These traditional exercises are used by Ba Gua and Xing Yi practitioners to develop torsional power that is connected directly to the spine and legs, forming the basis of the so-called “silk reeling energy.” The Tian Gan exercises can be useful to practitioners of other martial arts such as Jiu-jitsu, Aikido and Filipino styles, which employ similar circular and spiral forces to generate power. They can also help enthusiasts of sports like tennis and golf which similarly rely on circular, spiral forces. The Tian Gan exercises also function as a powerful health preservation practice because they literally “wring out” the spine, freeing up restrictions and blockages.
The Tian Gan or “Heavenly Stem” is essentially the central longitudinal axis or stem that passes through the body. It begins at the perineum and goes through the spine passing through the brain and out through the top of the head. This axis must be free of restrictions of the qi (breath/vital force) to circulate properly through the meridians and for micro-circulation to properly supply the brain and spinal column with qi and blood. When this axis is free of restriction, the two key central meridians of the body, Renmo and Dumo are opened and free-flowing,which in turn stimulates and frees-up circulation in all the other meridians of the body.
This class will meet eight Tuesday evenings beginning April 10th.
- Dates: April 10, April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, May 29
- Time: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
- Location: 75 West End Ave (Entrance on West 63rd St.)
- Fee: $200
- Instructors: Adam Wasserman and Marcus DeGrazia
- Registration: This class is closed.