Hard Qigong

Hard Qigong Level 1 – Part 6

The sixth part of this series of seminars on Hard Qigong began with a revision of the breathing methods used when practicing the different exercises. Grandmaster Tse demonstrated each type of breathing.

The students tried the breathing types for themselves and were then put into break-out rooms to have the seniors watch and listen to them and give them advice and answer any questions they might have about the breathing.

What I personally find most interesting about the breathing is the fact that air is sucked into the lungs through the mouth, which is the opposite of the breathing in all the other skills practiced at the Tse Centre. That is, in the other skills we breathe through the nose. These strong breathing exercises in Hard Qigong are quite exhilarating and quickly raise the Qi.

In the next part of the seminar GMT went over the nine movements that had been taught in the previous seminars (not including the two exercises used to ‘warm down’), demonstrating and answering students’ questions. Again the students were put into break-out rooms to have the seniors check their movements. 

Two new movements were demonstrated in this seminar: the former seems to be especially good for the lower back and the kidneys, and the latter, which is a little similar to movement three, seems to have its focus on the middle Dantian.

This series of seminars is fascinating. ‘Soft’ Qigong is good for health in that it trains us in how to relax and be soft, and in that way it can be described as being Yin, but Hard Qigong, with its dynamic and powerful exercises, can be seen as a Yang compliment. Both are good for health, but Hard Qigong gives inner power and a strong body. 

We are truly fortunate to be given the chance to learn this skill – an investment for life for which I am sure we are all grateful to Grandmaster Tse for sharing with us.

bPeter Hogg

Student Comments

It is very enriching to develop through practicing the form and each time we meet I notice the movement getting clearer, smoother and stronger. Thank you Tai Sigong for your progressive teaching and seniors for your patience and observations. Helen
Still picking up details and feeling everything come together to a higher degree each time. Even as this is my third time to do level 1 it still feels very beneficial to go through everything step by step again.
Thank you Sigong.
Paul Hogg
The Hard Qigong seminar series that started before COVID was delayed but this seems a bit like the story of Uncle Choi. It’s an interesting comparison to feel how my body does these movements now vs pre-Covid,  having added some more years of experience in all the other centre skills. Learning a new move today was also a delight. Thanks to Sigong and all the polishers! Kay
Great night – thank you TaiSigong. I’m ready to take on the detail – Thank you Sigong & other group leaders for feedback. Looking forward to integrating those tips & learning new moves. -Jennifer
Another exciting Hard Qigong seminar with plenty to learn and digest from today. It’s wonderful to go over the form each time and develop these special breathing and movement techniques. Thanks as always to Sigong and the polishers for all of their input. Oliver.
Hard Qigong is such an amazing skill, always feel so full of energy afterwards. Another great seminar! Thank you Sifu. Peter A
It was wonderful to go over these movements again (second time for me) and actually find many layers of detail I had missed before.  I really feel these exercises changing me emotionally and physically.  Thankyou Taisigong for preserving and teaching this skill and thankyou polishers for polishing me..!. Daniel
Thank you Sigong for sharing this unusual and exciting skill. Like other skills in the centre, it’s fantastic to be able to go deep into the details and I’m really looking forward to learning more going deeper as we progress.  Sam
The more I do Hard Qigong the more I love it. Thanks Sigong and all the leaders that helped me. Jo
Good to be slowly building up the Hard Qigong again. It is somewhat easier than the last time, and some days I get the buzzing feeling of being full of Qi lasting the whole day! nice. Thank you Sigong. Christine
It was very nice to be able to go through the breathing and the movements in a lot of detail. Still some work to do to perfect the movements so far but I am glad that I finally managed to understand the breathing. Thank you Sifu, Simo and all senior students!
Chen Fa Ke

Grandmaster Tse’s Tàijí Fist 266

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In Part 9 of the Chen Taijiquan Spear seminar series, Sigong dedicated the first part of the seminar to teaching us the names of the form and how they relate to each movement. 


2024 Wing Chun Residential Course

Wing Chun is a famous martial art from southern China, reportedly developed by a famed Shaolin nun and passed onto her female disciple Yim Wing Chun, whose name became synonymous with this special skill.

Sau Kuyhn

Grandmaster Tse’s Wing Chun Note 465

Sáu Kyùhn comes after we punch. Once we have punched, we do Hōi Jéung 開掌 – Open the Palm, where palm should face upwards. Then we do Jyún Wún 轉腕 – Rotate the Wrist, where the wrist should rotate inwards, ie if you are using your right hand the wrist turns anticlockwise and with left hand it rotates clockwise.