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 straight and the sole of the foot is flat on the ground. Your front knee is slightly bent so that the lower part of the leg is at right angles to the ground.

Place the fingertips of both your hands on the wall at the level of your shoulders. Spread your fingers apart so that there is a comfortable space between each of them. Make sure the tips of both your thumbs are also touching the wall. Gently curve each finger and thumb as if they were surrounding the surface of a bowl. This naturally causes your palm to curve slightly as well.

Gradually transfer your weight forwards on to your fingertips. This takes the weight off your front foot so that your body is supported by your rear foot and fingertips. As you develop strength, you can lift your front foot slightly off the ground while holding the position.

WALL OF FIR

When you have developed the strength and stability to hold this position, you can move to the next level. With both feet on the floor, weight resting on your rear leg and fingertips, breathe in. When you are ready to breathe out, do so while pushing yourself away from the wall using only a slight extension of your fingers.

This little push will move your whole body a short way off the wall. Repeat again and again. Gradually, you will be able to do this while maintaining the curves of your fingers and palms and with almost no effort in your arms, shoulders or chest.

When you have reached this stage of practice, imagine that the wall is burning. It could be a wall of fire or a sheet of metal that is red hot. You want to touch it only for a split second and bounce off it instantly. Breathe out with the same speed.

Repeat this exercise, practicing sometimes with your left foot forwards, sometimes with your right foot forwards. 4

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

Healing Properties Of Tai Chi

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