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This form, created in the 1950s in China, is a wonderful series of movements designed to work your joints, muscles, internal organs, and energy system. It is a useful form for relaxation and stretching, can be adapted to seated or even prone positions (see Chapter 8), and can be used as a learning vehicle for subsequent Qigong forms. This has always been the first Qigong form taught to students in my schools.
I must add here that if you try the above and you just cannot get any power, then you are probably doing a stiff external martial art that does not allow for any looseness. It is always 'user error' if you cannot get the power. One of the main areas of Sudden Violence is that you must be extremely 'soft' or in a state of 'sung' to begin with. This is very difficult for so-called hard stylists to understand as they are always told to 'be strong' and unfortunately, 'being strong' means being tense and stiff. There is an equal and opposite reaction to everything you do so if you begin slightly tense, then as you attack, you can only go that bit further into violence. But if you being extremely soft, then the equal and opposite of that is extreme violence. 'Sung' is a Chinese word that means not being able to feel your joints moving, because you are so relaxed. However, to relax is not the correct word as there is not single English word to translate 'Sung'. Your body must be like a rag...
Physical strength peaks in the mid-20s, declines modestly to age 50, and steeply thereafter. Studies show a loss of one-third of lower extremity strength by age 70. In advanced age, few people are able to stand on one leg for more than a few seconds. Premature decline need not be the case. T'ai Chi exercises all the joints and major muscle groups in a slow, rhythmic, mindful way, priming the body for whatever demands the day may make. Leg strength increases with practice, which pays off with every step you take, every time you stand in line, every time you climb a flight of stairs. Your joints stay loose and flexible, so everyday chores around the house and garden don't take as much out of you. When you practice T'ai Chi in the morning, it's easier to move for the rest of the day and concentrate on what you have to do. You waste less energy and attention on body static, so you have the stamina to ride out crazy days and long hours at work and still have something left for your family,...
The knees should be slightly bent, not as if you are being crushed under a two-ton weight, but comfortably. The main idea is to get away from locking the knees, a common practice in many people. Recall that energy will not flow through a locked joint, and that relaxation is practically impossible to achieve if you are holding tension in your joints. The best way to determine the proper amount of knee bend is to first lock the knees. Then slowly unlock them until the feeling of tension behind the knee disappears. Usually this is a matter of moving the knee forward perhaps 1 inch.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, a doctor will try to find out what has caused the blockage in the joints, creating stiffness or pain. Joint pain is related to circulation and the correct function of the liver. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that every illness can be treated and that there is no incurable disease. It is the same for Qigong. If both Yin and Yang are balanced in the body, then we will have harmony and health.
People have always instinctively rubbed sore muscles and other painful areas to ease their pain and to help the sore muscle recover more quickly. Long ago it was found that this kind of rubbing can also cure a number of disorders such as headaches, joint pain, and an uneasy stomach, and that simple rubbing can even strengthen weakened organs. The large joints of the body shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles are easily injured by over-exercise or excessive stress on the ligaments. When such injuries do not heal completely, arthritis commonly results. Rubbing the joint area will relax the joint area while stimulating energy circulation, which helps the injured area to heal. In addition, rubbing may even help to cure arthritis after it has set in. For more information on treating arthritis with Qigong, please refer to the book Arthritis The Chinese Way of Healing
If you will notice that it is very difficult for you to relax while doing this kind of exercise, concentrate rather on the more basic exercises, which put the main stress on relaxation, or while doing the moving exercise, give up trying to feel overcoming resistance, and focus on feeling relax, especially at your joints. Or try to work with extremely slight and subtle feeling of elastic resistance, as if you were playing with soap bubbles.
Listen to the messages from your body as you do the various exercises. Pain is the body's warning signal that you may be overdoing it. The goal is not to overstretch or to develop large muscles, but to loosen the joints and relax the muscles so that the Chi and blood can flow without obstruction. Don't force yourself beyond your limits less is better, especially at the beginning. If you feel any joint pain or discomfort while doing any of the exercises, back off until you feel comfortable. If you still feel strain or pain, discontinue the exercise all together.
For the five Da Cheng Chuan movements in this part of the book, you need to work at releasing any residual tension stored in your joints. This is essential because it is such tension that will constrict the full movement and block the flow of energy. This exercise concentrates on freeing up your shoulders and hips.
This exercise is one of the first stages in training your whole body to move as a unit. It enables you to use the full field of your energy without blocking the flow at any of your joints. The skill developed in this way can be applied in many martial arts. This practice strengthens your hands and trains you to use their power with minimal effort.
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