The practice of harnessing, and collecting the internal energy (Neiqi) to develop power and strength in the defensive and offensive techniques of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is of vital importance for every single practitioner, as the gathering and transportation of the internal energy will also help to maintain and improve the practitioners health and wellbeing and that is why every practitioner should regularly be practicing methods of gathering the internal energy both within their classes and on a daily basis as a solo practice of their own. Sadly today not many individuals who study Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu are taught any methods of how to harness and transport the internal energy other than performing a single “Four Position Daoyin Breathng Exercise” usually at the beginning of each class training session or they are encouraged to participate in learning Tai Chi.
If we consider that Feng Shou Uuan-Gongfu as an internal martial art then the practice of cultivating the internal energy for its usage within its martial art techniques and health should be practiced more on a bigger scale. Laying a much better foundation with a variety of qigong training methods that every practitioner can perform both within the class training session, but more importantly to be encouraged to practice them daily on their own. These qigong exercises should resemble the movements and actions that are already being used both defensively and offensively as part of the Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu training. Students should not be old to go and learn another system of qigong that does not resemble the actions and movements of their own martial art style.
Within he LFIAA Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu students are taught a series of individual martial Qigong exercises that are then linked together in a continuous martial Qigong form (Feng Shou Quan Wu Gong Shi). Each of the martial Qigong exercises are performed slowly at first to allow the student to develop their awareness and sensitivity to gather and transport their internal energy throughout their whole body but especially into their extremities. Secondly each student are then taught these martial Qigong exercise to release their martial power (Fa Jing) at a much faster pace. Alongside the martial qigong form exercises the age also taught eight standing post Qigong methods that again can be performed singularly on their own or linked together in a variety of different forms. The Eight standing post Qigong postures are.
- Riding Horse (Ma Bu Shi)
- Dragon (Long Shi)
- Cat (Mao Shi)
- Leopard (Pao Shi
- Snake (She Shi)
- Scissor (Jian Dao Shi)
- Monkey (Hou Shi)
- Dog (Gou Shi)
Each of the above eight individual postures each have their own hand/arm held postures to encourage the blood (Xue) and energy (Qi) to flow into the extremities. All the postures can interchange with each other in a multitude of variations, they are all performed with deep breathing to cultivate and harness the internal energy (Neiqi) and to strengthen the physical, mental and energetic aspects of each individual. In the accompanying photo Laoshi Keith Ewers is seen holding the “Dragon Posture” (Long Shi) one of the Eight Standing Post Qigong exercises (Ba Zhan Gong Fa).