Walking Tai Chi Chi Kung

Walking Tai Chi Chi Kung is essentially Tai Chi Chuan itself. Most of the walking movements are adapted from the Tai Chi sequence, the only difference being that a single movement is repeated continuously until you can feel the movement of Chi. Since you are only doing one basic movement it is easy to remember and master, and you can put all your attention on being relaxed, centered, and balanced, and thereby regulate your body. Then you can start regulating your breathing and mind, which is...

Rooting

In all Chi Kung practice it is very important to be rooted. Being rooted means to be stable and in firm contact with the ground. If you want to push a car, you have to be rooted so the force you exert into the car will be balanced by a force into the ground. If you are not rooted, when you push the car you will only push yourself away, and not move the car. Your root is made up of your body's root, center, and balance. Before you can develop your root, you must first relax and let your body...

Chapter The Root of Tai Chi Chuan Yin and Yang

The theory of Yin and Yang is the root of Tai Chi Chuan, and the source from which it was created and formalized. The Chi Kung sets, which are an essential part of the practice of Tai Chi, are also based on this theory. It is therefore desirable to understand Yin-Yang theory so that you can have a clear concept of what you are trying to accomplish in your practice. 2-1. The Concept of Yin and Yang, Kan and Lii Yin and Yang The Chinese have long believed that the universe is made up of two...

Regulating Spirit Tyau Shen ff

There is one thing that is more important than anything else in a battle, and that is fighting spirit. You may have the best general, who knows the battlefield well and is also an expert strategist, but if his soldiers do not have a high fighting spirit (morale), he might still lose. Remember, SPIRIT IS THE CENTER AND ROOT OF A FIGHT. When you keep this center, one soldier can be equal to ten soldiers. When his spirit is high, a soldier will obey his orders accurately and willingly, and his...

About The Author

Yang was born in Taiwan, Republic of China, in 1946. He started his Kung Fu Wushu training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Pai Huo) master Cheng Gin-Gsao. At sixteen Dr. Yang began the study of Tai Chi Chuan (Yang Style) under Master Kao Tao. Dr. Yang practiced Tai Chi with Master Kao for nearly three years. During this period, he learned the Yang style barehand form, Tai Chi breathing, and Chi circulation exercises. This was the beginning of Dr. Yang's involvement with...

White Crane Spreads Its Wing Bair Heh Liang Chyh

White Crain Sprads Wings

In it the arms expand diagonally. When this motion is done in coordination with the breathing, the internal organs will relax and loosen, and any Chi which may still be stagnant internally will be led to the surface of your body. Continuing from the previous exercise, cross both arms in front of your chest Figure 3-90 , then exhale and extend your arms out diagonally, with the right arm up and left arm down Figure 3-91 . Inhale as you draw both arms in and...

Martial Arts And Chi From Abdomen

Practicing Taiji Ball

This exercise helps you to regain conscious control of the muscles in your abdomen. The lower Dan Tien is the main residence of your Original Chi. The Chi in your Dan Tien can be led easily only when your abdomen is loose and relaxed. The abdominal exercises are probably the most important of all the internal Chi Kung practices. To practice this exercise, squat down in the Horse Stance. Without moving your thighs or upper body, use the waist muscles to move the abdomen around in a horizontal...

Coiling Energy Martial Arts

The main purpose of this set is to lead Chi to the surface of the skin and into the bone marrow through the use of breathing and the coiling motion. The principle behind this set is that when a muscle is twisted in one direction and then brought back to its starting position, the muscle is tensed and then relaxed. This continuous coiling motion causes the Chi in the primary Chi channels to be led outward to the surface of the skin and also to be condensed into the bone marrow. This strengthens...

Tai Chi Chuan

Yin Yi Calm amp Peaceful Spirit Condensed Chi Conception Vessel Six Yin Channels Yang Yi Excited amp Aggressive Spirit Raised Chi Governing Vessel Six Yang Channels Yin Yang Inward Outward Storage Manifestation Defense Offense Figure 2-2. The Yin and Yang of Tai Chi According to this theory, moving meditation is considered Yang because it manifests the Yi and Chi stored by Yin still meditation through the actions of the physical body. The correct way of martial Tai Chi training is to practice...

Chapter Tai Chi Chi Rung

Before we go into the practice of Tai Chi Chi Kung, we would like to point out a few things. First, if you look at your Chi Kung practice as a battle against sickness and aging, then your body is the battlefield, your mind is the general, your breathing is the strategy, your Chi is the soldiers, and your spirit is the morale of the general and soldiers. Therefore, in order to win this battle, you must know your battlefield body and learn how to arrange it most advantageously for the battle. The...

It Is The Yi Which Leads The Chi And Makes It Move

Therefore, when you are in a state of correct breath regulation, your mind is free. There is no sound, stagnation, urgency, or hesitation, and you can finally be calm and peaceful. You can see that when the breath is regulated correctly, the Chi will also be regulated. They are mutually related and cannot be separated. This idea is explained frequently in Taoist literature. The Taoist Goang Chemg Tzyy said One exhale, the Earth Chi rises one inhale, the Heaven Chi descends real man's meaning...

Up and Down Coiling Shang Shiah Shyuan Parn TBi

Four Six Stance Wushu

After you have completed the last exercise, turn your body to face forward and place your hands at your waist Figure 3-139 . Next, exhale and stand up, and at the same time raise your arms straight up with the palms facing forward Figures 3-140 and 3-141 . Then inhale and lower your body as you twist it to the rear, and simultaneously draw your arms in to your chest with the palms facing in. You should end up in the Sitting on Crossed Legs Stance Figures 3-142 and 3-143 . Then raise and twist...

Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Kung

The previous discussion can be summarized as follows L Tai'Chi was originally created as a martial arts style, and was used in combat. Chi Kung training was necessary for reaching the highest levels of fighting ability. 2. Tai Chi Chi Kung is only one style of martial Chi Kung, and martial Chi Kung is only one category of Chinese Chi Kung. Many of the Tai Chi Chi Kung movements were adapted 'rom Tai Chi Chuan forms. 3. Tai Chi Chi Kung is different from many other martial Chi Kung systems in...

Chapter Conclusion

There is so much to Tai Chi that it is impossible to cover all of its theory and training in only a few books. It is also impossible for anyone to claim that he thoroughly understands Tai Chi theory and has completed the training in his short lifetime. In fact, only those advanced Tai Chi players who have reached the essence of the art's theory and practice will understand its real depth. It seems that the more you dig, the deeper it is, and the more you open your eyes, the further you will...

Yin and Yang in Tai Chi Chuan

In Wang Tzong-Yeuh's Tai Chi Classic he states What is Tai Chi It is generated from Wu Chi. It is the mother of Yin and Yang. When it moves, it divides. At rest it reunites l . According to Chinese Taoist scripture, the universe was initially without life. The world had just cooled down from its fiery creation and all was foggy and blurry, without differentiation or separation, with no extremities or ends. This state was called Wu Chi literally no extremity . Later, the existing natural energy...

The Secret of Yin and Yang in Tai Chi practice

Meridiane Laogong

Kan-Lii and Yin-Yang adjustments are critical keys for success in Chi Kung, and so adjusting them is one of the main subjects of both training and research. According to the experience of the last thousand years, a Nei Dan Chi Kung practitioner who wishes to adjust his Kan and Lii efficiently must learn how to regulate his Yi and breathing. There are also several Chiaw Men Tricky Doors which have usually been kept secret, and only taught when the student had earned the trust of his master. One...

Wave Hands in Clouds Yun Shoou

Xie Stance

Squat down into the Horse Stance with your hands at waist height Figure 3-172 . Inhale and circle your right hand to in front of your left hand Figure 3-173 and upward to chest level Figure 3-174 . Keeping your weight in the center, exhale and turn your body to the right. The hands naturally follow the turn of the body Figure 3-175 . Once your body is turned, inhale and press your right hand down and lift your left arm up to chest height while moving your left leg to the side of the right leg...

Still Tai Chi Chi Rung

Tai Chi Chi Kung can be divided into two parts the still meditative practice and the moving meditative practice. There are many different sets of moving patterns, each with its own unique purpose and benefits. We will discuss the still meditative practices in this section, and the moving ones in the next section. Before we start, there are several important concepts which you should understand. As explained in the second chapter, compared with the moving Tai Chi Chuan which is classified as...

L Scholar Chi Kung for Maintaining Health

In China before the Han dynasty, there were two major schools of scholarship. One of them was created by Confucius 551-479 B.C. during the Spring and Autumn Period, and the scholars who practice his philosophy are commonly called Confucians. Later, his philosophy was popularized and enlarged by Mencius 372-289 B.C. in the Warring States Period. The people who practice this are called Ru Jia Confucianists . The key words to their basic philosophy are Loyalty, Filial Piety, Humanity, Kindness,...

Mih Tzong Shen Kung

Since Chinese acupuncture was introduced to the Western world, the idea of Chi and its circulation in the human body has gradually become recognized and accepted by Western doctors and the general public. More and more, people in this country are turning to acupuncture treatments or trying Chi Kung, and as they tell their friends of their good experiences, the reputation of these Oriental arts increases. Practicing Chi Kung which is the science of working with Chi, the energy within the body...

Moving Tai Chi Chi Kung

Reversed Abdominal Breathing

Moving Tai Chi Chi Kung includes both stationary and walking exercises. In this section I will introduce three stationary sets. The first one, which I call the primary set, is usually used for Tai Chi beginners. I call the second set the coiling set,' since it emphasizes coiling movements. The third set is the rocking set. It trains the coordination of the hands, feet, and the movement of the body. These three sets actually combine the Tai Chi Chi Kung and the White Crane Chi Kung which I was...

Martial Chi Kung for Fighting

Chinese martial Chi Kung was probably not developed until Da Mo wrote the Muscle Tendon Changing Classic in the Shaolin Temple during the Liang dynasty 502-557 A.D. . When Shaolin monks trained Da Mo's Muscle Tendon Changing Chi Kung, they found that they could not only improve their health but also greatly increase the power of their martial techniques. Since then, many martial styles have developed Chi Kung sets to increase their effectiveness. In addition, many martial styles have been...

Moon on the Chest Hwai Jong Baw Yeuh cp

Pranic Body Positions

Stand with one leg rooted on the ground, and the other in front of it with only the toes touching the ground. Both arms are held in front of the chest, forming a horizontal circle, with the fingertips almost touching Figure 3-39 . The tongue should touch the roof of the mouth to connect the Yin and Yang Chi Vessels Conception and Governing Vessels respectively . The mind should be calm and relaxed and concentrated on the shoulders breathing should be deep and regular. When you stand in this...

Turn your Head to Look at the Moon Hwei Tour Wang Yeuh

Turning Your Body Left And Right

Continue from the last exercise with the same hand motion and breath coordination, but now twist your body as you exhale Figures 3-131 and 3-132 . When you inhale, twist your body to face the front and draw both hands to in front of your chest Figure 3-133 , and when you exhale, twist your body to the side and separate your hands Figure 3-134 . If your right hand is up you should twist to the left, and vice versa. Repeat ten times. when you exhale, twist your body to the side and separate your...

Regulating the Chi Tyau

Before you can regulate your Chi you must first regulate your body, breath, and mind. If you compare your body to a battlefield, then your mind is like the general who generates ideas and controls the situation, and your breathing is the strategy. Your Chi is like the soldiers who are led to the most advantageous places on the battlefield. All four elements are necessary, and all four must be coordinated with each other if you are to win the war against sickness and aging. If you want to...

Nei Dan Internal Elixir

Nei means internal and Dan means elixir. Thus, Nei Dan means to build the elixir internally. Here, internally means in the body instead of in the limbs. Whereas in Wai Dan the Chi is built up in the limbs and then moved into the body, Nei Dan exercises build up Chi in the body and lead it out to the limbs. Generally speaking, Nei Dan theory is deeper than Wai Dan theory, and it is more difficult to understand and practice. Traditionally, most of the Nei Dan Chi Kung practices have been passed...

Nei Dan Sitting Meditation

Although Small Circulation is usually achieved through Nei Dan still meditation, there are several Wai Dan techniques which can also be used to achieve the same goal. These Wai Dan Small Circulation practices are normally done by martial artists in the Shaolin styles. For example, some of the Muscle Tendon Changing Yi Gin Ching exercises are for Small Circulation. This subject is discussed in the book Muscle Tendon Changing and Marrow Brain Washing Chi Kung. There are many Nei Dan techniques...

Still Meditation includes a The Stillness of the Body Yin and b The Activity of the Yi and Chi Yang

In still meditation, the physical body should be very still, relaxed, and calm. This opens the Chi channels and allows the Yi to lead the Chi strongly and without any stagnation. This stillness of the physical body is Yin. However, in order to build up the Chi and to circulate it strongly, the Yi must be strong and the Chi circulation must be alive and active. Therefore, the activity of the Yi and Chi is classified as Yang. a. The Stillness of the Body includes i. Light and Cold Yin , and ii....

B Buddhist Breathing Strategy

The Buddhists usually use the one breath cycle, but this does not mean you cannot use a two breath cycle. As long as you follow the rules, you can experience many breathing strategies by yourself. Figure 3-38. One breath Buddhist breathing cycle When you inhale, your mind leads the Chi from your nose to your tailbone and when you exhale, it leads the Chi from the tailbone to the nose to complete the cycle. According to the documents, there are three times in the day which are considered best...

Wai Dan Standing Still Meditation

Over the years, various Tai Chi and Chi Kung masters have created many postures for standing still meditation. Generally speaking, they are safer to practice than the Small Circulation exercises because they build up the Chi locally in parts of the body, rather than directly in the Chi vessels. The ultimate goal of this training is to combine the Chi built up by this Wai Dan practice with the Chi built up in the Dan Tien through the Nei Dan practice. Advanced Tai Chi martial artists will do...

What is Chi Kung

You can see from the preceding discussion that Chi is energy, and it is found in the heavens, in the earth, and in every living thing. All of these different types of energy interact with each other, and can convert into each other. In China, the word Kung is often used instead of Kung Fu, which means energy and time. Any study or training which requires a lot of energy and time to learn or to accomplish is called Kung Fu. The term can be applied to any special skill or study as long as it...

Huiyin and Anus Coordination

Meditation Tongue Position

After you have practiced the abdominal exercises for about 3-5 weeks, you may feel your abdomen get warmer every time you practice. After continued practice, the abdomen will start to tremble and shake each time you start the fire. This means that Chi has accumulated at the Dan Tien and is about to overflow. At this time you should start to coordinate your breathing and abdominal movement with the movement of your Huiyin literally Meet the Yin cavity and anus to lead the Chi to the tailbone...

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Chow Chian Chiu Snake

It is said that the Song Taoist Chang San-Feng, after he saw the way a crane and a snake fought, created Tai Chi Chuan, which is effective for sickness prevention and longevity. I have practiced Tai Chi for many decades and have verified this saying. I study Tai Chi everyday as a regular lesson I have achieved the deep Kung Fu, though I didn't realize it At the great age of eighty, my heart is not yet old Climbing mountains and visiting well-known scenes have never lost my interest Poetry by...

Big Python Softens Its Body Dah Maang Roan Shenn

Three Dan Tien

After you have regulated your breathing and mind, start moving your body around slowly. The motion starts at your feet, and flows upward in a wave through your legs, body, chest, shoulder, arms, and finally reaches your fingertips Figure 3-56 . The movement feels sort of like a large snake moving around inside your body. The movement is comfortable and natural, and there is no stagnation or holding back. Do the movement for about one to two minutes, until you feel that your body is soft and...

Appendix A Glossary of Chinese Terms

Together they mean massage. BaDuannGin Af3 Eight Pieces of Brocade. A Wai Dan Chi Kung practice which is said to have been created by Marshal Yeuh Fei during the Song dynasty 1127-1279 A.D. . BaKua A if Literally Eight Divinations. Also called the Eight Trigrams. In Chinese philosophy, the eight basic variations shown in the I Ching as groups of single and broken lines. BaKua Chang Eight Trigrams Palm. One of the internal Chi Kung martial styles, believed to have been...

Medical Chi Kung for Healing

In ancient Chinese society, most emperors respected the scholars and were affected by their philosophy. Doctors were not regarded highly because they made their diagnosis by touching the patient s body, which was considered characteristic of the lower classes in society. Although the doctors developed a profound and successful medical science, they were commonly looked down on. However, they continued to work hard and study, and quietly passed down the results of their research to following...

From the Han Dynasty to the Beginning of the Liang Dynasty BC AD

Because many Han emperors were intelligent and wise, the Han dynasty was a glorious and peaceful period. It was during the Eastern Han dynasty c. 58 A.D. that Buddhism was imported to China from India. The Han emperor became a sincere Buddhist, and Buddhism soon spread and became very popular. Many Buddhist meditation and Chi Kung practices, which had been used in India for thousands of years, were absorbed into the Chinese culture. The Buddhist temples taught many Chi Kung practices,...