The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Friday, May 01, 2009

Improving Your Zhan Zhuang Practice

A good friend of mine, Rick Taracks, has begun blogging, and you can find his blog right here. Rick teaches internal martial arts in the Detroit area. He recently posted an article that would be helpful to anyone who practices zhan zhaung, or "standing like a stake."

An excerpt from the article follows. A link to his blog, Wujifa, is over in the sidebar, or you can click on the links I've embedded above.

The basic concept of "sitting down" is an important one when you are first learning Wujifa standing. So, with this in mind I will do my best to sharing some helpful information on this and a few other helpful bits to explore. On that note hopefully you find something below to help as well with your own personal Qigong training.


walt said...

There was a time not so long ago when standing exercises just didn't appear in print, at least in the US. I believe it was the '90s before I found any, and they were not common. Now it seems like common parlance.

And articles like the one you linked provide insights based on people's discoveries, not just instructions or theories. In case you wonder, such articles are always of interest.

Great photo, btw! Really catches the essence of standing!

Rick said...

I'm glad you liked it. I'm sure that Rick (the other one) will be posting more of the same.

Rick said...

Thank you... I will be putting up a number of posts like this last one on the Wujifa blog in the coming days and weeks. I have a number already written, it's just a matter of timing for me... Thanks again

Rick said...

That was the other Rick. I'm looking forward to seeing what he posts.