The physical integrity of the body is sustained and protected through the accumulation and circulation of internal power (chi) in the vital organs. This energy is stored in the fascia which is a layer of connective tissue covering, supporting or connecting the muscles or inner organs. Over time, the Iron Shirt Chi Kung practice strengthens one's vital organs as well as the tendons, muscles, marrow and bones.
Historically, the practice of Iron Shirt Chi Kung was a prerequisite to the effective study and eventual mastery of the various Kung Fu fighting styles. However, the main purpose of Iron Shirt Chi Kung is not for fighting; it is to achieve excellent health by increasing stamina and the body's ability to fight disease and defend its vital organs from unexpected injury. Prerequisite: Course No. 1 - opening the Microcosmic Orbit. (Course No. 4)
Iron Shirt Chi Kung is divided into three levels of instruction, I, II, and III. (See detailed description later this chapter.)
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