flow to show the basis of Tai Chi.

Omeida Chinese AcademyIndividual performances followed, incorporating the use of a straight sword. Traditionally, students study the weapons as a way of extending the Qi they have already developed. This requires the participant to bring their study to a higher level as positions are modified and the body and sword become one as do the mind and sword.

To demonstrate the idea of opposing force, the Tai Chi students maintained a block stance and encouraged Omeida’s students to try and knock them down by pushing at the waist. The stance is very strong and the holder watches his opponent to see which way he is moving and responds accordingly. Many students tried, and even with a difference in physical size, no Omeida student was able to knock down a Tai Chi student. Even the strongest looking student, failed when positioned properly, causing everyone laugh and cheer.

As the performance came to an end, Omedia’s students were invited to try the meditative flow of Tai Chi forthemselves. Fifteen students lined up in the street and were led through the movements. Some had tried Tai Chi before, but many had not. It was agreed that the movements left participants feeling rejuvenated and calmer. Many students said that they would like to incorporate Tai Chi into their daily lives as a way to relieve stress.

Omeida Chinese Academy has partnered with Master Fu’s Tai Chi and Kung Fu school to allow students more opportunity to learn about the traditional martial arts. Students will be able to see more demonstrations and participate for themselves as they learn Chinese in Yangshuo.

Roy Hanney - Learn about Qigong in ChinaRoy Hanney – is a university lecturer living and working in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China. He practices taiji, qigong and yoga with a particular passion for Chen Style Taijiquan. In his spare time he makes films, authors websites and makes video art. He blogs about his encounters with Qigong and Daoist healing arts at his website: http://www.qigonginchina.com

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.  

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