Tai Chi Ball Qigong
July 1 - August 11
Qigong means "energy work." Qi (Chi) is internal energy, the bioelectric force in all living things. Qigong is the ancient practice of using the mind to naturally develop the body's energy through breathing, movement and meditation. It is used to improve health and to develop power for martial arts. It is an integral part of YMAA Kung Fu and Tai Chi classes.
Learn more about the history of qigong here.
Taiji Ball training is common practice in both external and internal martial arts in China. It can strengthen the torso, condition the muscles, and increase energy by using the mind to lead the Qi. In Taijiquan (Tai Chi Chuan), Taiji Ball Qigong training was once a major training tool to enhance Pushing Hands ability.
Dr. Yang, Jwing Ming has said, "In all my years of teaching, I believe that Tai Chi Ball Qigong is one of the most powerful exercises I have ever seen to rebuild the entire body's health."
Instructor: Tye Tonkin
Though the existence of tai chi ball qigong has been common knowledge in both Chinese martial arts and laymen societies, its popularity has been limited due to the secrecy of the training techniques. Taiji ball qigong training, in each style, was kept secret and passed down only to trusted students. In martial society, special tai chi ball qigong training was considered crucial in bringing martial artists to a much higher level, in both physical condition and with qi’s manifestation in battle. Many training methods, especially those that were able to enhance the healthy condition of body, have spread from the martial arts society to laymen society. Now, the most common and popular medical tai chi ball qigong training, rotating two ping-pong sized balls in one’s palms, has been recognized as one of the most effective ways of improving qi circulation, especially for the lungs and heart. In addition, through this kind of training, the condition of hand arthritis can be remedied effectively.