Needle at Sea Bottom

By Sara Olsen
Needle at Sea Bottom is not just the name of a posture in the Yang Form. It is an example of how myth and fact have blended throughout China’s long history to become accepted as history. Accounts of events and figures from the earliest Neolithic years were not recorded in writing until much later. The exploits of great mythical and historical figures preserved for centuries in spoken tales made their way into written records in many different versions. One of the earliest myths, the story of Great Yu concerns events over 4,000 year old. Continue reading

Looking Ahead: Tai Chi Chuan In 2002 And Beyond

An Interview with Masters Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun
Conducted, and translated, by Jeremy Blodgett

 

Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun dalu

JB: At the Taiyuan competition this summer we got to see many Yang style practitioners, but some practiced quite differently than we do. Why are there so many different types of Yang style Taijiquan now? Continue reading

The Role of Qi in Generating Power

By Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming

Martial Power, or Jin (劲), can generally be divided into three categories: Hard Jin, Soft-Hard Jin and Soft Jin. Among these, Hard Jin uses the most muscular power, followed by Soft-Hard Jin and finally Soft Jin. But no matter which Jin, in order to manifest maximum power you must have both the strength of the physical body (Yang) and a sufficient supply of smoothly circulating Qi (Yin). “Qi”, which is pronounced Ki in the Japanese arts, is the Chinese word for “energy”, and pertains to all forms of energy in the universe. In martial arts and qigong, it specifically refers to human Qi, the bioenergy or lifeforce within every cell of the human body. Continue reading

Tai Chi Chuan in Menopause

“A Doctor that Takes care of a disease after it has manifested is a mediocre doctor; a doctor that takes care of a disease before it is manifest is an excellent doctor”

The Yellow Emperor

By Dr. Vera Lazzeri

The menopause is not a disease, otherwise all the women from a certain age on would be sick! On the other hand, however, we do feel it, like all the hormonal changes, with various types of symptoms. Continue reading

Palm Methods

Palm Methods (zhang fa)

zhang - palm

fa - technique

The palm methods are a sub-category of the hand methods. The palm methods can be broadly divided into two classes, comprising approximately nine types.

The first class, “seated wrist upright palm” (zuo wan li zhang xing) contains five types of palm methods:

  1. Standing palm (li zhang)
  2. Square palm (zheng zhang)
  3. Downward palm (fu zhang)
  4. Outward turned palm (fan zhang)
  5. Level palm (ping zhang)

The second class, “straight extended” (zhi shen xing), contains four types of palm methods:

  1. Upward palm (yang zhang)
  2. Inclined palm (ce zhang)
  3. Downward hanging palm (chui zhang)
  4. Straight palm (zhi zhang) Continue reading