Because the Original Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is considered to be an internal martial art (Neijiaquan) that emphasises relaxation, pliability and internal power through the body being constantly on the move. Developing whole body power (Zheng Shen Li) within the fighting techniques of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu means that the stepping methods (Bu Fa), hand methods (Shou Fa) and body methods (Shen Fa) have to be fully connected together smoothly to issue full body power and strength into its defensive and offensive techniques. The practitioner of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu learns to apply the Six External Harmonies which are.
- The shoulders align with the hips.
- The elbows align with the knees.
- The Hands align with the feet.
The whole body needs to work together, with the root and start of the movement coming up from the both feet, the power then entering the waist and the connection going through to the both hands. The smoothness of the whole Bodywork is the foundation and goal that every student must learn to develop within their training and fighting techniques. If the hands, feet and waist are mis-timed the whole body will be sluggish and weak and it’s movement will be awkward. An obvious mis-timed movement that can lack power within the defensive or offensive fighting techniques of Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu is if the practitioner uses their hands first without moving their feet, whereas they should learn to move their feet first as the hands arrive second, but again it is important that their waist is also involved to skilfully direct the power.
Hand techniques and footwork should work together (Shou Fa Bu Fa Yao Xiang Sui) be it a defensive or offensive fighting method. That is why the Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu practitioner trains constantly combining their hand techniques with their footwork, hence developing their Six External Harmonies to issue power into their techniques as without power an opponent will not fear you. It is only through a longtime of regular practice that can take many hours, days, weeks, months and even years that the practitioner will begin to develop their Bodywork skilfully enough to issue great power into their fighting techniques, sadly in today’s world not many are willing to put the time and effort into their training to achieve this level .