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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
Ulla Bremer about her experienc with Liuhebafa –
instruction and Wudang-Qigong - instruction by Su
--- 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
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
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
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
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
The 2014 Year Academic Conference Of Guang Zhou Shadow
--- 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
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
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.
Agar-Hutton Martial Arts Academy
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
GongFu and Dance are showed together by Chinese and American
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.
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