The Challenges of Tai Chi as Moving Meditation

--- Author:Jaime Cowley

Tai Chi Chuan (or Tai Ji Quan) is something that can be approached in many ways; as a performance art, a martial art or an internal art, for example. As an internal art, my Shifu from Guangzhou recently referred to Tai Chi practice. He told me that when I practice I should “make (my) heart peaceful, don’t feel afraid or nervous, don’t be tense, just keep Peng”. These instructions easily align with principles that also characterise many meditation styles. When you practice Tai Chi slowly, with the breath and calming the nervous system, a meditative state can be reached. This is why Tai Chi Fist is referred often to as ‘moving meditation’.

In practising any meditation, many things can be experienced. There are things that are quite nice to experience and things can be quite a handful to experience. When practising Tai Chi as a moving meditation you will find there are many common challenges that it shares with other kinds of meditation. Did you know however that these often times frustrating and difficult aspects of Tai Chi are actually pivotal to your growth? These struggles are the means of experiencing one of those end goals of meditation. That without knowing these struggles we can’t really appreciate our own sense of acceptance, peace and inner quiet. Let’s look at some of these common hurdles.


Anxiety comes from worrying about and being preoccupied with the future. Did you know that sometimes the practice of meditation can actually cause people to become anxious? Becoming concerned over questions and thoughts like: why am I so tense? Will I ever figure this movement out? I’ve only been practising 5 minutes and I’m already bored, how will I finish 30 minutes?

These patterns of thought are quite common and often people give up because they are too concerned about the “progress” of their practice. It’s in these moments that you realise that this is how your mind always behaves; however, it’s only when you try to quieten it that you realise how noisy and chaotic it is.


Impatience is often drawn from being anxious. You’re waiting for something to happen, and in doing so, waiting for whatever is happening to be over. This is also something that can come up in Tai Chi and meditation practice. Rushing to learn forms and reach a state of relaxation is quite counter productive; you will be coming back years later no better and needing to relearn basics. When a person is accustomed to instant gratification they will find it harder to persevere with the things in life that require time and effort to be realised


Feeling bored when practising Tai Chi or another kind of meditation is also another common challenge. That when practising, it is difficult finding anything interesting about your breath, or that the slow movements on the outside don’t look like much. We want to get to the interesting part, but it never seems to come.

This may happen because we are accustomed to certain kinds of stimuli. Usually always external stimuli and a lot of it. We watch TV with 10-second sound bites, whilst chatting with a friend and checking our Instagram at the same time. This need to have multiple sources of fast, easy to consume stimuli at a time has made us prone to feeling boredom more easily.

So now you may ask: why practice something that seems to bring out the worst in me? Here’s why.

By putting yourself in situations where you are confronted by these feelings you will begin to learn about them. Letting go of anxiety by learning to live in the present. Learning to be patient by coming to appreciate the process and journey. Overcoming boredom by practising to look more deeply into less things.

When we practice any kind of meditation, often people are trying to reach something, trying to touch upon something that they have never experienced consciously. What we need to understand is that it is within the struggle that lies the benefit. We practice meditation to become conscious of being anxious, being impatient, being bored and then practising separating ourselves from these feelings. The better you get at letting go the better you are able to experience inner quiet, acceptance and balance.

Jaime Cowley get the price in Guangzhou Competition Jaime Cowley show Taiji Quan post


Germany Students come to Guangzhou to Learn Taiji with Master Su Hua Xiang

--- Author:Su Jian Ming,Shine

In 2018 year from November 12th to 26th , Mr. Alex, Mrs. Andrea and Miss Sabine who is Germany came to Guangzhou, China to learn Taiji Quan and Liu He Ba Fa with master SU Hua Xiang.

Master Su Hua Xiang has been to German teach Taiji and broadcast Chinese culture each year for over 20years. With his effort, more and more Germany people know the benefit of Taiji. Mr. Alex, Mrs. Andrea and Miss Sabine is one of his student in Germany

Mr. Alex and Mrs. Andrea was the first time come to Guangzhou, China. They said the training in Martyrs Park has been great. All people, young and old, are in movement. The mood was full of life. Dancing, singing, music laughing, make Tai Chi or other sports were hold in here. Everything perform so beautiful. And the food in China is very special for German people, too. Sure the Chinese Restaurants in China is a completely different matter.

Miss Sabine is the second time to Guangzhou,she said last summer she have been to Alterode for Taiji- academy which master Su Hua Xiang teach the Taiji class in German. Every day has 3 Hours hard work, moving in deep positions in there. She saw Master Su Hua Xiang to do the form, applications and what they call “stehende Säule” . then she really liked the way which the teacher presented. After that, she join the Chen style. Because she knew, as she is a nurse for intensive care, the Taiji would help her in her job.

After whole class was finished, both of us went out side to visit Guangzhou and Forshan famous places. Before they leaved,they all though this term learned so much thing, and when be back to the German they will share what they learn in Guangzhou to their students and friends.

From lefte: Alex, Andrea, Su Hua Xiang, Su Jian Ming, Sabine Germany students with our students in Martyr's park
Germany Students visit Foshan Germany student learn with Master Su Hua Xiang


Review of Zhong Hua Taichi

--- Author: Jaime Cowley

I first came across Zhonghua Taichi when I moved to Guangzhou two years ago. I had already been practising tai chi for a few years and I wanted to find a place to continue learning. I didn’t realise then what a great experience it would turn out to be and that in the teachers, Su Huaxiang and Su Jianming, and all of their students that I would find a family so far from my original home in Australia.

Previously I had spent about two years up in Shandong Province learning Wing Chun, Baji fist and chinese boxing as well as learning some basics of Chen style tai chi. I came to Guangzhou to work full time and wanted to continue my practise of tai chi. I found Su Huaxiang and his colleagues by looking up “Chen taiji Guangzhou” online and immediately visited them at Martyrs’ Park, a convenient location in the centre of the city. I saw immediately that this group of people had great camaraderie and had a long standing relationship with their teachers. Another very important point to make is that Su Jianming, the son of Su Huaxiang, has an excellent level of English, so there was no concern about a language barrier.

Classes are held every day in Martyrs’ Park, and every day many students of many ages come to train with Su Huaxiang, Su Jianming and Tan Lili. As I was working a 9-5 job, I only attended the weekend classes. However, these classes provided me with everything I needed to progress; forms, silk reeling, moving qigong, static qigong, push hands and applications. I always had a lot to practise, and I ended up practising every morning before work.

The teachers also encourage their students to push their limits by attending tai chi competitions. This proved to be a great motivator for me in my training. I competed in Foshan last July and won two gold medals for my Chen 28 movement and Chen straight sword forms.

I would recommend this school of tai chi to anyone. It caters for all levels and provides a great community to be a part of.

I fully intend to return to Guangzhou in the future to continue my training with Su Huaxiang and I hope to one day pass on the lessons he has taught me in tai chi fist.

Jaime Cowley with our Chinese and foreigner member Jaime Cowley show Taiji sword post


Revolution for Better Inheritance and Promotion

--- Author: Su Hua Xiang

This year I was invited to German Taiji Association in Germany by Miss. Sonja and Mr. Andreas on August again. On this time the class schedule was arrange in many place, and teach Taiji Quan, sword, Qi Gong and Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan. There are over 40 people who are from different German city and Austria to join the class. They are include Taiji fan and coach.

This year students who come to learn Taiji Quan also positively require join the Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan. So in Miss. Sonja arranged training class, which is the beginner, intermediate and advance class. Especially the advance class is exclusively training high skill to student, who is learning continually over 6 years’ coach. When this class is over, Miss. Sonja presents a pass certificate to all training coach, so that further encourage them to promote and teach the Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan.

In Mr. Andreas’s Kolibri-nord school, he arrange the Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan training class, also has many Taiji coach first time to learn this. For help students to understand this form in short time, I according the school require adjusting, combine and grade a new short form which movements not so much, but has some difficult level (call “Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa 15 form”), it is the beginner class for fresh people. After practice on teaching and checking with students, all students consider the new short form is satisfy for them. All Taiji coach who complete this form agree will back to their school to promote this. That is make me very happy.

Since 2001 year, I keep struggle to promote the Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan in Germany. This year the training class is already show out this form become the Taiji coach who join this term will be promote by themselves in the future.

2016 year German Wetzlar Training Class 2016 year German Wetzlar Training Class Dorothea practise Liu He Ba Fa


What I had learned in 8 Years

--- Author: UWE.Markl

About 8 years ago I met Master Su in the summer academy in the city of Altreode. He is the type of quiet, friendly, peaceful and open person. His movements are easy flowing and very fine, but full of energy. I decided to attend his courses and learned the Liu He Ba Fa, Wu Dang Qi Gong and Chen styles.

His lessons are clearly structured, his movements are pleasing to the eye and easy to learn. He has a good perception and has a good feeling about the entire group. He tirelessly repeates sequences of moves and seems to never get tired. Master Su is often open to all students and answers their questions patiently. Exercise helps us understand deeply some aspects of martial arts, like martial arts sequences of movements.

Since the beginning Liu He Ba Fa and Wu Dang Oui Qong courses, I developed an understanding of the inner aspects of martial arts. Master Su repeatedly directed me towards the path to this inner aspects of movements. From here I developed in me a feeling of coordination and control for these internal movements and flows of inner energies. There is something new to discover every year, as it would seem that this development would have no end.

It is a long process of learning and exploring. For example,I learn about openings and closings, ascents and descents were Yin and Yang. The entire journey of practice is meaningful and not just empty words. Meaningful feelings are lived in the depths of my soul but can also can be seen on the outside. In this way it opened access to areas of the body that otherwise would not have been accessed. My movements are becoming increasingly fluent. I learn about different muscle contractions that lead to the kind of relaxation that in the end became reflex.

The best way to explain how I feel after a series of exercises include a combination of inner contentment, satisfaction and accomplishment of inner peace.

I am very grateful that Master Su allows me learn something new every lesson.

UWE who wears blue T-Shirt practise Liu He Ba Fa with class UWE who wears red T-Shirtpractise TaiJi Sword


Our Passion of 2014 Year

--- Author: Su Jian Ming,Shine

Review 2014 year, Our training station had got Tai Ji Quan students which are from Brazil, Australia, England, Germany, Switzerland, India, Japan. Both of them are interesting the old Chinese cultural, especially the Tai Ji Cultural. They understand its glamour and grain the benefit through we teach Tai Ji Quan.

Some students had improved their body in learning; some students recognized many friends; some students after learned the Tai Ji skill, then back to their country to spread what they learned.

Whatever benefit they get, we already deeply feel the Tai Ji Gong Fu can bring requirements and happy to each one. We will keep promoting the Tai Ji cultural, hoping more and more people to come and share this happy.

German Student Learns Sword German Student Learns Sword German Students Learn Liu He Ba Fa
Mrs Japanese Shan An Shuang Xiang Mrs Japanese Shen Jing Ling Lai Mrs Japanese Qi Teng Liang Zi
Germany Tai Ji Camp in 2014 Year Arjun Kaul Helena and her husband


Tai chi and Qi Gong

--- Author: Andrew Read

On December 1, 2014 I travelled from Adelaide, Australia to Guangzhou to train with Master Su and his son Su Jian Ming. I have 8 years experience in Chen taiji and experience in teaching tai chi qigong. From the beginning I was welcomed into the morning class by Master Su and his students. I was the only foreigner in the class but Master Su was more than happy to spend time adjusting my movement and providing detailed instruction. I was impressed by the dedication of his students to encourage each other to train together even in Master Su's absence. I would like to thank his students for accepting me into the class an an equal.

From Master Su I know appreciate the harmony and different energies of Yang style tai chi. The power in softness I began to realise after training with him. I now appreciate The Wudang mountain Qigong for concentrating energy as beneficial for health and mind. I am now more motivated to continue deepening my knowledge of qigong from this experience.

For Su Jian Ming I am grateful for his time to translate the tai chi principles into English and to extend my knowledge of tai chi push hands training. Thank you my friend for always making time to organise classes for me.

I look forward to training in Guangzhou again in the near future.

Andrew Read


Ulla Bremer about her experienc with Liuhebafa – instruction and Wudang-Qigong - instruction by Su Huaxiang

--- Author: Ulla Bremer

Since 2006 I am studying Liuhebafa and Wudang-Qigong with Mr. Su Huaxiang. Before that I had been practicing Qigong for 7 years and I have been teaching Qigong students myself.

By practicing with Mr. Su, my understanding of the correlation between body-movement, Qi-movement and mental work has considerably improved. I very much benefit from the outstanding teaching-system of Mr. Su. He shows the new parts/pictures of a form several times on different levels and under different aspects like outer movement, inner movement, viewing direction, Qi-movement etc

Thus I am able to deepen my own practice and to learn to teach myself. Last but not least my performance of the form is improving constantly.

Mr. Su is very patient and full of humour. He shows respect for the individual wishes of the participants and is more than open for dialogue. He always strives to correct students and to support their individual development. His knowledge of the German language is considerably increasing.

By learning the form of Liuhebafa, it's easy for me to learn other forms within Qigong and Taijiquan, because by practicing Liuhebafa many different patterns of movement are trained. My memory and my ability to concentrate improved considerably.

I experience Wudang-Qigong as a very fine energy, which improves the senses. Mr. Su shows in a very skilled way, what to pay attention to when practicing.

By practicing this Qigong my inner calmness and mental strength have improved.

I hope, to be allowed to learn from Mr. Su for a long time yet.

Ulla Bremer(wear red close) practise Liu He Ba Fa


My Feeling of Learning Liu He Ba Fa and Wudang Qigong

--- Author: Dorothea Merz

Huaxiang Su has been my teacher for Liu He Ba Fa and Wudang Qigong for 8 years and every year I am looking forward to the week of training with him.

Huaxiang Su has been my teacher for Liu He Ba Fa and Wudang Qigong for 8 years and every year I am looking forward to the week of training with him.

Mr. Huaxiang Su is able to perform the "pictures" of the form very precisely and demonstrates every single detail of the form in an amazingly patiently kind. This makes it easy to learn from him.

By now he knows many german words, so that it has been possible for me to deepen my understanding of the movements even more

By correcting my performance individually – be it withing group-sessions or individual sessions – I could achieve significant improvements in my body-structure. I suffer from an inflammatory-rheumatic spine disease. The pain because of this disease constrains me very much. Every improvement of my posture and the correction of malposition leads to less tension and to more quality of life.Due to his competence, patience and friendliness, Huaxiang Su is an excellent teacher.

Again and again I enjoy it very much to practice with him and to learn from him. After training I always feel softened and loosened and less heavy. I am happy and grateful to be allowed to learn from him and I hope, that Mr. Su will come to Germany for many years to follow.

Dorothea  practise Liu He Ba Fa Dorothea and SuHuaXiang


The 2014 Year Academic Conference Of Guang Zhou Shadow Boxing Association

--- Trainslator: Su Jian Ming,Shine

In Guangzhou Shadow Boxing Association's 2014 year academic deliberate when it goes the second group discussion, the vice president Su Hua Xiang take a speech about the problem that is most of people practice Tai Ji focused on the shape more than the mind. He said the solution is from the mind. First should has relax feeling, use mind to feel the body connection from the bottom to the top be relax. Second has quiet feeling, let the mind in peace and has peaceful attitude so that focuses on the spirit and control the movement with the mind. And running the air with mind, the movement become stable and smooth. The third, has offensive and defensive idea. When practice the Tai Ji form, must have offensive and defensive in movements, this is really Tai Ji Quang. Otherwise it become the Tai Ji morning exercises.

He let participants easy to understand through using the easy way and body display to funny explain the Tai Ji theory. Participants also happy to ask and discuss together, and the whole atmosphere is active. Compare last times, this time's content is getting further, and bring more experience for all participants.


Feeling Forturn from Keep Fit

--- Author: Su Jian Ming,Shine

On 27th Sep, 2014, a show name "Nan Yue Xing Fu Huo Dong Zou" which is arranged by Guangzhou P.E Department, is holding in Tai He Center,Guangzhou. There are many units take part in it and gave a wonderful program and the sprit of keep fit will be fortune for audience.

Su Jiam Ming take students join this show, and together display the Chen style Tai Ji Quan that is full of soft and hard, smooth, natural and regular. Su Jiam Ming also display the Chen sty sword which is between hard and soft, active and powerful, express the Chen style skill. Their show was greeted with a storm of applause and let people know the Tai Ji's fascination.

And Tai ji Quan is not only for old man, it is suit for any age people. It can help people get more health and increase life.


Liu He Ba Fa Quang let me feel sepecial

In March of 2014 I trained for two weeks in Guangzhou in China with Master Su Hua Xiang in the martial art of Liu He Ba Fa.

Master Su is an excellent teacher, friendly and knowledgeable, and I learnt a lot in the 14 days that I studied with him. Each day a 2 hour session of one-to-one coaching and of course in my own time, practice to try and internalise and remember the teachings.

Liu He Ba Fa is an interesting martial art and I like it both for its obvious benefits to the body in increasing or maintaining suppleness and strength as well as its obvious martial applications.

Now I am back in England, some months of daily practice to try and improve and then I plan on returning to Guangzhou to learn more from Master Su.

Robert Agar-Hutton

Agar-Hutton Martial Arts Academy


Robert Agar-Hutton & Su Hua Xiang(苏华祥) Robert Agar-Hutton & Su Hua Xiang(苏华祥)


The Theory of Chen Style Tai Chi Quan

--- The First Part

Now some people who is loving Tai Chi think that Chen Style Tai Chi Quan is hard to learn and not easy to know well. So they want to learn but afraid can learn it well. After all, Chen Style is more difficult then the other kinds, but it has a way to learn, The first is you must understand the basic theory and knowledge about Chen Style, then control its main point, the way of movement and function. I believe you can display a set of Tai Chi which full of Chen Style intention through its theory and combine with its set to insist on practice.

Let’s to analyze Chen Style Tai Chi Quan;smain point: spiral twining silk; alternate with fast and slow; coordination with hard and soft; active and sharking.

1. spiral twining silk Spiral twining silk is using thread above screw stem to twine, and combine with the circle way, such as the arch, through the body and limbs follow the Tai Chi Quan movement continue to spiral twining so that get the move effect. According the theory of the spiral can be separated two basic twining ways. One is clockwise twining silk; the other is counter clockwise twining silk.

clockwise twining silk—For the hand, whatever the palm face any direction, we need the middle finger as axis and make the little finger have power to drive the ring-finger, the middle finger, the forefinger and the thumb in turn, at the same time lead belong these fingers’ palm and arm to twist from inside to outside. For the legs, the hip and the ankle is two fulcrums and the knee move forward then turn to outside, and then move back and turn to inside.

Counter-clockwise twining silk—For the hand, whatever the palm face any direction, we need the middle finger as axis and make the thumb have power to drive the forefinger, the middle finger, ring-finger, and the little finger in turn, at the same time lead belong these fingers’ palm and arm to twist from outside to inside. For the legs, the hip and the ankle is two fulcrums and the knee move forward then turn to inside, and then move back and turn to outside.

According above two ways of spiral twining silk, we can better understand that we use both hands do the stretch out and draw back with twist from forward and back, is equal the left and right screw thread on mechanics.

Chan Si Gong(Twining Silk Gong) is the necessary basic movement for Chen Style. It contains clockwise twining silk and counter-clockwise twining silk for left and right, for up and down, for big and small, for inside and outside, for forward and backward, for waist, knee and leg, for shoulder, elbow and wrist, for chest , back and waist, for double clockwise and double counter-clockwise and so on. Above these are basic on counter-clockwise and clockwise twining silk.

Chan Si Jing (The power of the twining silk). After practice Chan Si Gong, it will lead the inside and outside of body appear a spiral power which is a relax feeling, hard and soft, deeply feeling in your body but also active. So that is Chan Si Jing.

The power of clockwise twining silk is created from Peng power and Ji Power, the Peng power is like ball become bulge, and the Ji Power is like two hands power add together. The power of counter clockwise twining silk is created from Lu power and Hua power, both of them is like let the attack your power keep to go its direction but not hit you. The Peng power and Lu power are always transform during the movement, at the same time they was so coordinate that became a whole power.

Each of Chen Style movement always use one clockwise, one counter-clockwise, double clockwise and double counter-clockwise to display, and their track is a spiral twining silk cycle of Yin Yang Xiang Ji ( Yin means light, Yang means heavy, Xiang Ji means coordinate) and interlace with clockwise and counter-clockwise which is follow revolution and rotation. For example, using the whole arms to draw a clockwise cycle that is revolution, at the same time, both hands do counter-clockwise twining silk and clockwise twining silk separately is rotation. In the book of Chen Xin Tai Chi Quan Theory had report the Chan Si Gong is important. Practice Tai Chi should be known Chan Si Jing, when you do Chan Si, the body must straight and the breath natural. If you didn’t understand, you didn’t understand the Tai Chi Quan too.


Taiji give us a new mind for the future life

--- Written by Sophie Dedeuck

I and Edward is exchange student in Guangzhou, China. We are interesting in Chinese Taiji, as it sounds one of amazing GongFu in China before we learned. We are lucky found out Su Jian Ming, Shine who is Taiji Teacher from the internet. As we never learn this before. In his suggestion, we learned TaiJi 8 movements for basic set. According a period we worked hard at this set and teacher also serious for us, we had got a lot. We both enjoyed it and will continue into the future. We see it as new way to exercise our bodies and it has given us a new state of mind. To relax and not overdo it with exercise, it is really can stretch and make stronger our body, for that is necessary to maintain a happier, healthy lifestyle for the rest of our lives.

Seeing the older generation move and so happy really made me think about my approach to my own lifestyle.

 Shine coach Sophie learn TaiJi 8 movements  Shine coach Edward learn TaiJi 8 movements


GongFu and Dance are showed together by Chinese and American

--- Zhong Hua Tai Ji Quan Trainning Station made a good communication with American Dance Motion.

On 21st May, 2012 morning, Mrs. Janice and Miss Wang who are the U.S.Consulate in Guangzhou, lead the American Dance Motion to the Martyr’s park and made a friendship exchange activity with Zhong Hua Tai Ji Quan Trainning Station’s member. This activity received a greatly welcome by all of us. The American Dance Motion is the modern ballet dancing group.

Out station displayed Chen Style Tai Ji Quan, Sword, Double Fans, Xin Yi Liu He Ba Fa Quan etc. And the Dance Motion also made a brief and full of activated modern dance for us. After that, they follow us to practice Chan Si Gong (twisting silk function), and felt the charm of the Tai Ji. As both Gong Fu and Dancing are coming from different nation and style we all feel fresh and excited in our heart.

After two hours, the show nearly finished, Mrs. Janice gave the Dance Motion Cloth to us as gifts. At the same time they invite our station’s teacher to watch them make a show with Guangzhou Art School and Guangzhou Ballet Dance Group in 22nd day night at Wang Hua Gang Theater.

The Dance Motion is a famous dance group in American, they just finish a show in Vietnam, then on 20th May came to Guangzhou. Behind that, they will go to Cheng DU, They take a friendship exchange with us by Tai Ji Quan and Dance Art in their business time, boost us pay more positive to promote the healthy Tai Ji Quan activity and Chinese traditional Wu Shu Culture.

© Su Hua Xiang 2010