Eight Directional Rooted Stepping Drill of Feng SHou-Gongfu

The Lishi Feng Shou-Gongfu or “Hand of the Wind Boxing” teaches its practitioners to use fast evasive footwork to not only evade from either single or multiple attackers punches and kicks. But to also position themselves in the most advantageous position to effectively score with their own counter attacks to quickly finish the fight.
Through the practice of the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise (Ba Fang Gen Bu) for which all of the students of the Feng Shou-Gongfu learn to develop their fast evasive footwork skills, is taught by imagining that you are walking on the symbols of the Eight Trigrams or “Bagua” symbol which uses the same directions as that of the compass. The Eight Trigram symbol associated with the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise is known as the “Post-Natal Eight Trigram Symbol” or (Houtian Bagua) which is based upon the principle of (Yi) Change.
Each of the Eight Trigrams Symbols have names associated with them such as Heaven (Qian), Wind (Xun), Lake (Dui), Thunder (Zhen), Earth (Kun), Mountain (Gen), Fire ( Li) and Water (Kan). Within the practice of the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise students are taught eight different footwork methods or sets of exercise that teach them to move around the Eight Trigram Symbol allowing them to position themselves to the rear of their opponent. My teacher the late grandmaster C. Chee Soo also used to call the Eight Directional Rooted Stepping exercise “The Clock Face Evasions” as he said it was easier for westerners to understand the directions better by associating them with the numbers of a clock then teaching them to learn the Eight Trigram Symbols and names. Once you have learnt to move around the Eight Trigram Symbol skilfully using various footwork methods to evade your opponents strikes and kicks. You are then taught to do the same Eight Directional Rooted Stepping drill with various weapons such as the Staff, Broadsword or Spear.

The 15 Energy Pathways of Qigong

The Taoist Kunlun Swimming Dragon Qigong exercise cultivates, transforms and transports the three treasure of the human body which are the Essences (Jing), Energy (Qi) and Spirit (Shen) to help nourish, and strengthen your over-al health and we’ll-being so that you can live a long life (Chang Sheng).
The movements of the Swimming Dragon Qigong Form will promote the circulation of the internal energy to flow throughout the entire body through the twelve main meridians and eight extraordinary meridians (Jingmai). The twelve main meridians are the pathways of the twelve main organs systems and they circulate the Qi throughout the whole body. The Qi flow follows a certain pattern within the meridian system.
Shousanyinjing-The Qi from the three hand Yin meridians ( Lungs, Heart, Pericardium) flows from the chest , runs along the inside of the arms, across the palms to the fingers.
Shousanyangjing-The Qi from the three hand Yang meridians ( Large Intestine, Small Intestine, Triple Heater) flows from the hands up the outside of the arms, across the shoulders to the top of the head.
Zusanyinjing-The Qi from the three foot Yang meridians ( Bladder, Gall Bladder, Stomach) runs from the head down the front, side and back of the body into the toes.
Zusanyinjing-The Qi of the three Foot Yin meridians (Kidneys, Spleen, Liver) runs from the feet up the inside of the legs to the chest.
Out of the eight extraordinary meridians the Swimming Dragon Qigong uses just three of them which are the .
Dumai-The Governing meridian is located in the centre of your back and runs along the length of your spinal column. The Governing meridian controls all of the Yang meridians.
Renmai-The Conception meridian is located in the centre of your body and runs along the midline. The Renmai controls all of the Yon meridians within the body.
Damian-The Belt Meridian is located under the rib age and like an invisible belt, it encircles the waist and abdomen. The function of the Daimai is to hold all of the meridians in the body together, balancing the Qi, blood and lymph flow between the upper and lower body.
In the Swimming Dragon Qigong form we consider these fifteen meridians to be key links that connect everything within our body to our three elixir fields (Dantians) weaving together a strong web of health, happiness and harmony within our lives.

Daoist Numerology

Throughout the Chinese natural philosophy of Daoism the use of numbers are continuously used to bring a deeper understanding and knowledge of staying in balance with the Dao or Way.
One of the most special or popular numbers that is used throughout Daoism and it’s related arts of Taijiquan, Qigong , Meditation, painting and calligraphy is the number three. The number three as many connotations within Daoism as three is the number of creation and accomplishment , as Laozi mentions in his book the Daodejing.
The Dao gives birth to One.
The One gives birth to the Two.
The Two gives birth to the Three.
And the Three gives birth to the Ten thousand things.
Three is also associated with Heaven, Earth and Human and is again divided into a further set of three for Heaven as three lights the Sun, Moon and Stars. Earth has three natural sources Water, Fire and Wind. Humans have three treasures (Sancai) Essences,( Jing), Energy (Qi) and Spirit (Shen). Through the practice of Daoist Qigong and Meditation we are taught to harness the three lights of Heaven, the three sources of natural power on Earth to strengthen our Essences (Jing), Energy (Qi) and Spirit (Shen) to live a long life (Chang Sheng).
In the practice of the Daoist Internal Martial & Health Arts the number three is also associated with Movement, Breathing and Mind. It is also used in the Martial Arts to express Parrying, Striking and Kicking which leads towards another three of Defence, Attack and Counter-Attack. Daoism uses other numbers alongside the number Three to give great connection and depth of understanding the balance between Heaven, Earth and Humans and the Dao or Way.

Tui Na Energy Bodywork Massage Patting & Striking Techniques.

The Li style method of Traditional Chinese Medicines “Tui Na Energy Bodywork Massage.” Contains over sixteen individual massage techniques that can be used on the muscular skeletal system or directly on the energy channels. And meridians (jingluo) to treat many ailments.
One of the most popular massage techniques that is not just used within Tui Na massage, but is also used in other massage styles as we’ll is the Patting (Pai FA) and striking (Da Fa) methods. In the Lishi Tui Na energy bodywork massage system the Patting technique is considered to be Yin, while the Striking technique is considered to be Yang.
Patting includes using your fingers to pat using simply one or more fingers any were on the body, plus it involves the palm in a hollow shape or a solid palm shape. Patting is used to disperse muscle tension and increase blood (Xue) and energy (Qi) by removing any blood stagnation or energy blockages due to injury, over-working etc.
Whereas, the Striking technique is considered to be Yang and involves the use of the hyper-theanar mould (little finger edge) of the palm, the palm heel, the finger tips held in a beak shape or with the fingers spread apart, the use of the fist using the knuckles of the back of the hands fist or little finger edge of the fist. Striking is used to penetrate deeply into the body to stimulate the nervous system if you have a patient who is suffering from paralysis or numbness, plus striking can be use to stimulate the energy points by targeting certain points anywhere on the body, including the head and face. Obviously when using the Patting or Striking techniques you must be fully aware of how much strength you are using when patting or striking your patient. As to much strength can cause pain and make your patient feel uncomfortable with your treatment.