Within the Li Family’s Chinese Internal Martial Art of Feng Shou-Gongfu there is the practice of Standing Post Qigong known as Zhan Zhuang in Chinese. But unlike the Standing Post Qigong that is practiced in the many different Taijiquan styles where the emphasis is in developing the ( ground path) or root as well as cultivation strong energy. The Standing Post Qigong that is practiced in the Feng Shou-Gongfu system also incorporates the development of increasing a better connection with the earth through good alignment of the posture, plus the development of cultivating the internal energy for both health and martial arts usage. But it also develops the flexibility of the tendons, ligaments, joints and muscles through dynamic stretching postures which are held and repeated on both sides of the body.
These particular Standing Post Qigong postures that are practiced in the Feng Shou-Gongfu have been taken from the Li Family’s Daoist Yoga system which involves both lying, sitting and standing exercises that develop both strength and flexibility and increase the circulation of both the blood and energy around the entire body. Because Feng Shou-Gongfu is considered an internal martial art it is obvious that it should have various practices for harnessing and circulation of the blood and vital energy (qi) to help in improving the health and vitality of each individual, but to also increase the power of the Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner fighting techniques.
Practicing the Standing Post Qigong postures of the Feng Shou-Gongfu system will develop strength in the tendons, ligaments, especially of the legs and arms. But they will also increase the practitioners flexibility by the stretching and opening of the body’s tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints of the whole body increasing blood flow and energy circulation. Each of the Standing Post Qigong postures is performed with deep breathing and can be held for a number of breaths, unlike other forms of Standing Post Qigong where you can hold a particular posture for over one hour. In the practice of the Feng Shou-Gongfu Standing Post Qigong you should only be able to hold a particular posture for a few minutes, because of their dynamic stretching and twisting actions can be to demanding the body and mind. The aim is then to immediately switch from one dynamic posture into another but only holding them for a number of breathing cycles.