- What is Tai Chi(ji)?
Tai means great; Chi (Ji) means end, pole.
Tai Chi is to clarify the universe from the Infinite to the tai Chi, as well as all things derived from.
Tai Chi, according to Daoim philosophy, indicates the most original and primitive state of the universe. Tai Chi generated the two instruments – Yin and Yang instruments.
Infinite that is, is more than the original Taiji more ultimate state. Infinite generates Tai Chi, Tai Chi moving generates yang; Motioning to the top then starts motionless; Still forms yin; Motion starts again while still to the end. Motion and still are of the root to each other and depend on each other. Tai Chi is the origin that all things of the universe were derived from.
- Tai Chi and Tai Chi Quan
The Health Benefits of Tai Chi: Art and Science
- Currently, we are practising Xi Sui Gong, Liu Zi Jue and Tai Chi 24 forms at our class. See Resource for the videos.
- Brief On Damo Xi Sui Gong
Master Damo, the ancester of 28th generation of Zhen, who created the Xi Sui Gong at Shaolin Temple, China, in 526AD after 9 years self-closed in a cave practising Zhen. Master Damo died when he was 202 years old.
Master Zi Jue used to suffered from several severe diseases six years ago – the mouth and bladder cancer made him skin fester; the diabetes led him sight-lost. He was at the edge of dying then. However, since he started to practise Xi Sui Gong 3 hours a day for a year, he has gotten rid off all of his health problems. Now he is now able to work 18 hours with only 3 hours sleeping a day.
He found that this set of qigong has strong function of preventing from disease and promoting recovery; The forms are easy to learn and practise; And as long as you keep practising it, you would find your health and longevity increased.
In order to help more people to increase their health and longevity, Master Zi Jue started to spread and teach the Damo Xi Sui Gong qigong.
Watch the Video of Si Sui Gong under the column of Resource
- Qi Gong & Tai Chi – Evidence Based Medicine
- Understanding QiGong and Qi 1/3
- Understanding QiGong and Qi 2/3
- Understanding QiGong and Qi 3/3
- Yang-Style Tai Chi 24-Form
Currently the class members start learning Tai Chi 24-Form.
Yesterday, some of our members joined me to attend the School & Church Fete at the Fishbourne Primary School Field, where we forming Yi Jing Jing Qigong in front of the audience successfully. Some audience showed their interests in Qigong and joining. Hopefully, through this demonstration, more and more people would understand Qigong and join our club.
Many thanks to June and Carol for organizing, presenting and performing the qigong with me in the public and many thanks to the unknown name lady who joined us in the demonstration as well.
Our Health Qi-gong class will move our time from Wednesday Morning 10 -11am to Thursday early evening 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Welcome to join us.
We are invited to give a demonstration of Yi Jin Jing Qi-gong on 17 June 2017 on the Fishbourne School & Church Summer Fete 2017. Thanks all the members who will join me for the demonstration and welcome everyone who are interested in Qi-gong or Tai Chi exercise to join us together then.
- Yi Jin Jing (Muscle and Tendon Changing Qi Gong) – Twelve Forms
To strengthen muscles and tendons’ strength and promote their functioning.
- Xi Sui Jing (Marrow-washing Qi Gong) – Twenty Movements
To promote brain, bone and marrows’ functioning; increase of memory and body constitution
- Six – Words Qigong (Six Healing Sounds Qigong)
Inner organs (Liver, Heart, Spleen, Lung, Kidney and Three Jiao) exercise Qi Gong; To promote important organs’ function and detoxify.
The Six Healing Sounds (also called Liuzijue, or 六字诀 in Chinese) is a breathing technique devised by the ancient Chinese to improve health and promote healing and longevity. The earliest record of the breathing technique is believed to appear during the Southern and Northern Dynasties written by Tao Hongjing (陶弘景), a well-known Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor, Taoist, alchemist as well as astrologer who lived from AD 456 to 536. (Incidentally, he also played a crucial role in the discovery and identification of “Chinese snow” (potassium nitrate) by being the first person on record to describe the unique lilac-colored flame produced when the mineral is burned.)
Over the centuries, the Six Healing Sounds (SHS) went through a number of development and modification by various prominent TCM doctors, Taoists, monks and ascetics such as Sun Simiao (孙思邈), also known as China’s King of Medicine, and Zhiyi (智顗大师), the founder of the Tian Tai school of Buddhism. However, due to a lack of a standard way to transcribe the sound of Chinese characters in the past, much confusions about the pronunciation of some words arise. So the Chinese Administration of Sport of China decided to gather existing records of SHS, compare them and study the differences with the help of Chinese linguistics experts. In 2003, a revised version of SHS is released, and it is now promoted as a health-promoting Qigong practice (健身气功) in China. The SHS you see in this article is based on this version.
- How the Six Healing Sounds Work
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the five major organs* — heart, liver, spleen, lung and kidney — are each assigned an element (fire, earth, metal, water or wood). Every organ also has an associated sound in which the organ resonates with. By using the associated sound, stale, congested qi can be expelled from the affected organ and be replaced with fresh, clear qi.
When qi gets congested or blocked due to inappropriate diet, poor lifestyle habits, repressed emotions and/or weak constitution, it becomes congested and turns into a cause of pain, discomfort or illness. Depending on where the qi gets stuck, symptoms vary. If it gets stuck in the spleen, the stale qi may manifest as bloating, abdominal pain, gas, and/or poor digestion. If it is in the liver, then it might be felt as pain in the lower right rib cage, quick temper, or liver/gallbladder dysfunction. If it gets trapped in the head, then it could lead to headache or illusion. According to TCM theories, badly congested qi can also lead to stagnated blood and blood clots.
The Six Healing Sounds practice helps to move congested qi and allow the body to get rid of it by creating different internal vibrations and pressures within different parts of the body through the inhaling and exhaling of air. In other words, when you make the six healing sounds, you are giving the internal organs a good massage to expel stale qi.
- Sound: Xū (嘘)Associated Organ: LiverAssociated Element: WoodAssociated Season: Spring
- Sound: Hē (呵)Associated Organ: HeartAssociated Element: FireAssociated Season: Summer
- Sound: Hū (呼)Associated Organ: SpleenAssociated Element: EarthAssociated Season: All Seasons
- Sound: Sī (呬)Associated Organ: LungAssociated Element: MetalAssociated Season: Autumn
- Chui – Word Qigong
- Sound: Chuī (吹)Associated Organ: KidneyAssociated Element: WaterAssociated Season: Winter
- Sound: Xī (嘻)Associated Organ: Triple Energizer* / GallbladderAssociated Element: WoodAssociated Season: All Seasons
How to Use the Six Healing Sounds
There are several ways to use the Six Healing Sounds, and its usage largely depends on your current state of health:
- For health maintenance, practice the six healing sounds in the order as given above, that is: Xū (Wood) → Hē (Fire) → Hū (Earth) → Sī (Metal) → Chuī (Water) → Xī (Wood). This order is based on the mutual generation of the five elements (五行相生). Alternatively, if you are short of time, you can practice just the sound that is associated with the current season. For example, if it is winter, practice the sound, Chuī, to strengthen the kidney system. Note that the last sound, Xī, can be practiced all year round to support the triple energizer.
- To promote healing, practice the six healing sounds in the following order: Hē (Fire) → Sī (Metal) → Xū (Wood) → Hū (Earth) → Chuī (Water) → Xī (Wood). This order is based on the mutual overcoming of the five elements (五行相剋).Alternatively, if a specific part of your body requires special attention, you can practice only the healing sound associated with that organ. But as the organs referred to in TCM are not quite the same as the anatomical organs we are familiar with, you may need to consult a TCM practitioner to give you an accurate diagnosis of the organ(s) you should focus on.
Regardless of whether you are practising all six healing sounds or only one of them, always breathe in slowly through your nose and breathe out evenly from your mouth. Repeat each sound six times, and practice the sequence (be it one sound or six sounds) preferably three times a day.
- Background and History of Qi-gong
The history of qi-gong dates back to about 5000 years. There were many terms given to such kind of exercise before, like xing-qi (promoting the circulation of qi), fu-qi (taking qi), dao-yin (guiding the energy flow), tui-na (exhaling and inhaling), zuo-chan (sitting in meditation), yang-shen (nourishing the spirit) and jing-zuo (sitting still). It was not until 1953, when Liu Gui-zheng published a paper entitled “Practice On Qigong Therapy“, that the term qi-gong was adopted widely as a formal name for this type of exercise.
Manuscript drawing of physical exercises dao-yin (guiding the energy flow) from an ancient tomb of the Han dynasty.
Qi-gong is thought to have originated as a form of “remedy dancing” created for healing and health preservation purposes. Due to the long-term struggles with nature, the ancients gradually realized that body movements, exclamations, and various ways of breathing could help readjust certain body functions. Qi-gong’s development can be divided into four major
Meditation is important in Taoist practice.
periods as described below.
it was discovered that qi-gong could be used for martial arts purposes. Many different styles of qi-gong were founded, for example Taichi Nei Dan (Internal Elixir) and Shaolin Wai Dan (External Elixir) exercises. Later in the Qing dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD), qi-gong practices from India, Japan and other countries also became known in China because of improved communication between the countries.
1911AD – present
Qigong has gained higher priority and more rapid development since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Medical workers and qi-gong masters have made efforts to popularize it for health preservation and disease prevention strategies. Scientists study qi-gong in terms of physiology, biochemistry and modern medicine, which has inspired many to learn the tradition. Selective training has now been replaced by more open teaching and research.
|Confucian practice aims at high moral character and intelligence.|
A ccording to the historical background, qi-gong can be classified into five major traditions; Confucian, Buddhist, Taoist, medical and martial arts. Each tradition has its own purpose and different methods of training and practice. The following is a brief description of the major traditions of qi-gong and its applications.
|Medical Qi-gong||Medical qi-gong emphasizes the free flow and balance of qi (vital energy) in the body. The primary purpose is to treat illness or cure a disease. Medical practitioners learn how to use the inner qi for diagnosis and healing.|
|Taoist Qi-gong||Stresses preservation of the physical body and high virtue. Many Taoist qi-gong masters enjoyed long lives. (3600 approaches are mentioned throughout its history.)|
|Buddhist Qi-gong||Aims to liberate the mind, cultivate virtue and to obtain enlightening wisdom. The human body is considered a tool for attaining enlightenment. (84000 approaches mentioned in history; most popular type of qi-gong.)|
|Confucian Qi-gong||Aims to provide high moral character and intelligence.|
|Martial Arts Qi-gong||Trains the body for protection from cuts by weapons or attacks using the four limbs. It also trains the body to deliver fatal blows enhanced with qi.|
In Chinese medicine history, many of the famous Chinese medicine physicians were also qi-gong masters. Hua Tuo (141-208 AD) devised movements that were similar to the movements of five different animals: the tiger, deer, bear, monkey and bird. These five animal movements had profound influence on the development of dynamic qi-gong practices. TCM physicians have contributed to qi-gong’s development over the centuries making it more practical and widely applicable. It is one of the four main branches of TCM, the others being acupuncture & moxibustion, therapeutic massage & bone-setting, and herbal medicine.
The aim of the Fishbourne Centre Qigong Class is to promote people’s health. Therefore, the tradition of qigong we are preforming is Health Qigong.
Health Qi-gong emphasizes the free flow and balance of qi. The primary purpose is to treat illness or cure a disease. Medical practitioners learn how to use the inner qi for diagnosis and healing.
Currently, in the Class, we are learning and practicing Yi Jin Jing, Xi Sui Jing, and Liu Zi Jue Qi-gong. The three sets of Qigong focus on exercising our muscles and tendons, brain, spine and marrow, and the internal organs respectively. The exercises are of a combination of breathing, mind focusing and movements; and are gentle and slow. This is suitable most groups of people to practice. The Class currently runs on Wednesday mornings between 10 and 11am. Everyone is welcome to join the class with £6 to pay-on-attending.