The Welltempered Spirit

This position, Holding the Tiger, takes its name from the intense energy which it generates. Try to visualize holding the tiger using the picture opposite - it can help you adopt the correct posture ( pages 60-61). Once you have learned the basic positions for your feet and hands and have practiced holding the posture without moving, you can apply your mind to holding the imaginary tiger. Begin by feeling that you are completely astride the tiger, your feet firmly on the ground. The tiger's...

Metal Power

The power that is expressed through the Metal punch is one of the primal forces known in Chinese as the Five Energies. Metal energy is highly condensed, giving it enduring strength. In nature, metal makes its appearance deep within the earth. It has the power to cut almost all other known materials. When sharpened, like the blade of a sword or the head of an axe. it is lethal. Metal Power is greater than that of the physical metal. In the Words of Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai Metal is the power...

Welltempered Spirit

Qigong Pain Free

Calligraphy by Professor Yu Yong Nian, (fesabed MhelrtoociicfciitoFaitTwar , The original calligraphy of this epigram is reproduced on the opening page of Part Two (page 44). It is the work of Professor Yu Yong Nian, my master in Beijing. The complete scroll, from right to left, reads To my student Kam Chuen, Shutit stiff, keep your spirit, your iniistcr Yong Niatt, April I 993 The four large central characters are from an ancient Chinese text. The first two literally mean stand there, with a...

Circle Of Harmony

Energygates Feet

One of the distinctive practices of Da Cheng Chuan is known as Shih Li, traditionally translated as power testing. These slow, careful movements take place on one spot. They involve the movement of the whole body and are an indispensable part of the martial arts training. They can also be practiced to develop skillful synchronization of mind and body. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart. Turn your left foot 45 degrees outwards. Move your right foot forwards, pointing straight ahead. Lower...

The Greatacom Plishment Lineage I

The cover of The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine old were still and unmoved. Their breathing came deep and silent and their minds were free from all disturbance, forgetting everything. They were open to everything and forgot all fear of death. A disciple tells his master, I am making progress. What do you mean asks the master. I sit and forget everything becoming one with the great void in which there is no obstruction. In the 1st century CE, exercises for the cultivation of...

He Great Accomplishment Lineage Iv

When I was training in the park under Master Wang Xiang Zhai, Professor Yu later recalled, he would tell me to 'pull the tree' towards me and then push it back. This was from a distance and I couldn't imagine how I could possibly do that I tried every day. Only after long practice did I begin to feel the connection with the tree. Then I began to understand his words. After the Cultural Revolution, Professor Yu published the first of four books on the Zhan Zhuang system. The first edition of...

Dkagg And Tige R

The accomplishment of Da Cheng Chuan results from sustained practice. Day by day your body starts to change. You are training muscles never used before and relaxing those unnecessary for the challenge ahead. Learning the correct postures is the foundation of the powerful movements you will be practicing. The upward motion slowly shifts your posture gradually backwards until you can lower yourself down over your back leg. Your hands change into the position for Holding the Tiger. You complete...

Wall of Fire

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. Stand in Wu Chi about 30 cm (1 ft) from a wall. Step back with your left foot, placing it on the ground at a 45-degree angle. Your rear leg is...

The Rooster

Many movements in the Chinese martial arts are drawn from close observation of nature. This step resembles the motion of a rooster as it places its feet deliberately and powerfully on the ground. It is an energizing exercise in itself and is used in the martial application of Da Cheng Chuan to conquer the ground from an opponent. Start with your feet together, knees bent, weight on one foot. Extend your arms fully to the sides, palms facing away from you, fingers up. Move your free foot...

The Forces Of Nature

Calligraphy of twin couplets, described in the Introduction to Part Four. The heart of a general, The mind of Con fad as The braver)1 of a hero, The cotttpassioti of a Bit dill hi The original calligraphy of these twin couplets is reproduced on the opening page of Part Four (page 102). The two scrolls were composed and hand drawn as a gift to me by one of the personal bodyguards of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the founder of modern China who became the country's first president. The couplets offer heart...

The Bear

This movement is for Da Cheng Chuan practitioners who have reached a reasonably high level of accomplishment. Outwardly, the movement appears to be very slight. However, it requires a great deal of bodily control and considerable inner strength. Its power in combat is immense. When this movement is practiced properly, the person moves forward like a bear rearing up on its hind legs ready to brush away anything in its path. Stand with your feet facing forwards and shoulder width apart. Spread...

In Iroduc I

The full power of your energy moves like the forces of nature wind. thunder, rain and lightning. As your Chi circulates inside you and radiates outwards. It hammers through any obstacles. You feel like a mountain shuddering. To an opponent, your force is like a roar. The power of Chi generates heat throughout your being just as in the ancient Chinese ideogram. the fire boils the water. Deep within the ocean of your being. your Chi begins to stir and you feel its vibrations in your bloodstream....

The Circle Of Harmony

Calligraphy by Master Lam Kam Chuen, described in the introduction to Part Five. The begtttnitg of all things is invisible IT intl, iliinuk'r, miut ti Inning The original calligraphy of these lines is reproduced on the opening page of Part Five (page 132). I composed these lines to express my own understanding of the profound wisdom of Da Cheng Chuan. The wellsprings of this art lie in the Taoist tradition. Knowing the ancient beginning is the essence of the Way, wrote the great sage Lao Tse....

Inner Srengtf

Energy Flow Visual Zhan Zhuang

A mighty tree is deeply rooted in the earth. Its foundations are unseen. It draws its power from the soil from which its seed first grew. Rising upwards to the heavens, the tree's great mass is still. Countless creatures move across its surface, but the sturdy trunk is calm. It is silent and unmoved, filled with energy. From its tiny root hairs in the earth to the buds and blossoms far above, the inner power of the tree is circulating, day and night, and season after season. Feeling wind and...

The Welltempere

This exercise continues to train you to move your body as a unit. It can be used in the martial arts and also as a protection in the case of accidents or falls. Stand in Wu Chi with a wall on your right side. You should be at right angles to the wall, with your right foot no more than 8 to 10 cm (3 or 4 in) from the wall. Raise your left hand so that it is in front of your right shoulder, with the palm facing the wall. As in the Wall of Fire exercise (pages 52-53), spread your fingers and...

Chi Kung

Benefits of stimulating the flow of chi are well known in Eastern cultures. Now, for the first time in print in the Western world, Master Lam Kam Chuen presents this advanced method for improving focus, breathing, and creativity. The practice of chi kung is founded on the five energies system of Chinese philosophy. Through Master Chuen's careful direction, you will master key positions and movements that will boost your energy, decrease stress, stave off illness, and enhance your overall...

Chi Kungway Of Power

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lam, Kam Chuen,1950-Chi kung way of power Lam Kam Chuen 1. Qi gong. 2. Medicine, Chinese. 3. Exercise--Health aspects 1. Title. Copyright 2003 Gaia Books Ltd., London. All rights reserve Text copyright 2003 Master Lam Kam Chuen First published in North America by Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. Published in the United Kingdom by Gaia Books Ltd. All rights reserved. Except for use in a review, the reproduction or utilization of this work in any...

Full Swing

Hard Qigong Forearm Training

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. Start with your feet shoulder width apart. Settle down and do your best to relax your shoulders, chest, back and hips. If you are feeling a little tense, first do the three...

The Inner Depths Hs

Inner Chi Power

Your Natural Strength Stress Management Stress is affecting the lives of an ever-increasing number of people. We carry tension with us in our nervous systems and lock it into the cellular memories of our muscles. This strain is the greatest single cause of the headaches, muscle pains, illnesses and medical traumas that people suffer day after day. In Chinese medicine, health depends on the smooth flow of Chi. Anything which blocks the flow of our energy leads to pain, deterioration and disease....

Power Training

To begin this stage of your training, stand in Wu Chi for five minutes with your weight spread evenly over your feet. Then, shift your weight slightly forwards. Let your heels come up just enough to slide a sheet of paper under them. Focus your weight it should rest on the red triangle shown on page 84. Include this new development in your daily training, so that you are able to remain balanced and stable without any weight on your heels. Progress to the point where you can maintain all the...

The Great Accomplishment Lineage

One of the earliest students of Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai was a young man who had studied orthodox Western medicine and then specialized in dentistry. His name was Yu Yong Nian. Yu Yong Nian was born near Beijing in February 1920. After completing his initial schooling he was sent for specialist medical education in Japan. At 21, he returned to China and began work at the Beijing Railway General Hospital. Three years later, exhausted from the long, constant hours of dental practice, he began...

Your Natural Strength Sports

Da Cheng Chuan strengthens your body and sharpens your mind. It increases your stamina and endurance. It takes you beyond your normal limits and helps protect you against injury. Champions need to set their sights far beyond what they might normally achieve, and must develop unusually high levels of stamina. The advanced practices in this book take you beyond the barrier of pain, awaken muscles and nerves previously dormant and help you remain relaxed while exerting yourself to the maximum. The...

Deeper Strength

Guo Gui Zhi Cheng Chuan

A deep connection with the earth is essential for your health and your Martial arts power. You develop this connection through your Zhan Zhuang training and the advanced work on the red triangle of your foot pages 8489 . To go further, you need to use the power of your imagination to draw more deeply on the energy of the earth. Clearly visualize the basic triangle from the tip of your head to the base of your feet. Imagine that your feet go straight down into the earth. As your practice...

Water Power

Water Power is the second of the Five Energies. The nature of water makes it elusive, hard to grasp and impossible to resist. It takes many forms. As the ocean. it is vast, dangerous and deep. As the mist and rain, it moves formlessly. is all pervasive and takes the shape of whatever vessel it finds. As a waterfall, it crushes. As tiny droplets, it wears away stone. As a tornado or waterspout, it twists upwards with explosive power. In the words of Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai Water is a force...

The Archer

This deep posture rapidly extends your Chi from your Tan Tien out to your extremities, thereby increasing its flow throughout your entire system. It is a powerful foundation practice for the martial arts applications of Da Cheng Chuan, and works instantly to make you mentally alert and energized. You should undertake this practice only after completing the warm-up exercises in Part One pages 20-25 . The Archer begins in Wu Chi. Your feet are shoulder width apart. Turning to the left, swivel on...

The Web Of Strength

Calligraphy by Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai described in the Introduction to Part Three. Within the body the tnnscles are tit ease, suspended front the sky. Outside, each It air is active, moving with the dir. I he inner eye is quiet, seeing the three thousand. The ear listens intend ' to its Otmi body, tike eavesdropping on hirers. Play like a dragon in the iViVJi and shy, Or as ti cloud swirling around the tnovn. The images of this art tire Without beginning or end. You balance, intoxicated,...

Lao Tse On Zhan Zhuang

When we gaze at the night sky we feel the immense power of the universe. When we practice Zhan Zhuang we experience its primordial energy. This feeling, almost inexpressible, was conveyed by the great sage Lao Tse when he wrote When we stand in the Zhan Zhuang postures, the natural curves of our arms and legs and the relaxed state of our body open us up to the energy of the cosmos. Like the receptor dish of a radio telescope, we attract and receive signals. You cannot think your way into this...

Your Natural Strength Protection

Your field of energy gives you protection. It helps to prevent accidents, can be used in emergencies and will help you recover if you are injured. As you deepen your practice of Da Cheng Chuan, the energy surrounding you becomes stronger and extends further out from your body. It acts like a natural radar system. You become aware of possible dangers far earlier and further away from you than you did before. Your field of vision is broader and your mind becomes aware of obstacles before they are...

Holding The Tiger

Holding the Tiger is one of the most advanced postures in this entire Zhan Zhuang system. It relaxes your hips and lower back, strengthens the Tan Tien and the Kwa tendons of the inner thighs, and tones the major muscles in your legs. Begin by standing in Wu Chi for five minutes, relaxing throughout and ensuring that you release any tension in your abdomen, hips and lower back. Continue by standing in the posture, Holding the Ball page 13 , for a further five minutes. Relax your shoulders and...

Human Architecture

The Structure Human Energy

Human architecture is based on a series of circles and triangles. These have the strength to carry considerable weight, yet keep your body flexible. You can think of your entire body as a pyramid, with a solid base and a much smaller apex. The three circles represent your head, torso and lower body. The tiny circles represent your neck and waist, supporting the structure while giving you the flexibility around which the larger spheres turn and roll. Within the principal pyramid structure, your...

Ice Step

Pranic Body Positions

Once you have learned the Zhan Zhuang standing positions in Parts One and Two of this book, you can begin to practice the specialized steps used in Da Cheng Chuan. The first movement is called the Ice Step because it evokes the feeling of someone slowly and carefully making their way across the surface of a frozen pond. It improves your kinesthetic control and develops your balance. Stand with your feet together, your knees slightly bent. Shift all your weight onto one foot. Imagine the floor...

Master Yun Hang Taichi

Tai Chi Chuan Yang Sau Cheung

Master Lam Kam Chuen has devoted his life to the classical arts of Chinese culture. He has brought these to the West, introducing Chinese health care to millions through his books, videos and TV appearances. A living example of Chinese holistic culture, Master Lam is accomplished in the Five Arts studied by the advisers to the imperial court. The Five Arts - San, Yi, Ming, Bok and Shang -comprise the Taoist and Buddhist arts, systems for internal medicine and health exercise, Feng Shui,...

The Inner Depths

Zai Feng Tai Chi Push Hands

Calligraphy by Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai, described in the Introduction to Part One. Inwardly alert, open, calm. Outwardly upright, extended, filled with spirit. This is the foundation of stillness. Add the hard and the soft, the powerful and the relaxed, Motion and stillness, contraction and extension In the instant these converge, there is power. The original calligraphy of this poem is reproduced on page 16. The poem is the work ofGrand Master Wang Xiang Zhai and takes its place at the...

Da Cheng Chuan Fighing Seqeunce

How You Make Circles With Your Arms

All fields of human activity - physical, mental and spiritual -depend on the power of our energy. Properly concentrated, it can generate tremendous creativity and dynamism. All human beings are capable of manifesting far higher levels of energy than is normally assumed. This book introduces you to the ait of awakening this extraordinary capacity already latent in your body and mind. The techniques for personal development in this book have traditionally been practiced in the martial arts. But...

On Guard

Guard Zhuang

You have learned how to root your power in both feet. You now advance to develop the same strength on one leg. This improves your balance and increases your ability to control subtle adjustments in your muscles and tendons. It is the essential foundation for the movements you will learn later in this book. The preparation for working on one leg is to hold each of the foundation postures with your weight shifted first to one side, then the other. You need to be accomplished in this practice so...

Robin Rubenstein Qigong

Your creativity is a natural expression of your energy. When you cultivate your inner power, you are opening up your ability to work with the tremendous energy that surrounds you. This is the secret of the living arts, from parenting and cooking to singing, dancing and all the other performing arts. Your daily practice gradually enables your Chi to flow smoothly through your system. It opens your mind and heart and develops your sensitivity. You begin to be more intuitive and perceptive. You...

Shoulder Strike

Swarovski Crystal Cinderella Slipper

Train in this position until you are able to rest without moving for several minutes. Then, with both feet on the ground, push yourself away from the wall using both your shoulder and the tips of your fingers and thumb. Breathe out as you make this move. This little push will move your whole body a short way off the wall. Repeat again and again until you are able to bounce back and forth off the wall. The instant your right shoulder and left hand make contact with the wall, relax into the...

Fire

Sink your weight fully into your feet and feel the light upward suspension at the top of your head. Then slowly raise your arms into the position, Holding the Ball page 13 . The complete relaxation of your shoulders and upper body is essential. Make two loose fists, as if you were holding tiny eggs carefully in each hand. Do not clench your fingers. In each hand, connect the pad of your thumb to the first knuckle of your forefinger to make an arrowhead. Start to...

The Great Circle

Once you are thoroughly familiar with the fundamental postures presented in the Introduction pages 11-15 and are able to stand in each of them for at least 20 minutes, you can begin practicing The Great Circle. Start by standing in Wu Chi. Then imagine that you are lowering yourself to sit on a large ball. Sink down about 5 cm 2 in . Keep your weight evenly spread over your feet. Do not let your knees bend forwards over your toes. Slowly raise your arms into the posture, Holding the Ball page...