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“Tendon Strength”, Fascia, the Sinew Channels & Internal Martial Arts – Part 2

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The connection between traditional Chinese ideas about the Sinew channels and tendon strength and power and recent discoveries about fascia and its relation to health and fitness are fascinating. This series of four articles explores some of these connections.

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“Tendon Strength”, Fascia, the Sinew Channels & Internal Martial Arts – Part 1

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The connection between traditional Chinese ideas about the Sinew channels and tendon strength and power, and recent discoveries about fascia and its relation to health and fitness are fascinating. This series of four articles  explores some of these connections. Read More…

The Eight Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises: Part 2

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Ba Gua Rolling Hands Exercises (Rou Shou) are the Ba Gua Zhang equivalent of Tai Ji Quan’s Pushing Hands. The second of the Liang Style Ba Gua Eight Rolling Hands Exercises: Double Joining Palm.

Excerpted from Compendium of Ba Gua Zhang Art by Guo Gu Min, Edited by Zang Xue Fan. Jilin Science and Technology Publishers.
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Rehabilitative Knee Exercise

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This exercise is attributed to the famous Qi Gong and Xing Yi practitioner Dr. Ma Li Tang. It can be used to preserve the health of the knees or as a rehabilitative exercise for injured or arthritic knees.
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Bone Injury Soak

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An interesting Chinese medicine herbal soak for complications occurring after a bone fracture.
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Daoism and the Immortal Lü Dong Bin: Part 1

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Lü Dong Bin 呂洞賓(Lü Tung-Pin) is the most famous of the Eight Daoist Immortals. A person both real and legendary, he influenced many Daoist traditions that come down to us today, particularly the Nei Dan (Inner Alchemy) traditions.

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Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part 6: Women’s Aperture Closing Gong – Practice Method for Women

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Following Part 1 (Authentic Cultivation of Daoism), Part 2 (True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure), Part 3 (The Method of Quiet Sitting), Part 4 (General Discussion of the Medicine-Collecting Method) and Part 5 (Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part V: Woman’s Seated Meditation Method for Cultivating the Daowe continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daoism with the General Discussion of the Medicine Collecting Method

These articles on Daoism are excerpted from The True Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang (八卦拳真传 Ba Gua Zhang Zhen Chuan), by Sun Xi Kun 孙锡 堃

In front of the two eyebrows and behind Feng Fu (acu-point DU 16), on the left and right, 0.3 cun above the tips of the  two ears, in the center (with the hands crossed), there is a “Qi sack” (Qi Bao) that links with the Yan Sui Guan (“long marrow tube”). [1] This is called Yu Ding (Jade Tripod). [2] There is an acu-point 1.3 cun below and behind the navel, in front of the kidneys (in front 70% and behind 30%) and above the two hips, that is suspended in the center of the body.
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Regulatory Tui Na Treatment for Children Under Age Six

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Pediatric medicine in China follows a few basic principles, based on children’s constitutions.

  • The digestion is weak so it is easy for food to become stagnant. Improper diet can easily affect their health.
  • Because children are very yang they get fevers easily and their spirit is not stable – it is easily disturbed.
  • They are susceptible to disease which can transform rapidly.
  • They can recover quickly from disease because their visceral Qi is clear relative to the visceral Qi of adults.
  • Their Essence and Qi are not yet developed so they do not have reserves of Jing (Essence) to draw on – so they easily become hungry and full and can easily have their spleen and digestion damaged.

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The Eight Daoist Immortals and The Eight Trigrams: Part 4

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The Daoist Eight Immortals are engaging archetypal characters who embody the Eight Trigrams of the Yi Jing, and different aspects of human consciousness and personality. Their stories and their character traits illustrate much about Daoism and our own nature. This is the fourth and final installment of a series of four articles on the Eight Daoist Immortals.

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Sun Xi Kun on Daoism Part V: Woman’s Seated Meditation Method for Cultivating the Dao

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Following Part 1 (Authentic Cultivation of Daoism), Part 2 (True Formula of the Dao Elixir Secret Treasure), Part 3 (The Method of Quiet Sitting) and Part 4 (General Discussion of the Medicine-Collecting Methodwe continue with Sun Xi Kun on Daoism with the General Discussion of the Medicine Collecting Method.  These articles on Daoism are excerpted from The True Transmission of Ba Gua Zhang (八卦拳真传 Ba Gua Zhang Zhen Chuan), by Sun Xi Kun 孙锡 堃

In Kun Gong [1] seated meditation, shut the mouth and hide the tongue, with the tongue touching (propping up) the palate. On the palate, their are two holes. They are called Tian Chi (Mountain Lake) acu-points, which go up to link directly with the brain. Above the brain is the Bai Hui acu-point (DU 20), which is exactly at the top of the head (vertex). This is the “upper leakage”. If the qi leaks upward, it is not possible to extend life.
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