July 18, 2015

New Taiji Anthologies on Chen Style, Zheng Manqing, Taiji for Health

The Journal of Asian Martial Arts has created several taiji-related anthologies bundling its articles on a number of topics of interest, all available as ebooks at Via Media. These articles represent the accumulation of two decades of publication by leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

Cheng Man-ch'ing and Tai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of HappinessChengMan-ch'ing and Tai Chi: Echoes in the Hall of Happiness,
by Barbara Davis, Donald Davis, Michael DeMarco, T. G. LaFredo, Lawrence L. Mann, Russ Mason, Robert W. Smith, and Nigel Sutton.
T'ai Chi & Qigong for Your Health: Historical and Scientific Foundations
T'ai Chi & Qigong for Your Health: Historical and Scientific Foundations
by Michael DeMarco, M.A., Arieh Lev Breslow, M.A., S. Kachur, B.M.R. (P.T), R.N. Carleton, M.A. & G. , Kenneth S. Cohen, M.A., M.S.Th., C.J. Rhoads, D.Ed., M.Ed., Duane Crider, Ph.D.
Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 2
Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 2
by Adam Wallace, Michael A. DeMarco, M.A. & A. Edwin Matthews, Yaron Seidman, L.Ac., Michael Rosario Graycar and Rachel Tomlinson, M.Ed, Bosco Seung-Chul Baek, B.S.
Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 1
Chen T’ai Chi: Traditional Instructions from the Chen Village, Vol. 1, by Dietmar Stubenbaum, Wong Jiaxiang; Michael DeMarco, M.A., Trans., Miriam O’Conner, M.A., Stephan Berwick, M.A., Asr Cordes, David Gaffney, B.A.

June 3, 2015

Media Reviews: New Book on Cheng Man-ch'ing's Taijiquan

Wisdom of the Masters: Insights into Cheng Man Ching's Art
Nigel Sutton

Tambuli Media, 2014
176 pages
ISBN-10: 0692250913

Cheng Man-ch'ing and his teachings are the subject of this new book from Nigel Sutton. The book is based on Sutton's encounters with the Malaysian branch of Cheng Man-ch'ing's tradition: Lau Kim Hong, Lee Bei Lei, Zhou Mu Tu, Ho Ah San, Tan Ching Ning, Dr. Fong Fung Tong, Wu Chiang Hsing and Koh Ah Tee. The focus is on practice of taijiquan as a martial art and neigong. The interviewees are of a calibre and age that allows for some deep reflections, insights on practice and teaching, melding taiji with spiritual practices, taiji as a "Dao," role of lineage, and many other topics, including the relationship of gongfu to years of practice, and the relationship to aging. 
 Reminiscent of Robert Smith's Masters and Methods, the book is conversational in tone, and explores the meaning of, and extreme dedication to taijiquan for these men's lives, with many insights into practice, regardless of the reader's lineage.

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.