Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong Students

Tai Chi CHuan

Dear Tai Chi Chuan & Qi Gong Friends,

Before you decide to attend my classes I would like that you get know me better.

As you can see from my CV I have bachelor degree at two universities and master degree in arts. So I love to learn and develop myself. During university years I was learning Tai Chi from great Chinese masters and now it is my job, my vocation, my lifestyle. I have lot of experience in teaching Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong. I can describe myself as diligent student, enthusiastic teacher  who enjoys helping people and I am always opened for new ideas and looking for more knowledge.

With holistic approach I would like to help people to develop themselves, to find their own balance in life and cope with rising stress, anxiety and uncertainty in life. War in ex Yugoslavia and embargo took my youth and stopped everything for more than decades. Luckily I had Tai Chi that kept me moving on and helped me to stay healthy in my body and mind.

During long period of teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes I have noticed that my students becoming more attuned and aware of themselves. Last few years more and more young people coming to my classes and they say that they must practice in order to stay healthy, physically and mentally. My responsibility is to teach them, the best I can and support them on their path. This integrative approach is something I believe in and I live that through my everyday life. I have learned it through harder way, through my experience.

I had outstanding  good  job as interpreter in Turkish Embassy but my body and soul were suffering. I have got serious problems with my lower back and thanks to great physiotherapist I didn’t go  to operation, just left behind all of the things that were against my true nature and that was the moment of my fundamental change.

Now, I just desire to improve myself and to stay on the right path. For last few years I receive great knowledge and support from highly recognized teachers who come to teach us in Bodhi Path Belgrade, part of Karma Kagyu Lineage, where I study Buddhism and meditate.

I love changes because they are core of Daoist and Buddhist philosophy and I want to help more people as I can to accept and understand the fact that life is always changing,  maybe nowadays faster than ever but we need to know that we have the way and methods how to keep balance and develop ourselves.

With love and respect.

Isidora Milosevic

Tahiland, Mantak Chia method of Tai Chi Qong

Mindfulness in Matrial Arts

Mindfulness in Tai Chi, Tai Chi Beograd

Mindfulness in Tai Chi

Mindfulness in Matrial Arts – from De-Mystifying Mindfulness, Chris Goto-Jones, Leiden University www.mentalpraxis.com

In various ways, much of the literature about the connections between the cultivation of Mindfulness and the practice of the martial arts or Mindfulness in Tai Chi, rely on more generic connections between Mindfulness and the practice of skilled actions more widely. To some extent, the cultivation of Mindfulness through martial arts emerges as a species of the practice of what we have called (and experienced as) Mindful Movement.

That is, Mindfulness in Tai Chi the martial arts, like Mindfulness in yoga or qi-gong (or simply while stretching, walking, or climbing a mountain), involves bringing our attention into the particular sensations of the present moment as our bodies work to perform specific actions. A punch, a kick, a lock, or a throw is just as legitimate as a site of attention, awareness, and discipline as a yoga pose or a deliberate step. Indeed, like some of these other bodily practices, the martial arts involve some of the same basic tensions with the idea of Mindfulness. We might entertain two of them very briefly: the first is a concern about aspiration and judgement – that is, when we’re performing specific techniques that are cultivated for specific purposes, we quite often find ourselves judging our performance in terms of those purposes.

So, rather than practicing a kick as an opportunity for Mindful action, we quite easily and naturally slip into judging the perfection and effectiveness of the kick as a kick, we berate ourselves for our lack of flexibility, strength, or precision, and then we resolve to practice harder in order to improve. This pattern of ‘discrepancybased thinking’ is exactly the kind of thinking that Mindfulness is supposed to help us to overcome. So it’s something to which we need to be alert when incorporating Mindfulness into skilled actions of various kinds, not only the martial arts. The second tension revolves around the idea of ‘auto-pilot.’

This contemplative discourse of the martial arts is often concerned with how repeated practice of the same techniques leads to a moment of sublimation of those techniques – that is, our training is a process of constant repetition designed to liberate us from having to pay attention to our actions at all. The goal is precisely to cultivate a form of auto-pilot, as a form of emancipation from our selves. When we have to think carefully about our movements and techniques (as we might in a Mindful Movement exercise) the chances are very low that such techniques will be effective; indeed, to some extent, mastering a martial art means no longer having to pay attention to what your body is doing because it does it all by itself. This interpretation of ‘auto-pilot’ resembles the kind of thinking that Mindfulness is supposed to help us to overcome.

So it’s something to which we need to be alert when incorporating Mindfulness into skilled actions of various kinds, not only the martial arts. Between them, these two concerns contribute to an explanation for why most practitioners who seek to combine Mindfulness and the martial arts tend to prefer the ‘internal’ or ‘soft’ martial arts like Taiji quan, or allied forms like qi-gong, rather than more explosive styles like Karate or Taekwondo. Indeed, in general, martial arts that emphasis the cultivation of ‘qi’ (or ki) seem to lend themselves especially well to Mindfulness, since it is believed that the flow of qi in our bodies follows the flow of our attention. Hence, an exercise like the body-scan, for instance, might also be a means to lead qi throughout our entire bodies.