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"Heart and spirit void and quiet from start to
end." Twelve Principles of Hunyuan Taijiquan
- Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang
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Bibliography, Links, Resources
Hun Yuan Taijiquan 24 Form (Chen Style Taijiquan and Hsing Yi)
Bagua Qigong: Liang Shen Pu. Teaching by Sifu Bryan Knack. N.W. Tai Chi downtown Dojo in Vancouver, Washington, 2018. Instructional DVD.
is the complete 24 Form of The Chen style Hunyuan Taijiquan system created by
Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. Demonstrated and explained here by Master Yaron
Seidman. Front, rear and side views as well as in slow motion. 55 minutes
running time English."
Chen Tai Chi with Feng Zhi-Qiang, Plum Publications, Instructional DVDs
Chi Kung (Qigong, Nei Gong, Yang Sheng Gong, Inner Work): Bibliography, Links, Resources
Cloud Hands Blog. By Michael Garofalo. Online since 2005.
Enjoy Greater Relaxation and Better Health with the Hun Yuan Tai Chi 24 Form Instructional DVD, NTSC, 74 minutes. Featuring Brett Wagland and Fontane Ip. From the Tai Chi Academy. VSCL.
Experience the Healing and Calming Effects of Sitting and Standing Meditation Instructional DVD, NTSC, 89 minutes. Presentation by Brett Wagland. From the Tai Chi Academy. VSCL.
Feng Zhiquan, 1926-2012, Grandmaster, Taijiquan and Qigong, Biography and Career. The surname of "Feng" is pronounced 'Fung' in English.
Hun Yuan in Qigong by Damo Mitchell
Hunyuan Qigong (Chi Kung) A hypertext notebook by Mike Garofalo.
Hunyuan Qigong Can Improve Your Taijiquan by Chen Zhongwa
Hun Yuan Qigong Exercises from the Center for Tai Chi Studies
Hun Yuan Qigong, Part 1. By the British Hunyuan Taiji Association
Hun Yuan Qigong: Tracing Life to Its Roots. By Kenneth Cohen, 2007.
Hun Yuan Ruler (Stick, Bang). A hypertext notebook by Mike Garofalo.
Hunyan Tai Chi 24 Forms. Demonstration by Zhang Jiping. UTube, 5:59 Minutes. "Zhang Jiping, an indoor disciple of GM Feng Zhiqiang (the founder of Hunyuan Tai Chi), 7th dan of Chinese Martial Art Rank, and an inheritor of Chen-style in 11th generation from the tradition lineage. He is also the founder of Tai Chi Science System (TSS), which is the front for Tai Chi development in China. Hunyuan Tai Chi was the newest style created by GM Feng Zhiqiang, and with many strongpointes it has became more and more popular in China. This Hunyuan 24 Forms is used for beginners. The performence by Zhang Jiping had always been eulogized by GM Feng, and also followed by most Hunyuan Tai Chi exercisers. Please visit website of Zhang Jiping: www.01248.cn/jiping."
Hun Yuan Tai Chi 24 Form. Instructional DVD, NTSC, 74 minutes. Featuring Brett Wagland and Fontane Ip. From the Tai Chi Academy. VSCL.
Hun Yuan Taiji, Center in Beijing, China. News, blog, general information. Offical website.
Hun Yuan Taijiquan: Institute For Classical Asian Medicine Description of the Hunyuan Taiji curriculum.
Hun Yuan Taijiquan 24 Form instructional DVD, Coach Michael Joyce, The Combative Corner Blog "Take the journey of Taijiquan with Coach Joyce as he demonstrates the beautiful and therapeutic movements of Hunyuan Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan). Hunyuan Taijiquan was created by Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang of Beijing, China. Performed by Coach Michael Joyce (senior student of Master Chen Zhonghua). Included is a short segment on Qigong, as well as slow motion capturing and alternate angles. Shot on location at the beautiful Arboretum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Perfect for beginners-advanced. This 24-Posture form is the "class form" for Coach Joyce's classes in taijiquan and provides the essential components of Chen Style Taijiquan. Newly updated and expanded with brand new, high definition footage. DVD in color, high definition, 65 minutes." VSCL.
Hunyuan Taijiquan 24 Forms, Renhe Taijiquan Courses
Increase Your Flexibility with Hun Yuan Tai Chi Chan Si Gong Foundation Exercises
An Introduction to the Hun Yuan Tai Chi System. Instructional DVD, NTSC, 65 minutes. Featuring Brett Wagland and Fontane Ip. From the Tai Chi Academy, Australia. VSCL.
Knack, Bryan, Sifu: Vancouver Tai Chi and Chi Kung, Vancouver, Washington. Complete training program.
Kuan Yin Sitting Qi Gong. Teaching by Sifu Bryan Knack. N.W. Tai Chi downtown Dojo in Vancouver, Washington, 2018. Instructional DVD.
Links, Resources, Bibliography for Tai Chi Chuan
Mind Hun Yuan Chen Style Tai Chi, Basic 24 Style. Instructional DVD and book by Sifu Ma Guang Lu. Chinese edition.
Northwest Tai Chi and Qigong Sifu Bryan Knack, Vancouver, Washington. Complete Taiji training program.
Primordial Chaos, Somewhat Undifferentiated, Swirling and Circling, The Edge of Becoming, The Grand Ultimate (Tai Chi),
The Beginning, The Origin, The Fertilized Seed, Emerging as Yin and Yang, Five Elements, Beings ...
- Themes of the Dao
Primordial Qigong (Wu Ji Qigong) List of Movements. From Michael Winn.
Resources, Links, Bibliography: Chi Kung, Qigong, Nei Gong, Yang Sheng Gong, Inner Work
Qigong (Chi Kung, Nei Gong, Yang Sheng Gong, Inner Work): Bibliography, Links, Resources
Qigong (Chi Kung): Practices, Guides, Bibliographies, Theories. By Michael Garofalo.
Relax with Hun Yuan Tai Chi Fa Soong Gong Foundation Exercises Instructional DVD, 68 minutes. By Brett Wagland and Fontane Ip. Tai Chi Academy, Australia. VSCL.
Ripening Peaches: Taoist Studies and Practices
San Francisco Hunyuan Taiji Academy
Sieradski, Matthew Peters; Healer, Teacher, Minister, Eugene, Oregon
Tai Chi Academy, Canberra, Australia. Numerous instructional DVDs on Hun Yuan Qigong and Tai Chi. Featuring instruction by Fontaine Ip and Bryan Wagland.
Tai Chi Chuan (Taijiquan)
Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power. By Yang Yang with Scott A. Grubish. Champaign, Illinois, Zhenwu Publications,
Center for Taiji Studies, 2005. Bibliography, index, notes, glossary, 219 pages. ISBN: 0974099007. VSCL.
Taiji, Wuji, Modern Physics, and Cosmology By Dom Tow.
Taijiquan: The Art of Nurturing, The Science of Power By Yang Yang with Scott A. Grubish. Champaign, Illinois, Zhenwu Publications, Center for Taiji Studies, 2005. Bibliography, index, notes, glossary, 219 pages. ISBN: 0974099007. Emphasis upon the theory and methods of Taijiquan, exercise science, and health benefits. VSCL.
Taoist Studies Institute, Sifu Harrison Moretz
Testimonials on the Health Benefits from Practicing Chen Style Hun Yuan Taijiquan
24 Movement Hun Yuan Taiji. Instructional VCD, 60 minutes, Chinese Only. "24 Movement Hun Yuan Tai Chi. Here is a powerful and unusual blending. Famous teacher Feng has combined Chen Tai Chi exercise with LiuHe Xin Yi and the Chi Kung benefits of Primordial Chi exercise HunYuan. This VCD shows a shortened version the basic Hun Yuan Tai Chi along with key points for boxing practice and for health preserving Chi movement." Available from Plum Publications.
Vancouver Tai Chi and Chi Kung. Sifu Bryan Knack. Vancouver, Washington. I began to study here in January of 2018.
Way of Hunyuan: A Personal Odyssey. By Chen Zhongwa. Edited by Jean Wong and Rita Chen. Hunyanataiji Press, 2002. 233 pages. ISBN: 979-0973004518. $20.00 for E Book. "According to Master Chen, the classic tenets on Qigong must be understood and accepted in order to gain the maximum benefit from this antiquated discipline. This book did just that. It provided authentic information from ancient China on the subject of Qigong. Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang's Hunyuan Qigong system is used in this book to illustrate the richness of Qigong in health, in self-cultivation and in martial arts. The book is filled with personal experiences. The Qigong glossary at the end of the book makes it a useful reference source. Master Chen Zhonghua is a famous martial artist and Qigong master. He received his training in Chian from Grandmaster Hong Junsheng and Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang, two of the greatest martial artists in China. Illustrated. Includes Qigong dictionary, references, a history chart of China, personal relationships within the discipline, and an index."
Why is the Hun Yuan System So Effective
Yang Style 88 Long Form Tai Chi. Teaching by Sifu Bryan Knack. N.W. Tai Chi downtown Dojo in Vancouver, Washington, 2018. Instructional DVD.
Chen Taijiquan 24 Form
Videos on Utube
Created by Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang
Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang demonstrates the Hun Yuan Chen Taijiquan 24 Form
Hun Yuan Chen Taijiquan 24 Form Videos on Utube
Information, Facts, Notes
Hun Yuan Chen Taijiquan 24 Form
"Hunyuan Qigong is a system of qigong (chi
kung) which is part of the system of hunyuan taiji (tai chi), created by Master
Feng Zhiqiang, a disciple of Chen Fake, a famous master of Chen style taijiquan. But
before becoming a disciple of Master Chen, Feng was a disciple of Master Hu
a scholar of Chinese medicine, and master of xinyiquan and practices of Taoist
and Buddhist meditation. Hu was considered the father of modern qigong in
China. Master Feng used the some of the best facets of his two masters’ systems
to create the system hunyuan taiji, which includes hunyuan qigong. The product
was a system of taijiquan that follows the rules of qigong very well.
The name hunyuan is composed of “hun” meaning 'mixed' (may also mean 'origin.') and “yuan” meaning 'circle'. It may also be said that the system is based on these “circles” or flows arising from the universe. These circles are part of this “original” energy that flows in the universe, nature and humans.
Qigong systems generally fall into 3 classifications: religious (e.g. Taoist), martial and medicinal. Hunyuan qigong is classified as the martial type because in addition to health benefits, it also provides benefits useful for martial arts such as taijiquan. It is important to know that while hunyuan qigong uses concepts from Taoism such as yin and yang, this does not mean that the system is linked to religion. It’s simply a system of exercises that anyone can do to enjoy the benefits associated with this practice.
In the system of hunyuan taiji, empty hand forms (sequences of movement) are considered important while practices with conventional weapons are considered complementary. However, hunyuan qigong is an essential element of the system of hunyuan taiji. While many systems use qigong as a complementary exercise, the system hunyuan taiji includes qigong practices so complete that they can be seen as a complete system of qigong in themselves."
- Chen Zhongwa, Hunyuan Qigong Can Improve Your Taijiquan
"Hun Yuan Qigong is often translated as
meaning ‘Primordial’ or ‘Congenital Qigong’ which is an appropriate name but it
really deserves further exploration. ‘Hun’ by its nature refers to
something that is mixed, something that is still a composite and hasn’t been
divided into various parts as in Hun Dun which is often translated as original
chaos. ‘Yuan’ literally means rotations or circles. So the name of this
Qigong set is actually Mixed Circles or Mixed Rotations Qigong. Why is this and
what does this have to do with primordial? A state of undifferentiated
rotating energy is the original state of the cosmos according to esoteric
Daoism. This was the state before Yin and Yang divided. It is the potential for
something but nothing manifest. The ultimate state of Wuji is supposed to be
formed of various mixed circles – Wuji is Hun Yuan. Out of these mixed circles
come Taiji which is the catalyst for Creation so Hun Yuan literally implies
trying to take yourself, your Mind, your Energy Body to a state before Yin and
Yang divided when there is still just rotational potential for something – which
is why often they’ll shorten all of that and say Primordial Qigong for example.
Most people will know Hun Yuan Qigong through a gentleman who died recently
named Feng Zhi Qiang who was the founder of Hun Yuan Taiji, a variant of Chen
style boxing. Feng also taught Hun Yuan Qigong which, prior to being part of a
Taijiquan system, had alchemical Daoist origins."
- Damo Mitchell, Hun Yuan in Qigong
"Qigong is the root of Tai Chi. Tai
Chi is the flower of Qigong."
- Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang
"Hunyuan is an
ancient, central concept of Daoist philosophy and meditation practice. Hun means
undifferentiated unity, the state of mind and being that occurs when one does
not divide the world into concepts. In other words, hun is equivalent to inner
silence. Yuan means origin or original. Yuan is the root or antecedent of any
action. It is the creative spark or impulse, like a seed planted in Spring which
is just ready to sprout. This mantric phrase may be interpreted as four
stages in the creation or evolution of an idea or phenomenon; or it may
represent the four seasons. ...
"Hun with yuan becomes the concept Hunyuan, the Primordial State of Being. The term is synonymous with the word Dao itself and also with Taiji (the Undifferentiated, as in Taiji Quan, a martial art and healing art that blends yin and yang, suppleness with strength). Philosophy and personal cultivation are not separate categories in Daoist thought. Thus, Hunyuan is the Primal Being (God) or Beingness that both precedes and underlies all creation. It is also the spiritual state of a person who practices Daoist meditation. That is, a meditator's goal is to become Hunyuan. We see evidence of this in the two classic terms for Daoist meditation: xin zhai and zuo wang:
1. Xin Zhai, "the fasting of the mind" --the body fasts and is refreshed when it doesn't eat; the mind fasts and is refreshed when it doesn't think. (Or as my old friend Alan Watts used to say, "If you are always thinking, you have nothing to think about except thoughts! There needs to be a break for experience.").
2. Zuo Wang, "sitting and forgetting," an old term found in the Daoist Zhang Zi classic: the mind forgets judgment and worries and returns to a state of peace and clarity. ...
"We find references to
Hunyuan throughout Daoist literature. Zhang Boduan (983-1082), founder of the
Complete Reality (Quan Zhen) sect of Daoism, learned "the Dao of Hunyuan".
Lao Zi, the founder of Daoist philosophy was known as Hunyuan Sheng, the Sage of
the Primordial. (A famous biography of Lao Zi written in 1191 A.D. is
titled Hunyuan Shengji, Chronicle of the Sage of the Primordial.) Lao Zi's Dao
De Jing is still the most important source for information about the philosophy
of Hunyuan." ...
"The Hunyuan, also designated Dao, creates Two, a polarity of complementary opposites known as Yin and Yang. Two creates Three: Yang forms the heavens, Yin forms the earth; and Qi creates life. The three could also be considered Heaven, Earth, and Human, the famous trinity of Chinese philosophy. The interactions between the Three create all things. Thus, all beings have yang and yin aspects: front and back, inside and outside, positive and negative, light and shadow, obvious and hidden, masculine and feminine, and so on. When a human being wishes to commune with the Hunyuan, he or she has only to center the mind on Qi, the energy of life. ...
"Hunyuan, Hundun, and Taiji may all be translated "Chaos," because they suggest a primal "soup" in which individual things cannot be distinguished. According to A. C. Graham's translation of Zhuang Zi, "In Chinese cosmology, the primordial is not a chaos reduced to order by imposed law, it is a blend of everything rolled up together; the word is reduplicative of the type of English 'hotchpotch' and 'rolypoly'."
- Kenneth Cohen, Hunyuan Qigong: Tracing Life to Its Root, 2007
"Chen-style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan
(abbreviated as Hunyuan Taiji) is a Taiji (Tai Chi) style that combines the
martial skills and frame of the Chen-style system with elements of Xinyi Quan as
well as Taoist internal cultivation methods. The system includes meditation
practices, qigong sets, empty hand forms, weapons, two-person drills
(push-hands), and free fighting. Chen-style Taijiquan is the oldest form
of Taiji and is the source of all of the other styles (such as Yang and Wu). It
emphasizes a spiraling form of movement called silk-reeling. Xinyi means
Mind-Intent. Proper practice of Taiji begins by relaxing and settling the mind
to enter stillness and employing intent to move the qi (the body’s subtle
energy). Xinyi Quan was the internal martial art style of Hunyuan Taiji founder
Grandmaster Feng’s Taoist teacher Hu Yaozhen."
"Hunyuan means Primordial Origin. This original qi of the universe is what heaven, earth, and human beings are formed from. By cultivating a return to this original unity with both mind and body, we manifest the tranquility of eternity and the power of heaven and earth. Taijiquan means Supreme Polarity Boxing. The supreme polarity of the universe is yin and yang. The original hunyuan qi of the universe separates into these complementary forces. In Taiji boxing, we cultivate the ability to differentiate yin and yang in our bodies in order to promote health and to neutralize and uproot our opponent."
"According to Hunyuan Taiji founder Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang: “While designed for both health and self-defense, Hunyuan Taiji focuses on health; while alternating between movement and stillness, it emphasizes stillness; and while simultaneously training the internal and the external, it gives priority to the internal. The internal and external should be coordinated, the upper and lower body should follow each other, and the whole body should move in harmony.”
- Matthew Peters Sieradski; Healer, Teacher, Minister; Eugene, Oregon
Grandmaster Feng Zhi Qiang's Twelve Principles of Taijiquan
1. Heart and spirit void and quiet from start to end.
2. Center equilibrium.
3. Use mind to move qi. The heart is the commander.
4. Start with sink and drop.
5. Search for soft and smooth.
6. Inside/outside and upper/lower should work together.
7. The transition of yin/yang will help you find hard/soft.
8. The silk reeling force should be present through the body.
9. Search for open/close by folding the chest and stomach.
10. Concentrate on dantian to improve neigong (internal force).
11. Keep your heart calm, mind quiet, and practice slowly
(stillness in movement).
The form is a moving standing pole (huo zhuang).
12. You will be successful if you know both how to practice and how to nuture yourself (yang sheng).
- Master Yang Yang, Center for Taijiquan Studies, Grandmaster Fen Zhi Qiang's Twelve Principles of Taijiquan
"Over his years of training Feng Zhiqiang
reintegrated a deep practice of Daoist Neigong (Qigong) with Chen’s Taiji, which
in my opinion allows Chen Taiji to once again embrace it’s origin in combining
self-defense with self-cultivation. Closer to the end of the 20th century Feng
started calling his personal interpretation of Chen Taiji “Hunyuan Chen Style
Taijiquan” (混元陳氏太極拳). The word “Hunyuan” means primordial chaos, or the original
heart of the universe. This reminds us that the practice of Taijiquan is both as
a martial art as well as a path to cultivating spirit and cultivating stillness.
The first chapter of the Suwen, the foundational text of Chinese medicine says,
“quiet peacefulness, absolute emptiness – the true Qi follows these states”
(恬惔虛无，真氣從之). This statement is the heart of Hunyuan, and the heart of practice."
- Hunyuan Taijiquan, Institute for Classical Asian Medicine
"Hunyuan Taijiquan 24 Forms could be
as the symbol for this new style, because it is the set most spreading, often
used for group performance and for beginners to start with. Also it could
reflect the essential principle of Hunyuan,"getting healthy is all what we do
for". The 24 Forms is fit to benefit the people’s health care.
The character of the set is to guide the arms’ moving by the body; to do the movements with mind but not force; and to emphasize the relaxing movement at the end of every form. The set should be done in 7-8 minutes with “Acrid tea in spring” as the music accompaniment.
The set of Hunyuan 24 Forms in fact was simplified from Hunyuan Taijiquan 48 Forms. It consists of the first 21 forms and the last 3 ones of the 48 Forms. But the start form and Pi Shen Chui are different. The start form of Hunyuan 48 Forms, which was published in 1988, had used the four methods, Peng, Ji, Lu, An, mainly on the mind; but now in Hunyuan 24 Forms it becomes to four movements. So the start forms between Hunyuan 48 Forms, the 24 Forms and the 32-form Cannon are different for each other.
And we should insist in such rules during the teaching: 1. Keep in higher posture but not force squatting lower. 2. The relaxing is the first of all elements; carefully perceive the weight on your body and arms, and no even little more force to add on; do the relaxing movements well. 3. To take the three-pillar frame as the dynamical model, to emphasize the function of the heaven pillar, and to protect the lumbar by crotch turning. 4. To change the weight between the two sides of the body, and to do the movements in silk-reeling method. And, 5. To keep in deep and natural breath."
- Hunyuan Taijiquan 24 Forms, Renhe Taijiquan Courses