Engaging the mind, breath, posture, and movement, qigong enhances balanced functioning of the systems of the body. It is a meditation system that may be applied to developing physical skill, enhancing health, healing disease, and cultivating spiritual awareness. Emphasis at first is to enhance sensory awareness, awaken the Dan tian, the bellows of the breath in the abdomen, and promote circulation throughout the body. Qigong is the internal aspect of tai chi chuan.
Tai chi chuan
Tai chi is a sophisticated health exercise, as well as a martial, medical, and spiritual art. Health and longevity are at the heart of this integrative art form.
Known for its graceful, flowing movements that improve circulation, immunity, balance, mood, energy, joint health, and awareness, tai chi is a fun, interactive exercise system as well as a solitary meditation. Gradually, the student trains to move all the joints through their range of motion, building flexibility, strength, and elasticity in the tendons.
Benefits of practice
Balance and Coordination
Insight and Awareness
Practice of tai chi chuan is a means to realize latent potentialities and integration of body and mind. Through a process of alignment, extension and relaxation, energy flows more smoothly and actions become better integrated and more efficient.
Basic training includes 24 warm up exercises and empty hand form (108 movements). It takes about six months to a year to learn basic mechanics of the form, but it is the lifelong practice that offers a reward beyond words. Advanced practice includes qigong (breath meditation), push hands, applications, and weapons forms; sword, saber, and spear.
Jim has been practicing Wu family tai chi chuan for over thirty years, and teaching for more than fifteen. Learning, first from Wu Kwang Ye (Eddie Wu), head of the Wu family in 1986, Jim has been training and teaching with David Chiu, 1st disciple to Wu Kwang Ye since 2001.