Within the practice of both the Wild Goose Qigong post and prenatal forms stretching movements are evident in nearly all of its actions. One of the characteristics of the Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Gong) it is twisting or rotation of the body in the opposite direction of the lower extremities. Turning the body to face outwards of the front leg develops a dynamic stretching action diagonally across the back from the front legs hip to the opposite shoulder, the spinal column is also gently stretched open allowing the whole of the back to release any muscular tension or stiffness within the hips and spinal column to be released.
The turning of the body to face outwards over the front leg can be seen in the post-natal postures of “Twisting the waist posture, extend a single wing posture and finding the nest sequence of stepping postures”. Obviously the twisting of the torso is performed on both sides allowing for waist, back muscles and spine to be gently stretched helping the individual to become more relaxed. The twisting of the torso to either side facing outwards of the front leg also squeezes the ribcage and intercostal muscles which in-turn gently squeezes and massages the internal organs (Zangfu) helping to regulate their functioning towards maintaining our health and wellbeing.
The practice of Wild Goose Qigong is a very powerful exercise towards developing fitness, relaxation, flexibility, concentration,balance and co-ordination. It’s movements look soft and relaxing on the outside, but these same movements have a powerful effect on the inside by releasing blocked stagnant energy (Qi) and blood (Xue) which can have a negative effect on our vitality levels and can weaken our immune system. Releasing the blockages allows us to boost and replenish our energy levels, plus the functioning of our internal organs are gently massaged through the movements of the Wild Goose Qigong helping to keep them health.
The twisting actions of the torso to face outside of the front leg also encourages the energy (Qi) to spiral horizontally around our body moving upwards from the legs to the top of the head and back down again into our feet through the many belt meridians that wrap around our extremities and torso.wild Goose Qigong allows the energy to also flow upwards and downwards in a vertical direction as well as horizontal and spiralling methods. The more the energy (Qi) can flow throughout the entire body the more stronger the connection between our guardian energy (Weiqi) will be.
Within the Chinese Internal Martial Art Of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu the practitioner is taught to express his fighting techniques from three different heights. Firstly the upper level is where the practitioner can perform their techniques from an upright position, second position is the middle level where the practitioner crouches down, lowering his or her height by bending the knees and finally the lower level is where the practitioner is either squatting, kneeling or lying on the ground. In the lower level position the practitioner of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu should still be able to use their striking, kicking, jont locking and throwing techniques.
Many people believe that there is only one stance or posture used to defend oneself from the ground in Feng Shou-Gongfu and this stance is what Master Chee Soo would call the “Drunkard Stance” (Jiu Gui Shi). Well yes the drunkard stance is used but also alongside other ground fighting stances like the low lying leopard stance, sitting cross leg stance, frog stance, scissor stance and the kneeling posture known as chicken stance (Ji Shi). The aim for the practitioner of Feng Shou-Gongfu is to be able to freely move from one low ground fighting stance to the other effortlessly,so that they can move to evade or attack in any direction and do not just become a stranded turtle on its back or easy target.
I consider the ground fighting methods of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu as a last resort were I have been knocked or pushed to the floor and it is totally up to myself to fight from the ground using my art to it full potential as I would if I was standing upright. Obviously once I have the chance to regain my upright position I will definitely take the opportunity and this can happen by me forcing my opponent to the floor by effectively combining my strikes, kicks, joint locks and throws together. I believe that there are only a few students of Master Chee Soo who have further developed and maintained the ground fighting aspect of the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu,but sadly there are loads of teachers and students who don’t even know that there are low ground fighting postures and practice in the Original Feng Shou-Gongfu, many still believe that the Drunkard Stance is the only defensive posture used to defend oneself from the ground and don’t even realise that it can be combined to other low stances.
A skilled practitioner of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu should be able to use their fighting methods from three levels upright, crouching and from the ground. Learning how to apply practical and effective strikes, kicks, joint locks and throws from the ground gives the practitioner of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu another layer of understanding and depth of this fascinating internal martial art.