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Lying Qi Gong of Ma Li Tang Part 2

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Ma Li Tang (1905-1989) was a famous modern exponent of Qi Gong. He was and expert in Martial arts, Qi Gong and traditional Chinese medicine. He is famous for popularizing the Six Healing Sounds, but also synthesized and created other forms of Qi Gong for rehabilitation. This Lying Qi Gong, created by Ma Li Tang, is a simple, yet powerful set of exercises that harmonizes the Qi Dynamic and regulates the internal organs. [1] This Qi Gong set can benefit anyone, but is particularly ideal for patients who are confined to bed. It is fairly easy to learn and can yield quick results. What I love about these exercises are that they provide a simple and straight forward, but very effective method of regulating different aspects of the Qi Dynamic. From: Chinese Qi Gong Essentials. Cen Yuefang (Beijing: New World Press, 1996) p.78-89. Read More…

Xing Yi Quan Linking Forms

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Presented here are the names of the movements in the Xing Yi Linking Forms as they are practiced in the Xing Yi Quan of Master Li Gui Chang. Knowing the names of the movements helps one to remember and understand them.

Also included is a poem detailing the key points of the Chicken Form Four Method Fist and a list of Xing Yi Quan’s Eight Words and Six Harmonies (Liu He and Ba Zi), which are the basis of the Six Harmony or Catalog Fist Form: Mu Lu Quan.
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Yi Jin Jing 易筋经:Part 1

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Yi Jin Ying literally means “Transform Sinew Method or “Sinew Changing Method.” Yi Jin Jing is method transforming weak and flaccid tissues into healthy and strong sinews. From the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine, the sinews (Jin) include, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue and cartilage. Read More…

Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword (Ba Gua Jian Ji Ben Gong): Part 1

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This ‘Basic Training of the Ba Gua Straight Sword’ is an excerpt from the book Ba Gua Three Harmony Sword Ba Gua San He Jian (八卦三 合 剑) by Zhang Quan Liang. Master Zhang is a 3rd generation inheritor of Liang Style Ba Gua Zhang. He studied under the famous Li Zi Ming.  Read More…

Lying Qi Gong of Ma Li Tang Part 1

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Ma Li Tang (1905-1989) was a famous modern exponent of Qi Gong. He was and expert in Martial arts, Qi Gong and traditional Chinese medicine. He is famous for popularizing the Six Healing Sounds, but also synthesized and created other forms of Qi Gong for rehabilitation. This Lying Qi Gong, created by Ma Li Tang, is a simple, yet powerful set of exercises that harmonizes the Qi Dynamic and regulates the internal organs. [1] This Qi Gong set can benefit anyone, but is particularly ideal for patients who are confined to bed. It is fairly easy to learn and can yield quick results. What I love about these exercises are that they provide a simple and straight forward, but very effective method of regulating different aspects of the Qi Dynamic. From: Chinese Qi Gong Essentials. Cen Yuefang (Beijing: New World Press, 1996) p.78-89. Read More…

Monks, Meditation, and Mountains: The Body as a Sacred Landscape in Daoism: Part 4

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Daoist Immortals are associated with mountain peaks, the sacred pivots between the energies of Heaven and Earth. Monks Meditation and Mountains examines the image of the mountain as sacred landscape and its reflection in the microcosm of the body in Daoist meditation and inner alchemy. In part 4 of this article we continue to look at the Mountain (Gen) Trigram and Hexagram and their role as symbol of inner stillness and meditation.
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Thirty-Two Words of the Ba Gua Jian (Sword)

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The Thirty Two Words of the Ba Gua Jian (Chinese straight sword) traditionally refer to each weapon, describing a method of using and training that weapon. The “words” are the basic techniques and methods of usage. In Li Zi Ming’s Ba Gua Zhang there are 32 methods using the Jian.

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Stepping Patterns, Rhythms & Internal Movement in the Internal Arts and Five Animal Play Exercises: Part 1

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Walking, along with breathing, sitting and standing, is one our most primal movements. Very early on in China there was a recognition that these primal movements could have profound effects on human consciousness and physical functioning. Indications of this awareness appear in some of the oldest known medical documents unearthed from the Zhangjiashan (Hubei province) and Mawangdui (Hunan province) tombs. Read More…

Monks, Meditation, and Mountains: The Body as a Sacred Landscape in Daoism: Part 3

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Daoist Immortals are associated with mountain peaks, the sacred pivots between the energies of Heaven and Earth. Monks Meditation and Mountains examines the image of the mountain as sacred landscape and its reflection in the microcosm of the body in Daoist meditation and inner alchemy. In part 3 of this article we look at the Mountain (Gen) Trigram and Hexagram and their role as symbol of inner stillness and meditation.
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Monks, Meditation, and Mountains: The Body as a Sacred Landscape in Daoism: Part 2

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Daoist Immortals are associated with mountain peaks, the sacred pivots between the energies of Heaven and Earth. Monks Meditation and Mountains examines the image of the mountain as sacred landscape and its reflection in the microcosm of the body in Daoist meditation and inner alchemy. In Part 2 of this article we look at other examples of the mountain image as a metaphor and aid to meditation. Read More…

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