View Full Version : Lou Reed's Got Qi! (10/10 Entertainment Weekly)

10-06-2003, 09:30 AM
You don't hear me recommend other magazines that often, but check out the Photo Issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now. Lou Reed is sporting a Got Qi? tee, and we even made the Clothes Line write-up. Got Qi? tees are now hot fashion. Got Qi? Better Get yours now! (http://www.martialartsmart.com/95-036w.html)

And for those who want to stay in the fashion avant garde, Got game? (http://www.martialartsmart.com/95-034.html)

Judge Pen
10-06-2003, 09:52 AM
Got my "go qi" Friday. Thanks gene. I feel so hip now. :p

10-06-2003, 09:55 AM
"I feel so hip now."


Design Sifu
10-06-2003, 04:30 PM
another victory for the design Crew here at KFM!!!


10-06-2003, 04:39 PM
aye, but the associate publisher's link fu skills leave MUCH to be desired. :p

10-06-2003, 04:45 PM
thanks for pointing that out rtb, it's fixed now. :cool:

10-06-2003, 04:50 PM
I hate those things

10-07-2003, 09:54 AM
We only made them to antagonize you, jun_erh. And we won't rest until the world is conquered by them. :p

Design Sifu
10-07-2003, 10:23 AM
Originally posted by GeneChing
We only made them to antagonize you, jun_erh. And we won't rest until the world is conquered by them. :p

"Man... you're straight out of a comic book . . ." :rolleyes:

;) :p

norther practitioner
10-07-2003, 10:31 AM
If you guys start that dam comic book debate again, I'm going to come out to the bay area and punch the hell outta both of ya. ZAP

I saw the thing about the comics one too in the last issue, maybe I'll check it out, even though it isn't a real artform.:eek:


Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 10:38 AM
<smacks NP upside the head with Safe Area Gorazde>

norther practitioner
10-07-2003, 11:27 AM
NP comes back with a Picasso in the left and straight sword in the right and slap CSN upside the head to remind him what real arts are.... oh and the fact that I'm joking...

Design Sifu
10-07-2003, 11:36 AM
A comics One two.... there's something funny about that . . .

I been checking out Storm Riders (http://store.yahoo.com/martialartsmart/bcbsr001.html) which starts slow but picks up...

I still think that Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (http://store.yahoo.com/martialartsmart/bcbct001.html) is really where it's at though...

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 11:52 AM
I know a joke when I hear it, NP, even if I don't tack on a smiley. But here's one for you anyway: :p

Besides, I'm in advanced painting with Bradley Petersen (http://www.utexas.edu/cofa/a_ah/peo/faculty/studio/petersenw.html) and intro to sculpture with Margo Sawyer (http://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag01/julaug01/sawyer/saw.htm) this semester.</namedropping> So, yeah, I've actually heard of Picasso before.

norther practitioner
10-07-2003, 11:58 AM
I'm just psyched I spelled Picasso right...lol

Oh, and I really don't like getting smacked upside the head...:D

Advanced painting by numbers huh... what do they put some equations in there?:D

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 12:12 PM
Do you really want to get me started talking about my current paintings? ;)

Okay, I'm doing a series (six so far) of 24" by 24" panel paintings in oil that are on shaped 1/4" baltic birch. First, I cut them into various shapes, I utilize both bilateral and radial symmetry and also assymmetry at this stage. Then I use masking tape in some areas as a resist before applying gesso. After gessoing the surface, I add another layer of masking tape in some (other, but usually overlapping) areas. It is only then that I begin applying paint. Paint goes on in at least three layers, as I'm trying to build up a sharp contrast between the bareness of the ultimately exposed wood and gesso layers and the heavily treated painted areas. I'm using a LOT of paint here, so it's important that I use a thick medium that dries relatively quickly. So far Windsor Newton Oleopasto is the best thing I've found...

Still awake?:D

norther practitioner
10-07-2003, 12:17 PM


<rubs eyes>

sorry, did you say something, I must have dozed off...


That actually sounds cool. My art is more craftsman type stuff... like benches made out of old skis...lol

The next thing I'm going to delve into is those larger fountains with a rock or something, I'm going to try and make some of those myself.. see how it goes...:D

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 12:32 PM
Yeah, actually these things are moving sorta into sculptural territory anyway. I'm displaying them without a frame and about 3" away from the wall so they appear to hover a little bit. The idea is to make the viewer extremely conscious of the space around the panel as well as the panel itself. I'm calling it "extended negative space" because there are more conventional object/ground relationships with the paint and the gesso, the paint and the bare wood, and the gesso and the bare wood. Although in all of these cases, the object isn't representational at all, but either paint handled in a kind of ab-ex mode or gesso handled in a very flat, pure mode. I'm also working subtractively a bit, using solvents to break down what I've built up and various tools (woodworking knives, mostly) to dig back into the surface and even into and through the wood, creating a further porous nature to the work. It all started when I tried to express Taoist concepts of emptiness and fullness in a painting without falling back on classic symbolism. Now it's become a whole 'nother kind of thing...

The last one I finished was REALLY ugly, although in a kind of fascinating way. I tried using rubber cement as a gestural resist medium that I could drip and splatter but it didn't want to come up easily, so my struggle against it left all kinds of smudgy and scratchy unintentional marks. But using intentionality and accident as complementary opposites feeds back into the Taoist thing, which is why I wanted some drippy puddly areas to begin with. So, I'm experimenting. And digging it!

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 12:36 PM
The title of my essay is "why I don't do kungfu as much as I'd like":D

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 12:38 PM
The title of that little essay is "stuff I'm doing when I could be kungfuing instead."

Sorry about this double post - is it just me or is this forum responding slower than the Bush White House to a subpeona today?

norther practitioner
10-07-2003, 12:59 PM
Well, slow, not as slow as a few weeks ago, but still slow...

If you ever wanted a showing or something up here.. pm me, I know some people that are in that scene.

Chang Style Novice
10-07-2003, 08:41 PM
Thanks for the offer. When I figure I'm ready to start shopping slides to galleries, I'll let you know.

10-09-2003, 10:22 AM
...as if being OT has anything to do with anything on a web forum. :rolleyes: We've started to get more orders for got qi? shirts (http://www.martialartsmart.com/95-036w.html) from all over - even overseas. Those people pay twice as much in shipping as they do for the shirt. That's some hardened Lou Reed fans. Man, I've been wasting my time trying to sell shirts by putting them on martial artists. Celebrities are where it's at. Anyone have Beyonce's number?

Judge Pen
10-09-2003, 10:37 AM
Originally posted by GeneChing
Anyone have Beyonce's number?

If I did, do you think I'd share it?


10-09-2003, 10:56 AM

WTF is up with that letter to the editor in your Taiji issue? I don't have it in front of me, but it went something like:

"I love kung. I practice every day, and watch Kung fu movies. I even hope to go to China to learn kung fu. I am very good.

Why did you put Lou Reed on the cover? He is not good. You should have put someone else on there who is good, like me. My friends hate Lou Reed."

I laughed my @ss off....just wondering why you guys decided to include that one.

norther practitioner
10-09-2003, 10:58 AM
Celebrities are where it's at. Anyone have Beyonce's number?

One... No duh.. If you are just realizing that now, you should go back to school...:eek:

I can imagine the balance of who sells and who knows there stuff is interesting to say the least.

If your nice I'll see what I can do...

oh here it is..


Design Sifu
10-09-2003, 11:06 AM
WTF is up with that letter to the editor in your Taiji issue?

Gene read that letter out loud in the office... we all laughed... How could we NOT share the joy!!!

THat's just the kind of loving people you count on to pull together your mag...


norther practitioner
10-09-2003, 11:09 AM
The thing about it was... I read that, expecting the person to be like 12... didn't he list the age at like 33 or something.

KC Elbows
10-09-2003, 11:17 AM
But my friends don't like Lou Reed. And what does my age have to do with it?

If Lou Reed deserves a cover, so do I. Heck, we've both done drugs, we've both sung about transvestites; where's the justice?

10-10-2003, 09:49 AM
MK - If you think that letter was funny, you must read the letters in our new 2003 Shaolin special (http://store.yahoo.com/martialartsmart/kf200119.html). There's a sequel - from Black Belt! I kid you not. The Taiji special (http://store.yahoo.com/martialartsmart/kf200118.html) and the shaolin special went hand-in-hand, sort of a yin/yang thing, getting both heads of both temples as cover stories. Then the letters really cinch it up. You gotta read the new letter.

KC - You sang about transvestites?

05-09-2011, 12:12 PM
Sifu Chen Jiang Nan on “got qi” (http://www.examiner.com/tai-chi-in-national/sifu-chen-jiang-nan-on-got-qi?CID=examiner_alerts_article)
May 9th, 2011 12:01 am ET
By Violet Li
Tai Chi Examiner

Tai Chi is one kind of Qigong exercise. It is essential that Qi is cultivated during practice. The term “got qi?” was coin-phrased by Gene Ching*, Editor of Kungfu Tai Chi Magazine in 2001, inspired by the “got milk?” campaign and the YOLK Magazine’s “got rice?” t-shirt. Many martial artists bought the concept and wear Kungfu Magazine’s “got qi?” t-shirts. So, have you really got Qi in practice? What are the indicators of “got qi” in Tai Chi practice? Sifu Jiang Nan Chen of Taipei, Taiwan, a lineage holder of Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing, shares his secrete of “got qi”.

Sifu Chen came from a family that appreciates and enjoys martial arts. At age 5, he studied Shaolin White Crane and later Judo. While attending college, he lived with Grandmaster Gan Xiao Zhou for two years and learned Tai Chi directly from the Grandmaster. Grandmaster Gan was one of the well-respected and highly accomplished in-chamber disciples of Grandmaster Cheng Man-Ch’ing. Tai Chi and Push Hands are closely related. Tai Chi is the foundation and Push Hands is the application. Without abundance of Qi, neither Tai Chi nor Push Hands is effective. Grandmaster Gan was known for his amazing power in Push Hands. His students won Push Hands titles in all the tournaments. In a private letter, Grandmaster Gan praised Sifu Chen for his brilliance and the superb skills that Sifu Chen developed in a relatively short period of time in comparison with majority of Tai Chi practitioners. Sifu Chen’s Push Hands is extremely powerful and seldom meet its match.

Grandmaster Gan also studied Qigong with an Eastern Indian Qigong master and developed his Five Animal Routine. His Five Animal Routine consists of eighteen different movements, imitating nine different animals (Clam, Phoenix, Monkey, Rooster, Bird, Horse, Cat, Fox, and Eagle). According to Sifu Chen, the benefits of this routine include helping to relax a practitioner’s body quickly and helping to loosen joints as well as promote the feeling of Qi. Sifu Chen adheres to Grandmaster Gan’s teaching method and always starts his class with a round of Five Animal Routine to help the Qi going for his students.

To Sifu Chen, Tai Chi fundamentals are very important. “Grasp The Sparrow Tail” are five movements in Cheng Man-Ch’ing’s famous 37 Form. Together, they consist of Ward-Off (Peng), Roll-Back (Lu), Squeeze (Ji) and Pressing down (An) methods or called Four Square Front (Si Zheng Shou). Sifu Chen has his students practice this set non-stop by keeping turning to eight different directions for a few minutes in each class. He insists that all his students including his disciples practice this daily. He instructs them to do this as slow as possible; therefore Qi can travel through our meridian system well. He also teaches them to make the movements subtle and postures not too big. His explanation is that too much muscle movement or contraction will deplete Qi. His training method yields impressive results. After practicing this segment for a few minutes, students perspire even in wintertime. Normally his students will have very strong Qi feeling along with the following symptoms:

The hands will become warm, swell, and feel a little bit numb. They also experience electricity or a magnetic type of pulling or pushing between hands if hands are close to each other.
The arms will increase in size, become warm, and feel a little bit numb. Sometimes, there is a static feeling as if someone else is gently touching the arms.
The neck will become warm, swell and feel a little bit numb. Additionally, it feels that the hair is standing up on the neck.
The feet will become warm, swell, and a little bit numb.
The inner thighs will become warm, swell, and feel a little bit numb.
If the Qi fully sinks to lower Dan Tian, the Hui-yin meridian will feel movement. The testicles will also move.

Sifu Chen advises practitioners not to think too much during practice because thinking consumes Qi. He recommends not learning too many movements at once. Practitioners should fully learn each movement and can do it without thinking before learning a new one. Otherwise, too many movements or forms can only confuse people. Once people think too hard in practice, their Qi cannot accumulate as fast.

At the end of each class, Sifu Chen will ask the students to do Qigong massage including a tailbone massage (Cuo Wei Lu). You can see photos of tailbone massage from the slide show on the left-hand-side.

* To read more about how “got qi” came about, visit the following link here. (http://ezine.kungfumagazine.com/ezine/article.php?article=619)

So.... got qi? (http://www.martialartsmart.com/95-036w.html) :cool:

06-06-2013, 10:38 AM
We wish Lou Reed a speedy recovery.

Transformer: Lou Reed 'bigger and stronger than ever' after liver transplant (http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/transformer-lou-reed-bigger-and-stronger-than-ever-after-liver-transplant-8642001.html)

Lou Reed has described himself as “bigger and stronger than ever” just weeks after undergoing a liver transplant. The former Velvet Underground frontman, whose wife Laurie Anderson said last week was “dying” of liver failure, credits a mixture of tai chi and modern medicine with his recovery.

Writing on his website Reed, 71, described himself as “a triumph of modern medicine, physics and chemistry,” adding: “My Chen Taiji [tai chi] and health regimen (sic) has served me well all of these years.”

The performer added that he is looking forward to “being on stage performing, and writing more songs to connect with your hearts and spirits and the universe well into the future”.

The American punk musician underwent a liver transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Cleveland a few weeks ago. His wife Anderson, a performance artist, told The Times last week that she had “been spending a lot of time in Cleveland these past few weeks” since the operation, but that the operation “went very well”. She said her husband’s condition is “as serious as it gets” and that, despite progress and successful surgery, he “[won’t] ever totally recover”.

Reed has been a student of tai chi for around 30 years and began studying the Chen style in 2002. Speaking about this Master Ren Guang-yi, Reed told Kung Fu magazine: "When I saw what he did, I said, 'Oh my god, a man who can fly. When I saw that combination of grace and power, the fast and the soft, the yin and the yang, that's what I'd been looking for."

The musician, who famously chronicled the drug culture and underbelly of New York on his 1964 song “Heroin” and “Perfect Day”, from his 1972 solo record Transformer, is also known for “Walk On The Wild Side”.

He was last seen in public in March when he made a surprise appearance at a live playback of Transformer, but he then unexpectedly cancelled five concert appearances in April, including two performances at the Coachella festival in California. His most recent album is Lulu, a 2011 collaboration with Metallica.

06-14-2022, 10:22 AM
https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/static/uploads/2020/02/From-Tom-Waits-to-Leonard-Cohen-The-playlist-of-27-songs-Lou-Reed-created-just-before-his-death.jpg(Credit: Faber & Faber)
How studying Tai Chi impacted Lou Reed (https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/how-studying-tai-chi-impacted-lou-reed/)
Jamie Kahn
SUN 12TH JUN 2022 21.00 BST

Lou Reed was an interesting guy, to say the least, and his intrigue doesn’t stop with his music, his persona, his fashion sense, or even his poetry, if you can believe it. The man had a lot of hobbies, but I’m sure even he would be the first to tell you that Tai Chi was more than just a hobby to him.

When visiting the archives of his life in the current exhibition at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, it can be easy enough to get lost in it all. His record collection, old tapes, instruments, and letters are bound to steal the show. However, towards the end of the exhibition, visitors will find a bunch of weapons hanging on the wall.

It’s true, Reed loved to practice Tai Chi, and had spoken of his affinity for it many times before: “I have studied the art for 25 years. The first 15 years in preparation for my adventures with my teacher, Master Ren Guangyi. Not to get too flowery here but I want more out of life than a gold record and fame,” the former Velvet Underground man commented. “I want to mature like a warrior. I want the power and grace I never had a chance to learn. Tai Chi puts you in touch with the invisible power of—yes—the universe. Change your energy, change your mind.”

In talking to Laurie Anderson, the American avant-garde artist who was married to Reed until the end of his life in 2013, at the exhibition, she spoke of his dedication to the practice. And Anderson would know—she was with him for 21 years.

Anderson spoke of how in traditional Tai Chi practices, the forms take up a lot of space, so in order to practice while touring, Reed’s teacher created a specific set of forms that he could do in confined spaces like hotel rooms and even on the road. They called it the 21-form.

Glancing at the intimidating weapons on the wall, Anderson noticed the expressions around the room within the exhibition. Frightened? Maybe a little bit. She nudged with some humour, “I have about 100 of Lou’s Tai Chi weapons,” she nodded. “And they’re all very heavy.”

One might assume that the weapons that ended up on display were the highlights of the collection. Regardless, the art of Tai Chi is an ancient practice that many people find an incredible value in, and it seems that Lou Reed was one of them. It isn’t tough to surmise that it brought him some calm and artistic inspiration.

(Credit: Jamie Kahn)

(Credit: Jamie Kahn)
Still regretting that I never got a selfie with Lou. There were so many missed opportunities...