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Grandmaster Yip Man had two sons, Yip Chun and Yip Ching. We all know Master Yip Chun, his high level Wing Chun skill, his gentle attitude and healthy body.

However do you know his brother. Yip Ching, is also a very honest and sincere gentleman who also possesses a very high level of Wing Chun skill?

Yip Ching was born in China and like many others he had some bad experiences during China's Cultural Revolu tion. During the Cultural Revolution he worked on a farm (everybody had to) and so he has experienced a lot of hard work in many difficult situations. His father. Yip Man, left China for Hong Kong where he began to teach his Wing Chun Kuen and left his two sons to finish their education and to work. However, Master Yip Ching never forgot his Wing Chun training, even though practice of any traditional Chinese skill was banned during the Cultural Revolution, including Wing Chun Kuen. To get round this he would stay up late at night to practise his forms right up until the day he left for Hong Kong with his brother. Once they reached Hong Kong they continued their Wing Chun studies.

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Unlike his father and brother, Yip Ching is quite tall, big and strong and because of this he is very confident in the fighting side of his an. In particular, when people came from other schools he would take the opportunity to fight against their style. Many of the challengers found it very hard and many eventually joined Yip Man's school.

This was very common in Hong Kong. Other styles of martial art would come to challenge your school to test your standard and to see if you could open a school in the area. When a new school was set up, the master would send a letter to all the other schools around to politely inform them his school was opening. The master would then visit the neighbouring schools to greet them. This is the correct way. Today, even in the west any school could be challenged by another school, particularly if one school does not behave well or puts down the others.

On one occasion three people from another style, came to Yip Man's school. The three men came in shouting for Yip Man. Wing Chun was still a new style in Hong Kong and some of the other schools were quite jealous because of Wing Chun Kuen's special training method 'Sticking Hands' which the others did not have, so many of them wanted to find out how good Wing Chun's sticking hands was.

Unfortunately, Yip Man had just left the school and Yip Ching was on his own practising. Yip Ching is very clever and he knew the men wanted to challenge Wing Chun Kuen so he was already prepared to deal with them.

Yip Ching said, "Do you want to study or do you want to cause a problem?" One of the men said, "I want to learn Sticking Hands!" This meant he wanted to challenge Wing Chun people. Yip Ching said, "All right, who would like to learn first?"

The biggest of the three came forward and after a formal greeting, punched at Master Yip Ching. Yip Ching just contacted his fist with a Tan Sau\ lightly testing his opponent's energy. The big man knew he could not win any advantage with his first punch, so he continued attacking with his other hand. However, although Yip Ching moved quite slowly and looked very open, using the same Tan Sau he grasped the man's other hand and controlled him quite easily. Although he was being controlled, the big man continued his attack. However, Yip Ching still dealt with him using just one hand and received all his blows. Afterwards the big man knew Yip Ching's sticking hands was very good. Eventually all three men joined Yip Man's Wing Chun school.

Yip Ching used one hand to prove his Wing Chun sticking hands skill was much higher than their skill and secondly, he did not want to hurt anyone. Therefore he won over their skill and their hearts. This way he could prove Wing Chun was good and give it a good image in the eyes of the other schools.

Yip Ching (I call him Uncle Ching)

en challenges came from :hools he would take the tunity to fight against style. The challengers it very hard and many ually joined the school"

Demonstrating one ot Wing Chun Kuen's low kicks told me more about his father's high level skill and about some of the challenges he faced when he was in Foshan.

When Yip Man was in his early thirties a martial artist came from North China. He was a master of White Crane Rung Fu and was particularly famous for his Phoenix Fist (this is like a normal fist, except the second knuckle of the index finger is pushed out to form a sharp point) which could badly damage your acupuncture points.

The White Crane Master had come down to Foshan to challenge all the different kinds of martial artists. However nobody dared to accept his challenge. Yip Man was still quite young and every body knew his Wing Chun Kuen was very good and he would be able to accept this challenge. If no one would face the White Crane Master then Foshan would lose face, so the people asked Yip Man to meet him.

Finally, Yip Man agreed to the challenge and a date and place was fixed for a competition between White Crane Fist and Wing Chun Kuen.

Before the competition, the two opponents met at one of Foshan's most famous restaurants. Whilst they were talking the White Crane Master turned and hit the wall with his Phoenix Fist. The impact made a very loud noise and left a hole in the wall, every one around was scared at the sight of this.

Then everybody, including the White Crane Master turned and looked at Yip Man to see how scared he was. However, Yip Man just smiled and did not show any sign of fear

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Master Yip Ching's Gan Sau ried on with his carefree and relaxed life. People would always ask him to teach them, but he still refused as he did not want to be in competition with his Wing Chun brothers.

During the fight with the White Crane Master Yip Man had used a high level of Sticking Hands. When he made contact, the White Crane Master could not use any of his energy, no matter how strong his phoenix fist, he could not use it. Then when he tried to use too much energy to throw off Yip Man's ing fighting so you can control the other person's energy.

Uncle Ching continued to tell me more stories of Yip Man when he was in Hong Kong.

Yip Man liked to go to a Chinese restaurant for tea early in the morning. Most of the time he would go with his students. One morning when they arrived at the restaurant, they found that a newspaper stand had been set up by the door. Yip Man stopped and leant down to pick up a newspaper. As he was buying his paper he suddenly felt someone behind him trying to pull his fountain pen out of his pocket. Without thinking, Yip Man automatically kicked the person without turning his body and the pick pocket landed in the road and ran away. This was all observed by his students . They knew their teacher's skill was very high, he could defend himself without needing to see the person. Afterwards, Yip Man went into the restaurant for his morning tea.

and this surprised everyone. After listening to the rules of the competition Yip Man got up and left without saying a word.

On the day of the competition Yip Man went and met the White Crane Master at the agreed place. After all the usual formalities the fight started. The White Crane Master wanted to hit Yip Man with his Phoenix Fist and beat him quickly. However, he found he never got close enough to Yip Man. After two attacks Yip Man blocked him with his Tan Sau and stayed in contact. After the contact, the White Crane Master found that any attacking movements he made, or any energy he tried to use was easily controlled by Grandmaster Yip Man. It was like he was tied up and he did not know what to do, suddenly he fell to the floor.

The White Crane Master tried to get up, however, Yip Man's heel was already touching his face. It was very obvious that Yip Man had won. The referee rushed over and stopped the fight. Everyone had seen that Yip Man's skill was much higher than the White Crane Master's.

From then on everybody in Foshan called Yip Man 'Sifu' out of respect and appreciation for what he had done to maintain Foshan's standing. However, Yip Man never put himself up in front of other people and car

"The impact made a very loud noise and left a hole in the wall\ every one around was scared at the sight of this."

Jht contact, Yip Man used his sticking hand to control him and then used the Wing Chun dummy technique, 'Po Pai Chueng' and pushed him to the ground. Then as he was coming up, Yip Man moved forward and used a Wing Chun kick towards his face to let him know he had lost instead of seriously beating him.

Wing Chun's Sticking hands training lets you know your enemy's energy through the contact. So Yip man was never afraid of the Phoenix Fist as long as he kept in contact. So during Sticking Hands you do not need to worry about the other styles power, just concentrate on your sensitivity and contact dur

Whenever we talk about Yip Man, the subject of his most famous student Bruce Lee always comes up.

Once Bruce Lee was finishing his sticking hands training, Yip Man was watching his movements and then said, "Bruce, you should be careful, you always walk on your toes. This is not good for your energy and mind. Do more Sui Lim Tao to bring down your energy, otherwise you will have too much energy in your head and you will not live long."

Bruce listened, but he did not change, he continued to walk on his toes and even used it in his fighting style. Eventually he did die at an early age due to a problem with his brain. Therefore, when we study, we should always consider bringing the Qi down to theDantien. Do not have too much energy in your head, do not keep yourself 'high', you should calm down and be more relaxed _

by Michael Tie

Michael Tse with his teacher Yip Chun &

Michael Tse with his teacher Yip Chun &

YV7 Healing /aa Sounds Qigong

Based primarily on the Wuxing (Five El ements) principle, this exercise has a history of being prominent in curing diseases and improving health and is consequently practised widely throughout China.

Human acoustics today forms a new branch of biophysics - the biological acoustic information of human organs and tissues.

The Liuzijue Qigong has a rich history. It is believed to have been used by the ancient shamans, who not only 'breathed' the sounds onto the patient, but also onto paper talismans that the patient would carry, or ingest.

There arc references to the use of sounds in the Dao Dc Jing and the Zhuang Zi from the pre-Han period, but the first known written record of this exercise comes from the Liang Dynasty (502-557). The book, Yang Xing Yan Ming Lu (Record on Nourishing Inner Nature and Extending Life) by Tao Hongjing (452-536), listed a method of using six words, pronounced inaudibly, to affect the qi flow in the different organ systems. Breathing excrcises including sounds arc also mentioned in the Buddhist Tiantai Xiao Zhiguan by Zhiyi (538-597).

Later, in 652 during the Tang Dynasty, in the famous book Qian Jin Yao Fang (One Thousand Golden Prescriptions), one of the classics in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Sun Simiao also described the method of using six sounds to improve qi circulation and health.

Versions of the exercise can be found in: Xiu Xi Guan Zuo Can Fan Yao by Zhi Kai of the Sui dynasty (581-618); Yi Shcn Ji - She Sheng Xiao Xi Lun by Qiu Chuji of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368); and Xiu Ling Yao Zhi (Essentials of Achieving Longevity) by Leng Qian and Yi Men Guang Du complied by Zhou Lujing, of the Ming dynasty (1368-1644).

Also during the Ming Dynasty the exercises were studied and recorded in detail and some written into poetic verse to make the methods more easily remembered and understood.

The reasoning behind the exercise indicates a belief that human beings, irrespective of native tongue, moan and groan the same when they are injured or unhealthy, in an un

The Six Healing Sounds Qigong (Liuzijue or Liuziqi Fa) is a traditional health-keeping exercise in China. It is an exhaling training method used in conjunction with Daoyin (guiding and leading) of the limbs and body to conduct qi during the process of respiration.

conscious attempt to release the internal pressures. Like a vibrating tuning-fork striking up a harmonic resonance in a second tuning-fork, the vibration of a healthy organ, when simulated by the organs of speech (lips, tongue, teeth, palate, vocal cords, etc) can have a positive impact on an unhealthy organ. Daoyin enhances the resonance effect by using body movements and concentration of the mind on expelling turbid qi.

Not only does the practice of Liuzijue Qigong strengthen the body's qi circulation, but it also improves functioning of the various organs.

The organ systems are interrelated, as seen in Wuxing or Five Element Theory. The Five Elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. There is a promoting and controlling relationship between each of these elements. Wood controls Earth and promotes Fire. Earth controls Water and promotes Metal. Water controls Fire and promotes

Wood. Fire controls Metal and promotes Earth. Metal controls Wood and promotes Water.

Therefore, tonifying the Heart will affect the Small Intestine through the yin/yang relationship. Also, since the Heart is associated with the element Fire, tonifying the Heart will promote Earth and control Metal. This means that tonifying the Heart will promote the functions of the Spleen and Stomach and control the functions of Lungs and Large Intestine.

Each sound will affect the other organ systems in a similar manner. The complete interconnection will move you from one organ to another until all organs have been affected, improving the body's overall health.

Some versions take into account extra considération like the seasons and/or the direction.

A moderate volume of sound is considered as the standard for pronunciation.

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With low-volume pronunciation, the performer can easily feel where the sound waves reach and acquire resonant effect, but the amplitude of the sound wave is not wide enough and its vibrational force is very weak. On the other hand, high volume pronunciation is liable to create tension and can cause mistakes.

The following descriptions of the Sue Healing Sounds come from the Healing Tao System of Master Mantak Chia. In the Healing Tao only the active sound within the word is utilised in an effort to simplify the exercise. 1: Lungs

The Lungs are a pair of conical-shaped organs of respiration situated in the thoracic cavity and they govern Qi and respiration. They are also responsible for spreading De-fensive-Qi equally all over the body under the skin, warming the skin and muscles and protecting the body from exterior pathogenic factors. The Lungs also spread Body Fluids to the skin in the form of a fine 'mist'. This mist moistens the skin and regulates the opening and closing of pores and sweating. This also gives the skin and hair nourishment and moisture.

The nose is the opening of the Lungs and the Large Intestine is the associated Yang organ. They are said to be the residence of the Corporeal Soul, which forms the physical counterpart of the Ethereal Soul.

The Lungs are dominant in autumn. Their element is metal, their colour is white. Taste is pungent. Negative qualities are sadness and grief. Positive qualities are courage and righteousness.

The word for the Lungs is 'Si' and the simplified pronunciation is 'SSSSSSSS'.

Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with the backs of your hands resting on your thighs and become aware of your lungs.

Take a deep breath and, letting your eyes follow, raise your arms up in front of you. When the hands are at eye level, begin to rotate the palms and bring them up above the head. Keep the elbows rounded. You should feel a stretch that extends from the heels of the palms, along the forearms, over the elbows, along the upper arms and into the shoulders. The lungs and chest will feel open and breathing will be easier.

Close the jaws so that the teeth meet gently, and pan the lips slightly. Draw the corners of the mouth back, exhale, and allow your breath to escape through the spaces between the teeth, making the sound 'SSSSSSSS', sub-vocally, slowly, and evenly in one breath. (Fig. 1)

As you do this, picture and feel the sack covering the lungs being compressed, ejecting the excess heat, sick energy, sadness, sorrow, and grief.

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When you have exhaled completely (without straining), rotate the palms down, close the eyes, and breathe into the lungs to strengthen them. If you are colour oriented, you can imagine a pure white light and a quality of righteousness entering into your whole lung. Float the arms down by gently lowering the shoulders. Slowly lower them to your lap so that they rest there, palms up. Feel the energy exchange in the hands and palms.

Close the eyes, breathe normally, smile down to the lungs, be aware of the lungs, and imagine that you are still making the sound. Pay attention to any sensations you may feel. Try to feel the exchange of cool, fresh energy replacing hot waste energy.

When your breathing calms down, repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times. 2: Kidneys

The Kidneys are the excretory organs of the urinary system. They are often referred to as the 'Root of Life*. This is because they store the Vital Essence. They are the foundation of the Yin and Yang for all the other organs. Kidney-Yin is the fundamental substance for binh, growth and reproduction. Kidney-Yang is the motive force of all physiological processes.

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the production of Marrow. 'Marrow* in TCM is a substance which is the common matrix of bones, bone marrow, brain and spinal cord.

They open into the ears, manifest on the hair and are the 'residence' of the Will Power, and the Bladder is the associated Yang organ.

The Kidneys are dominant in winter. Their element is water, their colour is black or dark blue. Taste is salty. Negative quality is fear. Positive quality is gentleness.

The word for the Kidneys is 'Chui* and the simplified pronunciation is 'HOOOOO'.

Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with the backs of your hands resting on your thighs and become aware of your kidneys.

Place the legs together, ankles and knees touching. Take a deep breath as you bend forward, and clasp one hand in the other, hook to this might be why the Triple Warmer and no ts associated organ, the Pericardium. It is x... only organ system without a corresponding anatomical organ, but its function is so pervasive, it affects every other organ.

The Triple Warmer houses all of the organs and promotes qi circulation throughout the body. Therefore it is central to the health and well being of the body and a smooth vigorous qi circulation.

The Triple Warmer refers to the three energy centres of the body. The upper level, which consists of the brain, heart, and lungs, is hot. The middle section, consisting of the liver, kidneys, stomach and spleen, is warm.

"The Triple Warmer sound balances the temperature of the three levels'

gance, hastiness, cruelty and violence. Positive qualities are love, joy and happiness.

The word for the Heart is 'Ke' and the simplified pronunciation is 'HAWWWW'.

Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with the backs of your hands resting on your thighs and become aware of your Heart.

Place your arms at your sides, palms out. Take a deep breath as you slowly swing the arms up and over the head. Follow with the eyes.

Interlace the fingers and rotate the palms to face the ceiling. Push out at the heel of the palms and feel the stretch through the arms and into the shoulders. Bend slightly to

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the right, exerting a gentle pull on the heart.

Open the mouth somewhat, round the lips and exhale on the sound, 'HAWWWW', sub-vocally, as you picture the pericardium releasing heat, impatience, arrogance and hastiness. (Fig. 4)

When you have exhaled completely, unlock the fingers, and pressing out with the heels of the palms, breathe into the heart slowly; imagine a bright red colour with the qualities of love, joy and happiness entering the heart. Gently bring the arms back to the side by lowering the shoulders. Place your hands on your lap, palms up, and rest.

Close the eyes, breathe normally, smile down to the heart and imagine that you arc still making the sound. Be aware of the sensations. Sense the energy exchange.

When your breathing calms down, repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times. 5: Spleen

The Spleen lies for the most part in the left hypochondriac region of the abdomen. Its functions include: foetal red cell production, red cell breakdown, antibody formation and production of certain white cells. It is the central organ in the production of Qi: from the food and drink ingested, it extracts Fooo which is the basis for the formation of Qi ano Blood.

The Spleen also plays an important role in making Blood. The Spleen is therefore the central, essential organ for the production of both Qi and Blood. It is said to be the 'residence* of Thought. This means that the Spleen influences our capacity for thinking, studying, concentrating, focusing and memorising. It also controls the muscles and the limbs, and opens into the mouth. The Stomach is the associated Yang organ.

The spleen is dominant during late summer. Earth is its element and yellow is its colour. Taste is sweet. Negative quality is worry. Positive qualities are openness and fairness.

The word for the Spleen is 'Hu' and the simplified pronunciation is 'WHOOOO'.

Sit up straight on the edge of a chair with the backs of your hands resting on your thighs and become aware of your spleen.

Take a deep breath as you place your hands with the index fingers resting at the bottom and slightly to the left of the sternum. Press in with the fingers as you push out with the middle of the back.

Exhale on the sound, 'WHOOOO', made sub-vocally and felt in the vocal chords. Expel the excess heat, wetness and dampness, and worry. (Fig. 5)

Breathe into the spleen and stomach, or imagine a bright yellow light, and the qualities of openness and fairness entering them.

Close the eyes, breathe normally, smile down to the spleen and imagine that you are still making the sound. Be aware of the sensations and the exchange of energy.

When your breathing calms down, repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times. 6: Triple Warmer

Of the six words only five tonify the Yin organs while the sixth word tonifies the Triple Warmer (Sanjiao). An obvious question

The lower section containing the large and small intestines, the bladder and the sexual organs, is cool. The Triple Warmer sound balances the temperature of the three levels by bringing hot energy down to the lower centre and cold energy up to the upper centre. This induces a deep relaxing sleep.

There is no season, colour or emotion associated with the Triple Warmer.

The word for the Triple Warmer is 'Xi' and the simplified pronunciation is 'HEEEEE'.

Lie down on your back with your arms resting at your sides, palms up.

Close the eyes and take a deep breath, expanding the chest, stomach and lower abdomen without strain.

Exhale on the sound, 'HEEEEE', made sub-vocally, as you picture and feel a large roller pressing out your breath, beginning at the top of your head and ending in the pubic area. Imagine the chest and abdomen are as flat as a sheet of paper, and feel light, bright, and empty. Rest and breath normally. (Fig-6)

When your breathing calms down, repeat the sequence 3 to 6 times—

by Gordon & Maria Faulkner

Heads or Tails?

There are many books about fortune telling. A lot that mention the Yijing talk about using coins to predict the future & in a couple of pages tell you how to do it. Can it be that simple, and does it work when you try it? This time we start to look at the basics of this skill...

any people who study the Yijing know that they can use coins to I make predictions about the future. However, many people can not do it properly or understand what the text tells them, so they get the wrong results.

The first thing to do is to go to an antique shop and get some old coins. The older they are the more Qi they will have absorbed from nature, this makes it easier to connect with them. It is not necessary to use Chinese coins. Some Yijing books are sold with Chinese coins, however, these are copies of old Chinese coins, they are not really old Chinese coins, so do not be fooled by the advertisements.

When you have your coins, you should sit down on a chair, or on the floor so that when you throw the coins they do not spread out too far, or drop off the table and get lost. Relax your body and clear you mind for a few seconds.

Be sure of the question you want to ask and do not ask more than one question at a time, otherwise you will get a confused answer. Ask one clear question, this is very important. You should also have prepared some paper and a pen. Now you can start.

Hold the coins between your palms so they connect with your laogong points and then hold them close to your head. Close your eyes and ask your question again. Open you hands and let the coins drop and then write down the combination of heads and tails.

A head is 'yang' an<^ a ta'l's 'y'n'-The three coins have four combinations shown in fig.l. Three heads is all yang, but this is too much yang and so this yang will change to yin. Therefore we make a yin yao but mark it with a 'X' to show that it came from three heads. The opposite is true for three tails, all yin changes to yang

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and is marked with a 'O* to show it came from three tails. The yao marked with.a 'X' or 'O' will change back later.

Repeat the same process six times, and each time you must concentrate and ask exactly the same question. So now you can make up your gua. The first throw of the coins reveals the bottom yao of the gua

Concentrating will help you connect with the 'universe' and the answer will come from your heart and will be revealed by the yin and yang of the coins.

by Michael Tie

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