As a professional London Tour Guide I spend a lot of time researching new tours. After hours of reading, searching, thinking about the visuals and logistics, my mind is cluttered with information which I try to sort into a coherent narrative I can weave through a proposed new tour. I have found it very useful to take breaks and do some Chi Kung and T'ai Chi.
For millennia the breath has been the foundation of not only good health but a calm mind too in Asia. It is only in recent times that Western medicine has begun to take interest in the mind body connection. It is being called “Energy Medicine” which is not a bad description of Tai Chi and Qigong.
Pushing Hands or Sticking weapons training is much understood. By many it is seen as soft almost meditative exercise with a partner. This is far from the truth it is in fact a dynamic “listening” exercise intended to sharpen your awareness and ability to adapt to changing situations.
The picture with this blog is of the advanced class members about to perform Tai Chi sword exercises. We performed single person Sword Qigong, Moving the Centre sword exercises and finally sticky sword drills.