Over the many years that I have been practicing and teaching the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu I have noticed for a very longtime how many teachers and students seem to spend more time on practicing the external, physical (Wai Gong) aspects of Feng Shou-Kung Fu, such as performing all of the striking, kicking, wrestling and throwing techniques, forms and drills. Sadly no one seems to advocate the importance of practicing and developing the internal, mental (Nei Gong) aspects of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu, this is mainly down to the fact that many teachers of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu do not have not developed a good martial qigong practice that they can pass onto their students to help them strengthen their Qi cultivation, strengthen their ability to concentrate and improve their mind & body connections.Teachers should spend enough time encouraging their students to practice their martial qigong Internal/mental practice, just as much as they practice and perform all of the external/physical training methods.
Many teachers of the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu will properly only teach two Daoyin/Qigong exercise to their students, usually right at the beginning of the class and then at the end of the class, again it is usually the same Daoyin/Qigong exercise taught in every class and only a short period of the class training session is spent on practicing them. The more the teacher can develop a good Daoyin/Qigong routine that consists of a series of Daoyin/Qigong exercises that can be performed either on their own or connected together in a sequence or form. To become a complete practitioner of the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu the individual should be training and developing both their external/physical and internal/mental qualities, so that our whole being is nourished, strengthened and maintained.
To many individuals are caught up in simply improving their fitness, stamina, physical strength and flexibility through their Feng Shou-Kung Fu training. Don’t get me wrong this is important, but it should not be the only thing that is developed and over trained. Developing your mental strength, awareness to connect and become sensitive to the cultivation, storing and circulation of your vital energy (Qi) to then combine with your external qualities together in harmony must be the true aim of every practitioner of the Original Feng Shou-Knight Fu.
Within the Original Feng Shou-Kung Fu as taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers students are taught many types of martial qigong exercises to allow them to cultivate their Qi and strengthen their mental qualities to help them improve their Feng Shou-Kung Fu skill in being able to issue whole body power (Zheng Shen Li) and strength into both their defensive and offensive fighting methods. Another aspect to developing both the external and internal aspects of ourselves and properly the most important reason of them all is the maintenance of good health and wellbeing. If you spend to much time simply training on the more external/physical aspects of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu. Then there is a possibility that there is a chance that as each individual gradually gets older they begin to suffer with physical injuries from their training such as pulled muscles, joint problems, blood pressure problems etc. Which then leads to them having to completely stop their training of the Feng Shou-Kung Fu.
Whereas, if they balanced their Feng Shou-Kung Fu training with some martial qigong practice that taught them how to maintain a relaxed, supple body, a strong mental intent that taught them how to cultivate their internal strength the chancers are that they would still be tra8ning their Feng Shou-Kung Fu into their old age with good health and wellbeing. Obviously like everything else in life each individual must be prepared to train regularly from day to day both on the external and internal aspects of their Feng Shou-Kung Fu if they wish to prolong their Feng Shou-Kung Fu training into they old age.