How to Learn Martial Arts at Home

Forbidden Kill Strikes

Everyone's number one priority is to keep his or her family safe. Children usually feel safe when their parents, especially their father is around. They feel like no one can harm them. Achieving this can be difficult especially when you have no idea about the time when robbers or attackers will come. They can come when parents are not home, exposing the children to danger. You might have every alarm lock system that you desire but if robbers are determined to break into your house, they will. Most of the rape cases in the united states result from break ins. This is the time where the attackers take advantage of their victims and violate their privacy. this is one of the reasons why parents take their children for martial art classes. The forbidden kill strikes talk about how a eight year old girl rescued herself and her friend's family from robbers who wanted to hurt them. Her technique, which seemed like a movie, saved her life that day. The martial act has been considered inhumane since then. How can eight-year-old fight two armed robbers without a weapon and completely make them blind without using any weapons? Continue reading...

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Yogicbased internal martial arts

As described in Chapter Two, Taoist yogic practice merged with martial arts in turn-of-the-century China. This was the genesis of a unique approach to martial arts where mental and physical tools were developed to aid the adept in the experiencing of and merging with the universal principle die mysterious Tao and master combat arts in ways never before seen. First among these new martial blood pressure, cancer, and stress-related visceral organ dysfunction. Taoist physiotherapy became a standard approach to therapy for centuries, but it wasn't until almost a thousand years later that the science and art of manipulating qi would manifest as a primary focus in select martial arts.

Martial arts and health of body and mind

Martial arts have a long tradition in Chinese culture. Credit is traditionally given to the Buddhist monk Ta Mo (Bodhidharma), who came from India to China in the sixth century A.D., for beginning a tradition of merging physical training with spiritual practice. Tradition holds that he found the monks of the Shaolin temple in such poor physical shape that he created a system of exercise to train them. The goal of these exercises was to improve their ability to sit for prolonged periods in meditation. The Muscle and Tendon Changing Classic is attributed to Ta Mo Thus, the Shaolin tradition, with its mind-body linking, became the ideal for martial artists for many years. However, it wasn't until the end of the eighteenth century that Taoist physio-therapeutic exercises developed and harnessed qi as mainstream martial arts practice.

The positive negative binary coding of yin and yang and how this applies to Ba Gua martial arts

There are many ways to understand yin and yang in the martial arts. The ideal human model, where forces of yin and yang are most balanced, is the healthy infant who physiologically reflects the optimal merging of these forces. Separation and division between these forces brings about growth, since growth requires yin and yang to oppose Where the extreme merging of yin and yang equals birth, the extreme division of yin and yang is death. According to the Tao Te Ching, the ultimate bible of the Taoists, balanced softness is equated with the life force and stiffness (extreme hardness) results in death. Life energy, when hard and without softness, is unable to express power. Blood vessels provide an apt analogy when soft, they transfer vital fluid, but they become brittle and vulnerable to arterial disease when hardened by plaque yet when too soft they may burst, and if in the brain, causing cerebral hemorrhage. Soft and hard merge to create the youthful body. The perfect yin-yang balance...

Internal Power and Internal Martial Arts

This chapter explores the ancient Taoist yogic traditions and their application to internal martial arts, and examines the skepticism about qi and its increasing acceptance as a physical reality in the West. Guidelines for evaluating qi phenomenon where human participation is involved can be found at the end of the chapter.

Using Dumeridian To Generate Fa Jing In Martial Arts

Sudden Violence is an apt name for the eclectic martial arts or self-defence system that I now teach. It has come mainly from the Internal Martial Arts of Taijiquan and Bagwazhang. The name, Sudden Violence was suggest to me by one of my long distance students in the USA, Doug Skall who wanted a video series called Sudden Hidden within the Internal Martial Arts are some of the most violent self-defence methods ever invented. And that's what self-defence has to be in order to survive street attacks. If you try to 'yield' to an attack in the traditional manner that most teachers tell us to, then you invite defeat and possible injury and death in street attacks. And it is so obvious to me that teachers who tell their students that all they have to do it to yield to an attack just to show the attacker that they know what they are doing, have never themselves been in a serious, life-threatening situation. The whole secret to learning about 'sudden violence' in the internal martial arts, is...

Relationship between Zhan zhuang and Martial arts

In martial arts literature, we can many references to ZZ. I selected some which described more specifically the relation between ZZ and martial arts here is a chapter included in the written training materials released by the China National WUSHU Committee in 1961 From all these major techniques, post technique has its unique training properties in martial arts. With this stillness standing method you can practice and cultivate breathing, increase your power, reshape and homogenize your movements. Zhuang means post this requests you to observe stillness and stability as a post , within this practice of non-moving and internal breathing, your strength will increase, you are seeking moving inside non-moving another aspect is that through ZZ method you are remobilizing your breath and increasing strength lower limbs can maintain stability as a post, in Shaolin boxing about secret techniques it said 'if you become proficient horse standing (Ma bu standing), then Qi penetrates Dantian, you...

Taoist terms in the martial arts

Gua Zhang Movement Diagram

When the literati took it upon themselves to organize the internal martial arts, they spared no effort to reconcile universal principles with the physical arts and incorporated cosmological terms into their disciplines. There are numerous examples where Taoist and Confucian universal principles were applied to the martial arts. Below is a listing of key and repeated themes in internal martial art literature.

Internal martial arts are born

Training and soft style strategy.24 Of particular interest is his principle of stillness overcoming movement, a central theme in Taoist martial arts. However, it wasn't until the eighteenth century that the next text appeared on internal martial art which described soft movements that circulated the qi.25 Although the t'ai chi classics have been described as having a pre-nine-teenth century core, it wasn't until the mid-nineteenth century that Chinese intellectuals began to take serious interest in writing about and studying the internal styles.26 Li I-Yu (1832-82) was perhaps the first intellectual to write on the subject of internal qi and the martial arts with nei tan internal yogic references. In his writing about t'ai chi ch 'uan, Li used Taoist alchemical terms and linked them to martial arts. Below is a sample of his writing from Song of the Essence of T'ai Chi Ch'uan as translated by Douglas Wile 27 The genesis of internal martial art occurs at the juncture of intellectuals...

Taoist yoga and the martial arts

The question of inner power in the martial arts is fascinating. To some, the mastery of this enigmatic force is considered to be the quintessence of martial arts evolution. Inner power skill, nei kung, involves the link of mind and body and results in enhancement of human potential. In the Taoist-based internal martial art tradition, manifestation of this force occurs in tandem with self-mastery. The Taoists that began the nei tan tradition were fascinated with the subject of the life force. Where the wai tan Taoists sought to create the tan, the drug of immortality in their alchemical furnaces, the nei tan Taoists, to varying extents, rejected the external model of the outer tradition and sought to recreate the elixir of immortality in their own persons without chemical or other external means. The nei tan Taoists were obsessed with reversing the decaying process that leads toward death, and sought to compound within their bodies the secret elixir (or pill) of physical immortality so...

Traditional Chinese theories merge with martial arts

In the same way that the recluse Taoist swordsmen demonstrated attunement to the natural order, so did select Chinese intellectuals in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries seek to organize the internal martial systems in ways that would be congruent with the hidden workings of the universe. When these intellectuals became involved in the martial arts they sought to organize Ba Gua Zhang was created in the late 1800s when there was rapid growth of martial art styles in China. During that period of Chinese history the common experience was the futility of life. This became fertile ground for those opting for means to transcend the bitterness and oppression of the mundane. Martial arts, particularly those promising mystical and secret power, became especially popular. The time period was that of the Boxer Rebellion, a difficult-to-control wildfire that sprang up as a grassroots popular movement at the turn of the century. Many boxer groups formed secret societies that linked...

Martial Arts Qi

The term Kung fu, also written Gong fu, originally referred to any great skill. Kung means work and time, and fu, penetrating heaven. The term has become popularized to mean the martial arts of China, correctly called ch'uan shu'Vboxing arts, or more recently, wushu'Vmartial arts. Since the term kung fu is understood so broadly as referring to Chinese martial arts, it will be used synonymously with these last two examples. 4. Ru men or inner door translates as one who has passed through the door. In English translating as discipleship, the term indicates formal acceptance into a traditional kung fu sect or family after an initiation (traditionally via a formal Confucian ceremony). Bracford Tyrey and Marcus Brinkman translate the term as inner sanctum. See The Luo-Shu as Taiji boxing's secret inner sanctum training method. Journal of Asian Martial Arts, 5, No. 2. pp 74-79. 1992. In the article, Internal Boxing and Taoist Alchemy, several issues later, author Bracy argued that the...

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

After the priests practiced the Muscle Tendon Changing exercises, they found that not only did they improve their health, but they also greatly increased their strength. When this training was integrated into the martial arts forms, it increased the effectiveness of their techniques. In addition to this martial Chi Kung training, the Shaolin priests also created five animal styles of Kung Fu which imitated the way different animals fight. The animals imitated were the tiger, leopard, dragon, snake, and crane. Later, in the Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279 A.D.), Marshal Yeuh Fei was credited with creating several internal Chi Kung exercises and martial arts. It is said that he created the Eight Pieces of Brocade to improve the health of his soldiers. He is also known as the creator of the internal martial style Hsing Yi. Eagle style martial artists also claim that Yeuh Fei was the creator of their style.

Martial Chi Kung for Fighting

When Chi Kung theory was first applied to the martial arts, it was used to increase the power and efficiency of the muscles. The theory is very simple - the mind (Yi) is used to lead Chi to the muscles to energize them so that they function more efficiently. The average person generally uses his muscles at under 40 maximum efficiency. You can see that, although Chi Kung is widely studied in Chinese martial society, the main focus of training was originally on increasing fighting ability rather than health. Good health was considered a by-product of the training. It was not until this century that the health aspect of martial Chi Kung started receiving greater attention. This is especially true in the internal martial arts. Please refer to the future YMAA in-depth Chi Kung book series Chi Kung and Martial Arts. Chi theory and Chi Kung were not applied to the Chinese martial arts until the late Liang dynasty (502-557 A.D.). This Chi Kung can be classified as either external or...

Moving Tai Chi Chi Kung

Reversed Abdominal Breathing

Kung training, use Normal Abdominal Breathing, and if you are training for martial arts, use Reverse Abdominal Breathing. It does not matter which breathing technique you use, when you withdraw your abdomen, hold up your Huiyin cavity and anus, and when you expand your abdomen, relax or slightly expand your Huiyin cavity and anus. Remember DO NOT TENSE OR STRONGLY LIFT UP YOUR HUIYIN CAVITY AND ANUS. This will tense the lower part of your body and stagnate the Chi circulation. After you train this abdominal anus breathing for a period of time, you will feel that when you breathe, the lower part of your body is also breathing with you.

Still Tai Chi Chi Rung

There are a number of other differences between sitting and standing still meditation. First, in the sitting meditation the physical body is relaxed to the maximum, while in the standing meditation the physical body is relatively tensed in certain areas. Second, sitting meditation builds up the Chi through Nei Dan (Internal Elixir) training and completing the Small Circulation (Sheau Jou Tian), while the standing meditation builds up the Chi in the limbs through Wai Dan (External Elixir) practice. In the sitting meditation, the Chi is built up in the Lower Dan Tien, which is the residence of Original Chi. It is located about one to two inches below the navel. The main goal of sitting meditation is to remove all blockages causing stagnation of the Chi flow in the Conception and Governing Vessels. However, the goal of standing still meditation is to build up the Chi by using certain postures which cause tension in specific muscles, energizing them and increasing their level of Chi....

Chapter The Root of Tai Chi Chuan Yin and Yang

Breath is closely related to the state of your Chi, and therefore also considered Yin or Yang. When you exhale you expel air from your lungs, your mind moves outward, and the Chi around the body expands. In the Chinese martial arts, the exhale is generally used to expand the Chi to energize the muscles during an attack. Therefore, you can see that the exhale is Yang - it is expanding, offensive, and strong. Naturally, based on the same theory, the inhale is considered Yin.

A ckn o wledgem en ts

I pay homage to all the spiritual teachers - Tibetan Lamas, Siberian Shamans, Buddhist monks and Qigong Masters - who shared their teachings with me. I express my appreciation of the leaders and members of the USA National Qigong (Chi Kung) Association, who promote and practice Qigong, a wisdom tradition unifying spiritual adventures, healing and martial arts. I acknowledge all my Subud brothers and sisters for creating one of the few spiritual communities free of dogmas, doctrines, tithes, and hierarchy.

Choices when facing a knife attack

* Although most styles use the evenly balanced, often called the 50-50 stance, preferring a strong and solid approach to defense, Taoist yogic based internal martial arts approach defense in a different manner, preferring instead to use sensitivity, subtleness and positioning best arrived at from manipulation and control of relative imbalance.

Tien Shin Fa the sky and heart method also translated as heaven and mind method tien shin fa Mind and body integration

Panic, producing a disturbed qi and shen (spirit) and resulting in freezing up the person is unable to move optimally in the situation. In Chinese internal martial arts this freezing up is called overprotectingyour spirit . It is the response of an animal about to fall victim to a predator. The would-be prey defeats its own power by being scared past the point where he is able to counter or escape. This is due to the mind When this happens there is loss of root and center. Mastery of the mind with disciplined calmness can overcome this problem. Learn to keep a calm, settled, collected state of mind that is maintained even when under attack. This allows the mind to work together with the body to attain maximum efficiency, synchronized movement, and ultimately manifestation of internal power.

Returning to Normalcy

At the time, both of my parents were very sick. I told her I wanted to help them get healed. That's what I wanted most. Secondly, I told her I wanted to help other people. She said no one had ever told her that before. She said most people wanted to learn how to increase the power of their own Qi, to help themselves, or for martial arts, something like that. But, I didn't want to learn martial arts Qigong. I just wanted to help my parents get well.

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When you are attacked, do not do what most hard style martial arts teach you to do, to step backwards as you block This will invite certain defeat. Any fighters or brawlers all work on 'switches'. We are born with switches that tell us to do certain things subconsciously, like a male puppy that, at a certain age begins to lift his leg, why He may not have seen any other dogs doing this but he does it anyway as if some programmer has programmed a computer program into his brain. This is not far from the truth. We are all born with switches, those that tell us to cry, to begin crawling etc. Then there are those switches that we learn from experience. It is the same with the Qi that we are born with (pre-natal Qi) and that which we gain as we grow, (post-natal Qi). A fighter learns certain switches as he becomes more and more experienced at fighting and aggression. However, it is also these learned switches that can bring him unstuck in a fighting situation against someone who knows...

Hard Qigong Level II Passed

Hi, my name is Sifu (name supplied -ed), and I am a 3rd degree Blackbelt Sifu Instructor. I have been a martial arts instructor my entire adult life. I am a decorated combat Vietnam Veteran and I received a purple heart for wounds received in combat. I currently own and operate a professional bodyguard agency for wealthy clients outside Orlando, Florida.

25 Fighting Principles Scott Baker

Scott Baker Wing Chun

This book is about kung fu, specifically the Wing Chun system of kung fu. Even more specifically, it is about the often mystical or secretive internal Chi-kung skills of Wing Chun kung fu. It is written specifically to those who currently practice Wing Chun, or have an invested interest in Wing Chun kung fu specifically. Kung fu is a term that has become synonymous with Martial Arts in both the West and the East. Even in mainland China today the martial arts are referred to frequently as gung fu (Mandarin pronunciation). Originally the term kung fu was used to refer to any skill or ability that had been developed through persistent effort over time. This understanding is helpful to those who have chosen to embark on the life journey of learning a martial art. Not all systems of combat are as difficult to learn as others, but then not all are as effective as others are either. Wing Chun Kung Fu is one of the most notable, effective martial systems available. When Wing Chun is practiced...

Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms

A southern Chinese martial arts style. Bao Pu Zi -tMh A cavity on the upper back area. Jiangtai is the name used in Chinese martial arts. It is called Yingchuang (S-16) in acupuncture. Organ Striking. A category of attack in Chinese martial arts that aims directly for the internal organs. Literally means Grab Control. A component of Chinese martial arts that emphasizes grabbing techniques to control an opponent's joints, in conjunction with attacking certain acupuncture cavities. A monastery located in Henan Province, China. The Shaolin Temple is well known because of its martial arts training. A school of Chinese martial arts that practices Huo Long Gong (Fire Dragon Gong) Qigong training. A style of Chinese external martial arts. A Chinese martial arts club founded by Dr. Yang when he was studying at Tamkang College. Literally, Iron Board Bridge. Martial arts strength and endurance training for the torso. Literally, Iron Sand Palm. Special martial arts...

Marrow Washing Qigong

Brocades Qigong

Qi is written with the character that indicates the cooking and steaming of rice, and it is usually used to mean air, breath, or even steam. But, this is only the outer, external breath. The word Qi is used by practitioners of Qigong and the martial arts to mean internal prana, life force, or biopsychic internal energy. Or in the Latin, Spiritus , thus inhalation is considered as in-spiritus or inspiration. The flow of breath is the flow of the spirit as well.

With the Standardized Form of Pa Tuan Chin

Ba Gua Zhang ( Pa Kua Chang) Bibliography, links, resources, quotes, and notes. Circle walking internal martial arts. By Michael P. Garofalo. 60Kb+. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Association, YMAA, 1988. Appendix, x, YMAA Chi Kung Series 1. Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, Yang's Martial Arts Association, 1989. Glossary, 272 pages. ISBN 0940871076. MGC.

Relationship between Zhan zhuang and Taichi Chuan or Taijiquan

It is quite common to hear someone asking Between post standing and practice Taichi Chuan what should give me more benefits I think that both ZZ and Taichi Chuan have inherited from many years of research and refinement, from traditional sources, contributing greatly to promote a healthier life, as a preventive but also complementary physical activity for the whole Chinese country. However each one has its specific merits. From the purely technical aspect, post standing can be described as the basic technique in any Chinese martial arts and even in any sport it has constituted originally Taichi Chuan's basic technique. In Taijiquan Sword pole and Sparring - New edition (by Chen Yanlin, Shanghai Research Publishing House, 1949) concerning Taijiquan's method of training and its learning phases, the author wrote Nowadays a Taijiquan's beginner can start with 13 postures (called also pan jia zi, starting form or Day length Boxing). It would require generally just three or four months to...

Qi Exercises to Generate more Qi

Qi What is it Qi, now where did that word come from Qi (pronounced Chee ) is also known as chi, and to the Japanese it is called Ki. Chi is your life force, your energy. It is vital for without Qi you would be dead for there would be no life in you. Most people gather Qi without even knowing it they gather it from the foods they eat and by sleeping. Others have discovered how to gather more Qi through meditation, martial arts like Tai Chi (Taiji), Qi Gong (Chi Kung), and through deep rhythmic breathing from the stomach. There are several other ways but I won't list them all here. If one has a vast amount of Qi he will live longer than others who have not gathered extra Qi will. Daoists believed through meditation and Qi training one could become immortal. There are several legends of very old Tai Chi masters being able to fly because of this amazing energy. But aside from Qi there are a few other energies I will list them. Yi Yi is intention. You will. You use Yi everyday to talk to...

Tse Healthy Livin Gong 2 Chinese

Micheal Tse Heathy Living Gong

HONG KONG-BORN Michael Tse has studied Qigong and martial arts for over 30 years with some of the world's most renowned masters. His Qigong Sifu (teacher), Grandmaster Yang Meijun, passed away in China in 2002 at the age of 104. With this knowledge of Qigong, and his study of Chinese philosophy, history and martial arts, Tse created a series of Qigong exercises called Healthy Living Gong in 1996. This book covers the first part of these imaginative and highly effective Qigong healing tools. IN THE PAST, people did not have access to paper and pen like we do today. China's earliest writing was done on slips of bamboo that were then stitched together to become a 'book'. You can imagine how heavy some of them must have been. So when learning movements in martial arts and Qigong, people would create a poem to remember the meaning of the movements. Below is a poem created by one of my Qigong students and it catches the essence of the form of Qigong in this book. If you can learn this poem...

Tai Chi Chuan and the Code of Life

Graham Horwood first started martial arts in 1963 with Judo and Wado Ryu Karate, under the auspices of Tatsui Suzuki. In 1969 he studied Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan, then Hung Gar. In 1977 Graham began his relationship with Master Chu King Hung, 3rd adopted son of Yang Shou Cheung. Yang Shou Cheung was the eldest son of Yang Cheng Fu. Master Chu is considered to be the world's leading authority on Family Yang Style Tai Chi. Graham spent 10 years practicing and teaching with Master Chu, who informed him that he was the first of his students to understand the internal principles of Tai Chi. He also learnt Hsing I and Pa Qua with Master Chu and Grand Master Hon Sing Wun.

More On Testing Strength

Some people see qi as a kind of magic power. They think that this is some specific kind of energy or subtle, ethereal matter with unusual properties, and if they will be able to master controlling it (thanks to learning qigong), many miraculous abilities and skills will become available for them. This is quite naive view. Actually the concept of qi is not very precise, and it has very wide range of use, like modern concept of energy. We should not see it too simply. As we can discuss various kinds of energy, the classical Chinese theories say about various kinds of qi. The concept of qi is used not only by doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine, qigong masters and martial arts experts, but it is also used in traditional arts theory and actually in any branch of classical Chinese science and culture. Of course it has a bit different meaning in each of those contexts. Qigong exercises are widely used in Chinese martial arts. In internal systems training methods similar to qigong had...

Pillar in the Family

One day a descendant of a famous master came to one of the places where Feng's brother was teaching Chen Style Taijiquan. He openly asked to compare martial arts in order to become friends , which is a synonym to a challenge. He said that Taijiquan looked good but was useless it was probably good for health and digesting food only. According to the rules Feng had established, Feng's taiji brother arranged a challenge date and informed Feng Zhiqiang. When the day arrived he came with several people. When he saw Fen Zhiqiang's brother he wanted to fight. Feng Zhiqiang stepped in front of him and said, There is no need for my senior brother to take your challenge. Let me try first. The man took a stance, circled around Feng several times and then charged. As soon as he charged, he flew out, landing heavily on the ground. He could not even breathe. Feng Zhiqiang hurriedly went to him to massage his body to revive him. When he woke up he saw Feng still touching him, he backed away and...

Overview of Taiji and Related Terms

Qigong Penis Exercise

Taijiquan Also spelled T'ai Chi Chuan, pronounced tye-jee-chwan (Chinese) or more commonly, Tai Chi tye-chee . An enormously popular martial art exercise originating in China. Like other internal martial arts, it uses qi and balance, rather than muscular strength to overcome force. Taiji is distinguished by its solo practice forms of graceful, and usually slow dancelike movements and the stylized quasi-sparring exercises for two-persons called push hands. Qigong (Ch'i Kung) refers to any exercise system aimed at increasing the flow of qi, for health, healing, spiritual benefit, etc. It does not usually refer to the four soft martial arts which developed in China to use internal qi in self-defense Internal Martial Art, or Internal Wushu refers to martial arts which depend more upon a relaxed direction of internal energy and manipulating the opponent's momentum. This may range from using qi in palm strikes and punches, to incredible grappling and throwing ability, where qi is used to...

Important Facts You Must Know About Dim

Ways to improve health are also taught. Dim Mak pressure points are closely related to traditional Chinese medicine. As you progress through your study you will be introduced to a number of these medical theories. They are important not only in their pressure point context but also for their health benefits. Martial arts are not about violence but self-development and maintaining peak physical and mental health. Pay 11. Dim Mak is used for self-defence purposes. Just because martial arts is a fighting art and Dim Mak is the Art & Science of Deadly Pressure Point Fighting does not mean that a dim mak student will indiscriminately use these points to harm or kill. Those who are also interested in the promotion and advancement of personal health and well being will value the additional information given in the study of dim mak pressure points. 19. Research indicated that there were also some foolish comments made. I presume they are based on inexperience, wrong assumptions and...

Amazing Powers and Superb Skills

The workers in the company all had heard the amazing stories about Master Feng's martial arts but it was the first time they had seen the real amazing power of Master Feng with their own eyes. Without seeing this occurring in front of them no one would have believed what Feng had done. When the news of this traveled, everyone knew that the Electrical Motor Company had an amazing martial artist. Many young people driven by curiosity wanted to come and test him but Master Feng knew that these young people were not strong enough and just a little hot headed. No matter how they tried to bully him. he always smiled and never took the challenges seriously. During one of his visits to Japan in the early 1990s, he was invited to give a demonstration at a large Japanese martial arts event. A former Prime Minister of Japan was in attendance as a special guest. After his demonstration of Cannon Fist, most of the more than 2000 audience reported that they personally felt the Qi of master Feng...

Chinese Self healing Methods For Health Longevity

Chinese Self

Martial art is a Chinese national sport. It is also to be reassured by all people of the world. Martial arts have both attack and defence, and these movements need to be placed in sequence to create a style. Sex, age, location, seasons or weapons do not govern martial art. The purpose of martial art is to toughen your bones and muscles for defence, and to improve your intelligence and mental attitude. Because peoples of the world are now exchanging in cultures and martial artists have similar interests, friendships are being formed of mutual benefit to all concerned. The author of this book, Erie Montaigue, brought the Australian Kung Fu Association to visit Yinchuan City, Ningxia, to see the Chinese Martial Arts Tournament in May 1985. Master Montaigue gave a demonstration which was very well received by the audience, and the local newspaper and television station interviewed him. He is well remembered by the Chinese people since this time. I hope we can group together to improve the...

Zhan Zhuang And Yiquan

Chi Gong Standing Meditation

Some exercises known as zhan zhuang used to be utilized by most of traditional Chinese martial arts. But in many cases their function was just strengthening legs to achieve stronger, more stable postures in combat. In these cases there is almost no relation between such zhan zhuang and the method described in this book. As a young child Wang Xiangzhai became student of Guo Yunshen, who was one of most famous masters in history of xingyiquan (hsing-I ch 'uan) - one of Chinese internal martial arts. As in many xingyiquan schools zhan zhuang exercises are limited only to santishi posture, it is not quite clear whether Wang learned more of zhan zhuang postures as part of secret transmission or if he developed them later by himself on basis of santishi. Wang Xiangzhai traveled a lot all over China, meeting many experts of traditional martial arts and exercises for cultivating health. This way he gained a lot of experience. In middle 1920s he started developing his own variant of...

Endorphins and Qigong

People practice asceticism in various disciplines, including Yoga, the martial arts, and many religions. Endorphins produced in the brain as a result of ascetic practices help to alter practitioners' consciousness. But the clear consciousness achieved in Standing Zen is not caused solely by endorphins, but also by dopamine, which is the single most important neurotransmitter for awakening pleasant sensations and creative impulses in the brain. Before I explain in the next chapter how dopamine functions, I would like to introduce the correct way to practice Standing Zen (see also Figure 14-1).

Cultivating Xinxing mindnature

A The Ren I talk about refers to improving Xinxing on the issues relative to your own personal interest and all those attachments that you have been unwilling to let go of. In fact, Ren is not an awful thing, even to ordinary people. Let me tell you a story. Han Xin was a great senior general who loved martial arts since he was young. At that time, people who were learning martial arts liked to carry swords around. When Han Xin was walking in the street, a ruffian came toward him and challenged him What are you carrying this sword for Do you dare to kill people If you do, kill me first. As he was talking, he stuck out his neck. He said, If you don't

Popular Martial Styles of Qigong Training

Emei Shi Zhuang

There are two categories of Qigong training martial arts Qigong and Qigong for health, longevity, and spiritual attainment. Within each category there are many styles. The most popular non-martial Qigong methods are the Yi Jin Jing (ft ffi & ) attributed to Da Mo ( ft ) and Ba Duan Jin (Eight Pieces of Brocade, a& ). These are discussed in chapter 2. The most popular martial arts used for Qigong are Taiji Xingyi by Dong, Hai-Chuan ( )i )(Figures 1-6 and 1-7), a native of Wen An district of Hebei province ( T lb t ), sometime between 1866 and 1880 A.D. According to several historical records, Dong learned his martial arts on Jiu Hua Mountain ( & -M ) from Bi, Cheng-Xia ( ft ff J. The style is a combination of the best features of the Shaolin (Buddhist) and Wudang (Daoist) martial arts. Baguazhang emphasizes the application of palm techniques and circular movements. It lays stress on the stability and consolidation of the stances and the flexibility of the waist, which is complimented...

Chapter One Qi Dao Fundamentals

Teachings emerged originally from the vast pool of pre-historic Shamanic practices. Most Qigong styles were organized by and for the followers of one belief system or another in ancient China, Tibet, Mongolia and Korea. Following the establishment of the main Eastern schools of thought about 2,500 years ago, Qigong eventually developed six distinctive branches Daoist, Buddhist, Tantric, Therapeutic, Wushu (martial arts), and Kung Fu Tze (Confucian) Qigong. Nowadays, many Qigong styles are still confined within the parameters of their respective doctrines, while others integrate some aspects of two or more branches of Qigong. For example, Buddhist monks from the Shaolin Temple are known for both martial arts prowess and competence in Buddhist Qigong. Many Daoist Qigong masters are also great healers and or martial artists. In fact, Tai Chi Chuan is an offspring of Daoist martial arts. By the same token, Tantra is a major part of Buddhist tradition in Tibet and Mongolia where lamas...

The legs are for standing the hands are for fighting

It is a big temptation for the beginning martial arts student to learn fancy kicks in order to show his friends that he is doing a martial art. But in reality, kicks of any kind will put you at a disadvantage. Leave the fancy kicks for the films and use your hands for self-defence. Once you even lift your leg to kick at a low target, you are at a disadvantage and most students just have not done the time training to be able to allow the legs to take care of themselves while the hands do their work. And if you must kick, only kick from the knee downward. Use short chopping type kicks, those that do not require great balance. And if you must kick, always kick from the front leg This is contrary to most hard style martial arts as they always kick from the rear leg in order to get the power. However, internal gung-fu has ways to gain power using correct body structure even kicking from the front leg. The attacker, if he is used to fighting will expect you to kick from the rear leg and...

Summary of Focus Points

Policia Nacional Mediacion

As in most schools of martial arts, this wise master had one student who was one of those characters who thinks he knows more than he really does. He wanted to try his hand at unbalancing me, but he also failed while I was able to throw him several times. He then declared that it was only because I was too big and strong physically. He invited me to stay for another master to come who he was confident could throw me

Developing the Imagination

You do not need to believe in the existence of gods or the Buddha to practice the qigong method. Qigong as I describe and advocate it is based on physical and spiritual techniques from the martial arts, the medical arts, esoteric Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism but with any doctrinal elements removed. However, if you have studied Buddhism, you may understand the progress you make toward achieving the essence of qi in Buddhist terms or imagery. This may happen with Buddhism, or with any of the traditions that are sources of qigong.

Thanks to Hielke Hylkema for sending me the above information and translation

The practice of the Eight Brocades within the Buddhist and martial arts schools. The development of the Eight Brocades is rather clouded. All the various schools have claimed it as four exercises for specific periods of the year. In martial arts, the Eight Brocades have become a system

Fifth Gua Bear lifts roof

Maintaining awareness of the charged energy becomes a type of biofeedback signal which increases the depth and effectiveness of qi gong practice as well as qi training in the internal martial arts. To develop qi biofeedback ability, learn to notice and control through posture and mental focus a sensation of warmth or tingling in the hands and later other areas of the body. This skill usually occurs after the student has had a certain amount of regular practice, but in some cases it is noticed right away. There has been from ancient times the understanding of the relationship between qi and blood. Thus, sensations related to qi flow are those that relate to blood flow. The sensation of heat or tingling in the hands is a result of increased nerve activity and blood supply which can be noticed and used for the biofeedback signal. When this signal is present, qi along with the blood flow sensations has increased. Once the student has attained the sensation, training becomes increasingly...

Chapter General Introduction

Pleura And Musculature

In addition to the more popularly known martial arts disciplines of Kung Fu and Tai Chi the Universal Tao System includes health practices, healing arts, the development of a state of mindfulness, and the management of vital energy (Chi). The martial arts aspect of this training, the practice of Iron Shirt, develops a highly refined moral and spiritual awareness. Kung Fu was used in China long before the advent of firearms. During the Bolin Period, approximately 1000 B.C., training in the various spiritual martial arts was very intense. It is said that at the time one tenth of the population of China was involved in some sort of Kung Fu. The importance of the development of internal power in martial arts training may be compared to the effect of being struck by a steel rod as opposed to one that is made of soft plastic. The Chi Kung practitioner of old practiced one punch for years until he could feel the power go out of the lower part of his hand, while the rest of his body seemed as...

Questions and Answers

Answer Let me tell you about my own experience. When I mastered the Microcosmic Orbit method, my Chakras opened. As soon as I mastered the Macrocosmic Orbit method, I became able to control the direction of qi flow. This same thing also happened to all my patients who practiced qigong. A couple of years ago, I was invited to a meeting of a qigong group, where I spoke about the Microcosmic Orbit method. One young man said that he had been training in the martial arts and qigong for many years in China. He said that my theory on the different direction of qi flow in men and women was not to be found anywhere in the Chinese classical documents, and that his master had never mentioned such a thing. I told him that it was my own hypothesis and that I had been researching it clinically with ultrasound, thermography, and the AMI machine (which measures the energy of meridians). So although this idea may sometimes be criticized, more and more people are beginning to accept it. A member of a...

Jessica Blackwell Qigong

Wing Chun Four Gates

How often have you wondered which technique you should use when studying martial arts The answer can be found in the principles that guide your art. In martial arts your defences are like the walls of a castle. How does Wing Chun protect its walls Having escaped the government soldiers, Ng Mui makes a discovery which was to change the face of Chinese martial arts and the world.

Empty Force

Developing the Chi pressure is one of the best practices we can use to reverse the downward spiraling movements into an upward spiraling movement in the quantity and quality of our life force. In other words, the increase of the Chi pressure in our Tan Tien through Tan Tien Chi Kung will enhance our healing, martial arts (Iron Shirt and Tai Chi), meditation abilities and the art of daily living. It will also nourish our original force.

Chi Kung and the Balance of Water and Fire

In traditional Chinese terms Chi is considered the soldiers and Yi the Commander in chief. These martial terms make clear that Chi was of vital importance in the martial arts and in warfare, as it represented the major source of internal power before gun powder was introduced.

Regulating the Mind Tiao

The methods of regulating the mind have been widely studied, discussed, and practiced in all Chinese Qigong societies, which include scholar, medical, religious, and martial arts groups. In this section, we will study the conclusions of these four schools. We will define the mind, and the purposes of regulating the mind. Then, we will discuss the thinking process from the Buddhist point of view. Finally, we will analyze the methods of regulating the mind. Finally, the martial arts Qigong practitioners aim to raise up the Spirit of Vitality and build up a highly concentrated mind to develop a sense of enemy. This is critical in battle. While your mind is calm and clear, your Shen must be raised up to a state of high alertness. In religious and martial arts Qigong groups, one of the main goals of practicing

Neale Svenson New Zealand

About eight years ago walking through the streets of London I came across a board advertising a Qigong demonstration by Sifu Michael Tse. The demonstration totally captivated me and knew I had to learn Qigong. This for me was the missing link in my training. Having studied martial arts as a youth, and later training in Chinese medicine, and running my own clinic for overfifteen years Qigong forme brought everything together, it transformed me in many ways, I cannot speak highly enough what it has brought to my life.

Chi Dissolving Process Purifies Mind Emotions

Chi may be seen as only a source of physical power or control. This occurs when someone only has external chi kung training, known as wai dan, meaning outer elixir , usually part of a martial arts program focused on fighting applications. The internal training equivalent is nei dan, meaning inner elixir or inner medicine . I know of martial arts teachers who have warned their students to stay away from internal chi development skills as dangerous in that they unleash the hidden powers of the mind. They think it is safer to direct chi with a punch than with the mind.

Da Cheng Chuan Fighing Seqeunce

How You Make Circles With Your Arms

The techniques for personal development in this book have traditionally been practiced in the martial arts. But the high levels of energy they generate help to transform everyday life. They increase your stamina and brain power. The results work wonders in demanding professions. They give you resilience in high-stress environments and unlock astonishing creative power in the performing arts. Because Chi Kung exercises are so effective in raising our energy levels, they are often used as basic training for martial arts. The practice of Zhan Zhuang is the foundation of one of the most potent martial arts known to the Chinese as Da Cheng Chuan, which means The Great Accomplishment. While there are said to be few, if any, martial arts systems more powerful than Da Cheng Chuan, you experience its enduring benefits as you go about your life and work. Your mind and body become exceptionally alert. Your mental and emotional faculties are refreshed. You experience greater resilience under...

Introduction What is the Healing Energy of the

Since publication of the first edition of Awaken Healing Energy through the Tao , students of various Chinese arts have come to Mantak Chia and confessed they were shocked to see his book sold in a store. Its information was taught to them only after years of dedication and discipline in their practice, be it Tai Chi, meditation, or martial arts. They were told circulation of the microcosmic orbit was the highest secret to gaining internal power in the mind and body, and not to be revealed to those outside the inner circle .

Butterfly Protection of your Body

Energy Gates Qigong Images

This exercise is often used in the Martial Arts. Because you are spiraling your energy all around you, your opponent can not find where the center of your energy is and can therefore not attack you. We use the Butterfly for the same reason in the higher practices to hide our center of energy so nobody can attack us. It is a very good psychic protection.

Righteous Cultivation Ways and Evil Ways

(2) Martial Arts Qigong Martial arts qigong is born of a long history. Having its own complete system of theories and cultivation methods, it has formed an independent system. Yet strictly speaking, it only manifests supernormal abilities that are generated by internal cultivation at the lowest level. All of the supernormal abilities that appear in martial arts cultivation also appear in internal cultivation. Martial arts cultivation also begins with doing qi exercises. For instance, when striking a piece of rock, in the beginning the martial arts practitioner needs to swing his arms to move qi. Over time, his qi will change in nature and become an energy mass that appears to exist in the form of light. At this point his gong will start to function. Gong has intelligence because it is an evolved matter. It exists in another dimension and is controlled by the thoughts coming from one's brain. When attacked, the martial arts practitioner doesn't need to move qi gong will come merely...

Wild Goose or Dayan Qigong

Dayan Kong

Iron Shirt Chi Kung is the martial arts aspect of the Universal Tao System which develops internal power and a well-conditioned body through simple techniques that build and store Chi. The Iron Shirt training first of all develops a body that is relaxed, open, strong and structurally aligned with the forces of the universe and earth. The Iron Shirt techniques help us to become rooted to the earth, thereby keeping the body centered and balanced.

Inner Smile Root of the Root

The Tao science of chi cultivation is so huge. It is easy to get lost in it. Taoists spent thousands of years developing so many different way to refine human chi using chi kung and meditation. They took the science of healing and medicine to new depth, had hundreds of martial arts systems, found the best way to build houses with good feng shui, and figured out how to bury the dead so the ancestral chi is most beneficial. They developed high systems of Tao philosophy, ethics, sexology, herbology, divination and many other things.

The Postures And Their Applications

The abstract form causes healing to take place physically and mentally while internally and sub-consciously we are learning a 'method of fighting. From this form we learn perfect timing. Perfect timing is the singularly most important aspect to have in the martial arts. Timing covers balance, distance, weight and power, yin and yang. But timing must not be sought after it must just come naturally by practicing all of the aspects of t'ai chi.

Personal Experiences with the Microcosmic

Been studying martial arts for ten years. I did Japanese style karate for three years and Shun Ryo and now I do Tai Chi. I also do some Kundalini Yoga. The first thing I was really fascinated by was the diagnostic power of this during the relaxation part when we were going down vertebra by vertebra. I could actually detect what went on there, whether it was compressed or irritated or collapsed or bent. I was really surprised. Then when Master Chia put his hand on me it was like someone had lit a match there. The whole thing was on fire even long after he'd touched me. The heat had gone into my lungs and I could feel it healing them. I'd had some trouble with my lungs previously. This training has made me more relaxed so that I can now deal with stress conditions much more successfully. I feel centered now and I have developed a considerable amount of self-assertiveness. Student I've practiced acupuncture for about three years and have studied martial arts as well. When you passed...

What Value in Practice

Energy Gates Qigong

In sport, we all desire great performance skill. In martial arts, we all desire great fighting skill. This is true whether you practise Bagua Zhang or any other martial art. There are literally hundreds of systems and styles and thousands of techniques and methods that you can follow. What remains the same, as Lu Shui-Tian often pointed out to me, is that no matter what martial art you practise, it is still based on the use of two hands, two legs and one body. The key in assessing any martial art, lies in how these I was very fortunate and very privileged to have studied Bagua Zhang from a teacher the calibre of Lu Shui-Tian. He challenged me mentally as well as physically, to strive to reach a high level of expertise and a deep level of understanding in Bagua Zhang. He enabled me to see what is important in the martial arts and where true value really lies. He helped me to view the martial arts with wisdom and not through the eyes of a child that is attracted merely by outward...

Back Spinning Heel Kick

This kick can work in a defensive mode but forget it in an attacking mode unless your opponent knows nothing about the martial arts. It works the same as for the 'Back Turning heel kick' but instead of the right foot being thrust inward in a back kick, the foot is swung out using the waist for centrifugal force. If contact is made by the back of the heel as it swings into the target. It is fairly easy to block if you are aware and move in very quickly at the instant that it be instigated. Photo No. 158.

Mystic Verse The Mantra

How about qi borne along on sound How do we cause qi energy to be borne by an image Think of the singers, musicians, or even the public speakers who move our hearts. Don't we feel their qi energy borne along on their voices or their instruments In the martial arts, yelling is a central part of the action. In the Rinzai school of Zen, monks roar. These are all examples of the way qi energy can be borne on the voice. To bear qi energy in an image is the highest level of qi technique. Most people think that vision is only intended for input of information (by actual, physical seeing), but if you can visualize an image vividly with your eyes closed, you will be able to use your vision to create something, in a process analogous to making something out of clay with your hands.

All kinds of amazing psych abilities developed because they practised Qigong

Kate Britton Qigong

This year is the Centre's 15 th Anniversary. I believe as long as our hearts are right it will continue. The Centre does not just teach Qigong, there are martial arts, Wing Chun, Chen Taijiquan, Chun Yuen Quan, Hard Qigong as well as Feng Shui, Yijing, Chinese Culture, philosophy and Qigong healing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all my teachers, Yang Meijun, Ip Chun, Wu Chun Yuen, Chen Xiao Wang, Zhang Jia Liang and Fung Man Yiu. Also thank you to those good and loyal students, John Hayes, Darryl Moy, Jessica Tse, Julian Wilde, Glenn Gossling,ShahriarSepangi, Adam Wallace, Rick Charles, Sheila Waddington, Stefan Eekenulv, Barbro Olsson and Martin Lavelle who have been with me for over 15 years. There are also many good students who have been with us for over 10 and 5 years and those who have just began the journey with us. The Centre belongs to all those people who love and respect it and who are loyal and will take care of it. In fact throughout the world there was a...

Master Yun Hang Taichi

Tai Chi Chuan Yang Sau Cheung

Master Lam s life-long study has brought together many strands of China's martial arts heritage. These influences are reflected in his own style ofDa Cheng Chuan, presented in this book, and the methods he uses to teach Western students. A summary of the martial arts studied by Master Lam, along with the lines of their teaching lineages, is shown opposite. Master Lam began his formal martial arts instruction at the age of 11, training in Xing Yi under 80-year-old Master Fung in Hong Kong. He then studied the techniques that were handed down by the Shaolin Temple lineages under Master Leung Tse Cheung and Master Kim Sheung Mo. Both were disciples of Grand Master Ku Yue Chang, at that time the King ofIron Palm in China. As a member ofthe Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association, he went on to victory in tournaments in Hong Kong and Taiwan and in the Southeast Asia Open Tournament in Malaysia. As part of his deep training in the martial arts, Master Lam learned the Old Sun Style of Tai...

Is it better to train Upper limbs or Lower limbs Basic testing force exercises

Importance Wuji Stance Zhan Zhuang

In Chinese martial arts circle it is said fist is 30 of strike, foot is 70 , but also when hand reaches then foot should also reach , strike your enemy as pulling grass , if hand reaches but not foot, then your fist is not radiant . There are also other sayings concerning power, such as rooting from foot, issuing from leg, controlling from waist, expressing with fingers , etc. all insisting on the foot leg decisive importance in real combat lower limbs have their major importance for the final issue, foot prevailing on hand.

Sixth Gua Lion holds ball

Walking Posture

Move the power and the qi from the upper to the middle warmer* while walking the Circle (lower hands, palms down, as you continue to walk the circle). Energy awareness represents the point where traditional Chinese medicine (acupuncture, herbology) meets Taoist yoga and the internal martial arts. According to traditional medicine, it is essential that the energy of the three warmers (sanjiao) be balanced. Out of balance warmer activity is viewed as the root of many diseases.

Recovering from Fatigue

The qigong exercise that I am referring to here is the Microcosmic Orbit method, not the advanced training usually done by practitioners of the martial arts. If you are practicing qigong alone while watching training videos, for instance, remember that feeling comfortable and relaxed is one of the most important points in qigong training.

Is There A Hard Style Qi Gong

Wuji And The Internal Organs

People say today's society is getting more and more violent. Often you hear that modern, western influ enccd martial arts have been created to deal with to day's circumstances and that the streets of today are a battlefield. However, if you stay away from nega tive things then you should not have any problems. If you go out on a Friday night to a pub that is known for being violent then of course you can expect it to be a bit rough. Why learn martial arts when it would be much easier just to avoid the trouble spots However, the England of two hundred years ago was certainly more violent than the England of today. In China, one hundred years ago, I doubt you could always rely on the police force to uphold the law. A family would have to use it's Wushu to defend itself, so their traditional Wushu must have been effective. Why then does it seem that modern influenced martial arts are often seen as more practical It is probably all in how we define 'practical'. When you are young, you do...

Ba Gua as transformational art

What the intellectuals of Ba Gua and other internal martial arts sought most was to become nei chia, internalists. The internalist, through yogic practice, played upon inherently opposite forces of yin and yang in the body to bring human potential to fruition. Through yogic art he transformed himself and enhanced physical and mental functions. Through disciplined practice, in the words of Master Liu Bin, the adept discovered himselfand saw the phenomenon of sky, earth, sun, moon, wind and clouds in new ways. This path of training is available to the martial artist today. According to instructions handed down from past masters, with patience, hard work and a little luck the student penetrates the veil and directlyperceives the yin and yang of the etheric world. It is said that to understand Ba Gua Zhang is to understand the principles oflife one becomes in tune with nature, spirit and man. With self-actualization as a by-product of training, a person is imbued with increased insight...

Chinese philosophy and Ba

Wang Bagua Swimming

According to classic Chinese philosophers, we as human beings are the result of the marriage between heaven and earth. We are a microcosm, a universe in miniature, and minor model of the larger model, the macrocosm. Literati in the internal martial arts spared no effort to reconcile theories of the universal principle with specific martial practice.

About the Companion DVD

Qi Dao DVD, designed as a companion for this ground-breaking book, takes you on a journey of discovering a greater sense of aliveness. Step-by-step, you will explore the process of self-realization using this unique system of energy work dedicated to helping you discover and harness the inner powers dormant in most people. This ancient art of awareness can be applied to virtually any sphere of life from healing to martial arts and from workplace to enlightenment

Self Defence for Women

Allinurl Self Defence For Women

Qigong strengthens the body internally to balance with nature so we do not need fear the elements, and it brings up the spirit. Martial arts and Hard Qigong skills are tools to protect us, so we need not fear physical attacks. Real power lies not in controlling others, but in controlling ourselves. Our individual fears must be identified, confronted, overcome and eradicated, so we are free to live our lives. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

Righteous qi the development of inner and outer balance

Chinese yoga and internal martial arts are holistic. Lacking the concept of mind-body dichotomy that has become the cornerstone of Western scientific development, the Taoist philosophers of ancient times intuited that mind influences thought which influences the body and, likewise, that the body influences the mind. Although the language and underlying philosophy differs, Western medical science is now beginning to agree with this philosophy. The ancient Taoists

Types of internal martial art power

Metallurgy Taoism

Mingjing, literally bright or observable power, is the term used for mingjing physical mechanics of the internal. Instead of throwing a punch in the conventional manner, the internal artist learns to move in ways that coordinate and balance the body up and down, front to back. A vertical axis throughout the body is maintained instead of horizontal swing common to most external styles anjing and boxers.10 Efficient movement oriented toward balanced, counteropposing muscle groups replace physical tension. Smooth efficiency is used instead of the raw power and torque found in most other styles of strike-based martial arts. Training is based on efficiency and coordination with relaxed movements that allow qi and blood to circulate optimally. This category of training, because it does not rely on torque, heals the body through harmony and balance. The mechanics of mingjing just described stimulate the meridian and energetic system of the body and encourage the development of huajing, or...

Response to a Boxers Left

Outside Left Jab

NOTE I The shang bu, or lead advancing step, is found in all the internal mar- -f tial arts. It closes distance rapidly and is common to Xing Yi as well as Ba Gua. shanghu This step is especially favored in the internal martial arts since these arts favor powerful, close-range strikes, usually with vertical power traveling up from the rooted rear foot.

Chapter Four Six Directional Movements

Alternating roles with your adventure partner practice elbow strikes on small and light targets like foam-padded sticks regularly sold in martial arts supply stores (you will need those for your future practice, too, if you continue exploring more advanced applications of Qi Dao). The ideal dimensions of the stick are one-half of your height in length and about one inch in diameter. It should be padded for beginning training using foam or rubber tube that also slightly covers both ends of the stick. Holding one stick in each hand your practice partner can provide you with two targets to hone your precision and coordination. Hitting the stick with an elbow may not be very pleasant, so go slowly and do not try to hit too hard. One of the most ubiquitous habits developed by martial artists is trying to hit their targets

Liuhe Liuxu tVj Six Unions Emptiness

In Qigong practice, one of the important procedures is to check the posture. The posture should reflect Liuhe (the six unions). This means that the six parts of the body (hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and hips) should be united. Correct posture in Qigong or in martial arts always requires Liuhe. When the six parts of the body are united in Liuhe, the Q (vital energy) in our bodies follows the pattern of water. In our practice, the movements and energies should flow like water without blockage.

Fourth Gua Embrace moon Turning the joints outward

It is important to make an association between hand position and sensation of the movement of internal energy in the body. This exercise develops the ability to concentrate and move the power from the upper to the lower portions of the body as necessary. It is a direct transmission of archaic Taoist yoga into martial arts.

By Master Liu Xing Han

Taoist Master With Student

The internal styles of traditional Chinese kung fu, the netchia ch 'uan, are the more rare and mysterious of the martial arts and, when fully developed, extremely powerful and effective.2 These are the styles of Ba Gua (Pa Kua) Zhang, Xing Yi (hsing I) Quan, and t'ai chi ch'uan. In my youth, when I first began to study martial arts, I thought their purpose was only physical exercise and self-defense. My Ba Gua companions and I often played games to see who could remember more and we continuously tried to outperform each other. It was exciting to dodge, twist, and turn to counter each other's attacks. Years later I would begin to realize the great depth of the art. I discovered that Ba Gua is a far deeper subject than I thought was possible when I studied it as a child. The famous master Dong Hai-Chuan of the Ching Dynasty, who lived from 1798 to 1879, developed the art of Ba Gua Zhang. He was an imperial bodyguard during the waning years of the last Chinese dynasty whose skill in...

Third Gua Young man shoulders the mountain

Correct counterforce stretching creates the classical slight concaving of the chest, and advanced leverage potential essential for internal martial arts mastery. The photo shows a completion of the initial charging of the tan tien qi and its extension into the extremities.

The notion of secrecy

Medieval Taoist Texts

Sometimes the particular way that the Asian martial arts connected mind and body together resulted in legendary powers in the practitioner. In the desire to safeguard this knowledge from the unapproved or unscrupulous, it became customary to protect this information. This gave rise to a tradition of secrecy that surrounded the martial arts of the Far East. Serving a valuable function at one time, secrecy limited access to information by rival groups and individuals. In my experience, there have been several times when other teachers, sometimes even extended kung fu family members, have approached my teachers and suggested that they not teach me (or at least not teach me in depth) since I was a foreigner. This is reminiscent of the famous story about Bruce Lee in which he was challenged for openly teaching to Westerners as the story goes, the challenge became physical and Lee had to fight an opposing master. Robert Smith's Chinese Boxing Masters and Methods, describes several incidents...

Intermediate and Advanced Tai

A little aside about the legendary black belt in martial arts might be in order here. For centuries, belts were used, to paraphrase Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, to hold your pants up. There was no need to have any exterior signs of expertise the only important sign was that you survived up to that point. It was a harsh, cruel world then, with constant warring and political intrigue, and the one sure sign of martial knowledge was that you returned home after the latest war. When the martial arts began to arrive on American shores, one of the teachers decided that Americans needed some extra motivation to study, because war was something far removed from our everyday experiences. Thus was born the color belts. Over time, more and more colors were added until we arrived at our present-day rainbow of ranks. But perhaps thankfully, T'ai Chi has resisted the urge to confer rank on its practitioners. Ranks of any type tend to set up factions that are envious and jealous of other more...

The chingchishen model

Taoist Art

The quest to compound the mysterious elixir within their bodies became the impetus that led to unique and varied methods used by Taoist yogis in the search for immortality. Among the nei tan adepts who sought the answer to their quest within the microcosm of their own body, the ching-ch 'i-shen model was a fundamental means with which to understand yogic practice. This model, the classical Taoist internal alchemy formula, defines internal energy as a spectrum with three densities, ranging from coarse to insubstantial. This internal energy spectrum is basic to traditional Chinese medicine, Taoist yogas, and internal martial arts. It holds that pure essence, ching, transmutes to the working energy in the body, qi, and further to auric or spiritual qi, shen. My earliest exposure to this model and how it applied to internal martial arts was Chinese Boxing Masters if Methods and Hsing I Mind Form, Boxing, both by Robert Smith, when they were first published in 1974.1819 Smith researched...

Yin Yang in internal power

Just described is the principle of the yin and yang in motion. In internal martial arts this is the unity of calm and action. (Calm + action internal power). Yin is the calm aspect of movement yang is the active aspect. According to ancient philosophical views of the law of the universe, nothing can be outside the law of yin and yang. Reflected in this martial system one extreme is calm, the other is movement, and the cycle between activity and stillness governs all life. Before movement there is calm, however, this calm carries with it the intent to move The paradox of Taoist internal yoga as applied to mastery in the martial arts, is that even when you are moving you are still and when still you are in motion. The paradoxical merging of activity and stillness is the expression of the interplaying opposites of yin and yang that lie at the heart of Taoist yogic practice. The person who can understand this secret and incorporate it into practice is on the road to becoming a highly...

Transitional movement

Aster Liu Xing-Han, possibly the oldest living master of Ba Gua in the world, represents the last of an era, from a time when old-fashioned artisans first apprenticed, then mastered and finally plied their crafts a process taking decades, not years. Perhaps people were basically the same then, and it was the austere environment that allowed the arts to develop through a slow-trickling process to mature and solidify over time. When technology was primitive or nonexistent and life was simple, it was easier to learn, practice, research, and master the martial arts. When you had no television to watch, no video games to play, and sometimes not much food to eat, you and your friends always had the martial arts. This is the environment that furthered the progress of the old-school masters.

Short History of Tai

Chang San-Feng, a Taoist priest, was practicing his martial arts movements back in 14th-century China. Finishing up, he lay down under a tree to catch a few winks. Suddenly, he was jolted awake by loud, screeching noises. Glancing around, he spotted a snake and a crane engaged in a deadly duel. The snake, coiling and uncoiling smoothly, would strike out with blinding speed at the crane, which would push this attack aside with a brush of his wing. Then the crane would strike with his beak, but the snake would just as nimbly move out of range. After the fight wore on for hours, the snake and crane finally parted, neither one victorious.

Downward Press with the right elbow

To ensure that your elbow is on the Centerline, bring the hand to the same side shoulder, which constitutes the third way to align the elbow with the Centerline. At the same time, the opposite arm can naturally make the reversal movement called Upper Cut. Synchronization of these two movements will prepare the opposite arm for another Downward Press and provide you with head protection in case you use it in martial arts or for self-defense.

Modern interpretations of yinyang

When bipolar opposing principles are incorporated into the martial arts they deepen practice and provide for efficient movement within and external to the body. Since Dong Hai-Chuan's time, many have believed that study of the ultimate principles of the internal martial arts will be impeded if not understood through the bipolar laws of yin and yang.

The Arcane Mysterious and Symbolic in Ba Gua Zhang

The most difficult concepts to convey in internal martial arts are those recorded in poetic literature and oral tradition from a time, place, and culture far removed from our own. In this chapter we attempt to glean the insights of past Ba Gua masters, preserved in these difficult forms and passed down from master to disciple. This material reflects the transmission of knowledge handed down to Liu Xing-Han by his teacher, uncles, and older brothers in the early years of this century. Much of the material references archaic meanings and Chinese cosmology. What we have attempted is to discern the palatable and the pragmatic from this body of inner door knowledge so as to provide access to esoteric i researchers of Ba Gua and other internal martial arts.

Rules of the Four Precious Methods

The second part of this lesson involves learning, when in physical contact with the opponent, to sense and read subtle variations in the pressure of his arm on yours and, at more advanced levels, even his intent. The opponent's intent becomes manifest with the lightest of contact by the opponent's arms or torso with the arms. Thus, it is said that your arms should have eyes of their own. (This concept is demonstrated extensively in the drills shown in Chapter Five). Movement should be agile and limbs must move in an integrated way with respect to each other. This is part of what is called the wai san he or three outside relationships, a basic principle of internal martial arts.58

Attack The Attacking Portion

You must remember that no technique is perfect and some time in your martial arts training you will be hit, this is the best experience that you can have, you are then at least ready for it when it happens again, and it will. For this purpose we use boxing gloves and protective equipment in sparring.

The Thief on the Beam

A few years backIwas casually chatting with one of my elder Kung Fu brothers. Although we had been studying with our Sifu for almost the same amount of time he had been studying martial arts for many years before. I think he had already started training martial arts when I was just about learning how to walk.

Structural Alignment and Taoist Yoga

In the beginning of your application of these principles to daily life, there will inevitably be occasional feelings of unnaturalness. This will occur as you choose new patterns of body use which are opposed to previous distorted patterns that have become habitual. This sense of posturing in an artificial way will rapidly decrease with time, if you are practicing diligently. You will then experience ease and naturalness in body usage that allows you to respond in any direction with an appropriate amount of force. The principle of automatically applying appropriate force is at the heart of martial arts. In order for this full movement potential to be possible, the body must spontaneously return to its center of relaxed alignment after movement. This is the relaxed idling position that is most unblocked and energetically economical, and out of which movement flows.

Healing and the Development of the Mind

If you have practiced martial arts seriously over a long period of time, you will notice precisely the moment at which you finally progress to a higher level. And any improvement will bring joy and increased self-confidence. But sooner or later you will discover that there are always people who are at much higher levels than you. This may not prevent you from enjoying the feeling of achievement. I know that thinking about the significance of healing lessened my exhaustion. But somehow I also always knew that my healing power was not completely natural. When I mastered the Macrocosmic Orbit method, I finally comprehended why I had been so exhausted before. External qi released through my Microcosmic Orbit was making me exhausted, because it was like discharging my own electric power. Certainly it is possible to release a strong healing energy with training in the Microcosmic Orbit method, but there is a limit. When you reach this limit, you will feel a lack of qi and become exhausted....

Mountaindwelling Taoists

Of the well-known martial arts it is often said that only Ba Gua is purely of Taoist origin.47 Dong himself said that he learned his art from a mountain Taoist. Historical records show that there were mountain Taoists and that they practiced martial arts along with special energetic methods, meditation, and Taoist yogas in the search for physical immortality and union with the Tao. Aspirants left civilization behind to live in these remote locations where they were free to practice esoteric health and mind-training regimens. To get a glimpse into the influence mountain Taoists had on Dong it is useful to examine the life and practices of these Spartan highlanders. In The Secret and Sublime, noted Sinologist John Blofeld describes his meetings with Taoist holy sages and recluses in the mountains of China before the 1949 communist takeover of the mainland. Below is an account of Taoists in mock battle he observed one evening while a guest at a Taoist hermitage This may very well have...

Chapter Taiji Qigong

Many people will have heard of Taiji, which consists of beautiful movements and is good for the health. Actually Taiji originated in Northern China and belongs to the martial arts. Unfortunately it is not easy to learn -the sequences of the movements are complex and therefore difficult to pick up.

Spread the Word

As the Head of Physical Education for the People's University of Beijing Professor Li Deyin's influence on Taiji and martial arts is great. Last time, Professor Li Deyin talked about his background in Taiji and his methods, r hopes and plans for its development throughout the world. In this final part, he talks of his other skills and philosophy of the martial arts. are many sayings in Shaolin regarding how you should train your qi. So they are the same. All Chinese martial arts emphasise internal and external. However I'm not saying all styles of martial arts are the same. Of course there are differences. Some martial arts emphasise a bit more on the speed, strength and accuracy, while others will emphasise yi and qi a bit more. Therefore if your training tends to emphasise strength, speed and power, then these martial arts are known as waijia, or external. The martial arts that emphasise the yi, the qi and co-ordination, we can then call them the neijia, or internal. How about body...

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