Category Archives: Definitions

Should you call your Tai Chi teacher “Sifu”?

When you want to learn Tai Chi, you will notice many more or less strange things. People wearing silk pajamas as martial arts clothes, Yin Yang symbols and martial arts weapons everywhere, not to speak of all the strange Chinese words (e.g. 太極拳 or 氣功). And if you’ve read your fare share of martial arts books and movies, you probably ask yourself: should I call my teacher “Sifu”? Continue reading

What is Qi Gong? Answered with quotes

I have to admit that when I started Taijqiuan (Tai Chi Chuan) in 2004, I had no idea about Qi Gong (氣功). I went to class and was quite (happily) surprised when we did many wonderful exercises at the beginning and the end of class. My teacher said those are Qi Gong exercises. And I wondered “what is Qi Gong”? Continue reading