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Tai Chi and Qi Gong Newsletter
A BIG NI HAO FROM THE EDITOR
Howdy folks, as I look outside the office
window I am not sure whether the weather will
be, sunny, warmy rainy, haily, sleety, icey,
frosty or any combination of the above, great
British Autumn time I hear you cry, YAY, roll on
next summer, we will know where we stand, it
will just be rainy Haha.
Anyhoo to the news:
Mark was asked to appear in a demonstration show
in Hatfield for the Chinese New Year
celebrations and showed the Broad sword form, he
was asked if he can do the show again next year,
MMMMM a demo team coming on, maybe?
Lots of good things happening, most of the
classes are now up to speed with the 3 sets of
Large Frame Tai Ji Quan that have been very
generously passed to me from the Tian Family, so
now the hard work begins, Mmwwahaha, (oops
slipping into comic villain mode sorry).
The pushing hands class is moving along at
pace, the group are working on the single hand
with circles, stepping, and application. Double
pushing hands with stepping and Application and
have recently started the Dalu 2 person form.
Also some competition style PH that is in use
with other TJQ groups that we are starting
visit, notably the Regents Park group.
The workshops have begun again, YAY, but then
they stopped for the summer, BOO. We started
with a look at the Yang Middle frame, there was
a group going to China and they were hoping to
get tuition in that whilst we were there.
Next two will be the location of the 14 major
meridians of the Arms, Legs and Torso tracking
first the Yin Channels then we will track the
Yang channels in the following workshop.
We were going to continue with the 8 energies
of Taiji Quan however the news of the China trip
has taken precedence this time.
up the good work.
Autumn has arrived, and now is the time to
harvest the bounty that grew during the summer
so we can store up for the cold winter ahead. It
is a time to organize, work hard, and finish
projects that you began in spring and summer.
“In the three months of autumn all things in
nature reach their full maturity. The grains
ripen and harvesting occurs. The heavenly energy
cools, as does the weather. The wind begins to
stir. This is the changing or pivoting point
when the yang, or active, phase turns into its
opposite, the yin, or passive, phase. One should
retire with the sunset and arise with the dawn.
Just as the weather in autumn turns harsh, so
does the emotional climate. It is therefore
important to remain calm and peaceful,
refraining from depression so that one can make
the transition to winter smoothly. This is the
time to gather one’s spirit and energy, be more
focused, and not allow desires to run wild. One
must keep the lung energy free full, clean, and
quiet. This means practicing breathing exercises
to enhance lung Qi. Also, one should refrain
from smoking and grief, the emotion of lung.
This will prevent the kidney or digestive
problems in the winter. If this natural order is
violated, damage will occur to the lungs,
resulting in diarrhea with undigested food in
the winter. This compromises the body’s ability
to store in winter.” - Huangdi Neijing
Organs: Lung and Large Intestine
Eating with the season
In the fall, eat fewer cold, uncooked foods —
such as salads — and more warm, cooked foods.
Switch from salads to soups and steamed
vegetables such as winter squash, winter peas,
broccoli, sweet potatoes, and yams. Incorporate
yellow and red foods into your meals. Start your
day with hot oatmeal.
Here are some more warm and nourishing foods and
herbs to add to your fall diet:
Apple, Banana, Beets, Bell pepper, Bok choy, Broccoli, Brussels
sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Cinnamon,
Cranberry, Figs, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes,
Horseradish, Leeks, Pears, Persimmons, Plums,
Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Red cabbage, Rosemary,
Sage, Spinach, Thyme, Whole grains, Wild rice,
Winter squash, Yam.