Newsletter July 2021

Hope everyone is having a safe and happy summer. The pandemic is not over yet and r Delta variant cases are rising, so stay vigilant, get vaccinated, wear a mask, hand sanitize, and wash hands, etc!

The United States Koushu event took place in Baltimore last weekend. There is a much bigger turn out than anticiplated. There were 70 fights or so. Matthew Lee uploaded the fights on his Youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/user/NexusJunisBlue

More info on United States Koushu organization is here: https://usksf.org/

Thank you Matthew for your hard work and dedication to Chinese Martial arts. We got to meet up with folks in the park and practice push hands and sticky sword sparring.

We will try to bring Master James Fu to USA in July 2022 if all goes well in USA with pandemic. We would like to have him teach the 85 long form and do seminars in the Washington D.C. area. If you are interested, please reach me.

This pandemic for me has been focusing on neigong from both the Jinshan Pai (Gold mountain sect) and Longmen Pai (Dragon Gate sect) traditions. Jin Shin Pai comes from Yang Chengfu’s and Yang Jianhou’s student and disciple Zhang Qilin. He learned some neigong from Yang family and also studied in the Jin Shan Pai tradition.

One common area of Neigong for both Taijiquan and Neigong are:

  • Qi basic: Yang qi moves upward, and Yin qi moves downward. Jin shan pai recognizes men and women are different. In men the Qi goes up the Du channel, and down the Ren. Women are opposite, up Ren and down Du channel. One explanation is evident when dead body is floating down a river. Yin is heavy and yang is lighter. a man body tends to float face down and woman body will float face up when dead. The Taoist understood this.
  • Du Na and Hu Xi Always starts with exhale, to get the complete evacuation of stale air first. The chest stays quiet.
  • Key: Yi: mind leads Qi, qi leads body. Body is last. Neigong is a strengthening of mind and Qi, purpose is not the body. We only use body to help qi and mind.
  • Body positions: 4 Body positions: for both Taiji and Neigong. 2 are straight, and 2 are curved.
  • 1. Xu ling Ding Jin- straightening, liberating of the neck, a push up against downward pressure, use some internal energy to lift. This helps Qi go down.
  • 2. Chen Jian Zhui Zhou: curve. Shoulders down Elbows sink and drop down. A sinking down from a heavy buoyancy.
  • 3. Han Xiong Be Bei. curve. Sink inward/curve/round, chest/plexus: release tension, like loosening a drum head tension. Cupping of back between shoulder blades. “Tiger Back” so front of body sucks slightly in/while back of body “jiajie” curve out/rounded. Back puffs out and fills with Qi is rounded.
  • 4. Song Yao Zuo Kua: straightening. Relax, fleshy part of lower back, sit in the hips. Sitting is like in a chair straight, then relax lower back (last three vertebrae L3,L4,L5) towards the back of the chair, this opens ming men. Shen guan Ding: pass through to top of head. This is similar to the first: in the 1st we raise head and qi goes down, in this we lower back and Qi goes UP to the top. so #1 is a sinking of qi down, and #4. is a Qi to go to top. Recognize this in the breathing as the exhale helps qi go up, and Inhale helps qi go down.

We’ve recently updated the website to include subjects for patients and students on Roborant (Restorative) and Internal Nourish Medical Qigongs. Click on this link: https://taijiclub.live/medical-qigong-internal-nourish-and-roborant/

The Internal Nourish qigong method was developed in the Ming and Qing dynasties. It uses static postures with Du-na lower diapraghm ‘dan tien” breathing. It can help with the management of Chronic digestive and respiratory issues. 

Roborant Qigong: This method has origins in Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. It nourishes the Kidney Qi which is the root in Chinese medicine. It uses sitting postures.

Some Taiji Tui Na/Massage page is now up here: https://taijiclub.live/tui-na-taiji-massage/

A few other pages were added on Diagnostics in Chinese medicine and Palpation, and a few others but those are the ones you might be able to get some information that might be able to help you.

Face Massage points:

Yesterday marked the birthday of Yang Zhenduo. The Yang Family Association has asked for members to do a Commemorative Performance for Grandmaster Yang Zhenduo’s Birthday to Yang Zhenduo calling out the names of the 49 Demo form. GM Yang Zhenduo (July 29 1926 – Nov. 17, 2020), Rest in Peace. 49 Yang Family Demonstration form (Public/Standarized International Yang Family Taijiquan Association version).

Have a blessed rest of your summer!- Matthew

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