High Caliber Swordsmanship

21 05 2013

This video clip shows a beautiful demonstration of Wu Style Sword by Master Shi MeiLin who lives in New Zealand.  She is a Wushu and Tai Chi champion and an amazing teacher and martial artist.

She is the adopted daughter of legendary Wu Style martial artists Grandmaster Ma Yuehliang and Wu Yinghwa.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Mei_Lin

We had the honour and privilege of meeting her twice in Wellington when we attended her Tai Chi workshop in 2007 and again when we took a holiday cruise to NZ in 2010.

I love practising the Wu Style Tai Chi, straight sword, broadsword and the amazing Fast Form!





Another synchronistic meeting

8 10 2012

In late June 2012 I managed to book in and attended the SMILE workshop conducted by Dr Xin LIU.  This was one of 3 booked-out workshops held in Brisbane PA Hospital focussing on his program to help increase our health and wellbeing whilst improving patients with diabetic conditions and its prevention.  It was a great workshop and Kanny Chow, physiotherapist from Sydney and a fellow attendee and I felt strongly that this program needs to be shared to the rest of Australia and the world.

We are really looking forward and are planning to have Dr Liu give a public talk on his work, clinical trial results and continued research and run his SMILE workshop in Sydney in February 2013.

P.S.  Below is a post that I drafted but did not publish from two years ago when I first met Dr Liu in  June 2010 so here it is now  …

I had been in contact with Dr Liu from the School of Medicine, University of Queensland via email and phone after I read with much interest some months ago about his latest research and clinical trials in the papers.  Dr Liu created his Kai Mai Qigong to benefit people who had health challenges in the area of Diabetes, Obesity and Depression.  So last week he is in Sydney to give a breakfast seminar to the Australian Disease Management Association and I am feeling very lucky to have managed to make an appointment to meet him to discuss his work as he is extremely busy, with no spare time.  (What is spare time he asks me.)

Piao and I met him in the hotel lobby and he mentions about his very interesting earlier work in Beijing with the official Wushu organisation, Qigong and various topics.  We mention about our passion in promoting Tai Chi Chuan and Qigong and our classes and workshops.

Somewhere in the conversation I mention about another Qigong set that I had learnt and teach which is very beautiful and flowing with lots of spirally and dance like movements.  I mentioned everyone I teach it to just love it for its grace.  Thus it was another jaw-dropping moment when he completely amazed me by saying he was the creator of this very Qigong set!

How fortunate was it to meet the creator and designer himself?  I could not begin to think how one would be able to have this event happen and unfold as it did!

Coincidence?  Synchronicity?
Dr Liu Xin is an expert in mind-body therapy, in both research and practice. He has conducted
training courses for Tai Chi and Qigong instructors and worked with people and organizations in
many countries. Dr Liu has designed programs for both the prevention and management of
various chronic diseases. His research interest is in evaluating the efficacy of cost-effective
treatments. Recent clinical studies have shown promising benefits in obesity and diabetes. He
is currently working at The University of Queensland School of Medicine as principal investigator
of the National Cardiovascular Diseases and Depression Strategic Tai Chi Research Project
funded by the National Heart Foundation and beyondblue.





Experts Review Available Data on Commonly Used Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Mood Disorders

3 06 2012

Experts Review Available Data on Commonly Used Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Mood Disorders.





Tai Chi Qigong is enjoyable for our Clients

9 03 2011

We teach Tai Chi Qigong and AccuMassage to dementia clients here in Sydney.  The clients love the gentle movements, practising breath awareness, the mind stimulation following the various postures and feeling energised from the exercise.

We have a few laughs and it is great to bring the group together during the hour. We all feel peaceful, loving and calm at the close of our time together.

Clients enjoy Qigong

 

Read more of what’s happening in the world of research into dementia:

 

More brain news, this time from researchers in Sweden who have found strong links between dementia in ageing and exposure to risk factors throughout life.

As the average age of the population in many countries increases, so does the occurrence of diseases such as cognitive impairment and dementia.

A study team from the Karolinska Institutet, led by professor Laura Fratiglioni, discovered that the risk of developing dementia is partly determined by genetic susceptibility and that actively participating in mental, physical and social activities can preserve cognitive functions, thereby delaying the onset of dementia.

Fratiglioni said, ‘The brain, just as other parts of the body, requires stimulation and exercise in order to continue to function. Elderly people with an active life – mentally, physically and socially – run a lower risk of developing dementia, and it doesn’t matter what the particular activities are.’

Regarding the importance of physical activity, the researchers found that in addition to extremes of blood pressure (both too high and too low), diabetes and obesity in middle-age also enhance the risk of dementia in older age; ‘What is good for the heart is good for the brain’ she said.

Source: Karolinska Institutet and ScienceDaily

 





Tai Chi benefits patients at Mayo Clinic

9 09 2010




Researchers study tai chi benefits | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2010

30 08 2010

Researchers study tai chi benefits | Harvard Magazine Jan-Feb 2010.





From New York Central Park to Sydney Belmore Park

16 06 2010

Wu Style Tai Chi Master Benjamin Wu of  New York City visited Sydney from  June 4th – 14th 2010.  He was kind enough to spend time with us to share his gems and knowledge of the art.

From his instruction, we have gained further understanding as to the importance of:

  • opening the hip joint (kua)
  • focusing on the Ming Men (Gate of Life) point and
  • tucking in the tail bone

in the Forms and Push Hands practice.  These are key to maintain one’s own stability.

Benjamin Wu demonstrating Single Whip Posture

Fisherman casting the Net Posture

Hit the Tiger Posture

If you would like to meet Master Benjamin Wu in New York Central Park, please visit his website : http://www.taijiprobe.com for contact details.