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i. Have your partner face you and hold out his arm. Step towards him and grab his arm with both hands. Fig 11

ii. Using your back leg, kick him in the chest. Fig 12

You can practise this on both sides.

Grabbing and Kneeing

Again have your partner stand in front of you and hold out his arm. Step behind him. Grab the back of his wrist and push his elbow with your forearm as if you are going to break his elbow.

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As you hold him in this position, use your front leg to knee him in the lower back. Fig 14

Repeat this on both sides.

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Attack by Punching i. This exercise you can do wearing boxing gloves. Face your partner in the ready position with your arms in front of you. Fig 15

ii. As your partner lifts up one hand, punch towards it with your front hand. Fig 16

iii. As your partner lifts the other hand, use your backhand to punch towards it. Fig 17

iv. Drop your body and punch your partner as he punches towards your face. Fig 18

This training exercise you can do on both sides. You can also make the pattern irregular and have your partner lift either hand. Just punch as he does so. Also whenever he punches at you, duck down and punch his stomach or chest.

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Training the Hook Punch

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. Face each other in the ready position. Fig 19

i. Punch straight as your partner lifts his hand. Fig 20

ii. Then turn your waist and throw a hook punch with your backhand and hit his other hand as he lifts it up. Fig 21

v. As your partner throws a punch back at you, duck down and hook punch his stomach. Fig 22 f. Continue in this low position and throw another hook. Fig 24

vi. Quickly stand and throw another hook punch and strike his hand. Fig 25

This exercise trains you to throw hook punches in high and low positions. As your partner moves his arms, this is simulating his head moving, this allows you to use more speed and so you can develop good skill and timing.

by Xia B ai Hwa

Part 2

After being at White Clo Little Wu Baolin had grow■ able to walk. The White from was getting worse. many different herbs to t had helped very much.

In the end, he told Wu Baolin to stand still and hold out his arms as if he was holding a ball in front of him, he also told him to close his eyes, relax and concentrate on his Dantian. He told him to stand like this everyday for ten minutes.

To begin with, Little Wu Baolin found it very difficult to do this. But after a week he was able to stand for 20 to 30 minutes. This was a big improvement as before Wu Baolin was deteriorating so much everyone was just waiting for him to die. But by practising the holding the ball posture, his life energy was coming back, otherwise he would not be able to stand for half an hour.

Master Du also put Little Wu Baolin into a big bath, which was full of herbs and warm water. This was a traditional Chinese medical healing method. They would treat the person the same as if they were making medicine. They immersed him or her in the bath for a long time to allow the medicine to slowly enter the body. It is the same as today, when people might use lavender in their bath to help cure headaches.

So Little Wu Baolin did standing meditation and had herbal healing baths everyday. He grew stronger and stronger.

iple for a few wee, eaker and was not e he was suffering ing Ling had tried ut none of them i

Wu Baolin's parents came to visit him and they could not believe what they saw. This made them respect and trust Master Du Xing Ling very much. They offered to do anything they could to help and they also donated quite a lot of money to the White Cloud Temple to thank them for helping their son.

Old Chinese people believe that the more good things you do, then later in life good things will come to you. They believed that Master Du was an immortal to have such a healing skill.

Time passed and Wu Baolin had grown taller and stronger and was able to do things that normal children were able to do. He still stood every day, but could do so for half an hour, an hour, sometimes even two hours or more. Master Du Xing Ling accepted Wu as his student as he was over 90 years old.

Master Du told Little Wu Baolin, "Standing meditation (Zhan Zhuang) is very good for you, you can even stand like that for the whole day. This will build up your root and your Qi." This encouraged Little Wu to practise his Zhan Zhuang even more.

Today, Master Wu Baolin remembers many stories about his teacher, the things he did and the people he taught and helped.

Master Wu remembers when Wang Xiangzhai, who later went on to create Da Chengquan, studied Xingyiquan with his teacher. Although he was very young, he can remember Wang helping him to correct his posture.

Master Wu Baolin learnt many different skills, including Daoist sword skills like "Three Closing Spiral Sword", "Dragon and Phoenix Double Sword", "Strong Yang Sword" and "Winding Dragon Sword". These were all traditional Daoist skills. He also learnt Taijiquan, Xingyiquan and Baguazhang, all internal martial arts. He also studied Chen Style Taijiquan with the 18th generation representative and son of Master Chen Fake (and Master Chen Xiaowang's uncle), Master Chen Zhao Kui.

Apart from practising Qigong and martial arts, Wu Baolin still had to go to school like all the other children. Once after school, he went back to the temple and saw his teacher standing at the main entrance, which was the South Gate.

In old China all "good" houses faced south and had their back facing north. This is because in Feng Shui, this is a good direction. It can draw a line with nature, so everything will grow and develop properly. This is all based on Chinese astrology. South is "Wu". In the Earthly branches this has the energy which belongs to Fire and also belongs to Water and the Chinese Year of the Horse. North is Zi, which in the Earthly Branches has the energy which belongs to Water and belongs to the Year of the Rat. In Beijing, the Forbidden City and Tian Tan follow the same rule. Also, facing South means you can get more sunlight and so the house will be warmer and there will be more energy

Little Wu went to his teacher who said to him, "Run as fast as you can from the South Gate to the North Gate." Of course, Little Wu Baolin listened to his teacher and did as he was told. So he ran as fast as he could. It was a clear path to the North Gate, there obstacles, only some corridors hallways through.

When he was almost at the North Gate he saw his teacher was already there! He was shocked, how could his teacher get there before him? There was no other way to get to the North Gate and if his teacher had run past him he would have surely noticed. It was unbelievable. His teacher could not be a ^ normal human, he must have been immortal and could fly, or could transform himself from one place to another. All these questions he asked himself, and even today he does not know the answer. All he knows is that his master had reached a very high level and could be called immortal.

Master Wu remembers another occasion when he was training. He woke up early, as usual at around 5am. All the Daoist students had to go running in the morning to develop their footwork. At first they had to walk around the temple as if they were practising Baguazhang. After awhile, they had to start to run around the temple. Little Wu Baolin did not always follow the others as they ran, but would like to go on his own. It was still dark and he was running outside the temple when he noticed that there was someone following him. He looked back and saw an old man around 60 years old. He did not recognise him and he was not from the temple, so he did not pay him too much attention. However, he could tell he was not weak as he could hear his steps as he ran. As Little Wu turned to look forwards again, he heard the man say, "Let's see how good Du Xing Ling's student is?" The old man hit Wu Baolin on the back with his palm. It took Little Wu Baolin by surprise as he was not paying too much attention to him, but even if he had been, it was too fast and powerful. The strike made him fly up into a tree and he was left hanging from its branches. Little Wu Baolin heard the old man laughing and then he disappeared.

It took Little Wu a long time to get down from the tree, but when he did, he rushed back to the temple and told his teacher, his Daoist Uncles (who were the same level as his teacher) and the seniors what had happened. All these high level Daoist martial artists went out to look for the old man. If the old man wanted to challenge White Cloud Temple, he should not pick on a little boy but should come to the Temple properly. Unfortunately, the old man had gone and no one could ever find him.

In the old times, it was very common for people to challenge famous masters so they could make a name for themselves. This meant all masters had to have a good level of skill to keep their position.

There was another time when Wu Baolin went out of the temple as he could hear a lot ce

His teacher co be a normal hu must ha imm co of noise outside. It was a Chinese Festival and he knew there would be a lot of people outside celebrating. He saw many people doing all kinds of traditional dances and who wore traditional clothes. It was very interesting. As he walked around he came to a table with some sweets on it. He picked one up without asking anyone. Suddenly, one of the demonstrators came over to him and hit him on the top of his head. He felt a little pain, and knowing he was in the wrong, he put the sweet back on the table. Then he went back to the temple as he had lost interest in the festival.

When he got back everything was normal. By midday it was very hot. He looked at the sun and felt a lot of pain at the top of his head and he developed a bad headache. He found himself almost fainting. Later his headache got worse and it felt as if his head was going to explode. So he went to his teacher and told him what had happened and soon all his Daoist uncles also found out.

Master Du Xing Ling examined Little Wu and found that he had been hit with a very poisonous Qigong skill called, "Black Sand Palm". People who learn this train their palms with medicine and Qigong so they can hurt people's acupuncture points. When they hit someone the person would not feel too much pain, but as time goes by the area that was hit would become very painful. The pain could be very severe and some people would even die after a few days or months.

They all thought this man was too cruel to use this kind of poison hand on a little boy. So one of Wu's uncles decided to find the man and took Little Wu to show him who the person was. Wu pointed out the performer and the uncle went over to him and said, "Why did you hit this little boy?" the performer replied, "I was just educating him." So the uncle said, "Can I shake your hand, so I can see how strong you - are." So the performer stretched out his hand and Wu's uncle took it.

Little Wu watched as they stood there a while and then separated. The performer looked a little red in the face. Then Little Wu and his uncle went back to the temple and his uncle seemed quite normal.

After a few months, a messenger came to White Cloud Temple and told Master Du Xing Ling that the performer had gone home after shaking hands with the Daoist uncle as he was feeling ill. Then after three months he passed away.

This news made Master Du quite upset and he criticised Wu's Daoist uncle and that he should not have killed the man.

There is another story that Master Wu remembers. One day a young man came to White Cloud Temple. The young man was not dressed very well and looked like a farmer. He was crying and asked to see Master Du Xing Ling. The young man said he wanted to learn martial arts so he could take his

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revenge on a rich gangster who had killed his parents, The gangster controlled his home village and no one dared to go against him.

Master Du first sent someone to the village to see what the situation was and make sure that it was as the young man claimed and make sure that the gangster had really done this.

When they found he was telling the truth and that there were many people suffering at the hands of this gangster, Master Du told the young man to carry big stones from one side of the courtyard to the other and then pick them up again and return them to their original position. This he had to do for one month.

After a month Master Du told the young man to dig a hole, first starting with a shallow hole and then making it deeper. He had to jump out of the hole back to the

(surface. He had to do this for more than a month until it was easy. After a few months had gone by, the young man could jump much higher.

Master Du then told the young man to climb a wall, from a low wall to a high wall and this took another couple of months.

After six months, Master Du told the young man, "If you want to take revenge, then go back home. Next time you see the gangster, grab him the same as you grabbed the stones, and then throw him away. This will be very serious. You can then climb over the wall, jump down and never go back. I believe you can do this if you want."

The young man said thank you and left the temple."Afte^a few months they heard that the rich gangster had been killed and the young man had never been seen again.

All these stories passed around the White Cloud Temple. Master Du also taught the Communist leader Chu De. He was a Chief General, the same rank as Mao Ze Dong. At the start of Communist China there was still a lot of respect for a lot of the traditional Chinese Culture, up until the Cultural Revolution.

Master Wu Baolin says that his teacher knew when he needed to "go away". He was already 106 years old at the time. He told all the people at White Cloud Temple. He sat in the middle of an open space, and when the time came his whole body turned into many colours and they flew away into the sky. This was seen by many people and was even reported in Beijing newspapers. Master Du Xing Ling's body disappeared in all those colours.

This is a high level of Daoism. A human being turns into colours and goes away as an immortal. Whether you believe this or not, when you read old stories either from the east or the west there are many stories that are similar to this. If it is true, then there is more to life than what we see by MichaelTse

Daoist philosophy, which dates back almost 5,000 years, is so ingrained in Chinese culture that it forms the basis of its cosmology, sciences and medicine, folklore, mysticism, poetry, painting, calligraphy, martial arts, and Qigong.

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Da a aoism is not strictly a religion but a way of life which allows the follower to reconnect and live more closely with nature. Unlike religious worship of a Supreme Being, Daoism recognises a 'supreme state of being' which everyone can achieve through their own personal efforts.

Dao is eternal, infinite, and beyond all time and space. It is the source of all being; the mother of the universe. It is the invisible thread which connects and permeates everything in existence. Laozi, the Sage, reluctantly termed it the Nameless (as well as The Unknowable, The Void, and The Way) as he knew words limit and Dao is limitless, beyond all description. Void is the very nature of Dao and to say that it exists is to exclude that which does not.

Dao gave birth to One (the Universe or Unity), which created Two (Yin and Yang - the entire spectrum of complementary opposites including light and dark, male and female, mountains and valleys etc.), which created Three (the Three Treasures -essence, energy, and spirit) which gave birth to the multitude of living things.

Dao is seen as a ceaseless flow, changing every moment. Yet the changes proceed in orderly cycles. We can predict day following night, the changing order of the seasons, and even Halley's Comet which passes once every seventy-six years but other cycles are longer and harder to comprehend. Investigation into nature's patterns allows us to predict events which is how the Daoist 'Yijing' (or 'Book of Changes') was created.

Daoists follow the principle of Non-action (Wu Wei) which is to act without forcing, moving in accordance with nature's flow, and following the path of least resistance, like fish swimming with the current or a plant bending towards the sunlight.

Stillness, which is central to Daoist philosophy, is to return to the original state of being. Meditation is the tool to achieve this. Activity should always alternate with periods of stillness and never be pushed to the point of strain. This is the principle of balance, necessary for a long and healthy life. The practitioner's heart and mind should constantly remain calm. Anger, anxiety, desires, frustration etc. all disturb inner peace so it is best to reject them. The aoism

emotions should not be suppressed but transcended.

The 5 Elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, and water), or five energies, exist everywhere in the universe. They are represented by the colours, directions, seasons, emotions, flavours, internal organs, climates etc. None is superior as each exerts a mutually creative (supporting) or destructive (restraining) influence upon the other.

The Three Treasures have various manifestations within the cosmos. Within the confines of the human body Essence

(Jing) is the seminal fluid and blood, Qi is vital energy, and Spirit (Shen) relates to the mind. These become weaker and coarser due to bad living habits and unrestrained desires, or lighter, purer and more refined if they are conserved and cultivated.

Alchemy is the process of refining the spirit, generally disguised as the quest for converting base metals into gold. Daoists sought to refine a 'golden pill' which bestowed perpetual youth, resistance to disease, and immortality (or immense longevity). Some ingested experimental compounds of cinnabar (sulphide of mercury), gold, silver, jade, pearls, silver, and even arsenic, many of whom died from poisoning. The highest form of Daoist alchemy is Qigong, which is natural and requires no external aid. The refining process involves conserving Jing, or bodily essences (the raw materials), and fusing it with Qi (the catalyst) through breathing practices and meditation, to develop Shen (unified mind, breath, and spirit).

There are essentially two goals in Daoism. The first involves living in accord with Nature. The second is the process of cultivation. The ego places a barrier between us and Dao so it must be dissolved until we become Selfless. This is to return to the Source, like a rain drop falling into the ocean. In death the physical body (coarse matter) is discarded, like a snake shedding its skin, and if the consciousness (pure energy) has been developed to forge a strong 'astral body' it is free to become One with the Universe, and transcend death. So Daoists meditate to develop the mind in the quest for i mm or t a li t y, bu t a he al t h y bo dy i s necessary otherwise all the Qi is spent on healing, leaving none spare to develop the spirit. Speculation aside, on a truly practical level those who follow 'The Way' and Daoist health regimens unquestionably attain longevity and in China 100 years in good health is tantamount to 'Immortal'

by Adam Wallace. [email protected],qimagazine. com

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