Qi Gong aka Ch’i Kung
Qi Gong (“chee gung”) translates to Energy Work.
Tai Chi is the most subtle and sophisticated form of Qi Gong.
The Tai Chi Classics (the written wisdom developed over hundreds of years) tell us a specific chain of command: the mind leads the energy and the energy leads the body.
The work beyond the physical is what makes Tai Chi special.
“Tai Chi hinges entirely upon the player’s consciousness, rather than upon external, physical force.” (from the Tai Chi Classics)
The chief technique of Tai Chi is to nurture the heart/mind and qi (vital energy) together in the tan t’ien (energy cultivation field). (from “Thirteen Treatises” by Cheng Man-ch’ing)
Learning the physical form is important, but only the beginning.
Without the essential, mental and energy work, the student remains in kindergarten.