Breathing is the absolute initiator form in the Teh Nei Chia Chuan style, for without it we quickly die.
It is erroneously taken for granted that most people will breathe correctly without being taught.
There is much to learn on this subject.
Breathing can be inefficient due to lack of knowledge and attention, disease and bad habits.
The way to better health and performance is through better breathing.
Breathing is also integral to chi cultivation, retention and emission.
With breath, we live and with highly effective breathing we can enhance our lung capacity and correct or at least improve respiratory troubles. We can increase the oxygen in our bodies which improve most disease. Fear, stress, anxiety and depression can all be relieved or better managed through breathing techniques.
It all starts with breathing. There is one main breathing form taught, which Master calls Reverse breathing. Then there are other breathing forms for various martial and health contexts.
Breathing skills synergistically improve with synchronisation with chi flow and physical action. Higher level students may like to revisit this part of the curriculum to improve their chi management and enhance their action based forms.
Those with other recreational pursuits and those engaged in physical work can enhance their performance by learning improved breathing techniques and how to synchronise and time their breathing. Likewise, recovery times from such exertions can be greatly improved.
An absolute beginner would understandably be drawn to this basic foundation skill. It is a very good place to start training.
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What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?
Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt. We wear black pants and white tops.
After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.
For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.
Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings. It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily. Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible. Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.
Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale. Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.
Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask. Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.
We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages. A book can be frustrating and restrictive. Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry. You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.
Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn. We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.
Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page. In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books. Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/
Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.
Weapons – are provided for lessons initially. After three months, you are expected to have your own. Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.