Within the LFIAA Original Li Style (Lishi) Feng Shou-Kung Fu has taught by Laoshi Keith Ewers. Students are taught a wide variety of Martial Guiding & Leading Exercises (Wu Shu Daoyin Fa) to promote the cultivation of Qi to strengthen each individuals health and to generate internal power that can be used within the defensive and offensive fighting methods. When we practice any of the martial guiding & leading exercises they are performed at two speeds, firstly the student will spend time just moving slowly, coordinating their breathing with their movements and making sure that the breathing, which should be deep, long, even, slow, smooth and quiet dictates the over-al speed of the exercise. This allows the mind, body, breath to harmonise together to mobilise the circulation of the essences (Jing) and Qi (energy) to flow freely throughout the whole body, but especially into the four extremities as it is the four limbs that are used to defend oneself.
The second training method to the martial Daoyin exercise methods that are practiced by students of the Li Style (Lishi) Feng Shou-Kung Fu and once they have spent a few weeks and months of regular slow practice they can then begin to perform the issuing method (Fa Jing) from their chosen martial Daoyin practices. When performing the (Fa Jing) issuing of power each individual as to make sure that they have both good body alignment and harmony of the whole body mechanics that is needed to issue the Qi. When performing the (Fa Jing) Daoyin method the student has to speed up their whole bodies actions to be able to issue their internal power using a shaking action of the whole body that quickly pulses the Qi into the four extremities.
At a much deeper level each individual has to recognise what Qi cavities (Qixue) are used within the practice of a particular martial Daoyin exercise. They obviously at first need to learn how to open and close these Qi cavities using correct body actions and to then coordinate their deep breathing with the opening (Kai) and closing (He) of these Qi cavities which must be performed slowly at first for a long time until the individual can begin to feel and sense the movement of their Qi as it moves inside themselves. Once the Qi begins to mobilise itself and the individual can experience the mobilisation of their Qi, they then can begin to speed up their martial Daoyin exercise to generate a powerful release (Fa Jing) of internal energy (Nei Qi).
As my teach Master Chee Soo once said to me, you begin by practicing certain martial Daoyin exercises to develop your mind, body, breath connections and to attain a high level of skill in the manipulation of the Qi within your body to use it to add strength and power to your defensive & offensive fighting techniques. At a much higher level the whole of your practice of Feng Shou-Kung Fu becomes a Qi based practice as the harmony of both the external and internal aspects becomes natural (Ziran) to the individual. But it takes a lot of self discipline to practice your martial art Daoyin exercises regularly to achieve a high level of natural ability to issue your internal power.
There are many people who are practicing the standardised taiji qigong eighteen Exercises. But do not realise that each particular exercise must involve the harmonisation of the five components of the body, which are the Legs (Tui), Body (Shen), Hands (Shou), Breathing (Xi) and the Eyes (Yan). Many people perform the taiji qigong exercises simply just moving their arms and legs, but ignore the actions of the waist (Yao) and their concentration is poor, as there is isolated movements with just the arms moving, but nothing else moves. In taijiquan there is a saying that I often use and mention a lot to my own students which is ” If one part of the body moves, everything moves. If one part of the body stops moving, then the whole body stops moving”. This means that the five components of the body must be fully harmonised during every taiji qigong exercise.
The action of the legs helps the body to rise and sink, whereas, the turning of the waist helps to guide the four extremities and connects the upper and lower body together. The hands and arms draw three different types of circles an horizontal, vertical, and sideward circle that sometimes combine together and either both small and large circles. The breathing dictates the speed of each exercise and promotes respiratory and cardiovascular wellbeing, the eyes are said to be the windows of the mind (concentration) and they must be used to harmonise all the components together smoothly.
Even thou each of the taiji qigong standardised eighteen exercises are very easy to learn and perform. They are very hard to master, as there are many layers to each of them that allows each individual to develop great depth, understanding and skill in the performance of each of the taiji qigong exercises, allowing for each individual to attain a very high level of proficiency. I remember taking some students through a taiji qigong class and these particular individuals have participated in taiji qigong for about four or five years. Because of their experience we were able to cover a quite a few layers to the “turn the waist & push palm” exercise and because of this the practice become very meditative. When we finished the training session everyone mentioned that they could not believe how quickly the time had gone by, and the reason for this was that each individual was so totally involved in their own taiji qigong practice that time was irreverent.
To use the Li Style Qin Na joint locking techniques effectively, each practitioner must be prepared to dislocate or break (Zhe) the opponents joints to totally disable them and finish the confrontation. When applying the Qin Na joint locks it is important that each practitioner has a good understanding on how to apply the basic mechanics and principles in Li Style Qin Na. Which are applying strength/force in the correct direction, using correct angles, fulcrums and leverages in using minimum strength to apply fast, practical, powerful and effective joint locking methods.
To apply a dislocation or breaking the opponents joints. A practitioner needs to develop their Rotation (Xuan Fa) Methods to separate the opponents tendons and sinews along the axis of the joint through circular rotation. The next method to learn to be able to break or dislocate an opponents joint is the ability to Twist (Ning) the opponents arm as the axis makes a twisting, wringing movement, this twisting method will separate the tendons. Thirdly the next method to learn and successfully use is the Mis-placing or breaking method, the sinews in the centre of the joint are separated (Fen) by bending or folding the joint forcefully using a compressing technique.
Today, when learning to apply Qin Na joint locking techniques they are mainly used to subdue and immobilise an opponent. But against a very aggressive attacker, just trying to subdue them can use up a tremendous amount of energy and strength, and there is always the possibility that they are much stronger than you thought and can escape from your joint lock. This is were the Li Style Qin Na practitioner has to be prepared to break and dislocate the opponents joints to immediately disable the attacker and to stop the confrontation quickly, especially if there are more than just one attacker.
To break or dislocate a joint just needs plenty of concentration, intent (Yi), force/ strength (Li) and accurate Qin Na basic mechanic principles, angle, fulcrum, leverage etc. This means any girl, boy, women or man can learn fast, practical Li Style Qin Na joint locking techniques to defend themselves effectively against various types of holds, grips, punches and kicks and subdue, immobilise or even dislocate, break an opponents joint to defend oneself.
With today’s rising crime rate growing, and many people being attacked in their own home with doorstep crooks forcing themselves into the house. Is it no wonder why it is in the best interest of everybody to start learning some type of self defence to protect themselves and their family. The easy to learn, fast, practical and effective joint locking methods of the Li Style (Lishi) Qin Na-Kung Fu are a great way for individuals to learn self defence. Each individual begins by learning how to escape and break free of various types of holds and grips, they then gradually begin to learn a vast amount of joint locking techniques to Mis-Place or break the the bone methods (Cuo Gu Qin Na Fa), or dividing the tendon methods (Fen Jin Qin Na Fa), or Sealing the blood strangulation Methods (Duan Mai Fa), or Sealing the breath Methods (Bi Qi Fa), even striking or pressing the points methods (Dian Da Xue Fa). Any of these particular methods in combination with each other can be quickly used to subdue or immobilise an aggressive attack.
The Li Style (Lishi) Qin Na-Kung Fu For Self Defence involves the skilful use of angles, leverage, compression techniques that need little strength to apply. This means that all of the joint locking techniques used to defend oneself can be effectively applied by girl’s, boy’s, women and men. As no big muscles are needed for them to work, just a superior knowledge of basic body physics, angles, leverage, precision, accuracy, timing and speed etc.
It is very surprising to see how a women can easily control a much physically bigger man by simply applying a finger locking method to Mis-place or break the bone (Cuo Gu Qin Na Fa) on the much bigger male and see the pain that is inflicted by the women’s joint locking technique, can be used easily to control and subdue them. Hence, why it is so important nowadays for everyone to learn some self defence, as an assault can happen at anytime in your place of work, school, university, home or just out walking the dog.
The Li Style (Lishi) Qin Na-Kung Fu For Self Defence teaches individuals to develop their self confidence, self awareness and self discipline. Through regular practice each particular technique will become natural and easy to perform from any particular direction. Once the individual as become proficient from breaking free of holds and grips, applying fast, powerful joint locking methods. The next stage is to learn how to disarm, subdue and immobilise an armed attacker who is holding a knife against you.
When individual’s begin to learn and practice the Li Style (Lishi) Tai Chi Square Yard Form. They always ask what are the health benefits from practicing this particular style of Tai Chi, and I always mention that the whole body benefits as long as each individual maintains their self discipline to regularly practice, some times solo on their own or with another group or individual. As it is only from regular practice and a healthy diet and plenty of time to rest, that every individual can receive the many health benefits Tai Chi has to offer them. Sadly within our very fast and stressful lifestyles that many people are now living, not everyone is able to practice regularly as work, family and social commitments can get in the way of their free time. Especially the young and middle aged individuals who are looking for work or who are already working many long hours. Sadly, it is the much older individuals who have retired from work or who are now working less hours that can now find the time take up the practice of Tai Chi.
Anyway, the small (Xiao) and big (Da) circular turning (Zhuan) actions that are employed by the whole body as each individual performs the Li Style (Lishi) Tai Chi will gently help to stretch the soft tissues of the body, which includes the skin, fascia, tendons and muscles., helping to release stuck tension that as accumulated deep within the soft tissue due to incorrect exercise, over working, mental stress, worry, anxiety etc, as the stuck physical, mental and emotional tension is gradually released through regular practice of the turning actions of the Li Style (Lishi) Tai Chi. Which in-turn helps to increase the circulation of blood (Xue), lymph (Linba) and energy (Qi) to flow smoothly around the entire body, nourishing and strengthen the over-al health and wellbeing of every person.
There is small (Xiao) turning (Zhuan) of the arms and legs that stretches the muscles around the bones (Gu) of the extremities, gently massaging the bones to maintain their pliability and suppleness, slowing down the ability of the bones to stiffen and become brittle as we all grow older, but more importantly to help slow the ageing process. The large (Da) turning actions are performed by the waist and torso, using the core muscles to stretch the skin, fascia, tendons and muscles of the rib cage and intercostal muscles, which will also stretch the large muscles of the back, affecting the flexibility of the spinal column by releasing stuck tension that may lay deep within the soft tissue allowing for a more relaxed and loose body.
The characteristics of the Li Style (Lishi) Tai Chi Square Yard Form is it’s ability to turn the whole body in a 180 Degree turn. Which is performed on a variety of occasions, developing the flexibility and pliability of the entire body. The small and large turning actions also allows every individual to perform this style of Tai Chi within a small confined space. It is this ability to perform small and big turning actions of the whole body that allows it to change direction and be practiced within a small confined space. Which is the reason why the Li Style (Lishi) Tai Chi has become a very popular exercise for thousands of people around the whole world to maintain and improve their health and wellbeing, irrespective of age or gender.
Studying and practicing the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu for Self Defence will teach each person how to effectively protect themselves by utilising powerful, easy to learn, practical and effect joint locking techniques like Mis-placing the bone methods (Cao Gu Fa), Separating the tendons methods (Fen Jin Fa), Sealing the breath (Choking) methods (Bi Qi Fa), Sealing the blood (Strangulation) methods (Duan Mai Fa) and Pressing points method (Dian Xue Fa). These particular techniques do not need a great amount of physical strength to apply them, but with a superior knowledge of angles, leverage, compression and tactile skill any female can apply them quickly and effectively to break free and escape using a powerful joint locking technique that can seriously disable an assailant.
As each person studies and practices regularly with different training partners over a long period of time and with plenty of patience. Their Self Confidence will gradually begin to grow as their own understanding, knowledge and skill level grows in becoming more accurate and efficient in their application of the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu techniques. Obviously, if a person as been a victim of a physical assault, then their own self confidence can take a long time to develop as they begin to trust their own ability to protect themselves using the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu Self Defence techniques.
Through learning how to break free and escape from the many ways that an assailant can take a hold of you, from either side of the body, or from behind or from the front of the body. Each individual begins to develop their own Self Awareness to feel for the assailants bodyweight, strength and balance through their tactile awareness and then learn how to manipulate the assailants balance and strength against themselves to help them break free and subdue their assailant with a powerful and painful Qin Na technique.
As the individuals skill develops in their ability to use their Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu with great efficient accuracy and smoothness. Then their Self Discipline also grows in being able to use the correct technique to escape and immobilise their assailant at the right time from any particular direction. It is only after regular practice of the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu over a long period of months and years that each individual female or Male, young or old can begin to develop and strengthen their own Self Confidence, Self Awareness and Self Discipline.
Learning the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu as a method of Self Defence can and will develop any person’s own self confidence. As they gradually learn and become more proficient with their understanding and knowledge of applying any of the Qin Na joint locking techniques on various types of individuals, from any type of hold or grip, from any direction. Their own Self Confidence will begin to grow and develop, irrespective wether they are a Male or a Female. Obviously if the individual has been involved in a serious assault on themselves, then it can take a longtime for that particular individual to begin to develop some Self Confidence. But with plenty of time and patience they can begin to regain their confidence and skill to protect themselves if assaulted again.
Learning how to use your Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu to escape and break free from many types of holds and grips that can be applied from a standing, sitting or lying position will definitely develop each person’s Self Awareness. Owing to the fact that an assailant can approach and hold on to you from any direction, means that each individual as to develop their tactile self awareness to feel their assailant from a 360 degree position. Females are very concerned and scared from being attacked from behind as the surprise and force of the assault can greatly shock and traumatise them into panic. But with regular practice over a long period of time they can begin to develop their Self Confidence, which in-turn will allow them relax and trust their own Self Awareness to feel for their assailants bodyweight and strength, which they can manipulate to help them break free and escape using some kind of Qin Na joint locking technique that can be used to disable the assailant.
Developing your Self Discipline, is to trust your own skill to effectively apply your Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu techniques under great pressure. This can only come from sacrificing many hours, days, months and even years in practicing your Qin Na-Kung Fu techniques against different training partners at different speeds. It is the only way that you can fully discipline your body & mind to react in the correct way to defend yourself against not just one assailant, but possibly more. As you become more Self Confident with your Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu techniques, you will become more accurate and efficient in their practical application and your Self Awareness will help to grow and develop your Self Discipline to attain a high level of Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu proficiency protect yourself.
The taiji qigong exercise known as “Pushing the Wave” (Tui Lang) is performed slowly, coordinating the breathing (Xi) with the movements (Dong), which should be performed on both sides of the body. The movement of the legs should shift the bodyweight in a rocking action, transferring the bodyweight from front leg to back leg in a slow, smooth action. The rocking of the bodyweight onto one leg at a time helps to strengthen the leg muscles and bones to help increase leg strength to improve the individuals balance and fitness. The shifting of the bodyweight from one leg to the other will invigorate blood, lymph and Qi circulation into the legs and help to remove blood stagnation and Qi blockages within the meridians and channels (Jingluo) that travels the length of the both legs.
The movement of the both arms should have a circular action that moves in a vertical circle, with both hands moving at the same time. As the bodyweight shifts forwards onto the front leg the both hands should gently push forwards, allowing the shoulders (Jian), elbows (Zhou) and wrists (Wan) to remain soft and relaxed as they are gently opened (Kai). As the bodyweight shifts backwards onto the rear leg, the both hands contract back towards the body with the elbows joints gently closing but not fully, the wrists should gently bend and pull the fingers (Zhi) towards the body, so that the three major joints in the arms are gently closed (He).
Each individual should perform their movements using a 70% range of their motion, they should not fully extend their arms or legs, so that the joints become locked and stiff and likewise, they should never fully bend their joints. But use a more balanced range of motion around 70% which allows the whole body to remain soft and relaxed and their joints act as pumps to increase the blood, lymph and Qi circulation throughout the whole body.
The breathing (Xi) should be long, slow, deep, smooth and even. The movements should be in time with the breathing, as it is the breathing that dictates the over-al speed. The breathing also helps to anchor the individuals mind to concentrate on the correct timing and speed of the whole movement, stopping the individual from allowing their mind to “checkout” and start thinking of other things that can cause their mind to become stressed, tense and anxious, allowing thoughts to distract and disrupt their concentration and affect they taiji qigong practice to lower in its standard.
Even thou each of the 18 (Shiba) taiji qigong Exercises look very easy to learn, they are also very hard to master. As there are many layers and levels to each particular exercise of the 18 taiji qigong that adds more depth to their practice,that each and every individual must learn and develop to reach a higher proficiency level of the taiji qigong exercises.
When an individual begins their study and practice of the Li Style (Lishi) Qin Na-Kung Fu for Self Defence. It can take a while for each individual to develop their accuracy in applying their Qin Na joint locking techniques with precision and correct timing. Obviously, it is best that each individual starts slowly in their learning and understanding of each particular joint lock that they learn, gradually adding more speed to them as their ability and confidence grows.
As there are so many different joint locking techniques to learn and remember. It is best at first that every individual picks one or two or three and works on them to attain a high level of skill when applying them against various types of holds, grips, punches and kicks. Slowly developing their power and strength into each particular joint locking technique that they perform, these joint locking techniques can be used to subdue and immobilise an assailant until help arrives. But sometimes against a much bigger and aggressive assailant who maybe armed with a knife, the practitioner of the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu must also learn how to issue power into their Qin Na techniques to break an assailants joints.
The power that has to be issued by a practitioner of the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu to apply either a separating the tendons method (Fen Jin Fa) or to mis-place the joint method (Cuo Jin Fa) is a type of jerking or shaking power (Zhen Jin) that incorporates the practitioners intent (Yi), coordination (Xue Zuo) and balance (Ping) to become combined together, so as to issue enough power needed to cause severe damage to your assailant muscles, tendons and joints.
Learning Qin Na-Kung Fu is an effective self defence system that everyone should learn and develop their skill. As an assault can happen at anytime of the day or night within the workplace, at home or even out socially with friends, learning the Li Style Qin Na-Kung Fu Self Defence Methods can be used to defuse a difficult situation or even save your life if needed.
The Fisherman Casts The Net Qigong Exercise involves circular turning (Zhuan) and twisting (Ning) actions of the whole body. These gentle turning and twisting movements help to stretch open the joints to release any stiffness that has accumulated in them, plus the actions will stretch the soft tissues of the body, such as the skin, fascia, tendons and muscles to help increase blood, Qi and lymph circulation to the entire body to boost the immune system, and release stuck tension that has accumulated within the soft tissues and joints due to over working, over exercising that cause injury.
The Fisherman Casts The Net Qigong allows the muscles to roll from side to side in a twisting action that allows the fascia and tendons to rub and massage against the bones to help them maintain their soft and elastic quality that can also help to slow down the ageing of the body. The Fisherman Casts The Net Qigong combines both passive, slow actions alongside vigorous movements that helps each individual to release stuck negative energy such as, anxiety, irritability, frustration that can greatly affect their emotional and mental health.
Although the movements of the Fisherman Casts The Net Qigong seem easy to learn. There is a tremendous amount of depth within their simple actions that allows each and every individual to connect with their mind, body & Qi. Through its simple movements each individual will improve their flexibility, balance, concentration and coordination, irrespective of age everyone can benefit from practicing this very simple qigong exercise towards maintaining and improving their health and wellbeing.