There are many benefits one can receive from the regular practice of the Internal Mind & Body Arts (Neijiaquan) of Taijiquan, Bagua Zhang, Qigong and Gongfu especially as one begins to grow older. Many individuals simply practice either Taijiquan or Qigong purely for the purpose of helping them to attain a sense of relaxation, but all of the Internal Arts that are taught within the LFIAA By Laoshi Keith Ewers offers each individual the ability to attain good health and fitness into their old age, as through the practice of such Internal Arts like Feng Shou Quan-Gongfu or Bagua Zhang for example you are able to perform such actions like balancing on one leg in full control of your body, or having the flexibility and nimbleness to lower your body close to the floor and then rise smoothly into another movement. It is only when you take a closer look at your friends or work colleagues who are of the same age as yourself and realise how much more fitter and flexible you are, then you realise how through the regular practice of either your Taijiquan or Qigong exercises or your Gongfu martial art practice that you begin to understand how it allows you to grow old and still maintain your youthfulness.
Obviously it takes time to develop a discipline that you can practice on a daily basis in the comfort of your own home or in the company of friends in a training hall or in a local park. At first you do not see or feel any difference in yourself other than feeling more relaxed and maybe a bit fitter. But after a few years or so you notice that you don’t seem to fall ill so much and that you sleep deeply at night. It is then that you suddenly look around and notice how much older your friends look and you see then begin to suffer with ailments such as colds, influenza, arthritis, hypertension and having to have a knee or hip replacements. It is only then that you see the benefits of your daily sacrifice to practice your Taijiquan or Qigong that you begin to see the benefits of its study in helping you to remain young in your old age.
There is a saying that “When we are young we spend all of our time making money, while in our old age we are spending the money we earned in our young age to keep us healthy”. But if you are lucky enough to start studying either Qigong or Taijiquan or Gongfu in your young age and can maintain its practice through your life, then you will be able to still live an active and independent lifestyle retaining your youthfulness as you grow older. I personally believe that your health is your own responsibility and no one else’s and if you look after yourself in your young age and can maintain it as you go through your life. Then you will greatly benefit from your sacrifice and discipline to look after yourself in your old age.
Many individuals study the martial arts mainly to defend themselves from bully’s within the work place or school or even at home. Some individuals enter In competitions to win trophy’s and medals or money, but after a few years of practicing stop due to injury or loss of interest or old age? The Chinese Internal Martial Arts of Feng Shou Quan -Gongfu or Bagua Zhang not only places great emphasis on developing the individual ability to skilfully be able to defend oneself from any aggressive situation. But it also places a greater emphasis on maintaining and improving one’s general health and wellbeing to be able to still practice these mind, body & spirit disciplines well into their old age still attaining their youthfulness.