Sunday, April 10, 2016

Dantian (Yao), Spinal Power, etc.

{Chen style taijiquan - the method of 'Folding the waist and chest' (xiong yao zhedie)
{'Folding the waist and chest' (xiong yao zhedie) is one of the most important points of Chen style TJQ's practice. The important thing is that everything depends upon the Dantian to be the hub of all movement of the body, and everything else around it is moved by/ because of it...

Friday, October 2, 2015

Bolang Jin 波浪劲

或问曰:心意拳和形意拳,都强调攻防较技之施招用手、施手用招的“波浪劲”和“翻浪劲”的用法。但是,什么是“波浪劲”、“翻浪劲”的法式呢?在攻防较技 中施手用招、施招用手中“波浪劲”和“翻浪劲”确实有什么优势吗?这是为什么?“波浪劲”和“翻浪劲”功夫容易修炼成功吗?这些问题敬请您老不吝赐教!
{Understanding the Underlying Methods and the Required Training Practices of Bolang Jin (Crashing Wave Power) & Fanlang Jin (Returning Wave Power)
By: Ma Guoxing
Some questions people might ask: Xin-Yi Quan and Xingyiquan both emphasize the skills of attack and defense using the arms and hands. In order to have skill in the arms it requires the use of "Bolang Jin" (BLJ) & "Fanlang Jin" (FLJ). But what is BLJ, FLJ and how do they work? Inside attacking and defending is the usage of the hands and arms. Inside the usage of the hands and arms is BLJ and FLJ. So what is the advantage and why are they used? Do BLJ and FLJ require Daoist Cultivation practices to be good?
Answer: Yes!}

Friday, November 28, 2014

BGZ Circle Walking & XYQ Pan Gen Part Three

See: Part One and Part Two

...It's important to look at the characters and word of 盤(simp.盘)根 Pan Gen (Coiling Roots) as it symbolizes what Baguazhang and Circle Walking strives to bring about in the practitioners body and one of the skills that is primary to Baguazhang's fighting strategy.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

BGZ's Circle Walking & XYQ's Pan Gen (Coiling Root)/ Na Gua (Incorporating the Trigrams) Part Two

READ Bagua circle walking PART ONE here

A famous practitioner of 形意拳 Xingyiquan and student of 李洛能 Li Luoneng aka 李能然 Li Nengran was 宋世荣 Song Shirong (1849 - 1927), and having had seen the benefits of Baguazhang's Circle Walking firsthand he then had incorporated the Circle Walking into Xingyiquan and called it 宋氏形意拳纳卦 Song Style Xingyiquan 'Nagua' (Incorporating the Trigrams) or 盘根 'Pan Gen' (Coiling Root) as it's more commonly known...

Monday, October 14, 2013

Baguazhang Circle Walking & Xingyiquan Pan Gen (Coiling Root) Part One

Circle Walking/ Turning a Circle, when done as a solo practice with the intent of just walking in one direction for as long as you can, then quickly changing directions, and again walking in the opposite direction, is an internal practice that adheres to the theories of 易筋 'Yi Jin' (Changing the Tendons) and 洗髓 'Xi Sui' (Washing the Bone Marrow). It's a practice that merges the building up of the internal functioning of the body with building up of the strengths and flexibility required when using martial skills/ fighting.

It's called 行桩 'Xing Zhuang' (Moving Standing) practice method it takes the 站桩'Zhan Zhuang' (Static Standing) practices to another level of development as it moves more energy and blood around the body and accomplishes the more refined levels of mental and physical development in a more timely manner, and without other extracurricular Qigong practices.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Five Shens - Hun and Po...

The Five Shens...

In the 文始真經 'Wen Shi Zhen Jing' aka the "關尹子" "Guan Yin Zi", written in nine chapters; ~ Chinese text- &
"The Wenshi zhenjing does not appear until the Yuan dynasty, when it is mentioned in Chen Zhensun's Zhizhai shuluyjieti , dated to 1240. It was probably compiled by the Quanzhen patriarch Yin Zhiping (1169-1251), an alleged descendant of Guan Yin. Before that time, in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, remnants of an older text are mentioned in various Song bibliographies, but they have not survived."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Observing Movement

In Chinese Chess ( 象棋 Xiangqi) there are 7 pieces: the General (將 Jiang), Advisors, Elephants, Horses, Chariots, Cannons, and Soldiers.

In a checkmate the General flies across the board to capture the other player's General, a move called 飛將 Fei Jiang (Flying General).

Elephants (象 Xiang)have a limited movement and can only move if they're unobstructed, called having an open field (田 Tian) to move in. When the movement of the Elephant is blocked it's called 'Obstructing the Elephant's Eyes' (象眼塞 Xiang Yan Sai).

When one is so focused on the Checkmate/ Endgame (飛將 Fei Jiang) they don't see the power of Elephant's movements, or it's inability to move. Which became 'When one is so focused on the Fly buzzing around in front of their face, they can't see the Elephant in the field charging towards them.'

In the Chinese Martial Arts it means when you're only looking at the end product (the movement of the hands and feet) you don't see the powerful movements of the body that make the end movements of the hands and feet possible. Or you're so focused on the flashy movement of the hands you don't see the root of the hand's power - the body. Or the English translation - not seeing what's hidden in plain sight.


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Defining Qi for the Martial Arts and Cultivation Practices

A General overview of the different types 'Qi' in our body:

1. 空氣 kōng qì (air energy) - is essentially breath, oxygen in the body.

2. 水穀精氣 shuǐ gǔ jīng qì (water food essence energy) - is the 精 'Jing' (polyamines) and nutrition we absorb from our diet to combine with oxygen from the lungs to form ATP and every other biological process.

3. 先天精 xiān​tiān jīng (pre-heaven/ ancestral/ innate/ intrinsic essence) - is the 精 'Jing' we get from our mothers while in the womb. (The 神 'Shén' (Spirit) comes from the father.)