Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I am interested in improving my health. I would like to learn some INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TRAINING to help. How is this done?HEALTH, HEALING AND CHI
A: Various methods of Internal and External training are practiced for their health and relaxation benefits as well as for developing martial power. These methods are categorized as health or martial qigong movements and meditation breathing exercises.
For health, the Way of Internal Wellness Qigong System, formulated in accordance with Chinese medical theories, enables the practitioner to pursue health and longevity training to the highest levels. There is considerable medical application of this system, essential for self-healing and, at higher levels, for the internal energy healing of others.
Q: I want to learn Qigong to enhance my martial abilities. What will I learn?
A: The martial art qigong is based upon two major components, both combining body conditioning exercises and herbal medicine. The Mianganglizhaodi method focuses on scientific and systematic body conditioning for self-protection and health. Examples include Paidagong, Iron Body, Iron Fist, Buddha Leg, and Golden Bell training.
Q: What types of QIGONG MEDITATION can I learn?
A: Qigong Meditation is internal energy exercise and involves scientific breathing and focusing exercises. Qigong Meditation includes both static (standing, sitting or lying postures) and moving exercises. Qigong Meditation breathing is soft, slow, deep, continuous and relaxed. Through consistent, accurate practice, one’s health and vitality markedly increases. The entire body benefits by receiving increased amounts of nutrients and oxygen. Cellular waste products of metabolism, germs and foreign debris are eliminated and the energy level is increased. Stress becomes a thing of the past as one learns to effectively deal with daily difficulties, obstacles, and negative emotions. There are several methods of qigong Meditation, all serving to build, refine and gain control over one’s internal energy. Major areas of application include health, healing, martial arts, and spirituality.
Q: What is TRADITIONAL HEALING in MARTIAL ARTS?
A: The basics of Chinese medicine are learned allowing one to understand how to apply the principles to improve and maintain their own health. Furthermore, one learns how to effectively deal with sport and training related injuries with effective natural, holistic methods, including herbal medicine, traditional oriental therapeutic modalities, acupressure and Five Element massage.
These traditional healing methods are an important part of kung fu. Techniques you may learn about include:
Acupuncture Moxibustion and Cupping Chinese Herbs and Medicine Acupressure (Tuina) Five Element Massage Qigong Healing Energy Balancing Methods Other Health and Healing Systems Bone Alignment Therapy Bone Adjustment and Spinal Manipulation Techniques Diet and Nutrition Treatment of Traumatic Injuries Health Meditation Exercises Resuscitation and First Aid Human Anatomy and Physiology Remedial Therapeutic Exercises Traditional Oriental Therapeutic Modalities
Q: What are DIET AND NUTRITION IN KUNG FU TRAINING?
A: Exercise and diet have a mutually beneficial role in increasing one’s health. The physical training purifies the body, helping to maximize metabolism and systemic function. One becomes naturally more aware of the true dietary needs of the body. Chinese nutritional principles are based on traditional medical theories. Food is viewed as one of the most important avenues to ensure good health, and a primary therapy for the alleviation of imbalances. Furthermore, by applying these principles to gung fu training, one is sure to expedite their progress.
Q: Why study MARTIAL THEORIES AND STRATEGIES?
A: Each style has its merit, possessing unique training attributes and combat theories. Chinese martial arts are deeply founded in classical Chinese philosophy. The tenets of martial theories and strategies are studied and applied to offensive and defensive situations. Some of these strategies date back several hundred years, yet hold timeless application. Sunzi’s Art of War is only one of several important texts which are studied in depth.
Q: What is MARTIAL ARTS PHILOSOPHY APPLIED TO DAILY LIFE?
A: The goal of the true martial artist is to deal with and prevent conflict in both their environment and within themselves in the most peaceful way. The path to self-understanding is achieved by applying training of martial arts to achieve peace, using the philosophy of martial arts to find Dao, ‘the Way’, and using Dao to understand the deepest meaning of Life.
The philosophies of kung fu may be applied to one’s life to gain peace of mind. This is why it is said that martial arts are not only a physical journey, but also a spiritual journey. These philosophies are universal and harmonious with all major religions and spiritual principles.
Q: What are ADVANCED TOPICS IN SCIENCE FOR KUNG FU STUDY?
A: There is both a theoretical and technical aspect to this component. Human Science Training is the theoretical aspect and features in-depth studies in human sciences, including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, astrology, psychology, physics, and kinematics. Students studying these courses at recognized post-secondary institutions, having attained a grade of 70% or greater may receive transfer credits in the Chung Wah System.
The technical aspect includes the application of science knowledge to martial arts training. Power Generation Training in the Chung Wah Kung Fu System is the high level development and exploration of martial technique. Through the coordination of body mechanics, muscle force, breath, intent and internal energy power, a special quality and potential of force may be achieved. The Rentiqianzaili method systematically trains one to understand and specialize in one or more of the several number of forces which the human body is capable of generating through internal and external power (bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments and body structure).
Q: I am interested in human kinematics and theories of martial power generation. What can I learn?
A: Power training, which focuses on the conditioning of the body’s offensive weapons is achieved by the Liangjiguiyuangong method. This method enables the practitioner to deliver exceptional amounts of force in their technique. It is similar to adding a turbo charger to an already powerful engine. Examples include Iron Palm, Steel Claw (Finger and Tendon Conditioning) and Buddha Leg training. As with all aspects of Chinese martial arts, the benefits of this training are many.