Our powerful combination of Tai Chi forms along with Qigong exercise sets improves health and wellbeing.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi has been called part martial art, part exercise program and part moving meditation.  It is classified as a soft style or internal martial art as it is a combination of martial arts movements with Qigong.

Qigong

Qigong (pronounced "chee-gung") are internal energy building, Chi-energy circulation, breathing and stretching exercises.

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Hsing Yi

Hsing I Chuan utilizes a full range of body motion in its strikes. Grappling, throws, trapping and joint locking techniques create a highly adaptable, powerful style of self defense.

Taijiquan was created for the same reason that all other martial arts were formed and that is for combat. Yes, Tai Chi has a down and dirty side and this is it's original purpose. The Tai Chi we see practiced in the health clubs, spas and in the parks today are a recent creation. Real, traditional Tai Chi is nothing less and nothing more than a fighting art. Like any fighting art, it is a system of combative physical skills, principles and strategies. Any other claims made for the art are embellishments, fantasy and deception.

The original name of the art, "Tai Chi Chuan" ("Taijiquan" in modern Pinyin or T'ai Chi Ch'uan in the older Wade-Giles spelling) clearly places the word "Chuan" (meaning fighting style) as the noun, with the term "Tai Chi" being the adjective - the phrase describing the most prominent characteristics of said fighting style. In much the same way, the phrase "red car" describes a car that happens to be red. Everyone knows what the object is - you couldn't drive around in a "red" and in much the same way, a person cannot simply do "Tai Chi".

Isn't it time to take your martial arts to the next level? Whether you are a Tai Chi player looking to advance his art, a practitioner of another style looking to broaden your knowledge or a novice looking to find the right martial art for you, Spirit Wind Taijiquan Academy in Lincoln has something for everyone.

Chang Sen Feng, progenerator of Tai Chi Chuan

 

Chinese philosophy and culture have produced many of humankind's greatest triumphs. One of their greatest products is the art of Tai-Chi Chuan.
 
Tai-Chi Chuan is an ordered system of fluid, blended movements designed to be practiced daily in order for the practitioner to receive the benefits of optimal health and peace of mind.
 
Tai-Chi Chuan provides an excellent, full-body workout which will leave the practitioner feeling physically refreshed while reducing stress response.
 
At the center of Tai-Chi Chuan is the idea that coordinating the mind, body and spirit is central to human functioning. The movements practiced are performed slow and fluidly (as opposed to fast and crisp as in other martial arts) in order to enhance concentration and energy while teaching breath control and patience.
 
The control of breath provides one of the greatest benefits of Tai-Chi Chuan. The breath training helps to regulate the circulation of oxygen in the blood. Providing one's body with adequate amounts of oxygen and blood flow prevents a person from appearing old by reducing free radicals.
 
Also, by directing the body's own energy (chi) in a fashion to nourish one's internal organs, this can slow down the aging process which will help with longevity!  When Lu Sho Ting had a heart- attack at the age of 60, he began to practice Tai-Chi Chuan. In three years he was out of danger and had a much more vigorous body and lifestyle. Today, at the age of 80 he still practices daily and teaches students. Tai-Chi Chuan provides many other benefits as well:
 
It requires no equipment or special training area.
It can be practiced during any season.
Anyone, regardless of age or health, can practice Tai-Chi Chuan.
It is an incredibly effective form of self defense
The relaxed gentle movements prevent the body from being tense or awkward.
Tai-Chi Chuan keeps the body erect and well postured.
Immeasurable benefits to health.
Relaxes the mind.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the art of Tai-Chi Chuan, we invite you to call or come by the center in Lincoln.

 

Qigong (chee-gong) literally translated means “active energy work/skill”.

 

  The “Qi” if Qigong is the energy of the body that lies between our material body and consciousness. The “Gong” of Qigong is the work you must put in that leads to skill with life force. In the western world when people speak of energy it usually is associated with psychics of other “gifted” people. In Asia there are those that have a natural inclination to energetic application and skills, just like people have natural talent towards sports or academics, but it is thought if you work hard enough with the correct amount of focus you can become a master of life force. Natural talent helps but is not the most important factor when compared to focused effort. The benefits of Qigong seem infinite but here are some of the more noted benefits:

 

1. Well-being and improved health. Qigong emphasizes the whole body, whole system health. While it is true that qigong will often cure specific ills, this is not the primary reason for practice. It is not only a matter of adding years to your life, but life to your years.

2. Clear and tranquil mind. When the mind is at peace, the whole universe seems at peace. World peace begins with you; it is your responsibility to find a peaceful heart and mind. Then you can heal and transform others just through your presence. If you have a tranquil mind, you will make better decisions and have the skill to know when act and when to be still.

3. Deeper, more restorative sleep. Qigong will help you find the deep relaxation and mental quiet necessary for sleep.

4. Increased energy, including sexual vitality and fertility. Qigong people have more energy; it can reverse energy and restore youthfulness.

5. Comfortable warmth. Qigong is great for cold hands and feet. Circulation improves, and the body generates more internal warmth when it is cold.

6. Clear skin. The skin, like the intestines, is an organ of elimination. According to Chinese medicine, as your qigong improves, your body eliminates toxins, and the skin becomes clear.

7. Happy attitude. There is an old Tibetan saying, “You can tell a Yogi by his or her laugh.” Correct and moderate qigong practice usually creates an optimistic and joyous disposition.

8. More efficient metabolism. Digestion improves, and hair and nails grow more quickly.

9. Greater physiological control. This means that aspects of the body that were imbalanced or out of control begin to normalize, for example, breathing rate, heart rate, blood pressure, hormone levels, and states of chronic inflammation or depletion.

10. Bright eyes. The qigong master’s eyes are said to glow in the dark, like a cat’s. The eyes also appear bright because the spirit and soul are luminous and the heart is open.

11. Intuition and creativity. Intuition and creativity generate each other and come from the same source, an awakened brain and being, an ability to think with the gut, to feel with the mind.

12. Spiritual effects. Advancement in qigong is often accompanied by a variety of spiritual experiences. For example, synchronicity, meaningful coincidences, become more common. When the qi is abundant, clear, and flowing, the senses perceive and are permeated by a sweetness.

 

Hsing I Chuan (Form-Mind Boxing) is another major internal Chinese martial art, based on traditionalChinese five element theory of creation and the movements of twelve animals. Hsing I (Xing Yi) is popular as a military and police training method as well as a practice for longevity cultivation that creates inner peace. Hsing I Chuan utilizes a full range of body motion in its strikes. Grappling, throws, trapping and joint locking techniques create a highly adaptable, powerful style of self defense.

Wu Xing Quan- Five Element Fist

 

1. Pi Quan-Spliting Fist

2.Tsuan Quan-Drilling Fist

3. Peng Quan-Crushing Fist

4.Pao Quan-Exploding Fist

5.Heng Quan-Crossing Fist

Hsing I Chuan Five Elements

Metal

Water

Wood

Fire

Earth

Hsing I Chuan Twelve Animals

Dragon, Bear, Horse, Tiger, Monkey, Tortoise, Snake,

Rooster, Eagle, Hawk, Dove, and Swallow