Ch'i Kung (Breath Energy Work) are ancient
Chinese mind-body practices.
What is ch'i? The
Chinese word ch'i means air, energy or life.
According to T'ai Chi theory, everyone possesses ch'i, yet we
can balance, harmonize, and develop it within our bodies through
learning and practicing T'ai Chi movements,
breath and meditation. In
class, students learn a comprehensive system that opens and
strengthens the whole body in a gentle manner. Ultimately,
the practice integrates body, mind and spirit causing a ‘ripple’
effect that not only helps the overall health of the individual, but
spreads out into the well-being of the family and greater community.
Agility, Breath, Internal Energy, Spirit
relaxation and balance.
*Relieve Stress / Anxiety
immune and respiratory system.
strength and flexibility.
chronic pain and arthritis.
heart disease and depression.
promotes good health and tranquility.
only a few minutes to practice every day.
no special equipment.
body is essentially empty like the stem of a reed,
still and stay relaxed in genuine ease.
mind, like pure space, utterly transcends the world of thought,
the swell of the ocean is at one, with its peaceful depths.
Ocean of Ch'i resides within you.
Academy of Neurology Names T'ai Chi Study
as TOP TEN study of 2012
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actual answers to the questions--
1. - Tai chi – not to be confused
with chai tea ?
Nice one haha ! :)
2. – T’ai
Chi Ch’uan has been translated
as the 'Supreme Ultimate Force'; "boundless fist", &/or
"great extremes boxing" –
which one do
you roll with ?
with Supreme Ultimate! Despite the impressive name, we are quite
humble and roll with Nature and the seasons.
3. - How
would/do you describe T’ai chi to the uninitiated ?
"The hard and stiff will be broken,
but the soft and pliable will prevail." Tao Te Ching
In T'ai Chi we train our bodies not to resist others and life in
general, but to flow naturally like a river.
We train even-mindedness in the natural course of life's changes, but
are able to kick ass if needed.
We rarely have to expend energy on conflict though, because we
have avoided the conflict through wise methods. That's the ideal
we are going for!
To the uninitiated, I would say : "Come explore this highly aware
relaxation response to stress,conflict and life in general ."
4. - Is it safe
to say that tai chi
is halfway between yoga (symbolic gestures & names & forms)
& shaolin kung fu (meditative dance)?
Chi Ch'uan is an internal martial art. It is not apparent
on the surface, unless you know what you are looking for.
If you make a Venn diagram, ultimately T'ai Chi is like a large circle
that contains yoga and shaolin kung fu.
5. - How can a
martial art be restorative healing & even medicine ?
The enemy may be
physical disease or disturbing emotions. The special teaching in T'ai
Chi Ch'uan is the aspect on mind/body and release or 'letting
go'. There is more to say here, but suffice it to say that these
trainings can be powerfully restorative and healing. There are
many stories of T'ai Chi masters who healed themselves of diseases and
6. - Chicken
& the egg question:
what is Tai Chi
without the Yin & the Yang,
& vice versa ?
T'ai Chi without Yin and Yang is like an empty
circle. Some might call this Wu Chi or non-polarity,
infinite attainment, maybe enlightenment.
"T'ai Chi comes from Wu Chi and is the mother of Yin
and Yang." T'ai Chi Classic attributed to Wang
The wise sage expounds that words cannot express this.
I personally meditate at the shore of Lake
Michigan to investigate this. I love Milwaukee.
7. - Each
posture flows into the next without pause,
ensuring that your body is in constant motion.
That isn’t a question. Just wonder if you could expound …
Water doesn't hold on to anything; it just
"T'ai Chi Ch'uan is like a great river rolling on
unceasingly."" from T'ai Chi Classic attributed to
Chang San-feng (1279-1389 A.D.)
The yin/yang is contained in a circle, not a square or some other
shape. We try to roll without breaks or holes once the sequence
8. - What does
Tai chi have to offer the world today ?
And especially, Milwaukee, specifically
does it have any
special power for beer guts or tailgate-sausage/fishfry calories ?
the world: Our grand-teacher, Cheng Man-Ch'ing, wrote an essay
"Cultivate Yourself for Universal Peace".
For Milwaukee: Make some daily progress into
transforming your beer gut into an Ocean of Ch'i!
Seriously, transform your mind/body with this practice - you will be a
better human being for your family, your friends and the greater
9 . It is
inexpensive, requires no special equipment
and can be done indoors or out, either alone or in a group.
So what is the
You are right
about these upsides.
Downside is that T'ai Chi Ch'uan is exceptionally difficult to truly
Take up the challenge; it's a good one.
Healing Corners Open House – June 2, 1-4 p.m.
10a. - Will the
House be in Constant Motion?
YES - indeed!
10b. - What can
people expect to see/learn/experience?
SEVEN shining hotspots of goodness
will be open on the corner of Locust and Fratney.
There will be demonstrations, mini-classes, lectures, samples of
products and plenty of time for questions and discussions about what
makes each of these organizations a healing and enlivening presence in
Tai Chi Ch’uan
Center of Milwaukee
Diva Ayurveda – Ayurvedic Wellness Center
Maedke Chiropractic Center
Shalem Healing – Pediatrics, Women’s Health, Family Practice
Woodland Pattern – Small Press Books, Gallery, Creative Workshops
Great Lake Zen Center
T'ai Chi Center
will also demo some weapons forms too, which people like to check out.
Chi Survey Results 2013
term effects -– how do you feel before and after class?
Before class, I felt tired
and old! After class, I
have felt genuine change especially in everyday aches and pains.
Before class, I feel
sluggish and uptight. After
class I feel energetic and calmer.
I was having balance
problems, especially in one leg. Now
my balance is improving and strength is improving.
I have been doing T'ai Chi for one month.
Before the class I feel
stiff and weak. After the
class I feel stronger and better at balancing.
Before class I feel tired.
After class I feel energized and balanced.
I have been doing Tai chi for eight months.
exercises you showed me for my neck worked wonders. My neck is
back to normal and everything else in between is also working good.
I just thought I'd let you know and thank you again. See you
shoulders have let go after two classes. Best I have felt in
term effects -- How has your study and practice affected you over
It is so important to
relax. I believe you need
to be “still” so you can hear what you should do in life and T'ai
Chi helps me to be “still”.
I really enjoy the class
and feel it is very valuable to one both physically and emotionally.
I am more in tune to my
body. My posture is
better. I am calmer and I
know what to do to relieve some of the pain.
I feel younger.
I have been practicing three years.
I have been practicing two
years and I love the feeling of focusing and relaxing tension while
flowing through the form. Whenever
I need to reconnect to this feeling whether at home or in a crowded
environment, it is possible to do with great ease.
T'ai Chi gives me a greater
awareness of my physical body’s movement.
I can feel my balance, agility and strength improve and I think
this will help me to age gracefully.
Also the awareness of my ability to intentionally channel
energy allows me to feel calm and strong.
I have a sense of oneness with life’s natural energy forces.
I have certainly benefited
from your approach to T'ai Chi
physically, but spiritually and holistically as well.
unique aspect of the classes is the playing
of Tibetan Singing Bowls.
Sound and Vibration are powerful ways in to aligning and
beneficial physical/mental effects. How do you feel about the Tibetan
incorporate authentic 7-metal
Tibetan Singing Bowls and Tingshaws into the concluding meditation in
sounds travel from the outer ear throughout the body via the vagus
nerve — impacting brain waves,
respiratory rate and heart rate
and the parasympathetic nervous system.
Sound and vibration help facilitate a deep sense of inner peace,
and a relaxation of tension and blocked energy.
The vibrations work at a cellular level to rebalance the body
mind and spirit.
Bowls are ancient tools for
healing and have been played for thousands
of years in meditation, ceremony and rituals.
ringing gathers positive energy
fight back against forces of negativity and destruction
connection and even teachings
people and surroundings even if they cannot physically hear it.
from an interview with Lama Leshe
How do you feel about the Tibetan
A nice, soft sound in a
Love them – a genuine
sense of well-being and relaxation when they sing.
So peaceful, Very spiritual,
I am so relaxed,
Personal Comments from
am humbled, thanks, just keep going)
Thank you for
all that you do. You are a good soul.
Can not imagine my life
without T'ai Chi. Thank
you very much and hope someday you can teach two times a week here.
Thanks for your patience.
You have a convert to T'ai Chi.
I love kt’s bubbly
enthusiasm for all facets of T'ai Chi.
She is very knowledgeable and a great teacher.
I think you are a
wonderful example of the integration of physical and intentional
aspects of Tai chi. I (we)
love your class! Thank
and love to the most compassionate woman that I know! Blessings and
peace to you! :-)"
Really feel I learned a
lot from your 2012 Fall and 2013 Winter sessions. You are a
special teacher! Thank you!