One of the first things Miss Li taught in class was Li -Chi- I. Li is form, physical strength etc, Chi is breath and I is intention. Chi is the vehicle that links the physical to the mental. In Nei Jia these three are cultivated in that order. Once this sequence is fully developed and matured, we have come full circle and the sequence becomes meaningless: we simply 'are'. What does this hierarchy imply? When we learn an Internal Art the first thing we must develop is general physical ability. This is because we live in a substantial world. We next must develop specific physical ability. That is physical ability specific for Nei Jia. Once this specific physical ability has blossomed we can then develop the physical skills that Nei Jia requires. Only then are we then able to extend our skill set into the psycho-emotional realm.
Happy New Year to all students, instructors, family and friends. Many thanks for the best wishes, cards and gifts! Hope the New Year brings you all happiness and health.
Rose Li East now up and running! Good luck Edd and wishing you all the best with you new venture!
To all the School's students and friends, both near and far, we wish you a happy, healthy, peaceful, prosperous and sweet New Year. Shana Tova
A couple of weeks ago in class we were discussing Chinese calligraphy and its links to Tai Chi. It went something like this. We can assume there is a single 'hair' that goes right down the centre of the brush. Just like in Tai Chi, where we rotate around our central line, in calligraphy we rotate the brush around this single, vertical hair. If we take the example of the horizonal stroke Heng, the stroke looks like a bone with the thick parts of the bone at the ends. We exhale and rotate the brush to form the first part of the bone, inhale as the brush is drawn horizontally across the page, and then finally exhale and rotate the brush to form the final end part of the stroke. We then lift the brush on an inhalation. Note: lifting the brush is done on an inhalation... All breathing is performed using reverse breathing. So, now go to look at those YouTube videos and see what they're doing...