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12 Animals Xingyi Staff & Spear: Xingyi is an internal style of Chinese Martial Arts akin to Tai Chi and Bagua. It is based on the five elements so that each element is expressed as a characteristic combat technique. These elements are combined to form twelve more techniques that emulate the fighting skills of the animals. Xingyi is still implemented by modern military and police for combat training. It is also very popular for health cultivation since its guiding five element theory is parallel to that of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
This unique Xingyi form is for long pole weapons. The staff is a long tapered staff, sometimes referred to as a rattail staff. The spear is very similar in design, only a spearhead and tassel have been added to the weapon. 5 Element Xingyi Staff & Spear is the first form. 12 Animals Xingyi Staff & Spear is the second form.
Xingyi Staff & Spear is demonstrated by Grandmaster Shou-Yu Liang, Master Helen Liang, Master Tony Chen and Master He Tao. Together, these masters break down all the movements into easy-to-learn lessons and basic line drills (Xingyi linking sequences), as well as reveal the applications for combat.
Bagua and Tai Chi: Exploring the Potential of Chi, Martial Arts, Meditation and the I Ching [Paperback]
Frantzis begins with an overview of both bagua and tai chi and their origins in Chinese culture, followed by comprehensive advice on how to incorporate these practices into daily Western life. Written in an easy, conversational style, the book provides an explanation of an art that is practiced by millions in China to release stress and maintain a vigorous level of health. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the 2.3 million Americans who currently practice tai chi report improved sleep, conditioning, and overall wellness. Bagua and Tai Chi offers a gentle healing and strengthening system that will appeal to a wide audience, including martial artists, meditators, dancers and athletes, personal trainers, and anyone looking to reduce stress and increase calmness and clarity through an effective, low-impact body practice.
Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong, Volume 1: Develop Health and Energy in 7 Simple Movements [Paperback]
Dragon and Tiger qigong uses simple body movements to accomplish the same chi balancing as acupuncture. Each movement is designed to stimulate not just a single meridian but groups of meridians. In Chinese medicine, the tiger is a metaphor for a strong, healthy liver and powerful muscles, and the dragon is a metaphor for healthy and strong lungs. The Dragon and Tiger form accomplishes three major changes in the body necessary for healing: it releases stagnant chi energy; increases the speed, strength, and evenness of the circulation of chi, blood, and other fluids; and quickly raises the body’s energy levels to boost its natural healing capacities. With over 150 illustrations accompanying clear, thorough instructions, Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong offers an accessible and effective path to health and healing.
An internal arts veteran of more than 40 years, Fong Ha presents the fundatmentals of Yiquan and Qigong. Includes introduction and demonstration of the postures. The teaching format includes repetition of the individual movements with front, back and side views, with one of the views shown simultaneously in a window. Great for practicing alone when you need help to remember the postures.
• The basic program, illustrated by more than 50 photographs
• Practical tips for integrating Tai Chi into everyday activities
• An introduction to the traditional principles of Tai Chi
• Up-to-date summaries of the research literature on the health benefits of Tai Chi
• How Tai Chi can enhance work productivity, creativity, and sports performance
• And much more
A T’ai-Chi veteran of more than 40 years, Fong Ha presents Yang style 108 postures. Includes introduction and demonstration of the postures. The teaching format includes repetition of the individual movements with front, back and side views, with one of the views shown simultaneously in a window. Concludes with a demonstration.
All of the taijiquan skills originate from variations and combinations of the Taiji Thirteen Postures. This is the essence of taijiquan, the key that unlocks the secret of all taijiquan. These thirteen basic skills are the foundation of all taijiquan skills.
The simplified Taiji Thirteen Postures routine provides an easy framework for beginner taijiquan practitioners to better understand the basics of Taiji Thirteen Postures. It is a perfect guide for practitioners to better understand the essence of all taijiquan styles. Taiji Thirteen Postures are beautiful when performed and every movement is highly practical in its application. It can be practiced for health, fitness, performance or self defence applications.