Although using Taiji balls is a new discipline for me, I have practiced qi gong for 30 years around Europe and the UK, as well as two periods of intensive study in China. It only seems natural to have come across them now, as the paths of physical and spiritual energy increasingly cross over.
The original name of taiji ball or Tai Chi ball, is “yin-yang taiji ball qigong” (yin-yang taiji qiu qigong). The training theory originates in both both Chinese martial arts and laymen societies, though each style of practice was kept secret, and only passed down to selected and trusted students.
The general training purposes of taichi ball qigong training in martial arts, was to create greater quantities of qi in the body, and ensure it would flow when needed in battle. The training methods not only support the circulation of qi, but also strengthen the torso, especially the spine and lower back, and condition the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments required for combat.
For the internal methods of practice, such as Taijiquan, Baguazhang, Fo Zhang (Buddha hands), and hu die zhang (butterfly palm) – balls made from wood are preferred. This is because, with wooden balls, the qi between the palms has a better connection than with balls made of metal or stone. An oiled finish is also preferred over the insulating lacquer finishes.
The balls we offer are finished with Danish oil or a blend of neem and castor oils due to their organic properties. The sizes are currently the Starter size diameter of 145mm. Regular is 190mm diameter, Large is 250mm and extra Large is 300mm.