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About Qi Elements Taijiquan & Qigong

I am the director and chief instructor at Qi Elements Center for Taijiquan and Qigong in Herndon, Virginia. I have been a Taijiquan and Qigong seminar student of Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming since 1996 and am certified by Dr. Yang as a full instructor of YMAA Qigong.

Slow Down

Did you watch the half time show during the Super Bowl?  Visual and auditory stimulation from start to finish at who knows how many beats per second.  Rapid fire stimulation is the ethos of the modern, techno age.  You can … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Taiji Form Movements

Closely connected to the subject of my previous entry, the importance of maintaining a sense of enemy, is the need to understand the meaning of each of the movements in the Taiji form.  This means in effect the need to … Continue reading

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The Imaginary Opponent in Taiji Form

Whether you are doing Taiji drills or practicing the bare-hand form, it is important to maintain what Grand Master Yang calls “a sense of enemy.”  Remember that Taijiquan is a martial art and that many of its benefits for health … Continue reading

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Skin and Marrow Breathing

On November 2, we opened November’s Saturday focus on Coiling, Spiraling, and Silk-Reeling Jins with a 45-minute performance of Master Yang’s Taiji Qigong Coiling Set.  As you may know, the set is accompanied by Skin and Marrow Breathing.  During this … Continue reading

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Taijiquan and Sport Fighting

Anyone can shoot a video and post it on platforms like You Tube.  This is great.  You will see some amazing Taiji videos on You Tube, but most of what I see purporting to be about Taiji on You Tube … Continue reading

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Spirit in Taijiquan

This week in Qi Elements’ Taijiquan classes we have been focusing on a combination of three of the Taiji Essentials—an intangible and lively energy lifts the head upward, match up inner and outer, and seek quiescence within movement. All three … Continue reading

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More about adjusting to Autumn

The growing Yin of autumn means increasing focus on contraction and storage in the natural world. Harmonize your daily life with the growing Yin of autumn by becoming less active and going to bed earlier. It is a good time … Continue reading

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Start Preparing Now for Fall and the Cold and Flu Season

Ever wonder why we mark the start of summer on the longest day of the year (the summer solstice), and the next day the days start already to get shorter? In Qigong and Chinese medicine, we mark the seasons differently. … Continue reading

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Don’t outsource your emotional center

One of the principles of the Taoist Qigong exercises Six Healing Sounds and Inner Smile that we started in our Wednesday evening Qigong classes two weeks ago is that persons should accept responsibility for their own emotional state. Whatever the … Continue reading

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More on Giving Up Ego in Taijiquan

We spent some time on Wrist Na training in today’s Taijiquan class. In Wrist Na, you try to keep your palms on top of your partner’s wrists. Your partner uses the Yin and Yang coiling of the “snake climbs over … Continue reading

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