Taiji Forum – Forum for Tai Chi, Qigong and other Chinese Arts
Taiji Forum exists to showcase the many ways in which Tai Chi (Taijiquan), Qigong (Chi Kung/Chi Gung) and other Chinese Internal Arts are taught and practiced in Europe, the USA and beyond. Tai Chi and Qigong is enjoyed by millions worldwide. Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced practitioner we include material that will help you to find out more about the art, find a qualified teacher, and get the best from your training. Over the course of these pages we’ve included in-depth articles on various aspects of tai chi, short, informative advisory video clips, video interviews on partner work along with brief qigong exercises to enjoy at home.
With over 20 years of travelling to major tai chi and qigong meetings across Europe the producers of Taiji Forum have developed a close connection to key taijiquan and qigong practitioners of all styles and approaches to these multi-faceted arts. With the assistance of experts in their fields we are able to provide high-quality material.
We do, however, remain open to receiving contributions from practitioners of all levels, whether it be technical articles, video films or reviews of events and good related to the practice of Taijiquan, Qigong, or other Chinese Internal Arts.
We also offer the facility for teachers to list their classes, workshops and seminars to enable our users to further their training.
One of the increasingly popular part of our site is the Media section where you can view videos where practitioners and teachers talk about their take on particular aspects while helping to clarify common errors in practice.
Ronnie Robinson died on Friday, March 11th 2016 after a short, severe illness at the age of 63. Ronnie was a pioneer of Taijiquan and Qigong in Europe. His Tai Chi Caledonia, a Taijiquan and Qigong exchange meeting, celebrated its 20th anniversary in summer 2015. Ronnie was an active participant of almost all European exchange meetings of the last decade, both as a teacher and a journalist. For years, he has been the most active networker of the European Taijiquan and Qigong scene and a committed volunteer in different positions… Continue reading In Memoriam Ronnie Robinson
Taiji Forum 2017 – International Meeting and Competition
The Chinese internal (movement) arts are unique in their combination of health, martial and spiritual aspects. In the past decades the spreading of Chinese internal arts throughout the world has visibly increased. Both in China and worldwide new styles, schools and approaches evolved which are now complementing the traditional ways of teaching and training: one shared root developed many juicy leaves.
We believe that it is time to come together and share our experience in a joint meeting of East and West. Continue reading
Tai Chi (Chuan)
What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi Chuan is a Chinese exercise system originally developed as a highly effective martial art it is now practised by people of all ages for a wide range of reasons.
Chinese Martial Arts Terminology Taijiquan, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Taiji Quan or Grand Ultimate Boxing? Leran more about on differing conventions on how words are written and spelt.
Interviews with the Masters View a series of interviews with Masters from various tai chi styles.
Tai Chi Styles An introduction to the differing styles and approaches to Tai Chi Chuan.
Taijiquan Classics Here you can find a translation of the Taijiquan Classics. Dr. Tao Ping Siang translated the Taijiquan Classics into English for his Western students. The first book, including the Chinese original texts, was published in Taiwan 1966. I had the great honour to publish that book for my second teacher in German. The book „Unter der Oberfläche der Klassiker des Tai Ji Quan“ was published in 2000 and is now out of print/sold out….
Interview with James Lau K King Master James Lau K King (刘恭庆) from Miri, Malaysia was so kind to give a in depth interview on his personal and Tai Chi life. He talks about his childhood how he met his teacher GM Huang Sheng Shyan in 1977…
European Teachers’ List Our teacher’s database is online and we’re adding new entries every day from all areas of Europe! You can search for teachers in whole Europe or make a free entry of your school.
Tai Chi Martial Applications Find out about how tai chi can be applied as an effective martial art.
Tai Chi Spirit Some time ago, a student asked me “when do you get good at this?” This was someone with quite a bit of experience. My answer was, ” Practising is more important than being good at it”.
Taiji Leads to the Esoteric Both Taiji and esoteric study have a deep effect on our actions, our character and our other pursuits in life. Taiji practice disciplines the body for mental control and presents opportunities to experience kinesthetically a “Pure Presence.” Taiji’s slow, precise movements are perhaps more conducive to meditation for a westerner than sitting meditation, and the practice of Taiji may indirectly lead people to esoteric study who are otherwise more oriented towards the physical than the mental disciplines…
The Eight Gates of Tai Chi Chuan In the work of tai chi chuan there are certain key aspects or qualities that should be trained to allow a fuller understanding of how the art works both as a health exercises and, more essentially, as an effective martial art.
Five Faces of Tai Chi When people only know of or focus on one aspect of a system, they commonly mistakenly think they are able to discern all there is to it. Tai chi chuan and the related art of ba gua chang are many things under one roof. Traditionally both have five faces, some of which are more popular, well-known and more widely available than others. Each layer or face takes you closer toward the internal martial art’s deeper possibilities and full potential.
Tai Chi – What’s to Like? In these pages various teachers from around Europe give us a few lines on why they like tai chi.
Tai Chi T-Shirts designs from around Europe.
There are many ways in which we can present our schools or approaches to the art but the ubiquitous T-Shirt is by far the most popular. We’d like to share design concepts and welcome your contribution to this area – why not send us an image of your T-Shirt.
How wrong can you be? 10 Common Errors in Tai Chi!
What is Qigong? It is estimated that there are around 10,000 various methods of Qigong (Chi Kung). There are Qigong forms named for nature – heaven, earth, The Five Elements (fire, earth, wind, water, wood).
Try Qigong! Try some of our qigong exercises.
5 Animal Qigong Wu Qin Xi (五禽戏) – The Five Animal Frolics can be regarded as the earliest form of Medical Qigong in Chinese history, dating back to Eastern Han Dynasty. Instructions, Images and free pdf download!
Qigong for health All qigong practises are health giving as the various forms and routines are designed to work on specific acupoints and key meridians to regulate and balane the flow of the internal energetic system or Qi…
Qigong for Dementia
Qigong changed my life
5 Animal Qigong
Spiritual Qigong Use of the word ‘Spiritual’ may one to imagine some religious or meta-physical aspects being applied to the practice but in the case of Qigong this is not necessarily so…
Spiritual Qigong in China
Taoist Sexual Meditation