Sifu Ken Gullette gives an explanation of Peng Energy, one of the most important skills in the internal arts of T'ai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua. Combined with the ground path, it is essential to maintain Peng at all times and throughout every movement. Sometimes, Peng Jin is called "Ward Off," but that is too simple.I like the Swiss Ball in the pool analogy, as our body has to have an unshakable resilience or bounciness in self defense. You root yourself, but your root is alive and agile, not stationary or stiff, and the Peng energy you release comes from your root and is directed from the waist.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Even if the opponent uses a thousand pounds of force,Reference: Songs of the Eight Postures, by T'an Meng-hsien.
he can be uprooted and made to float without difficulty.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
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Monday, December 22, 2014
What is the meaning of Peng energy?Reference: Songs of the Eight Postures, by T'an Meng-hsien (cf. Peng Jin - Internal Strength for Tai Chi, Hsing-I and Bagua).
It is like the water supporting a moving boat.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Dr. [Michael] Irwin [with the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center] claims in the study that T'ai Chi was effective for reducing inflammation in breast cancer patients who have insomnia following diagnosis and treatment.Reference: Can T'ai Chi reduce inflammation for breast cancer survivors?
"We saw that T'ai Chi reversed cellular inflammation, by producing a down-regulation of the genes that lead to inflammation. T'ai Chi is a movement meditation, and we have found that similar anti-inflammatory effects occur when people practice other forms of meditation."
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
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