Qigong is more than just a set of breathing exercises. It is the codification of the Chinese language, philosophy, tradition and belief system. The language used in the writings of qigong, therefore, is complex and opaque, to say the least. The meaning of the words used in qigong is also quite far removed from the meaning of the same words in a general sense.
Feng Zhiqiang's language for his Hunyuantaiji system is, in the context of Taijiquan and Chinese culture, coherent and poetic. It is very befitting for such a beautifully constructed system. When writings of the Hunyuan system is read in its original Chinese language, the meaning is clear and concise.
Mr. Feng has a vast repertoire of rich and insightful writings on qigong and Taijiquan. It is my desire to eventually translate all of them for the benefit of Western readers. Although I am a certified free-lance translator from Chinese to English for the Secretary of State of the Government of Canada experiences in various translation projects, I find the translation of Mr. Feng's work most difficult. Among his work, writings on the theory and philosophy of Taijiquan are the most fascinating but unfortunately most challenging to translate.
In this translation, clarity of instruction was given first priority. Equal attention was given to ensure that the translation stays true to the original.
Footnotes are added to this translation so as not to interrupt the natural flow of the original text.
Acupuncture charts were added and a numbered list that corresponds to the charts are provided. The acupuncture points are also listed alphabetically for easy location. Mr. Yaron Seidman provided advice on points of Chinese medicine and the acupuncture charts. Mr. Shawn Christenson and Mr. Dragan Marjanovic of Mediashaker Inc. provided the graphic designs for this book.
Mandarin Chinese Pinyin spelling is adopted in this translation.
Mrs. Feng Xiufang and Feng Xiuqian provided technical and administrative support for the translation of this book over a period of one and a half years.
Any misuse of the English language and misinterpretation of the original text are the mistakes of the translator, not that of the author.
Most importantly, I am honored and thankful to Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang for entrusting this monumental task to me.
Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan (thereafter referred to as Hunyuantaiji) is an excellent style of martial art created by living Taiji legend Grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang. Feng is a prominent contemporary martial artist and famous Chen Style Taijiquan Grandmaster. He is the only living master today (2001) who received true transmission of the secrets of Chen Style Taijiquan from the legendary 17lh generation Chen Family Taijiquan Grandmaster Chen Fake. He is also the only disciple who received the whole curriculum from Grandmaster Hu Yaozhen, father of modern Chinese Qigong. Hunyuantaiji is the culmination of the best of Chen Family Taijiquan of Grand Master Chen Fake and Xinyi Liuhe Quan of Grand Master Hu Yaozhen. It combines the best of the Neigong: from Xinyi Liuhe Quan and Silk Reeling of Chen Style Taijiquan. It directly expresses the true meaning of Taijiquan: guided by Mind-Intent; founded on Dantian Hunyuan Qigong; based on Taiji Yin and Yang theory; through the application and training of the Taiji Thirteen Postures; and to reach the higher level skill of one grain of Hunyuan Qi \
Hunyuantaiji uses the Hunyuan Neigong as its foundation; weaponry, forms training and single movement drills as its main system; and Push-Hands, free
Zhiqiang Martial Arts Academy in Beijing, China. Feng Zhiqiang is the founder and president of this academy. It is directly under the Beijing Municipal Martial Arts Association This text was based on a general text provided by Zhiqiang Wuguan. It has been personalized and edited by Chen Zhonghua. Footnotes are added by Chen Zhonghua to aid the readers.
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3 It is a mysterious small qi ball circulating in the body at will. This ball cannot be seen or tell outside of the body. It gives the owner tremendous power without any effort. I his is what makes internal school different from the external school of martial arts.
sparring as its application. Inside the body it will train the Jing4, Qi5 and Shen6; on the outer part of the body it will train the tendon, bone and muscle. In training method, Mind-intent is stressed over Qi and Qi over Li (force). The training of Li causes breakage; the training of Qi causes stagnation; the training of Mind-intent will lead to flow. The precious method is in the Spirit (Soul). This school stresses the nurturing of Qi, the gathering of Qi, the moving of Qi, and the utilization of Qi. The purpose is to create the original, nurture the original, strengthen the original and mixing the original. On the foundation of strong internal Qi, conserve and store Li from the true original Qi. Use the mind-intent to guide the Qi, move the Qi according to the meridians and adopt the natural breathing method. In practicing method, it is forbidden to jump and Fali (issue Li), to stomp feet or shake aimlessly. One must avoid damaging the tendon, bone and muscles on the outside and the Jing, Qi and Shen on the inside. The practitioners will be relaxed, carefree, and concentrated in their practice.
The characteristics of the Hunyuantaiji in guiding principles and training contents are: to train both internally and externally with a focus internally; to contain both activity and tranquility with a focus on tranquility and to combine training with nurturing with a focus on nurturing. The characteristic of the Hunyuan Taijiquan in training method is the combination of form, Gong and application. The characteristics of the key elements in training are: internal and external combined; upper and lower body follow each other; the whole body acts as one and Hunyuan as one.
Hunyuantaiji is mainly composed of five parts: Gongfa (Gongs), Quanfa (forms), Weaponry, Push-Hands and Sparring. The sequence of the five components is: Gongfa as foundation, Quanfa as the core, Weaponry as complementary, Push-Hands as the approach and Sparring (health and martial ability) as the purpose.
Grand Master Feng Zhiqiang often says, "Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan is not an inheritance from my masters. It is a rich legacy to the people of the world. I have a responsibility and duty to promote it to the world to benefit human kind." For many years, Chen Style Xinyi Hunyuan Taijiquan has been famous in China and abroad. It is a system that is complete. Its theory is scientifically sound with rich background from Daoism. It is unique and striking in its characteristics. Its style is beautiful to see. As a set of exercises for both health and self-defense, it is effective. Many cities and provinces
4 Essence. Synonymous to the male sperm. It is viewed as the source of energy in the human body.
5 The Chi (Wade spelling of the same word). Energy that is predetermined before birth and can be practiced after birth.
f' Soul. It is the highest level of the human energy.
have established branch organizations with numerous practitioners. Outside of China, Grand Master Feng's students and disciples have established schools, branches, and research organizations in dozens of countries. This rich legacy of the Chinese tradition and culture is being promoted worldwide.
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