This is a subject that I can honestly say is very little taught never alone practiced by many teachers and students of the Li Style (Lishi) Feng Shou-Kung Fu. My teacher Master Chee Soo always mentioned that Feng Shou-Kung Fu was an Internal Martial Art, and for many, many students and teachers over at least the last forty years thought that an Internal Martial Art was just about learning to give way to strength and force. Many could not get they head around Master Chee Soo teaching qigong breathing exercises within their training sessions, all they focused on was just the physical striking, kicking, wrestling and throwing aspect to this martial art.
But the importance of learning the “Internal” development to the Feng Shou-Kung Fu as sadly only been practiced by only a few individuals. Alongside the practice of the qigong breathing exercises there is also the Standing Post Work (Zhan Zhuang Qigong) which should also be regularly practiced alongside the striking & kicking techniques. We at the LFIAA teach the Eight Standing Post Postures (Ba Zhan Zhuang Qigong) which students will learn and practice moving from one into another in a variety of variations.
Once the student can hold each of the eight standing post postures for at least five to ten minutes, breathing deeply into the lower elixir field (Xia Dantian). The next stage is to then focus on guiding and leading (Daoyin) the Qi through the Eight Extraordinary Meridians (Qi Jing Ba Mai), this is were the student has to use their Intent (Yi) Mind to lead the energy (Qi) through the Eight Extraordinary Meridians throughout the entire body, combining their breathing with their concentration to harmonise with their Qi.
For any student and teacher who practice’s the Li Style Feng Shou-Kung Fu if you want longevity in your martial art. Then you need to practice the Standing Post Qigong to strengthen your health, but more importantly to develop your internal power to combine with your external physical strength adding more power to your defensive & offensive fighting methods.