Chinese Health Center

I am delighted that you have taken the time to browse through these pages and I would like to pass on to you my warmest greetings. My aim is to advise and treatyou individually, competently and holistically in order to heal strengthen andenergise your physical and emotional self.

Who am I

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Allow me to introduce myself: My name is Ralf Schmitz, I am 60 years young, and working as a practitioner in my own Traditional Chinese Medical Practice. I have been practising Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong for many years and have had the opportunity to train with many different instructors and masters, both in Germany and abroad. As a direct student of Master John Ding, I now teach the long form of the traditional Yang Style in the John Ding International Academy of Tai Chi Chuan in Jülich Barmen and Neuss.

Steps to the TCM-Practice “Shou”

PraxisII am always available for individual questions, but, as a conscientious practitioner, my sessions with patients cannot be interrupted. Please call and leave a message on my answer-phone or per email and I will get back to you at the first possible opportunity. In an emergency it is always possible to admit you at short notice.

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MeditationsraumIntroductions to the art of Chinese movements can be given free of charge after a prior agreement. You can contact me using one of the following methods:
Tel. 02461 – 910 640                                   Mobil 0152 31706133                             E-Mail ralf-schmitz@taichi-juelich.de                                               Post: Praxis für TCM und TCC SHOU Ralf Schmitz Kirchfeldchen 4 52428 Jülich-Barmen

Tai Chi Chuan / Qi Gong “vitamins for the soul, spirit and body”

I provide you with the opportunity to experience the positive effects on your health of Tai Chi Chuan or Qi Gong in annual groups, semester courses, weekend seminars or individual coaching. Holistic care of the participants, with background information, is guaranteed in a pleasant and relaxed atmoshere.

Meetings to practice this relaxing “meditation in movement” are possible in my meditation room “Shou” in Barmen (see “courses and schedules”) or alternatively in a locality of your choice. Naturally, anyone interested can take part in a trial lesson (prior arrangement necessary), in order to personally experience the valuable effects of this ancient Chinese system on body, soul and spirit.

I teach the following movement, fist and weapon forms:

  • Long Yang form
  • Peking form
  • Sword form
  • Rainbow and fan form
  • Sabre form
  • Staff form
  • Medical Qi Gong

 Long Yang form


The long Yang form, according to Master Yang Cheng Fu, consists of 108 sequences, divided into 3 sections. Depending on the pace of the movements, each lasts 20 to 40 minutes. For philosophical reasons, the three sections bear the following names:

1. Earth form

Through this form the participant develops a stable standing position and strengthens his/her back.

2. Sky form

Through this form the participant develops a light step and the co-ordination necessary for standing on one leg without interrupting his/her flow of movement.

3. Human form

Through this form the participant develops the skill to be able to sink down on his/her hips (Kua) while carrying out the above forms in a state of movement.

 Peking form

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Peking form was commissioned in the 1950s by the Chinese Sports Committee. The form consists of 24 sequences and, depending on the pace, it lasts about 4 – 8 minutes. Its motifs are the movements contained in self-defence, the workplace and the animal kingdom. The practitioner attempts to carry out the movements slowly and smoothly, without interruption. The Peking form is the most universally known form of Tai Chi Chuan. The combination of the 108 or 88 sequences of the long Yang form to the Peking form made the dissemination possible.

Sword form

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe short Tai Chi Sword form “Peaceful Sword” consists of 32 sequences and is carried out faster and more dynamically than the Fist form. The practitioner experiences the stetching of his/her body through the use of the sword, through which, with continued practice, his/her mental powers are widened and cleared. In the process, he/she wakes his/her abilities to intervene and make changes in the world.

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Sabre form

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Sabre form is shorter than the Sword form and is executed much faster. This form requires a certain amount of strength, as the performance is carried out with frequent changes of direction and very short, dynamic action. The curved sabre, with its one sharp edge, lies heavy in the hand and leads the practitioner.

Rainbow Fan form

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This Wushu-fan form is diverse and full of splendid movements. In former times the “iron ruler”, as the closed fan is often called, was used by women as a weapon, as the use of real weapons was forbidden to them. This is the reason why, in the old stories, the fan was known as the 2 danger hidden behind a smile”. The pace can be as slow as in the Fist form, but should still have the character of martial arts, taking into consideration the principles of attack and defence. However, the Fan form is normally performed dynamically.

Medical Qi Gong

WebsitebildThe medical Qi Gong is a special form of keep fit, using the Chinese exercise discipline. Its development in China goes back more than 2000 years. The term “Qi” comes from “Zhen Qi” (real Qi), which is the dynamic motor for all physiological functions and processes in the human organism. It originates through the combination of inherited Qi and Qi obtained through nutrition and air, and represents the most elementary form of Qi. The term “Gong” refers to the practice exercises developed for the purpose of strengthening and enriching the “Zhen Qi”. The choice of methods of practicing for the treatment of illnesses depends on the Chinese syndrome-distinction.