Mittwoch, 9. August 2017

Clip: Meditation on Violence (1948)

Old Art Film with Tai Chi-Elements from the artist May Deren:

Dienstag, 13. Juni 2017

Magazin: Taijiquan-Lilun-Magazin 4

Free Download of Taijiquan-Lilun-Magazin 4: here

Mittwoch, 7. Juni 2017

Small thought: About Pushhands

I love Pushhands and the following quote reflects it:

Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Viktor Frankl

Sonntag, 4. Juni 2017

Montag, 15. Mai 2017

Book: The Taijiquan & Qigong Dictionary

Do you ever tried to get deeper into the world of Taijiquan & Qigong by studying books or texts in the internet?

Then you may have faced a lot of Chinese words - not only technical terms, but also names of people and names of movements and postures. Often unknown and sometimes looking very similar. Easy to mix them up or get confused.

Angelika Fritz was very aware of this problem and solved it by publishing the Taijiquan & Qigong Dictionary - a paper book with a lot of content:

• covers words, phrases, concepts from Taijiquan, Qi Gong, TCM, and meditation
• ranges from A (e.g. Abdominal Breathing, Ao Bu, Attack the tiger) via M (e.g. Ma Bu, Men Ren, Moxibustion) to Z (e.g. Zai Chui, Zhong Kui, Zuo Wang)
• includes the most important numbers: 1-10, 100, 1000 etc.
• refers to many form movements in Chinese and English
• explains various relevant acupuncture points
• names many present and past masters
• all in all it is 127 pages about Taijiquan and Qi Gong

As a dictionary it is not a book to read through, but to have it on the table for daily use. Lying here it can be a daily friend making the textual world of Taijiquan & Qigong more accessible.

More info: here

Big hug to Angelika (more info here) and thank you for the effort of making this book.


Mittwoch, 24. August 2016

Little thought: About the Strategy of Pushhands

Martin Boedicker

During Pushhands with Ma Jiangbao I observed the following sequence again and again:

Ma Jiangbao succeeded relatively quickly to gain a stronger position than his partner. Through a powerful advance with an or ji he could now lift his partner off his feet.

But that he did not.

Although he had the advantage, he retreated with . The partner lost their structure and Ma Jiangbao was able to break their balance with little effort.

Foto: Manos Meisen

This strategy (even as the stronger not to strike immediately) is certainly not an invention of Ma Jiangbao. Rather, it is a general concept in Chinese strategic thinking. One finds it beautifully formulated in the Hundred Military Strategies of Liu Bowen:

The Strong

In general, if you want the enemy
to engage your stronger, more numerous troops in battle,
you should feign fear and weakness
in order to entice them into it.
When they careless come forth,
you can suddenly assault them with your elite troops
and their army will invariably be defeated.
A tactical principle from the Art of War states:

Although capable, display incapability.

(One Hundred Unorthodox Strategies, Ralph D. Sayer, Westview, p. 66)

How often do you see on a youtube clip a Tai Chi-practitioner throwing an inferior but still structurally stable partner with a fierce fajing? Certainly an excellent technique, but it somehow never fully convinced me. In my option the true fascination of Tai Chi Chuan lies simply in the application of the strategy mentioned above.

Not being immediately active - even against an inferior partner.
Lure them into action, thereby bringing them with less effort
and less risk to lose their balance.

Here one can find the ideals of stillness and lightness of Tai Chi Chuan and also avoids any danger of venturing too early and too far into confrontation.