Using Imagination

Elastic Force Quan

While doing zhan zhuang exercises, you can use various imaginations, which will help you in achieving the state of relax, comfort and feeling elastic force. You don't need to try to learn and master many various images. These are only a tool which you can use if they are really helpful. So use them according to actual needs. Various methods can be more or less useful for various people. Everybody knows himself herself and knows what helps him her in become relaxed. According to this personal...

On Internal Arts

Usually the Chinese martial arts are being divided into two groups external - waijia and internal - neijia. Most systems are classified as external and only very few as internal. At beginning of 20th century a group of xingyiquan, baguazhang and taijiquan experts in Beijing decided that these arts have some common points, the same core principles, and started classifying them as one family - internal family neijia . So when we talk about internal arts, it usually means those 3 systems. There is...

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Zhan Zhuang Quan

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Sensations And Body Reactions

Yiquan is about working simultaneously with mind and body. The coordination of mind and body is developed and improved through focus on perceiving body, perceiving strength and energy of movement. Apart from feelings important for the training process, other sensations and body reactions can appear too, while doing the exercises. They are not a goal or even a tool, they are only natural side effects, which appear usually at beginning stage of practice. In zhan zhuang exercises stress is put on...

Testing Strength

The zhan zhuang method, thanks to working with extremely simple situation, enables deeper focusing on feeling your whole body and achieving more subtle level of coordination between mind and body, than if you only use moving exercises, even if the movement is slow, like in tai chi taijiquan . But life is not about being motionless. In this method, which because of wide use of relatively static, standing postures is called zhan zhuang, actually we are using also sitting postures, lying on bed...

Zhan Zhuang And Yiquan

Chi Gong Standing Meditation

The sages of ancient times used to stand on earth, supporting heaven, controlling yin and yang, breathing with essence of qi, standing alone, guarding spirit, with body being a one . This quote from Yellow Emperor's Inner Classics from about 3rd century B.C. is by many researchers seen as the earliest mention about zhan zhuang. However this method of cultivating health became really popular only in 20th century. Some exercises known as zhan zhuang used to be utilized by most of traditional...

More On Testing Strength

The simplest exercises are done in a position with feet shoulder width apart and weight evenly distributed on both feet. This is called pingbu. On next stage, we do most exercises in a position which is called dingbabu. Now you will try to do the same shi li exercise which was described in previous chapter, but in dingbabu position. For a moment you can forget about hands movement and focus on legs and torso. Stand in dingbabu position, with weight mostly on back leg front 3, back 7 . Your...