What Is Xin (心)?

What is Xin (心)?

What is xin (心)? Literally, it means heart. It can refer to the physical organ (心脏) or to the center of being that is most attuned to feelings and emotions. I'm not referring to sentimentality, but to those sincere, often…

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Being Here Now

Being here now

Most anyone who has studied any art that requires focus, be it rock climbing or theatre or martial arts, has heard some version of the phrase "being here now." It may have been in the context of keeping your mind…

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Old Ghosts

Old Ghosts

Taiji and forms solo practice is sometimes called shadowboxing - fighting an imaginary opponent or your own shadow. It's how we develop ourselves, learn how to move, and engage qi through the movements. But the fight with an imaginary opponent…

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Sunrise And Stillness

Sunrise and Stillness

Sunrise this morning was impressive. The image doesn't do the colors justice. The clouds were more pink and the blue was so much more vibrant. Its one of the things I enjoy most about getting up early to practice or…

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Going East or West?

A Handbook for American and Chinese Business Travelers by Terri Morgan and Yuzeng Liu Forward We have chosen not to make substantive changes to our book or rewrite sections to include changes during the 15 years since our original print…

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Basic Practice Methods

Basic Practice Methods

Martial Arts Training Section One - Postures and Footwork Hand Methods In attacking an opponent, there are various standard methods that can be used, depending on the circumstances. Some of the different hand methods include punch, hit, hit, block, grasp, twist,…

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Breath And Movement

Breath and Movement

Qigong (Chi Kung) emphasizes the connection and coordination of the internal energy (qi) with the breath and with the movements. This lesson introduces these connections and provides general guidelines for practice. This article is incomplete. There is much more to…

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