What's in the Winter 2020-2021 Issue?

Understanding the Hips and the Waist (final parts)

Sam Masich

Continued from part 1 in our Summer 2020 issue and parts 2 & 3 in our Autumn issue: Thoughtful investigation of the practices and writings of the past masters of tàijíquán (太極拳) reveals that success in the art is contingent on correct understanding and employment of the hips and the waist by the taijiquan practitioner. Understanding the hips and the waist is one of most difficult yet most rewarding challenges encountered within taijiquan training.
By Sam Masich

Winter and the Water Element

Winter is a time of year that, after letting go in autumn, we have shed all that is no longer serving us and have gotten back down to our essence. We can look around and see the people and practices we know and love. It is a time of year for reflecting on what is most important to us, a time for slowing down and spending quiet, intentional time with ourselves. By Mindi K. Counts

The Quest for Internal Energy

A detective story about our search for "internal energy." In our search, we will ask questions that pertain to the mind-body energetic force known to the Chinese as qi, to Koreans as gi, and to the Japanese as ki. We will consider scientific research that investigates this phenomenon, and, as good analytical sleuths, we will compare and contrast various methods by which many believe this power—this "life force"—can be accessed. By John Bracy


Qigong is Much More than Life Energy
or Universal Energy

When I was studying Chinese history 40 years ago, I came upon one of the few books on the Oracle Bones in the USA at that time. It was so rare, I had to return to the library daily because they would not lend out the book. But it was worth the effort because not only was it a rare glimpse of the earliest writing of the Chinese. It was the only time I saw an original sketch of the word Qi. By Mark Johnson


For departments, "Meditation Basics" by Corinne Chaves gives us a roadmap of how to begin meditating and what to expect. Melinda Kashuba shares "Building a Taijiquan Community in Challenging Times" which describes how to not only maintain, but to grow a community in even the most difficult times when most teachers and schools are struggling. "Much Ado About Chi" by Terry Dunn looks at the growing fascination with qi (ch'i) in the West and describes some basic concepts to help us understand such an esoteric concept. While everyone is concentrating on the Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Steven Luo describes a lesser-known ancient celebration called the "Laba" or "Rice Porridge" festival.

I hope you enjoy this, our 120th issue.