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Kauai Tai Chi

Qi Gong * Taiji * Wuji Meditation

 

 
 
What is Tai Chi? It is generated from Wu Chi.
It is the Mother of Yin & Yang. When it Moves, it Divides. At Rest, it Reunites.

No Excess, No Deficiency.
— Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan by Wang Tsung-Yueh

Tai Chi and QiGong Class Schedule

Cultivate The Spirit of Vitality

 

CLASS LOCATION:

On the Beach @ The Hotel Coral Reef in Kapaa

From Kapaa Library, walk to the ocean, turn left on the bike path, cross the bridge and walk north 200'

Class is held on the lawn under the trees between the bike path & the beach near the north end of the beach

all lEVELS WELCOME on Thursday Morning!

I am available for private individual and group classes by appointment. 

Please contact me for info about private Qigong & Chen Style Taiji Classes

Class Schedule

Hun yuan & Silk reeling QiGong Class

Every Thursday morning:

7:30 - 8:45 AM - all levels welcome


COST:

$15 per class

$50 for 4 classes

No money?  Bring fruit or fair exchange


Chen Style Taiji form:

private classes available by appointment

Sunrise at the Kauai Tai Chi Class Location - On The Beach in Kapa'a - Wuji Meditation Practice begins just after sunrise

Thank you Scott,
Your contribution to my life has been really profound!

I love the way you share your gift for teaching; your passion and commitment to “the way”.

I think you are one of the best & most natural teachers I’ve ever had....
— JP

Hosting a Retreat on Kauai? 

Please contact me for more infomration about QiGong, Tai Chi & Wuji Meditation classes for your guests.

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Wuji Meditation

Wuji Meditation is One of the Foundations of Effective Tai Chi Practice

OUR class BEGINS WITH WUJI MEDITAITON



Stillness is the foundation and action is the use....
Stillness without action is of no use; action without the companion of stillness has no foundation.
— The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicles

Standing Wuji Meditation Practice

  • calms the mind
  • cultivates awareness of our center
  • develops proper body alignment
  • invites relaxation into our body, mind and spirit
  • lengthens, deepens and smoothes the breath
  • allows the chi to sink
  • is also called standing on a stake

WUJI IS THE STILL POINT

When we are properly aligned and relaxed our bones & tendons support our body; our muscles are able to let go; and we develop softness, resilience and solidity.


Empty yourself of everything.
Let the mind become still.
The 10,000 things rise and fall while the Self watches their return.
— Lao Tsu; Tao Te Ching
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QiGong Class on Kauai


Cultivate the Foundations of Health and Vitality 

Qi Gong with Kauai Tai Chi 

Relaxation and deep breathing coordinated with mindful movement help us achieve a feeling of peace and liveliness while simultaneously increasing our strength, flexibility, endurance, balance and vitality.

 


We practice the following types of QiGong:

HUN-YUAN QI GONG:

Hun-Yuan Qi Gong is the one of the keys to cultivating internal power, refining the breath and inviting relaxation & inner stillness into our being

Silk Reeling Qi Gong: 

Silk Reeling Qi Gong teaches us to coordinate our breath and movement and move from our core while opening and closing our joints

Medical Qi gong:

Medical QiGong cleanses and strengthens our major organs and meridians

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In 2007, I had the good fortune to travel to Dan Dong, Laoning Province, China and receive daily teaching from Tai Chi Instructors Liu Ti Yuan (right) & Hau Gong (left).

The soft & yielding is the disciple of life.
— Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching

Chen Style Taijiquan (Tai Chi)

Be Calm Like a Mountain; Move Like a River

From Left to Right: Chen Fake (Chen Family Taiji lineage holder), Grand Master Feng Zhi-Qiang (Chen's disciple), Master Zhang Xue-Xin (Feng's disciple), Ringo Segismundo (a private student of Master Zhang and my Qi Gong & Tai Chi teacher on Kauai from 2005-2014). 

Without Peng Ching, there is no Tai Chi.

Peng Ching is the power of resilience and flexibility.
It is born in the thighs and called Ch’i Kung.

Peng Ching is Tai Chi’s Essenstial Energy.
The body becomes like a spring; when pressed it recoils immediately.
— The T'ai Chi Boxing Chronicle

The Tai Chi style we practice is called Chen Shi Xinyi Hun-Yuan Taijiquan

WE PRACTICE BOTH THE 24 (SHORT) AND 83 (LONG) STEP FORMS


The meaning of the Tai Chi Symbol lies in the mutual production of Yin and Yang, the complementary exhange of hard and soft, the thousand changes and ten thousand transformations.

This is the basis of Tai Chi Chuan
— Yang Chengfu
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Scott Silverston - Bio

Qi Gong * Taiji * Wuji Meditation


The practices of Wuji Meditation, Qi Gong and Tai Chi have brought great health, healing, vitality and joy into my life.   It is no exaggeration to say that these arts have completely changed my life in a very positive way and empowered me on more levels than I can articulate.  In my teaching, I endeavor to share my complete understanding of this system of health, healing and vitality in an easy to follow, step-by-step manner that is customized for each student's experience, desire and level of ability.

I have been a diligent (some say fanatic) student of Tai Chi since 2003 when I first enrolled in an intensive 13 Essential Postures class taught by Keith Good, the founder of Tai Chi Thailand in Chiang Mai.  I am truly grateful to Keith for his teachings which included an introduction to the study of classic Tai Chi literature, concise and practical instruction in meditation, and the clear directive to practice and gauge progress according to the traditional principles as outlined in the classics.

Keith instructed me to practice daily for 30 consecutive days after completion of his class to set the proper template and embed the movements in my muscle memory.  I took his advice to heart and after 8 months of diligent, daily practice while traveling the globe, I returned to Chiang Mai to study further with Keith.   I spent 6 months in Chiang Mai studying from the classic Tai Chi texts; living, breathing, walking and practicing Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Meditation for 6-10 hours a day, every day.  These 6 months changed me in a profoundly positive way as a human being.  

I returned to my home on Kauai in 2004 as a changed man. Soon after my return to Kauai, I met Ringo Segismundo who became my teacher on Kauai and later my friend.  Ringo taught me far more than I can elucidate in this space; his friendship and wisdom have been invaluable in my continued learning and growth.  Ringo taught me the Hun-Yuan Xinyi Chen Style Taiji Forms and most of the Qi Gong practices that I share with my students.   I studied with Ringo for 10 years in both his public classes and as his private student before he moved to Colorado in 2014.

During the course of my study with Ringo, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel to Laoning Province, China in 2007 where I met and was accepted as an inside student by Liu Ti Yuan and Hao Gong.  They taught me the Yang Style short form and greatly enhanced my understanding of some of the fundamental principles of Tai Chi such as the 5 Bows of the Body. 

My practice and study of Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Wuji Meditation has given me innumerable gifts; gifts of health, happiness, vitality and much more.  Tai Chi continues to give, like a river without end.  In my teaching, I too am a student, learning more with every class and every pupil.  

Each day the change is subtle and gradual; taken as a whole over time the change is profound; just as water, drop by drop, unrelenting over time, carves a hole in solid stone.

It is my heart’s desire to share these gifts with you; please come join us as we cultivate the Spirit of Vitality! 

-Scott

Qi Gong & Tai Chi Resources

Principles of Tai Chi Practice

Silk Reeling Qigong - as demonstrated by Master Zhang Xue-Xin

THE 10 IMPORTANT POINTS OF TAI CHI CHUAN

(BY YANG CHENGFU)

  1. The energy at the top of the head should be light and sensitive
  2. Sink the chest and raise the back
  3. Relax the waist
  4. Distinguish full and empty
  5. Sink the shoulders and drop the elbows
  6. Use the mind and not strength
  7. Unity of the upper and lower body
  8. Unity of internal and external
  9. Continuity without interruption
  10. Seek stillness in movement

You must remember the ultimate purpose of Tai Chi is to maintain a healthy body and a youthful mind.
— Song of the 13 Postures

Pathways of Chi Flow

The three Treasures 

  • Qi (Chi) - Vital Life Force Energy
  • Jing - Life Essence (the Wellspring of Qi)
  • Shen - The Spirit and Awareness (Higher Consciousness)

The Micro-Cosmic & Macro-Cosmic Orbits

  • Micro-Cosmic Orbit - Pathway for Qi flow within the body.  It begins at the Bubbling Well Point, rises up the front of the legs to the Hui Yin, travels up the back of the spine, past the Ming Men, and Jade Pillow, circles around the top of the head to the Yin Tang and then descends to the Dan Tian and returns to the Hui Yin before descending down the back of the legs and through the heels to return into the ground.
  • Macro-Cosmic Orbit - The pathway connecting Heaven, Human and Earth; it travels up and down the center line of the body; the Bai Hui and Hui Yin are the gateways.

Baduanjin; the 8 Brocades Qigong


Study Wide & Deep * Investigate, Ask * Ponder Carefully
Clearly Discriminate * Work Perserveringly.
— The 5 Mental Keys to Diligent Study

Recommended Reading about Tai Chi, Qigong & Meditation


Landmarks in the Energy Body

Hun Yuan Qi Gong as demonstrated by Master Zhang Xue-Xin.

  • Dan Tian - Generally referring to the middle Dantian located 2-3 inches below and 1.5 inches behind the navel (2nd chakra)
  • Ming Men - Located on the spine directly behind the navel
  • Wuji Point - Energetic Center Point of the human body (midway between the Ming Men and the navel)
  • Bai Hui - Crown of the head (crown chakra)
  • Yin Tang - Upper Dantian - located between and above the eyes (also called the 3rd eye or 6th chakra)
  • Jade Pillow - Base of the skull or occiput; an important point in the microcosmic orbit where chi sometimes gets stuck
  • Hui Yin - Lower Dantian - located between the genitals and anus (the perineum) - during practice we gently contract and release the Hui Yin with each breath to absorb and assimilate chi.
  • Yong Quan - Also called the Bubbling Well Point - located in the middle of the bottom of the foot
  • Lao Gong - Located in the center of our palms

If the Bubbling Well (Yong Quan) has no root; the waist has no master.
Then you can try hard to learn and you will still not succeed.
— Song of the Comprehension of Application

The 13 Essential Postures of Taijiquan

Chen Xiaowang demonstrates and explains the 8 Essential Energies of Taijiquan

The 8 essential energies of tai Chi CHuan

  • Peng (Ward Off) - Upwards and to the outside movement
  • Lu (Roll Back) - Peng is towards the inside
  • An (Push) - Peng is downward, adhering, and sticking
  • Ji (Press) - Both hands with Peng combined inside
  • Tsai (Pluck) - Both hands with Peng divided and toward the back
  • Lieh (Split) - Peng suddently shoots out 
  • Chou (Elbow Strike) - The hand is forced out of the cirlce and is aided by the elbow striking
  • Kao (Shoulder Strike) - The elbow is forced out of the circle and is aided by the shoulder striking

The 5 Steps

  • Enter Forward - breaking step, punching step, chasing step, connecting branch step
  • Retreat Backward - backward breaking step
  • Looking Left - rolling step, turn the body over step, wirthdrawing step, collecting step, slanting step, curved step
  • Looking Right - rolling step, turn the body over step, wirthdrawing step, collecting step, slanting step, curved step
  • Central Equilibrium - rising step, horse riding step, fishing step, fairy step, falling flower step, divided body step

The Chi is like a wheel, the waist is like an axle.
— 13 Postures: Comprehending External & Internal Training by Wang Tsung-Yueh

Chang San-Feng - The Founder of Tai Chi Chuan

Statue of Chang San-Feng - the founder of Taijiquan

Statue of Chang San-Feng - the founder of Taijiquan

Tai Chi Chuan Treatise BY CHANG SAN-FENG

  • Once in motion, every part of the body is light and agile and must be threaded together.
  • Chi should be full and stimulated, Shen (Spirit) should be retained internally.
  • No part should be defective, no part should be deficient or excessive, no part should be disconnected.
  • The root is at the feet. (Jing is) generated from the legs, controlled by the waist and expressed by the fingers.  From the feet to the waist must be integrated and one unified Chi.  When moving forward or backward, you can then catch the opportunity, and gain the superior position.
  • If you fail to catch the opportunity and gain the superior position, your mind is scattered and your body disordered.  To solve this porblem, you must look to the waist and the legs.
  • Up and down, forward and back, left and right, it's all the same.  All of this is done with the Yi (mind), not externally.
  • If there is a top, there is a bottom; if there is a front, there is a back; if there is a left, there is a right.
  • If Yi (mind) wants to go upward, this implies considering downward.  (This means) if (you) want to lift and defeat and opponent, you must first consider his root.  When the opponents root is broken, he will inevitably be defeated quickly and certainly.
  • Substantial and insubstantial must be clearly distinguisged.  Every part (of the body) has a substantial and an insubstantial aspect. The entire body and all the joints should be threaded together without the slightest break.

 


When you inhale, let the Chi accumulate in the Dan Tien and spine, and raise up the Spirit of Vitality.

When you exhale, move the Chi from the spine, to the shoulders and out to the hands.

When you exhale, the Chi is also fully sunk to the tailbone.
— Five Key Words

Tai Chi Boxing's Chart for Evaluating Progress

From the tai chi boxing book "kung Hsin Chieh"

Yang Chengfu

Yang Chengfu

  1. If during moving energy the idea of the spirit of vitality is expressed it constitutes 12% of the skill.
  2. If the Chi can move the whole body and be smooth and easy, it is 10% of the skill.
  3. If the top energy is empty and suspended without leaning and the movements are light, it is 5% of the skill.
  4. If the Chi has dexterity and liveliness, and the hands and feet are divided into empty and solid while they follow the changes, it is 12% of the skill.
  5. If the body is upright and the circle and square move, it is 10% of the skill
  6. If during striking energy you are relaxed and sinking and have empty and solid divided, it is 6% of the skill.
  7. If during moving energy the 9 joints are expanded and comfortable and strung together, it is 10% of the skill.
  8. If during moving energy the idea of inside hard and outside soft is expressed and there is flexibility without rigidity, it is 4% of the skill.
  9. If during moving energy the form has the idea of the cat catching the mouse and the hawk seizing the rabbit, it is 3% of the skill.
  10. If during moving energy the movement boils, and when quiet is then gathered inside, it is 5% of the skill.
  11. If collecting and striking are proper and express the appropriate posture, it is 4% of the skill.
  12. If every forward and backward movement has folding and the energy is connected, and enter and retreat are in every case revolving, it is 4% of the skill.
  13. If the striking energy is from the spine and the steps follow the turning of the body, it is 3% of the skill.
  14. If the forward stride is like a cat catching a mouse and every movement draws silk outward and inward and revolves, it is 12% of the skill.

 

A short excerpt of Cheng Man Ching explaining Chi circulation to students. 

 
Although the variations are infinite, the principles remain the same.
— Treatise on Tai Chi Chuan by Wang Tsung-Yueh

Contact Info for Kauai Tai Chi:

kauaitaichi@gmail.com or (808) 634-1018

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