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What's in the Current Spring 2018 Issue?

 

The 24 Seasonal Nodes - Spring

By Dr. Henry McCann: The four seasons are fairly large brushstrokes when it comes to describing the ebb and flow of Yin and Yang over the course of a year. The Seasonal Nodes are a convention that grew out of ancient China's agrarian society to help explain the nuanced changes that happen over time. While the equinoxes and solstices are the beginnings of the seasons in the modern calendar, traditionally these were the midpoints of the seasons. Therefore, if the Vernal (i.e., spring) Equinox is the midpoint of the season, February is the start of spring. Asians celebrate the beginning of spring as the beginning of the New Year.

 

Qi is Your Life Force

By Lee Holden: The ancient Chinese described qi as "life force." They believed it saturated everything and linked their environment together. Qi is the animating power of the body. It's the difference between a live body and a dead body. When someone dies, the Qi is gone. The body weighs the same, has the same organs and muscles, but is lifeless. Qi is the aliveness. It's the power behind your heart, it's the light in your mind, it's the shine in your eyes, it's the movement in your body.

 

Li Xunzhi (1882-1944)

By (Sunny) Zhijun Xu, Ph.D., with LeRoy Clark: Li Xunzhi was the second son of Li Yiyu and the third generation of Wu Family Taijiquan. He started learning taijiquan from his father at the age of six. Talented and very hardworking, he achieved truly extraordinary accomplishments in this art. The original manuscript of "The Old Three Books" was passed down to him after father Li Yiyu passed away.

 

Taiji Origins: A Brief Comparison of the Styles

By Gerald A. Sharp: Taijiquan is a branch of the traditional internal martial arts (or Nei Jia Gongfu) that flourished in China over 300 years ago at the beginning of the Qing Dynasty. In modern times, Taijiquan became even more popular when in 1911, it was first taught publicly in Beijing. So, how did these five major styles of Chen, Yang, Wu Yuxian (Hao), Wu Jianquan, and Sun styles come to be, and what if any influence have they had on each other?

 

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Departments include "Tai Chi Exercise for Seniors" by the William C.C. Chen, and "Tai Yi Tai Chi Chuan: From Behind a Closed-Door" by Wang Yunkuo and Brian Corless. A few more seasonal tidbits in "Spring: Wu Xing's Wood Element" by Steven Luo, and of course some news from around the world on the topic of Qi complete this issue. We hope you enjoy this, our 109th consecutive issue.

 

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