LFIAA How To Relieve Stress With Internal Martial Arts Training.

In today’s fast, hectic modern lifestyle many individuals suffer with work related stress which unfortunately has become a “norm” for many people all around the world. Limited resources, long working hours, demanding deadlines,, job insecurity and the pressure of interpersonal conflict can greatly affect the individuals emotional, mental and physical health. With our fast paced world we all need to take a break and distance ourselves from the stresses and strains of everyday life, it is important that we all take a moment to breathe and reconnect and centre ourselves. For this purpose, the Martial Arts Training works well as a method of stress relieve.

Clear your Mind and Replenish your energy levels.

Training within the Martial Arts can be a personal place of sanctuary for stress relief by physically and mentally distancing yourself from the stress of everyday life for a while. No matter whether your Martial Arts Training is performed in a training hall, or classroom or in a park in your spare time during the week either at work or at home, simply practicing your chosen Martial Art itself will force you to concentrate your physical and mental attention on your practice, so clearing your mind. In addition the Chinese Internal Martial Arts also involve the practice of Internal Martial Arts Qigong or breathing exercises that also involve stretching of the muscles, tendons and joints focusing the mind and body. Internal Martial Arts Qigong practice focuses your breathe to oxygenate the muscles, making them become more relaxed and pliable. Indeed, the more you progress and advance within the Internal Martial Arts, it is apparent that the more relaxed your muscles become is a fundamental stage to performing well.

Improving human relationships -Respect, Humility, Integrity And Benevolence.

Practicing the Internal Martial Arts is being part of a family group as all students and members are considered to be your brother and sisters, which means that you show each other respect, kindness and benevolence etc. Hence the relationships you develop with your other class mates can help to develop a better relationship with your boss, work colleagues and customers. Respect, humility and integrity are all tenets of every Traditional Internal Martial Art, how you treat someone in the training hall is exactly how you will treat people in other areas of your life. The patience and fortitude you learn along your Internal Martial Arts journey can help you to navigate the sometimes difficult interpersonal situations that we can encounter in the workplace.

There are many people who have managed to change their stressful lives through the study and practice of the Internal Martial Arts. If your job has you stressed out physically and mentally, and you are suffering from back ache or back pain and your energy levels are low. Then take up the practice of the Internal Martial Arts as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers of the LFIAA and learn how to recharge yourself with Internal Martial Art Qigong, Striking, Kicking, Wrestling and Throwing.

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LFIAA Developing the Unseen thru the practice of Qigong.

Within the study and practice of the Chinese internal arts that are taught by the LFIAA under the direction of Laoshi Keith Ewers many individuals concentrate on developing the more obvious physical qualities the aspects that can be seen., such as their balance, relaxation, fitness and flexibility, while in the Chinese internal arts this would be considered as developing the external (Wai Gong) aspect to each persons training. Whereas the individual who practices of the internal arts (Neijiaquan) should also concentrate on developing the “Unseen” qualities which are considered to be internal or (Nei Gong) aspects, what then do we mean exactly as developing the “Unseen” qualities, firstly the individual must begin to improve their breathing (Xi) so that it is long, deep, smooth, thin, slow and quiet the breathing can only be felt by the individual themselves, second ly this will then lead them to strengthen their own concentration which needs to grow to be able to prolong their mental focus over a long period of time, again this can only be performed b the individual over a long period of training and is not obvious to anyone else, thirdly is to then feel and sense the movement of their own internal energy known as their Qi as it travels around the whole body.

Today, many individuals who study and practice either Taijiquan or a particular qigong style mainly focus their training on the physical aspects of their chosen subject, rather than focusing more on their mental and energetic qualities. Such as their Qi for example which cannot be seen, it cannot be tasted nor can the individual smell it. It can only be felt or sensed as it travels and moves through the whole body, again it is an “Unseen” quality that many individuals will never be able to Master as they focus to much of their time on developing only their physical quality’s. But gradually overtime if the individual is truly committed to developing and harmonising their external and internal quality’s while practicing either their Qigong or taijiquan.

Obviously it takes a lot of time, patience, commitment and discipline from each individual to cultivate and develop their “Unseen” energy to the point that it all of their training is guided towards and around the development of their Qi. It is said by Masters of the Chinese Internal Arts that when a student begins their practice of qigong for example at first they are develop their physical attributes, gradually as the body becomes stronger they will soon realise that their mind needs to becomes stronger, so that body & mind can connect together, as their mental strength becomes stronger the individuals own actions become more precise and accurate, then gradually as the individuals skill begins to grow to a high level the development of their Qi begins to strengthen so that the individual allows their Qi to guides their movements. Which in-turn then leads the individual to attain the highest level which is to allow their spirit (Shen) to guide everything that they do in the practice of their Qigong or taijiquan, sadly not everyone who practices taijiquan or Qigong will ever reach this level as it takes a tremendous amount of time and commitment from each person and sadly today not everyone is that dedicated.

Today as a teacher we are happy just to have some students begin to remember the actions never mind feel their own Qi Within our present time everyone expects quick results from very little practice time and in the internal arts the individual who practices them for health and wellbeing truly knows that the true medicine that one can receive from committed practice over a very long period of training towards strengthen, nourishing the whole body towards good health, wellbeing and long life can only be produces through the cultivation and harnessing of the “Unseen”.

LFIAA Lishi Taijiquan “Gathering Heavens Qi Posture”

What is the importance of drawing the left leg up alongside the right foot at the beginning of the “Gathering Heavens Qi Posture”. The reason why I ask this question is that I have seen individuals actually close their legs together, whereas in all of the other styles of taijiquan everyone begins with their both legs shoulder width apart. Surely bringing the both legs together so that they are touching causes them to become tense and rigid and effects the flow of Qi and blood into the both legs, another aspect is that by bringing the both feet together closes the “Meeting of Yin” (Huiyin Conception Meridian 1 Point) ) which is located between the both legs and is where all the Yin channels within the legs meet. So it is an important energy point (Qixue) that must be kept open to allow the Qi to circulate freely throughout the whole body and so this area must be kept soft and relaxed as is found in other styles of Taijiquan.

So does it matter if you draw your both feet towards each other and touch them together as many do who study and practice the Li/Lee Style Taijiquan. I think it does matter, as I believe that many individuals simply perform the Lishi Taijiquan form without any consideration towards how their actions can effect their Qi flow, they simply just perform their Li Style Taijiquan form for relaxation purposes and pay no attention to sensing their Qi movement in the practice of their form work. It always pays to question your Taijiquan movements and see if they can be improved not to just allow the movements to flow smoothly together, but to see if they actually hinder the circulation of Qi because both feet are touching or the arm is resting against the body and it should not be. Obviously all the movements of the Lishi Taijiquan form should be circular in the actions and should smoothly flow from one to another encouraging the Qi and blood to flow smoothly and for the nervous system to become calm and relaxed.

So once you step off to the side with your left foot into a neutral bear stance do you have to draw your both feet together the answer is no of cause not, simply use your both legs to help raise and lower your both arms as is the “Gathering Heavens Qi Posture” should be and then continue into the next posture. The Beginning “Gathering Heavens Qi Posture” and the finishing Posture “Gathering Earth’s Qi” should be the only time that the individual has their body weight evenly distributed between their legs, as these two postures are “Double Weighted Stances” or double Yang stances everything after and before these two postures should then be a combination of Yin & Yang Stepping and stances.

LFIAA Kunlun Swimming Dragon Qigong “ Silk Reeling Methods” ( Chansijin Fa)

The Daoist Kunlun Swimming Dragon Qigong is a very powerful exercise because of its coiling, twisting and spiralling movements which the Chinese call “Reeling Silk Work” (Chansigong) which makes the Qi spiral around inside the body as it travels through the energy pathways known as meridians and channels ( Jingluo). The twisting and coiling actions also gently stretch the tendons, muscles and joints of the entire body releasing muscular tension and stiffness that as accumulated within the body due to inadequate working conditions and the stresses and strains of a fast paced lifestyle can bring. Everyday our bodies are constantly under attack from tension and stiffness that can have a very negative effect on our health causing us to become irritable, depressed and miserable with ourselves and our loved ones. Practicing the Swimming Dragon Qigong Exercise can help to replenish your body of low energy levels that can be trapped inside the muscles and joints because of the tension and stiffness that has built up over a long period of time through its dynamic stretching movements the tension and stiffness can be released allowing for the individual to fully relax.

The reeling silk movements that are to be found in the practice of the Swimming Dragon Qigong can simply involve the twisting of the arms and torso all at the same time or the whole body including the legs can also be twisted and spiralled to stretch and dredge the Yin & Yang meridians and channels (Jingluo) clean of any sickly, turbid energy that has accumulated within the energy pathways. As the individual begins to perform the reeling silk actions of the Swimming Dragon Qigong form they will begin to experience various sensations inside them such as the whole body suddenly feeling very warm or hot, a tingling sensation within the fingers and feet and a thickening of the extremities as more blood and Qi flow into them.

Above all the Swimming Dragon Qigong can help individuals who suffer with back problems caused by muscular tension being trapped in their back due to having to remain in an ark ward body position like leaning over a desk or having to constantly stand upright in one position while working for long hours. Or for individuals who suffer with stiffness of the spinal column and hip joints. The twisting, coiling and spiralling actions of the silk reeling (Chansijin) methods of the Swimming Dragon Qigong help to stretch open the joints of the spinal column and joints allowing for better circulation of the blood and Qi to enter and strengthen the body’s health.