Gong Fa is the foundation of the Hun Yuan Tai Chi system. It involves nurturing and cultivating qi (energy). If one merely practises movements without developing this internal aspect, one misses the essence of Tai Chi. Hun Yuan Qigong, Fa Soong Gong, Quiet Standing, Tai Chi Ruler, Chan Si Gong (Silk Reeling Exercises) and Tai Chi Bang (Stick) are all parts of this Gong Fa foundation training. Each of the above components has been designed to help students experience different aspects of t
Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang (1928- ) is one of China’s ten greatest martial arts masters. He is the founder of the Hun Yuan Tai Chi system. From his more than sixty years of experience in Chinese martial and health arts, he emphasises the need to develop internal energy and, to this end, he recommends the practice of the Hun Yuan Qigong set.
Today we hear a lot about practising mindfulness which has many benefits. Basically, we can say that it is bringing the light of awareness into our lives. When our mind or attention is present, our activities have a different feel and quality to them. They immediately go from unconscious to conscious. When we act or live unconsciously, we are not living to the full. We respond out of habit and become robotic. We seem to be living in our heads, usually fantasizing about an event in the future or reminiscing about the past. Mindfulness helps us stay in the moment.
Everyone eats and drinks but few people really savour the experience. Most of us become increasingly robotic in our movements and thinking patterns. Life lived at this level lacks depth and vibrancy. This state of mind creates many health issues and leads to suffering. It is because we are unable to feel how certain things affect our body and mind. Perhaps we are not eating well and skipping exercise. When we become sick, we do not see the connection. We tend to blame it on someone or something else instead.
We recently held our 9th Tai Chi and Meditation Retreat at the wonderful SIBA centre in East Gippsland, Victoria. We were blessed with great weather and were joined by 30 people from Canberra, the South Coast, Melbourne, as far away as Queensland and as close as Bairnsdale (about an hour away). Participants such as Kath Kovac from Dalton (near Canberra) and Di Bacon and Rod Dunn from Quaama have been coming for many years. It is great to see these students who are like old friends to us and are a great inspiration to so many others.
“Tai Chi is born from wuji and is the mother of yin and yang. In motion they separate, in stillness they combine.” – Tai Chi Classics
When you begin learning Tai Chi, you hear a lot about the term yin and yang. However, how do yin and yang apply to this art and how can they be used to improve our skill and understanding in our practice?
How can we master an art? There are so many steps. At first, you need to be interested in learning it, then you have to find a teacher and finally you must follow all the steps correctly. However, it does not always work this way. You might just stumble across something and gradually fall in love with it. So the art might choose you at first, then you see its value and then you choose it.