Talks on Chinese Qigong 3
1992 The year of the Monkey arrives 9
Qigong and Health 16
Taiji Qigong (Part 3) 18
Wing Chun Wisdom 19
Lui Energy in Chen Taiji 22
Wing Chun's Lap Sau & Tung Toy 23
Contacts for Classes & Seminars 25
Information about Seminars 26
Information about Classes 29
Since the last issue of Qi Magazine we have celebrated the Chinese New Year. Many of you may know that the Chinese horoscope contains twelve animals, and that each has its own meaning. This year is the year of the monkey. What does this mean?
Basic theories of Qigong are very important, Yin and Yang, the five elements and the Bagua (8 trigrams), these principles influence all Chinese thinking. If you study any Chinese art be it acupuncture, herbal remedies, calligraphy, and even cooking, then you should know these principles.
The beginning of this year has been a very busy time for me. To celebrate the Chinese New Year, I gave a demonstration in London's China Town, in front of close to a thousand people! I also gave a four hour demonstration at Manchester's YMCA. This time in front of about three hundred people. Many of you may have heard me on Radio 1 with Steve Wright, and also on Manchester's Piccadilly Radio with James Stanage. Since these radio interviews I have received a lot of very positive feedback. Should any of you want a copy of these interviews, then send me a blank 90 minute tape and I will send you a copy, but please send a good quality tape (eg TDK, Sony etc).
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Although each school or style of qigong has a theoretical system of its own, their basic theories have many things in common, since broadly speaking they all stem from the same culture. An understanding of the basic theories is of much help in revealing the connotations of qigong and guiding the practice of qigong exercises
Viewing the universe and the human being as an organic whole with each of its parts interrelated to one another is an important earmark of classical Chinese philosophical thinking.
The long history of human evolution has been one in which man constantly seeks to know nature and remold himself. In his persistent effort to unravel his relations with nature, he has the idea that "nature and man form an organic whole," a concept that was to serve as the core of the theoretical basis of Chinese qigong, this idea has the following implications:
(a) Man was born of nature and forms an organic whole with nature.
As man absorbs the quintessence of qi existing in nature, he grows and develops. To quote the from Yellow Emperor's Internal Classics, a great medical work of ancient China. "The qi pooled together by Heaven and Earth gives birth to man." Qi is the medium which connects man with all thing in the universe. One of the purposes of qigong exercises is to strengthen this connection so as to make man better adapted to nature, as human life is affected by the diverse changes taking place in nature, qigong exercises must conform to the laws governing these changes.
(b) As part of nature, the human body receives information from it.
In the course of its development, the human body steadily improves it structure and function and has developed within itself a system that corresponds to the universe. This system is called the "mini universe in the human body." Thus in this system the head is said to correspond to heaven, the abdomen to earth, the heart to fire, the liver to wood, the kidneys to water and so on.
Such relationships between different parts of the body and different things in the universe must be taken into account by a qigong practitioner of a more advanced class in order to improve his fitness effectively.
(c) The human body is an organic whole, with all its parts interrelated.
The various internal organs exists in reciprocal relationships and ailments in that organ may be caused not only by problems existing in that organ, but have something to do with another part of the body. That is why qigong lays stress on regulating itself the overall functions of the body instead of confining its attention to exercising any individual organ or any part of the body.
(d) The part reflects the whole.
By "regulating the overall functions of the body," we do not mean taking care of all parts of the body indiscriminately. Among the qigong people there is a proverb which says, "Pull one hair and the whole body is affected/' In other words, there are certain key points on the body which have important bearings on its overall functions. On the palm of the hand for instance there are many points which are related to different parts of the body. The concept that "the part reflects the whole" forms the important part of the theory of synthetic unity of qigong.
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