Full Swing

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

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Power Circles

The strength you develop in your training begins to express itself throughout your entire body. Not only do you experience an unshakable connection to the earth, but if you bump into something or someone hits you, the impact just seems to bounce naturally off you. In this model, the outer sphere represents your muscle. Its structure is like a powerful rubber ball it can support heavy weights, but also compress to accept pressure. The triangle is bone. Its structure is like that of a bamboo it...

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 Pump

Your training teaches you how to move and control the flow of Chi through the energetic geometry of your body. The first stage is to ensure the correct alignment of your body and to clear any obstacles you may have to the free flow of energy through your system. This is what you accomplish by the practice of Zhan Zhuang. When you have become stable in that practice, which also results in an overall increase in your energy levels, the focus of your training moves to your feet. Imagine the sole...

The Inner Depths

Inner Gate Acupressure Point

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...

J

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

Wing Chun Shoulder Strike

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...