When I started to learn the Li Family’s Internal Martial Art of Feng Shou-Fu. Especially its martial arts breathing exercises, the only reason mentioned for practicing these breathing exercise methods was to cultivate one’s own Qi, there was never any mention of how to develop the issuing of power (Jin), through the use of these same particular martial qigong breathing exercises that was taught, for which there was only a few. Even within our present time with loads of interested individuals now taking up the Li Family’s Feng Shou-Kung Fu to practice some internal martial art, these same breathing exercises are still being taught by many teachers, who constantly push the Qi cultivation aspect, but not the structure or development method of how to issue power (Jin), using these same martial qigong breathing exercises.
Learning how to issue power (Fa Jin) in both the defensive and offensive fighting methods is of great Importance for every person who practices any internal martial art, Irrespective if it is Feng Shou-Kung Fu. As without the ability to promote the issuing of power, then everyone’s techniques are useless, as they cannot hurt or stop another individual trying to do the same to themselves. So over the many years that I have been studying and practicing other internal martial arts like the “Eight Changing Palms” (Baguazhang) it has come to my own attention that the development on how to issue power (Jin) is lacking from the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu’s training. So we at the LFIAA now perform our martial qigong breathing exercise in two training methods.
The first method of practicing the martial qigong exercises for students who study the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu, as to be performed slowly with many repetitions, co-ordinating the breathing with the movements and using the mind (Yi) to lead the Qi to the extremities. These particular slow martial qigong breathing exercises can be performed static, staying in one position or they can be performed moving, the student would practice these exercise in a slow manner until they could feel the movement of Qi within themselves.
The second method of practicing the martial qigong exercises for students, would be then to learn how to combine their Qi with their (Li) or physical strength to issue power (Fa Jin). These particular exercises would only be taught to students who can feel they Qi movement into their extremities, the exercises would again be combined with the breath, using the mind (Yi) to lead the Qi and (Li) strength to issue power (Fa Jin). But on the exhale the movement would speed up to allow power to be released through correct body method (Shen Fa) and hand methods (Shou Fa). The speeding up of the movements on the exhale is to produce more Qi to flow much faster into the extremities for defensive or offensive usage.
Master Chee Soo once told me many years ago, that the martial qigong methods must come naturally from the defensive & offensive actions that one uses within the practice of the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu. So it is important that your martial qigong exercises resemble the actions of your Feng Shou-Kung Fu movements, at first they are performed slowly, but after a few years of practicing the same actions slowly, they then must be performed faster to balance both Yin & Yang to issue power into your fighting techniques, as without the ability to issue power (Fa Jin) your fighting techniques are hollow, empty and useless, like throwing snowballs at an elephant to try and stop it advancing.