Offering training courses is an important function of China Cultural Centre in Sydney (CCC). On July 7th, CCC and Centre of International Cultural Exchange jointly launched the “Healthy China Tai Chi and Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture” Micro Class on the official website and social media of CCC. Through over 10 easy and useful short videos, Tai Chi and practical Chinese medicine massage techniques will be introduced to enhance our ability to resist infections and remain healthy.
Tai Chi is one of the major branches of the traditional Chinese martial arts.Since the middle of the 17th century, Tai Chi has been passed on from generation to generation. Now, it’s practised in almost every corner of the world. The popularity of Tai Chi will take another quantum leap as more people experience its enjoyment and benefits, and promote the cultural heritage at the same time. In December 2020, Tai Chi was included in the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.The Tai Chi Micro Class showed the development and spread of Tai Chi with the “Story of Inheritance”, and encourage Australian audiences to practice Tai Chi with three basic movements which are created by experts according to the fast-paced lifestyle of modern people.
Traditional Chinese medicine(TCM) has endured as the mainstream form of medicine since ancient China. Acupoint massage is an important part of Chinese traditional Chinese medicine culture, which is effective and easy to practice. The “Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture” Micro Class includes a video introducing the overview of TCM, and 5 videos showcasing practical acupoint knowledge and massage techniques to aid sleep, reduce shoulder and neck soreness, relieve fatigue , and maintain eye health.
Chinese Medical Culture Micro-classes: Massage and Health
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) takes Yin-Yang (a concept of dualism in Ancient Chinese philosophy) and Five Elements (water, fire, wood, metal and soil) as its theoretical basis. According to the TCM theory, the human body is a unity of qi (the body’s vital life force or energy), form and spirit. TCM doctors diagnose patients through inspection, auscultation & olfaction, inquiry, and palpation. By this means, they explore the causes of an illness, analyse specific symptoms, and identify the illness. TCM has many treatment approaches, including medication, acupuncture and moxibustion, tuina (massage), cupping, and dietotherapy. All these methods are aimed to make the human body achieve the balance of yin and yang.
Through stimulating acupoints or specific parts of the human body by different techniques, massage therapy helps dredge channels, relax muscles and reduce fatigue. Massage therapy has become the first choice for busy urbanites to preserve their health and relax. Acupoint massage is an important part of it, easy to practice and master, and is conducive to health care. This series introduce the basics of TCM massage to help solve common problems in people’s work and life. Including practical acupoint knowledge and massage teaching on improving sleep, shoulder and neck soreness, fatigue relief, soothing muscles after exercise and eye health care. These short video teach simple, intuitive and effective methods to learn Chinese medical culture and practical massage skills.
Chinese Health Micro-class: Taijiquan in Three Moves
Take a healthy online journey to China with the well-known Taijiquan class. Taijiquan was listed as one of UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage in December 2020. During the “2021 China Tourism and Culture Weeks”, Network of International Culturalink Entities specially launched a series of Taijiquan Fitness Microclass, showcasing the development and spread of Taijiquan, and leading overseas audiences to practice Taijiquan fitness courses with three basic movements which are created by experts. This allows people living in fast-paced modern lifestyle to appreciate the world of Taijiquan.
Taijiquan in Three Moves is an entry-level health preservation exercise that combines the techniques of pushing hands and actual combat. With speed, one move can bring down an opponent. Done slowly, it can be an excellent exercise. As a quick start lesson for beginners, the video provides a detailed demonstration of the moves. The Three Moves of Entry-Level Health Preservation Taijiquan is adapted from traditional Taijiquan moves by Wang Zhanjun, the 12th generation of direct-disciple of Chen-style Taijiquan. The adaption is better suited to the fast pace of modern life, enabling people to exercise in limited time.