April 20, 2015

Tai Chi and Chi-Kung Upcoming National Events

National Qigong Association Annual Conference
Keynote: Roger Jahnke
Basking Ridge Dolce Conference Center
300 North Maple Ave Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
 July 17 – 19, 2015

Tai Chi Gala: June 5-7, 2015
Gathering of the Baguazhang Circle with Dr. John Painter: June 8-12, 2015
“The Tai Chi Gala: An Internal Arts Convention in Memory of Jou Tsung Hwa and Zhang San Feng” The Best Western Albany Airport Inn; Albany, NY .

April 13, 2015

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day 2015

WTCQD Listings 
World Tai Chi and Qigong Day is fast approaching! On Saturday, April 25, 2015, participate and learn about the great benefits of tai chi practice, see demonstrations, and network. See the WTCD website for listings of events in your local community.

March 20, 2015

Tai Chi---Walk Like a Cat, For Real!

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Tai Chi principles are for real!
A BBC program Secret Lives of Cats follows research on dozens of village cats. Using GPS and micro-cameras, you can see that the tai chi dictum to "walk like a cat" is incredibly accurate. The cats jump and walk and demonstrate the absolute control and steadiness that we want to emulate.

July 21, 2014

National Qigong Association Conference 2014

NQA Conference @014The National Qigong Association will be holding its 19th annual conference Friday July 25 through Sunday July 27, 2014 at the Hilton Doubletree Valley Forge, in King of Prussia, PA. Don't miss it!

Int'l Tai Chi Chuan Symposium

The 2014 International Tai Chi Symposium was a great success, featuring Grandmasters Chen Zhenglei, Yang Jun, Zhong Zhenshan, Ma Hailong, Sun Yongtian, and He Youlu as well as many scholars reporting on recent brain science related to tai chi, and a keynote address by author Arthur Rosenfeld. Read Violet Li's thorough report at Tai Chi Examiner.

November 19, 2013

Media Review: Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi

Harvard Medical School Guide to Tai Chi: 12 Weeks to a Healthy Body, Strong Heart & Sharp Mind, by Peter Wayne and Mark Fuerst (Shambhala, 2013). US$16.95.
This book is a very nice comprehensive look at t'ai chi ch'uan (taijiquan) for the general public as well as experienced practitioners. History, philosophy, and practice are discussed, and a short form is presented with clear instructions.
A particularly outstanding feature is the lengthy discussion of how tai chi can be used to help maintain good health, and how it can be used as part of treatment plans for various illness. Doctors and other medical practitioners will appreciate the well-annotated information. Attention is given to integrating tai chi into daily life and into other sports.

October 18, 2013

Getting in Synch is Not Just About Listening

Here's some interesting research that could help us understand tai chi push hands: out-of-synch metronomes on a stable surface will stay out-of-synch, but if on a flexible surface will gradually synchronize. "Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome around it, while the motion of every other metronome affects the motion of our original metronome right back. All this inter-metronome "communication" is facilitated by the board, which serves as an energetic intermediary between all the metronomes that rest upon its surface." Watch the video demonstration.