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dc.contributor.authorMa, Xiujie
dc.contributor.authorJennings, George
dc.date.accessioned2021-04-22T10:25:42Z
dc.date.available2021-04-22T10:25:42Z
dc.date.issued2021-04-21
dc.identifier.citationMa, X. and Jennings, G. (2021). "Hang the flesh off the bones": Cultivating an "ideal body" in Taijiquan and Neigong. International Journal of Public Health and Environmental Research, 18, 4417. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094417en_US
dc.identifier.issn1660-4601 electronic
dc.identifier.issn1661-7827
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10369/11364
dc.descriptionArticle published in International Journal of Public Health and Environmental Research available open access at https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094417en_US
dc.description.abstractIn a globalized, media-driven society, people are being exposed to different cultural and philosophical ideas. In Europe, the School of Internal Arts (pseudonym) follows key principles of the ancient Chinese text The Yijinjing (The Muscle-Tendon Change Classic) “Skeleton up, flesh down”, in its online and offline pedagogy. This article draws on an ongoing ethnographic, netnographic and cross-cultural investigation of the transmission of knowledge in this atypical association that combines Taijiquan with a range of practices such as Qigong, body loosening exercises and meditation. Exploring the ideal body cultivated by the students, we describe and illustrate key (and often overlooked) body areas—namely the spine, scapula, Kua and feet, which are continually worked on in the School of Internal Arts’ exercise-based pedagogy. We argue that Neigong and Taijiquan, rather than being forms of physical education, are vehicles for adult physical re-education. This re-education offers space in which mind-body tension built over the life course are systematically released through specific forms of attentive, meditative exercise to lay the foundations for a strong, powerful body for martial artistry and health.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHebei Province Social Science Fund (China) (HB19TY001)en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesInternational Journal of Public Health and Environmental Research;
dc.subjectTai Chien_US
dc.subjectQigongen_US
dc.subjectEastern philosophyen_US
dc.subjectmartial artsen_US
dc.subjectpedagogyen_US
dc.subjectthe bodyen_US
dc.subjectembodimenten_US
dc.title"Hang the flesh off the bones": Cultivating an "ideal body" in Taijiquan and Neigongen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094417
dcterms.dateAccepted2021-04-12
rioxxterms.funderCardiff Metropolitan Universityen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectCardiff Metropolian (Internal)en_US
rioxxterms.versionVoRen_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2021-04-21
rioxxterms.funder.project37baf166-7129-4cd4-b6a1-507454d1372een_US


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