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World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

World Tai Chi and Qigong Day April 26, 2014

Barbara Langley, April 23, 2014

Celebrate World Tai Chi & Qigong Day (WTC&Q Day) on Saturday, April 26 at 10 a.m. all over the world.  Beginning in New Zealand, this event will spread time zone by time zone across the globe, and will include hundreds of cities spanning 80 countries. Massive tai chi and qigong exhibitions will be held in public places such as parks, community centers, and tai chi schools across six continents.  It's a time for people to come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.  More >>

The Raven's Warrior

Weapons and Words

Vincent Pratchett, April 14, 2014

A man sees the world through the eyes he has been given. A priest and his daughter in the land called China liberate the wounded Celtic prisoner of war (Vincent) ripped from his homeland. This chapter is about the beginnings of the priest, Mah Lin, who is Vincent's owner. More >>

Traditional Yang Style Taijiquan

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, April 7, 2014

How Many Techniques in Taijiquan? In the traditional bare hand sequence, the apparent number of techniques vary between 81 and 150, depending on the method used to count and group the forms. Some instructors and writers, for example, will not count repeated forms. But basically, you may judge whether a taijiquan sequence is complete by comparing the arrangement of the names given to the techniques. More >>

Common Sources of Knowledge About Violence

Common Sources of Knowledge About Violence

Rory Miller, March 31, 2014

We are, all of us, both teachers and students. As teachers, we give our students information. As students, we learn from our teachers. The teachers give us knowledge. This knowledge came from somewhere, from one of four sources. More >>

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

What are the Possible Types of Back Pain?

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 24, 2014

Back pain can be caused by an overstretching or other trauma to the back muscles and/or tendons. A tearing or inflammation of the ligaments in the spine can also cause back Pain. However, the most common and serious cause of back pain is spasm of the muscles in the lower back area brought on by spinal disease, injury or degeneration. More >>

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

Empty and Full Moon Breathing Exercise for Abdominal Muscles

David Silver, Ramel Rones, March 17, 2014

For this exercise, we will focus on the physical muscles surrounding the lower energy center area. This skill, coordinating the movement of the abdominal and back muscles with the movement of the lungs and diaphragm, should be practiced and emphasized on its own. This exercise is one of those pillar principles that should eventually be incorporated into every mind/body prescription throughout the Sunset Tai Chi program. It is ultimately used with every breath you take. More >>

Bunbu ryo do: The Way of The Karate Martial Scholar

Bunbu Ryo Do: The Way of The Karate Martial Scholar

Michael Clarke, March 10, 2014

In the early part of the twentieth century, when Okinawan karate teachers were first asked to provide names for their karate by the Butokukai in Japan, they struggled to come up with a name that did justice to the martial art they practiced. Many of those from the royal capital, Shuri, settled on poetic sounding names that conjured up the spirit of their homeland; Choshin Chibana (1886–1969) chose the name Kobayashi ryu, the small forest school. More >>

Still Sitting Meditation and Still Standing Meditation—Yin and Yang

Still Sitting Meditation and Still Standing Meditation—Yin and Yang

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, March 3, 2014

As with all other forms of martial qigong, taiji qigong can be categorized into both yin and yang practices. The yin side of taiji qigong contains exercises that emphasize calmness without movement, and the yang side of taiji qigong has exercises that are more physically active. More >>

Fundamental Eight Stances

Fundamental Eight Stances (Ji Ben Ba Shi)

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, February 24, 2014

Before you practice traditional Yang Style Taijiquan, you should first learn some important fundamental practices. These practices will help you understand the essence and the root of taijiquan practice. More >>

The Victim Interview

The Victim Interview

Lawrence A. Kane, Rory Miller, February 17, 2014

I was parked alongside a major street in downtown Seattle. My hands were full of boxes and the mid-afternoon sun was glaring in my face, making it hard to see despite my polarized glasses, so it took a couple tries to get my key into the lock. I awkwardly dragged the door open, nearly dropping some of my packages, and began shoving my purchases in to the car. More >>

Healing with Qigong and Tai Chi

Healing with Qigong and Tai Chi

Bob Ellal, February 10, 2014

Ramel Rones was accepted by Dr. Yang as a disciple in 1983 due to his exceptional learning capability and humble dedication to the training. After years of gold award-winning martial arts demonstrations and competitions across the United States and China, Ramel now works as a Scientific Consultant of Mind/Body Therapies at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and at Harvard and Tufts Medical Schools in Boston, Mass. More >>

Teaching Joint Locks

Teaching Joint Locks

Rory Miller, February 3, 2014

About 2003, the training unit at my old agency got some pretty disturbing numbers. Assaults against staff and hospitalizations had increased dramatically. The programs taught at the academy and approved by our agency weren't cutting it. The Training Unit tasked a few of us to redesign the Defensive Tactics program from the ground up. More >>

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year "The Year of the Wooden Horse" Interview with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming

Barbara Langley, January 27, 2014

Most non-Chinese people (Westerners) call the Spring Festival 'Chinese New Year.' The 2014 Chinese Spring Festival falls on January 31 continuing through February 6. According to the Chinese zodiac it is the Year of the Wooded Horse. In Chinese Five Element theory, Horse is in the Fire group, which is the strongest fire animal in twelve zodiacs. More >>

Videos and Podcasts...


Episode 1

Episode 1.
Chinese Martial Arts Definitions

Episode 2

Episode 2.
Retreat Center Interview PART 1

Episode 3

Episode 3.
Retreat Center Interview PART 2

Episode 4

Episode 4.
Northern and Southern Chinese Styles


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