July 5, 2007 at 12:11 pm #22757
1. What is the difference between Northern Wu Tai Chi and Wu Style Tai Chi? Are they the same?
2. Mr. Winn, at Rhinebeck retreat in NY few yrs ago, I asked a question to you as to whether you do tai chi. I remembered you replied, that you don’t practice tai chi because it cause chi to go out instead in like qigong. I was thinking you meant micro orbit, keeping chi in. I am puzzled, what change your mind? Thanks for sharing information with me. Have a nice day.July 8, 2007 at 1:45 am #22758
northern wu is large frame, closer to old style Yang Pan Hou tai chi. Read Tina Zhang and Frank Allen’s new book on it.
I stopped teaching tai chi because most people expend more learning it than they get from it. I still practice it, I like the stretches and and length of it, but I don’t lose chi doing it because of my internal practices keep focus and allow me to capture it; but martial applications of tai chi are projective and depleting (fa jing). Of course, there are high level pracitioners who would disagree.
michaelJuly 11, 2007 at 5:44 pm #22760
Well, all I know was I learned from Mr Winn., practicing any tai chi style, you are wasting your chi and it is better to practice qigong for chi cultivation because you don’t lose chi. Except for Bagua and Primodiral Qigong, I never seen Michael practice WU tai chi. I think he does spirtual Taoists meditation most of time because he teaches kan and li, formulas all the time every year for retreats. I believe Micheal is a Taoist priest and I am sure he does Taoist Bagua exercises. Very talent man here. Keep up a good work.July 11, 2007 at 10:16 pm #22762
I dont think it is fair nor accurate to say Tai Chi always burns, releases or looses Qi, quite the contrary, it builds, circulates and refines Qi. Not many people use it for a marital art, most use it for Qi circulation. I do alot of Nei Gong and Alchemy and find Tai Qi is a great form to circulate and refine energy.July 12, 2007 at 6:04 pm #22764
“I dont think it is fair nor accurate to say Tai Chi always burns, releases or looses Qi, quite the contrary, it builds, circulates and refines Qi. Not many people use it for a marital art, most use it for Qi circulation. I do alot of Nei Gong and Alchemy and find Tai Qi is a great form to circulate and refine energy.”
This is my experience also.
Tai Chi, when properly executed, is nothing more than the harmonious flow of energy. Energy moves in and energy moves out. It is a pulse like the tide. Yin aspects of the form draw energy into you while yang aspects push it out. This tandem cleanses and develops the system. It is not one-sided, but it is the expression of interaction between yin and yang, and that is, by its nature, the “out-playing” of the Dao, as opposed to Wuji gong (Primordial), the action of which brings all the out-played energy back “in” to the Source. Where Taiji is “Manifesting,” Wuji is “Returning.” -A
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