It shows how effortless and natural movements could easily deflect and control stronger force. It also carries a subliminal message of how tremendous the Qi energy could possibly be.
In short, physical size does not matter.
“Stances are designed to transmit force through the body.”
For Qigong, the only force you need to consider is the weight of the body itself. Therefore a Qigong stance has to transmit the weight of the body down into the ground.
However, for Martial Arts and Kung Fu the stance means to transmit force from the ground, through the body, into the opponent.
Therefore, there are several mistakes we often make during the training. (more…)
In 1963, in Liao Ning Province there was a small village. It was a normal village, just like any other. Everything there was peaceful and the villagers went on with their normal daily lives. The men went to work, the women stayed at home to take care of the family and the children went to school.
One day something unusual happened and a lot of people gathered together in the village square. It seemed that there was something special going on. Many of the people who had gathered in the square were very ill and sick, but they seemed to be very happy.
All the people were talking and they could be heard saying, “It is amazing” and “I feel better”. Some said with wonder and happiness, “All the pain is gone!”.
At the center of the crowd were two men who were dressed in old fashioned clothes that looked like Taoist uniforms and they each wore a hat that had on it the Yin and Yang symbol. (more…)
Tong Zi Liao means pupil crevice and is one of the strong acupuncture points. It is located one inch to the side of our eyes.
It belongs to the Gall Bladder Channel and is also sometimes known by another name, Tai Yang.
This point can help headaches and help clear pressure from the head. Some Asian people massage this point to help car or sea sickness. Others will even rub medicated oil into this area, especially for headaches.
In martial arts, when someone hits this point, it can knock them down.
Dai Mei means Belt Channel and is a very important point at the lower part of the body.
It is located in a straight line down from the end of the eleventh rib and is horizontally level with the navel. This point can help stomachache, blood circulation, tension and women’s menstrual pains. (more…)
We cannot treat our teacher as one who is there to service us.
We are not customers but students and we have to consider how much he has given us by teaching us skill that it has taken him many years of study to learn
When I first began studying Qigong, I had little concept of what it meant to study with a traditional Chinese teacher.
I thought that I knew all about respect.
However, it was the Western concept that I knew, not Chinese. I soon realised that I knew nothing about the respect that one pays to a teacher. I am ashamed and embarrassed to admit it now, but I even questioned my teacher about one of his rules on the very first night of meeting him.
Knowing what I know now, I was lucky that he did not stop me from coming to any future classes.
For those having been brought up in the west, we often have the idea that we go to a class and pay a fee for a service rendered.
It is actually much more complex than this and with a good teacher you become part of a family of people who are interested in learning the same thing.
Over the months and finally years, I found that the persons with whom I have studied have indeed become my family. Our hearts are the same. We all respect our teacher as a father and he in turn looks at us as his children. (more…)