Another aspect to the study and practice of the LFIAA Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu is to be able to connect your energy (Qi) with your Strength (Li). This is part of the Six Internal Harmony theory (Nei Liuhe) that every Internal Martial Arts practitioner must learn and skilfully acquire if their defensive and offensive fighting methods are going to be effective enough to defend themselves. Firstly every student must regularly practice the Martial Qigong (Wu Gong) like the “Basic Four Corner Blocking Qigong Exercise” (Jiben Si Jiao Zu Gong Fa) that is taught within the structure of the LFIAA Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu training syllabus, at first they must learn to perform the exercises slowly, co-ordinating their breathing and movements together to allow their Intention (Yi) to connect to their body (Xing) and secondly for their Intention (Yi) to connect to their energy (Qi). Obviously they need to perform each exercise slowly to develop their awareness and sensitivity of the movement of their Qi as it begins to flow throughout their bodies, they should begin to experience sensations like tingling, heat or warmth, a feeling of fullness, heaviness, lightness and even movement as the Qi flows along a limb or raises and lowers inside the body.
My teacher Master Chee Soo always mentioned that for a complete beginner to be able to feel their own Qi, at least take up to twelve months of practice before they began to feel warmth or tingling in their limbs. Again the more the individual can spend practicing their Four Corner Blocking Qigong Exercises the quicker they will be able to cultivate and mobiles their Qi. At first every student should practice the Four Corner Blocking Qigong slowly until they experience the sensations of Qi movement inside of themselves, once they can experience the Qi moving inside and can activate it quickly into their limbs, then the next stage is to then connect their Qi with their Strength (Li).
In the accompanying video that comes with this blog Laoshi Keith Ewers is seen performing the “Moving Four Corner Blocking Qigong Exercise” (Dong Si Jiao Zu Gong Fa) with issuing energy (Fajing) allowing his Qi to connect with his Strength (Li) to create whole body power (Zheng Shen Li) both in his defensive and offensive fighting techniques. This particular stage of Martial Qigong practice must not be practiced until the student can actually feel and sense their Qi move inside of themselves, as the exercise will just become a physical practice and not an Internal/External Yin & Yang harmonising together practice.
Today within the world wide community of the many Feng Shou-Kung Fu individual, clubs and associations that represent the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu Style as taught by Master Chee Soo. Sadly to many simply place their concentration on learning and practicing the striking, kicking, wrestling and throwing techniques. Rather than spending the same amount of time cultivating their energy (Qi) and strength (Li) development through the correct practice of their Feng Shou-Kung Fu Martial Qigong practice which delivers their power source not only to their fighting techniques but to their over-al health and wellbeing..
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