All traditional Chinese internal martial arts incorporate the principle known as the ” Six Internal Combinations” (Nei Liuhe). These six internal combinations allow the practitioner of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu to describe a three way relationship that they will have with themselves by connecting: Inside to Inside, Inside to Outside and the Self with their Surroundings. Learning and practicing the Six Internal Combinations encourages the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner to develop and transform their level of martial arts ability and skill from the very obvious physical level to the more hidden mind/spirit skill level.
1). The External and Internal merge together uniting as one.
The Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner must learn how to connect their external movements , shoulders move with the hips, elbows move with the knees and the hands move with the feet in accordance with their internal dynamics of the body’s respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, lymphatic,skeletal and energetic systems.
2). The Body and the Will merge together uniting as one.
This is were the Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner must learn how to use their Will or Intention to forcefully move their energy (Qi) into their extremities in accordance with their physical actions to develop internal power into their defensive and offensive fighting techniques. All things tangible and untangible, visible and invisible merge together.
3). Heaven and Earth merge together uniting as one.
This is were the Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioner after years of dedicated practice of their internal forms and two-person flow exercises allows their spirit to move them. They are guided by their intuition to merge with their surroundings and to connect to the Dao.
The learning and practicing of the Six Internal Combinations will transform the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu practitioners depth of skill from simply using obvious force in their martial art movements (physical), to developing a more refined and subtle hidden force in their martial art movements (Mind/Intent), to the higher level of developing the more Mysterious force in their martial art actions ( Spirit). Sadly, most practitioners of the Feng Shou-Gongfu system never achieve any level above the very physical or obvious strength stage, to treach the more higher levels of skill development takes years of dedicated practice, having to sacrifice hours and hours to their Feng Shou-Gongfu martial art development.
In the beginning many individuals participate in the study and practice of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu system to learn its martial arts techniques to help defend themselves and to use their strength and knowledge to control another individual. But gradually they begin to realise that through the learning of this Chinese internal martial art they are also learning how to Master themselves by becoming more connected to their own Being. My teacher Master Chee Soo always mentioned that Feng Shou-Gongfu is a Daoist martial art and it should be no wonder that it’s practice should lead some of its practitioners to connect and feel the Dao or Way through its practice.