By Master Yang Meijun
Today many people have heard about Wild Goose Qigong. It was not so less than three decades ago when it was still practised in secret by those who had been passed the skill secretly, from generation to generation. Master Yang Meijun is the twenty-seventh generation inheritor of Wild Goose Qigong and learned the skill from her grandfather who learned it from a Daoist who told him that he could not pass on the skill until he reached the age of seventy. When Master Yang was thirteen years old, her grandfather taught her in the quiet hours between 3 and 5 am. He taught her Wild Goose Qigong and other forms which were part of the Kunlun system.
Wild Goose Qigong is a profound form that in addition to its obvious beauty has many health benefits for the practitioner. Its movements connect with several of the body's acupuncuture points and helps to open the channels. This book illustrates both the first and second sixty four movements of the form and discusses the benefits of the
movements in detail in the concluding section. It also relates cases of people who have been helped by the study of Wild Goose.
It is not suggested that you try to learn the form from the book, however, it is a useful guide for reference for those learning the movement in classes or for someone wanting to know more about Qigong. It discusses the history of the Wild Goose form and Master Yang offers advice on the types of hand movements in particular which will be used throughout the form and advice on the practise itself.
I have had my copy for many years now and it is looking a bit worn around the edges, but everytime I pick it up I find I understand something that more practise and time puts into a different perspective.
by Jessica Blackwell
This is the first CD ROM product I have found that deals with this subject. It is called "Official" because it has the endorsement of 1 8 or so different Martial Arts federations and organisational bodies. As with all works that try to deal with all martial arts comprehensively, I was a bit sceptical when I was asked to review it. However after spending a couple of hours surfing around it, I must say that it is absorbing stuff.
CD-ROM is a superb medium for a publication such as this. It gives textual descriptions with pictures, but it is when
video clips are woven in that the Encyclopaedia comes alive. You can watch a technique, pause it where ever youwant, step through it frame by frame, you can even watch it backwards if you want to! Also, the material is presented like a book, so that you can jump from page to page without having to wade through material, which is the problem with videos dealing with the subject.
There are four main sections: Japanese Martial Arts, Chinese Martial Arts, Korean Martial Arts and Other Martial Arts. Due to their popularity over here, much of the material is devoted to Japanese and Korean systems. However there is a sizeable, if somewhat uneven, section on Chinese Martial Arts which would be of interest to the reader of Qi Magazine. It is interesting to note that the popularity of a country's martial art is proportional to its economic strength, so given the current problems in the Pacific Basin, I guess Japan and Korea had better watch out.
The involvement of martial arts organisations in its production is both good and bad. Good, in that it allows them to get people who know what they are doing to give input, but bad because what they say is published without criticism. Some of the entries were a bit ropy or a bit one sided, and I hope the publishers continue to research to find out definitive performances to add to their work. In particular, a bit of film work from Tokyo, Beijing, or Soule would make the product more of a heavy weight.
However that is my brain speaking. My heart says I can't remember spending as much time reading a martial arts book or watching a martial arts video for a long time. You will definitely enjoy this product, and the time it will save you from surfing the net will save you a fortune in phone bills.
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