1 What is Tai Chi?
Here, Tai Chi means Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). Originally, Tai Chi is about
the balance of Yin and Yang, the balance of five elements. Tai Chi is a
principle way of moving or/and changing of the every living or nonliving
thing in the universe. Chuan has two meaning: a fist or martial arts. Here,
Chuan means martial arts. Tai Chi Chuan is one of the soft (or internal)
styles of Chinese martial arts. The history approved that Tai Chi Chuan is
one of the best moving Qigong for meditation, healing and getting more
energy. The greatest benefit for practicing Taijiquan is to get Chi (Qi) as
Qi may be used for improving the health, for healing, for self-defense.
2 What is Chi Kung (Qigong)?
Qigong is an exercise with or without movement combined with the methods of
relaxation, breathing, concentration, and mind control. Qigong has being
used for getting more energy, for slowing down aging, for self or mutual
healing in China since more than 5,000 years ago. It contains moving Qigong
and motionless Qigong.
Comparison between motionless Qigong and moving Qigong:
The difficulty of learning
Motionless Qigong: No, it is very easy.
Moving Qigong: Yes, e.g., Tai Chi Chuan, etc.
No, e.g., Hunyuan Qigong, etc.
The difficulty for getting Qi (practicing 1 hr./day)
Motionless Qigong: Very difficult. Need 15 yrs. or more.
Moving Qigong: Not really. Need 3 yrs. or more for Hunyuan
Risk for getting pain or sick or disable?
Motionless Qigong: Very possible.
Moving Qigong: No, for normal & traditional Qigong.
Which one is better for you?
Motionless Qigong: It is not good for beginner. It is good for advanced
learning and protection from a Qigong master is strongly suggested.
Moving Qigong: It is good for both beginners and advanced learners.
3 What is Qi?
The masters of Qigong and Taijiquan, the doctors, the scientists, all of
them do not know yet. Qi may not be seen. It may not be smelled. It may not
be heard. It may not be tasted, and it is not touchable. If you get Qi from
doing Qigong or Taijiquan, you can feel it. If you do not have Qi, you
cannot feel it, and it is very difficult for you to understand it. If a
person has enough Qi, he/she may use Qi to heal himself/herself or to heal
other body. A lot of patients were healed by Qigong masters. This is the
evidence of Qi and Qigong. Mainly, we can say that Qi is related with vital
energy. I guess that Qi has very close relationship with human bio-magnetic
fields and bioelectric fields. Until now, we are talking about the soft
style of Qigong. There is a hard style of Qigong. A master, who were trained
in hard style Qigong a long time, has an extraordinary ability such as to
break a thick stone, to bent a thick steel bar, to chew and to eat up a
china bowl, etc.
A peaceful and quiet mind will help a beginner to get qi (chi). Qi will be
peacefully and easily listen to your normal mind. According to the history
of Taijiquan in China, almost no normal people are hurt by practicing
It is strongly suggested that anybody have to learn and practice in the
order of step by step. If you feel any pain in any position, you must stop.
Maybe your health is not in good condition, please find out and cure it, and
learn Taijiquan later. Very possibly, your stance (including a foot, a knee,
the hip, the waist, the shoulder, the chest, a arm, the head or breathing)
is wrong. You need to watch your image in a mirror, find out the problem. If
you get Qi, and it is so strong that you do not know how to control it, just
relax, concentrate your mind to Dantian (丹田), forget your Qi, and never
force Qi to move before consulting a qualified Taijiquan instructor. Or just
stop practicing Taijiquan until you find help from a Taijiquan instructor.
If a person gets pain or feels numb of any part of the body as forcing the
Qi moving without any help from a Taijiquan instructor, a western doctor
cannot help him/her. This is a very rare case. He/she needs to find an
Acupressure therapist who can use Qigong to heal a patient. If you cannot
get help at your town, please call me. I will do my best to help you.
4 Who created Taijiquan?
Taijiquan was created by Master Sanfeng Zhang more than 700 years ago. The
basic idea and some forms of Taijiquan came from more than two thousands
5 What are Yin and Yang?
The universe consists of Yin and Yang. A human body is so complicated that
it may be treated as a small universe. It contains Yin and Yang too. Yin
includes female, Yang includes male. The balance of Yin and Yang is
important for keeping healthy body. Examples of Yin and Yang are the
follows. The heaven is Yang, the ground is Yin. The day is Yang, the night
is Yin. The hardness is Yang, the softness is Yin. Outside is Yang, inside
is Yin. Fire is Yang, water is Yin. Attack is Yang, defense is Yin. Abdomen
is Yang, back is Yin. The straight is Yang, the bend is Yin. The palm (fist)
facing down is called Yang palm (fist). The Palm (fist) facing up is Yin
6 What is Wushu?
Wushu is Chinese Martial Arts including Neijia Quan
(Internal Department of Wushu) and Wai Jia Quan (Outer Department of Wushu).
Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Bagua Zhang, Xingyi Quan and Luhe Bafa, etc.
belong to Neijia Quan. Taijiquan contain North Branch and South Branch.
Wu's(武) Taijiquan and
etc. are the members of North Branch of Taijiquan. Most styles of North
Branch of Taijiquan are published, i.e., they are open styles. From
history's reason, South Branch of Taijiquan is rare known.
Who cannot learn and practice Wushu?
Ask your doctor if you can learn and practice Wushu.
Wushu is not good or bad for the people having violence, or with mental
problem, or with heavy addiction in alcohol or any illegal drug, or with
strong hate to one or more human, or who sometimes cannot control
himself/herself, or who is very weak or sick or painful, or who cannot
normally walk about five minutes. Wushu will hurt them in three ways. Some
of them will be hurt by themselves in falling down as they cannot control
themselves. Some of them may use wushu in committing a crime, and it will
destroy their life. Some of them may get Qi (Chi), and Qi will go to the
wrong ways so as to course them pain or/and disability of a part or a whole