Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Tai Chi Sword

Taijiquan Jian, T'ai Chi Ch'uan Chien (Gim)
The Double-Edged Straight Chinese Steel Sword

Today, I completed the first draft of my webpage on the 32 Sword Form. This webpage includes a comprehensive bibliography, extensive links, a detailed list of the movement names, a detailed analysis of each movement with explanations and illustrations, a comparison of the 32 and 55 sword forms in the Yang style, selected quotations, and a comprehensive media bibliography. October 31, 2007. 159Kb. By Michael P. Garofalo. Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Red Bluff, California.

Tai Chi Sword: Bibliography, Links, Lists, Quotes, Resources, Notes. By Mike Garofalo. 220Kb, October 31, 2007.

Yang Style (55) Tai Chi Sword: Bibliography, Links, Lists, Quotes, Resources, Notes. By Mike Garofalo. 35Kb, October 28, 2007.

List of 32 Movements of Simplified Orthodox Taijiquan Sword Form

Wudang Sword

Chen Taijiquan Sword

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Top Ten Complimentary Medical Treatments

Dr. Amit Sood, Director of Research at the Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine wrote in 2007 about the 10 most popular complimentary medical treatment programs:

1. Acupuncture
2. Guided Imagery
3. Hypnosis
4. Massage
5. Meditation
6. Music Therapy
7. Spinal Manipulation
8. Spirituality
9. Tai Chi
10. Yoga

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tai Chi Sword, 32 Standard Simplified Form, Yang Style

32 Sword Form, Simplified, Yang Style, Taijiquan Jian. By Michael P. Garofalo. This popular webpage includes a comprehensive bibliography, scores of links to webpages; an extensive listing of the names and name variations for each movement in English, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish; a detailed analysis of each posture and movement sequence with explanations and numbered illustrations and detailed instructions; selected quotations; comments on 20 Taijiquan sword techniques; a comprehensive media bibliography; a chart of performance times; and, a comparison of the 32 and 55 sword forms in the Yang style. This is the standard, simplified, orthodox, 1957, 32 Taiji Sword Form, in the Yang Style of T'ai Chi Ch'uan. © Michael P. Garofalo, Valley Spirit Taijiquan, Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California, January 2008. 245Kb+.

32 Taijiquan Simplified Sword Form

20 T'ai Chi Ch'uan Sword Techniques

55 Classical Yang Taiji Sword

The Wild Horse Jumps Over the Mountain Stream

Friday, October 12, 2007

Master's Manual of Hsing-I Kung Fu (John Price)

"Master's Manual of Hsing-I Kung Fu" by John Price. 2nd Edition, 2007. Redding, California. 1st edition published in 1977. Translation and compilation of the teachings of Master Hsu Hong Chi. John Price's Shen Lung Hsing-I Kung Fu website offers the book for sale: Published and distributed by

"The Masters Manual of Hsing-I kung fu was first published in July, 1977. On this the thirtieth year since then I have decided to once again publish the book. The manual was the very first of it's kind. There were other martial arts books and even kung fu books but there was nothing in print in the English language even close to this book. For the first time the words, phrases, songs of the masters and the mariad other things that make up Hsing-I Kung Fu were put into a book. The book was left pretty much like the translations that were given for me to edit. In addition there are chapters that explain the Chinese mindset regarding the practice of any Chinese martial art. Wherever possible, we have used the original pictures for this 2nd edition. I also added more commentary to the text and aligned text with graphics better. The format has been changed from the half-page to a 6x9" format. It allows the pictures to be a little larger. All photo's with the exception of Master Hsu are of the students of mine."

Hsing-I Ch'uan (Xing Yi Quan): Bibliography, Links, Resources, Quotes, Information By Mike Garofalo.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Sword Mind

"The sword is practiced with a meditative attitude of mind. As in the short and long forms, two methods are commonly used. One way is the concentration on the lower tan t'ien, which is held there during the entire form. This method is practiced, for example, in the Cheng Man-Ching tradition. The other way relies on exercising the utmost attention and is comparable to Shikantaza in Zen Buddhist meditation. This technique is used, among others, by the Yang family and their followers, including master Fun Zhong-Wen. Both methods lead to the state of non-thinking (empty mind). Naturally, it takes many years of practicing to become accomplished in each of these methods. Understandably, a meditative state of mind is difficult to achieve in the beginning. Frequently, thoughts will arise in the first years of practicing the forms, as they do in sitting meditation. With growing relaxation and the ability to sink the energy, the state of non-thinking increases and prevails. This is an indication that the student has advanced on his or her way."
- Petra and Toyo Kobayashi, Classical T'ai Chi Sword, (Tuttle, 2003), p. 20.

Orthodox 32 Movement Taijiquan Swordplay Form: Bibliography, Links, Instructions, Lists, Illustrations, Resources, Notes. By Mike Garofalo. 90Kb. October, 2007.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Yoga in the Family

My granddaughter, Katelyn, 15 months of age, likes to imitate her dad, Sean, and mom, Alicia, when they do their yoga practices. Katie's Downward Dog is looking better all the time!
[For later, right arm a little straighter - good try!]

The Bridge pose makes all of us smile. Right on girl! Good effort!
[For later, keep the right foot a little flatter on the floor - good job!]

"One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grand-baby around the finger of a grandfather."
- Joy Hargrove

"What a bargain grandchildren are! I give them my loose change,
and they give me a million dollars' worth of pleasure."
- Gene Perret

I enjoy teaching four yoga classes each week, and practicing on my own at home. Now I have one more way to play with my granddaughter.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Mawangdui Qigong Scroll

Hi Mike

I found your pages online. I wonder if you know is there is a poster
of the Mawangdui daoyin scroll.

best wishes

Peter Deadman


A good question. I will look around for a poster of this scroll. Any suggestions from readers?


Reproduction of the qigong exercises silk scroll (Dao-yin Tu) found in the tomb at Mawangdui, China, in 1973. This scroll is from the period around 168 BCE. Photo from the Wonders of Qigong, China Sports Magazine, 1985

"The Dao-yin Tu is the finest example of the consistency and continuity of qigong healing techniques. The majority of the exercises look so similar to the postures of modern qigong that it is possible to deduce how they were performed. The rich themes found in the Dao-yin Tu run like a fine thread through the fabric of qigong history and evolution.'
- Kenneth Cohen, The Way of Qigong, 1997, p. 19

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

32 Sword Form in Yang Style

"The Yang Style Tai Chi Sword must show unique characteristics in its expression, which is different from the bare hand form:

1. The pace of the sword movements are faster than bare hand movements.

2. A higher degree of nimbleness, calmness, smoothness, gracefulness, and skill is required.

3. The names of each movement of the sword form are special. There are some technical names from Wushu. But most names come from the beautiful movements of rare birds and animals, imagery of outer space, and fairy tales and legends. It is helpful to the learner to think in these terms of images and, furthermore, to vividly express the images in their movements.

4. Since ancient times the sword form has been called a sword-dance. However, performing the sword form is not exactly the same as a sword-dance. It does have the characteristic style of dance. For instance, it has the graceful dance movements and a strong sense of beauty felt in dance. Plus, it blends with the naturally smooth movements, open and extended postures or frames and the skill of Tai Chi Chuan. The form is more beautiful. There is a Chinese saying, “Add flowers to the brocade.” When this occurs the beauty is endless. It enables the learner to enter the realm of self-fulfillment and pleasure benefiting both mind and body."
- Grandmaster Yang Zhen Duo

32 Orthodox Simplified Sword Form: Bibliography, Links, Descriptions of 32 Movements, Lists, Quotes.
160Kb+. Researched by Mike Garofalo.

Birds Returning to the Trees at Dusk, #8

Monday, October 01, 2007

Current Class Schedule

When: Saturdays, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Where: Tehama Family Fitness Center, Red Bluff, California

Instructor: Mike Garofalo

Yang Style T'ai Chi Chuan
Standard Simplified 24 Form in the Yang Style
Traditional 108 Long Form, Yang Family Style

Standard 32 Sword Form
I will be adding a great amount of new material to my 32 sword form webpage during the month of October.

Eight Section Brocade, Animal Frolics, Wild Goose Qigong