A Set of Simple Time-Tested Health Exercises: The Eight Silk Brocade (八段錦)

There is a simple set of eight exercises that is good for health and can be performed by most people.  This set of exercises has been around for a long time, about 1,000 years; so it has been well time-tested.  It is called Eight Silk Brocade or 八段錦 in Chinese.  It belongs to the category of Qigong exercises, which are stretching, breathing, and meditation exercises.  It is often used as part of the warm-up exercises in a Taiji class.  The exercises can relax you, stretch different parts of your body, and strengthen your muscles.  It is relatively simple, takes only a few minutes to do the set (the length of time of course depends on the number of repetitions for each form).  If you have not tried it, I highly recommend that you give it a try.

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Implications of Trump’s Presidency for the U.S. and the World: Part II

Donald Trump has been the President of the U.S. for only less than two years, but the consequences of his presidency for our country and the world could be profound and scary.  From the perspective of the environment, harmony with others, economy, American competitiveness, tax cuts and budget deficit/national debt, world stability/democracy/rule of law, his impacts have been grave and significant.

This article is in two parts.  Both parts are posted in this same December 2018 release.  Part I is posted in the “Political/Social Commentary” page.  Part II is this article posted in the “Other” page.

The article has six sections:

I.   Environment

II.  Harmony with Others

III. Economy

IV. American Competitiveness

V.  Tax Cuts, Budget Deficit and National Debt

VI. Summary – World Stability/Democracy/Rule of Law

Sections I-III are in Part I, and Sections IV-VI are in Part II.
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More Introduction to Taiji Push Hands

The article “Taiji Push Hands:  An Introduction” in the previous release describes Push Hands which is the practice with a partner applying many of the techniques and forms in Taiji form practice for martial applications, i.e., for one-to-one combat.  It describes the basic components of Push Hands:

  • Ting (the ability to “listen” to your opponent’s intention and respond by deflecting attacking force)
  • Yielding (not opposing, but supplements attacking force with a small force along similar direction)
  • Fa Jing (quickly generate power when it is time to counterattack)

This second article provides more details about these basic components of Push Hands.
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