Classes in Qigong (Qi Gong), Taiji (Tai Chi), Xingyi (Hsin i) and Bagua (Pa Kua) in Guelph, Ontario. Learn these
traditions in an open, non-competitive environment.
Information on the club, class schedules and resources for students can be found in the navigation bar above.
I hope the blog entries below provide interesting reading and food for thought for everyone interested in the internal arts.
When children draw faces, they tend to exaggerate the eyes because visually they are so important. The drawing gets distorted and reflects what is perceived to be the most important, over that actual proportions of the face.
A simliar tendency should be recognized in the internal arts. With taiji the softness needs to be in proper proportion to strength; in bagua the circling in proportion to directness; and with xingyi the straight-line alignment in proportion to coiling.
(photo by zen sutherland, click image to see her Flickr page)
In every person’s training there comes moments of doubt. The excitement and mystery of something new transitions to familiar faster than the slow building of deep skill, which is the focus of internal styles.
The teacher and the tradition are what guides a person through these moments. A good teacher can guide a student, offering the right corrections at the right moments. But the foundation is the training methods of the style. Regardless of the ability of the teacher, the traditions are also a guide to be listened to, and act as a continuous link across the generations of people who have studied the same.
(photo by Agustin Rafael Reyes, click image for more photos)
Following routines on video can be difficult to distinguish left from right. Flipping the image makes it more like looking in a mirror, and for most of the sequence, easier to follow. Current students can contact me for the link for the full routine.