I have spoken about this topic before and would like to emphasis the importance of students of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu practice some Standing Post Qigong to cultivate their qi and to strengthen their body. Master Chee Soo would always mention that Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu was a “Soft Style” meaning that to make its defensive and offensive techniques work adiquately ment that it relied on the practitioner to develop an abundance of internal energy (Neiqi). This can only come about by the practitioner of the Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu practicing some Qigong exercises that can range from practicing either guiding and leading breathing exercises (Daoyin) to standing Post work (Zhangong) to some sitting Meditation (Jing Zuo Gong). it is vitally important that every teacher and student practices Qigong alongside their striking, kckng, wrestling and throwing methods, as without it you can no longer call your Feng Shou-Gongfu an internal martial art.
When I first started to learn the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu I was always fascinated by the saying that was quoted on all of Master Chee Soo’s posters and leaflets about Feng Shou-Gongfu using the “The Softness Of A Butterfly’s Wing, Yet As Strong As Steel”. When I finally had the opportunity to ask him exactly what it meant, as I found it very paradoxal, how could you be soft yet hard at the same time. Master Chee Soo then went on to say that Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu looked soft and relaxed on the outside, but its strength came from the inside from the development of cultivating and transporting our qi around our body to add strength and power to our defensive and offensive techniques. To do this meant that every student must practice their Guiding and leading breathing exercises (Daoyin) on a regular basis to empower themselves.
We at the LFIAA offer students of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu three different training methods of cultivating and circulating their qi to empower their defensive and offensive fighting methods and to also maintain and improve their health.
- Martial Guiding & Leading Breathing Exercise (Daoyin)
- Standing Post (Zhangong)
- Sitting Meditation Work (Jing Zuo Gong)
Firstly the Martial Daoyin exercises that are taught to students are closely related to the defensive and offensive movements of the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu and are not something completely different to what each student practices. As the Gongfu is Qigong and Qigong is Gongfu both are closely linked. Secondly the Standing Post Qigong methods that are taught also involve both the stances and arm actions of what are actually used within the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu.
Again, sadly today many other organisations and associations that also teach the Feng Shou-Gongfu do not advocate any practice of Martial Daoyin or Qigong work to their students. If they do then its either taijiquan or some other non related method that it used and taught to their students. Original Feng Shou Martial Qigong has it own unique style that is related to it actual defensive and offensive methods as they are all one and the same. But without the practice of Daoyin/Qigong exercises then the fighting techniques that each student performs will be empty, weak and hollow and not internal.