LFIAA Wild Goose Qigong “Maintaining A Slow, Even, Smooth & Continuous Set Of Movements”

Within the study and practice of the Wild Goose Qigong 128 Posture Form. There are two types of speed that each practitioner must be aware of while practicing the Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Qigong). The first type of speed is passive, slow and gentle, while the second type of speed is slightly more vigorous. But irrespective of the both speeds the over-al movements must be continuous and smooth, there should be no sudden pausing or hesitation, neither should there be the same speed performed from start to finish. Being aware of the two speeds used in the performance of the Wild Goose Qigong means that each practitioner must be mindfully aware, developing their ability to concentrate and connecting the whole body.

When the practitioner concentrates on the more slower, passive actions of the Wild Goose Qigong, their actions must be as slow as they can possibly make them. Moving slower should develop an inner sense of calmness and stillness within that can help soothe the nervous system, allowing for the practitioner to relax (Song), plus it allows for each practitioner to tangibly feel and sense their own Qi moving inside themselves as they perform their Wild Goose Qigong actions, by raising, lowering, Gathering, entering, exiting etc. Moving slower also means that the body and mind work harder, as the bodyweight remains longer on one leg and the arms are held in space must more longer than usual and the form takes longer to perform.

Whereas, in the more vigorous actions of performing the Wild Goose Qigong the actions are performed must more faster, which has a greater effect on the cardiovascular system, developing more fitness and stamina and increasing more blood flow throughout the practitioners entire body. Moving more vigorously, must not be were the practitioner keeps speeding up faster and faster. There must be a sense of balance to the much more faster speed that the practitioner must reach and maintain, but should never exceed.

Knowing that there are two types of speeds to the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong, the practitioner must now become very skilful at the sudden change of tempo, moving from a slower tempo to a slightly faster pace and then to change back again to slowness without pausing, takes a great amount of concentration and control on the practitioners behalf. To many beginners practice their movements either at the same even speed, or some times they go to fast on the vigorous movements which gives the whole practice of the Wild Goose Qigong a very uneven and rough form of practice.

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LFIAA “Taiji Loosening & Warming Up Exercises” Developing Better Body mechanics for practice.

When I begin any of my taijiquan classes I always start with warming & loosening exercises that has the aim of three things.

  1. Warming & loosening the individuals body to prepare them for practice by gently invigorating their blood & Qi circulation to mobilise around the entire body.
  2. Relaxing the body by removing any joint stiffness and tense muscles, focusing the individual’s mind ready for practice.
  3. Developing their taiji body mechanics and making them aware of moving individual body parts.

To the beginner they are just a bunch of exercises to loosen and warm them up before they commence their taijiquan form practice and study. But to the more experienced taiji practitioner they are more than just warming up the body. They are maintaining the quality of different body sections that are used within the practice of taijiquan to allow the whole body to be fully integrated and move as one.

Here I will explain just the head and neck warming and loosening exercises and the reason why we do them in conjunction with the practice of the taijiquan form. I teach three head warming & loosening exercises to my students which are.

  1. Head rolling.
  2. Head turning side to side.
  3. Head raising upwards & downwards.

The reason for warming the neck muscles and the gentle stretching of the cervical spinal column through the three taiji head exercises is to allow for better blood, Qi and oxygen flow from body to head and vice-versa. Plus, in the practice of the taijiquan form the eyes (Yan) connect and follow the waist (Yao), which in-turn guides and leads the arms and hand methods (Shoufa). Meaning that when the waist turns slightly to either side, guiding & leading the both hands to move simultaneously the head must also turn in time with the turning of the waist. If the individual already has stiffness within their neck muscles and cervical spine, then it can hinder the individuals ability to follow the actions of the waist and in some cases, causes for more tension to accumulate within the neck muscles which can also effect the individuals ability to maintain their balance and concentration.

All of the warming & loosening exercises that I teach in my taijiquan classes, are all connected to the body mechanics used within the study and practice of the taijiquan sequence or form. Each of the warming & loosening exercises will gradually develop the individuals flexibility and range of mobility to improve the over-al quality of their taijiquan form actions, also allowing for a more tangible, strong sensation and connection of their Qi moving within the whole of their body as the person performs the taijiquan form.

Hence, why it is important that every individual warms and loosens their body correctly before they commence their taijiquan form practice. As it also relaxes the individuals body and gathers their concentration allowing for the individual to become calm, preparing themselves to commence their taijiquan practice, especially if they have just rushed in from work to their taiji class or they have arrived late.

LFIAA “Eight Healing Sounds Medical Qigong” Using Sound, Movement & Breathing To Prevent, Treat & Maintain Health.

Over the many centuries the practice of qigong within China has developed, with many different styles and exercises being created. One such practice is the Medical Qigong exercise known the “Eight Healing Sounds Qigong” (Ba Zi Jue Gong) which uses a combination of movement, breathing and sound that targets the internal organs (Zangfu) of each individual to help maintain their healthy functioning in allowing us to live a full and active life. Each of the Eight Healing Sounds Qigong exercises has its own unique body actions that works the muscles around the particular internal organ that is being focused on by the individual to gently help massage that organ to either disperse the excessive Qi that has stagnated within the organ itself. or to gather more Qi to tonify and strengthen the function of the internal organ.

Deep breathing in co-ordination with the physical movement is also used, breathing in through the nose and exhaling out through the mouth in a long, slow, smooth action that should be harmonised with the movements helps to develop each individuals concentration. The third stage is to then use a particular sound that corresponds to each of the internal organs of the Lungs, Heart, Kidneys, Stomach, Spleen, Liver, Marrow and Joints. Each particular sound can be performed inaudible (Yin) or audible (Yang) to help vibrate each of the internal organs to either strengthen the clear Qi (Qingqi) or to disperse the turbid Qi (Zhuoqi).

Because we humans are 90 Percent water, then by using certain sounds the ancient Chinese Daoist’s realised that they could affect the functioning of the internal organs to help strengthen their functioning and over-al health and wellbeing. So using certain sounds alongside certain actions they could both massage and vibrate each internal organ to help harmonise their whole Qi of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine they mention that it is the Qi within the internal organs that controls our emotions, when the Qi within a certain organ is either to excessive or deficient, then it manifests itself through our irrational emotions, making us feel either angry, sad or timid. Which can then cause certain ailments like hypertension,angina,insomnia, depression,chronic fatigue, IBS etc.

Regular practice of the Eight Healing Sounds Qigong can help to maintain health and wellbeing. But it can and is used to help treat various illnesses that patients suffer with. Usually when a patient visits a clinic to receive Chinese medicine treatments using either acupuncture, massage or herbal treatment. Then the Eight Healing Sounds Qigong can some times also be taught to a patient to help them treat their illness in the comfort of their home, as a method of continuous treatment and rehabilitation, until they visit the clinic again for more treatment.

LFIAA Lishi Feng Shou-Kung Fu “Chopping Palm Strikes” (Pi Zhang Da)

In the practice of the Li Style (Lishi) Internal Martial Art (IMA) of Feng Shou-Kung Fu there are a numerous amount of strikes delivered by using different parts of the palms. One such strike is the Chopping Palm Striking Method (Pi Zhang Da Fa) which uses the heel of the palm to deliver the strike from various angles, this particular palm strike is a very practical and effective method that can be used both defensively and offensively. Defensively, the Chopping Palm Strike can be used as a limb destruction method or a “Yang” Ward Off Using the Feng Shou terminology, that targets the opponents joints, muscles, nerves and various Qi-cavity’s (Qixue) on the opponents attacking limb, obviously you can use multiple Chopping Palm Strikes to strike their arm making sure that the opponents arm is taken out of action.

Offensively there is no place on the opponents body that the Chopping Palm Strike cannot be used. It is a very devastating strike that targets various Qi-cavity’s on the opponents body that can cause serious pain and can be very traumatic to the opponent, such as targeting the opponents temple or Taiyang Qi-cavity which can cause the opponent to be knocked out or even death if the blow is heavy. In the accompanying photo that is attached to this blog shows some students practicing the Chopping Palm Strike on the focus pads to develop accuracy, timing and power.

The great thing about using the Chopping Palm Striking Method (Pi Zhang Da Fa). Is it’s a very practical and easy tool to use, just with a little training on how to co-ordinate the whole body together will help to deliver great power into the Chopping Palm Strike that makes it so effective that everyone can use it to protect themselves. The Chopping Palm Strike can be delivered very fast, using multiple blows that can quickly turn defence into offence in an instant, delivering powerful strikes from many angles and different heights targeting many areas of the opponents body.

Within the Lishi Feng Shou-Kung Fu as taught by the LFIAA there are many different types of Palm strikes that are taught and practiced by every student. The Chopping Palm Strike is just one method that can be combined together with other palm strikes, making the striking methods (Da Fa) of the Lishi Feng Shou-Kung Fu very effective, practical and efficient.

LFIAA “In The Practice Of Taijiquan Both Arms Move Simultaneously”

In the study and practice of Taijiquan both arms and hands must move at the same time and must be off equal speed. There should no isolation of one arm or hand moving faster or slower than the other and there should not be one arm moving, while the other arm is not, both arms must be kept moving at all times. The movement of the arms should be connected to the waist (Yao) as it is the waist that leads the arms and hands, hence why it should be easy to move the both arms at the same time. Once the both are arms are moving the individual must then utilise the change from Yin to Yang within their actions, meaning that the both arms and hands must change their shape and demeanour. When the both hands come close to the body or raise upwards they should be soft and relaxed, whereas, when they extend further away from the body or lower down below the waist, they should then be more engaged.

As the individual begins to move their both arms following the directions of their waist in the practice of their Taijiquan sequence, then the individual must become aware of the both hands expressing and bringing the Eight Energies” of Peng, Lu, An, Ji, Cai, Lie, Zhou, Kao into action. This can mean that while one arm is performing the Ward Off (Peng) Method, the opposite arm can be performing the Pressing (An) Method at the same time, or as seen in the accompanying photo attached to this blog of myself performing the “Single Whip” (Dan Bian) Posture the leading Hand is performing the Pressing (An) Method, while the rear hand is performing the Plucking (Cai) method.

Allowing the waist to lead the both hands at the same time and at the same speed will also have a greater effect on strengthening the mind & body together. As we are told that if you are right handed then you must use the left side of the brains hemisphere. Whereas, if you are left handed, then you must use the right side of the brains hemisphere. Because the practice of Taijiquan develops the ability to move the both arms simultaneously, then you can see how it can greatly benefit the strengthening of the nervous system and the connections between the body & mind, by harmonising the both sides of the body in their actions and speed.

Over the long period of many years of taijiquan practice an individual can gradually become aware, that what they considered to be the weaker side of the body is now becoming stronger. They seem to have far more better control over the actions of their weaker limb and side of body to the extent that they can find themselves using more often than they used to in their normal life.

LFIAA Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Gong) “Maintaining Youthfulness Through It’s Stretching Actions”

If at some time in your life you have suffered with stiff joints and aching muscles that are full of tension. It can leave you feeling limited in your ability to move your body freely, it can affect the circulation of your Qi and blood to flow smoothly around your entire body, lowering your vitality levels, weakening your immune system and can even make each person actually feel older in their body because their body feels sore, stiff and slow in their motions. Hence why in the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong there are dynamic stretching actions that are combined alongside its slow and vigorous movements, allowing the individuals body to release the build up of stiffness and tension within the joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles that has accumulated within the individuals body due to the stresses and strains of modern life.

While practicing the Wild Goose Qigong the individuals flexibility is gradually increased over the time that they practice from day to day. If there is a great amount of time between the last time that you performed your qigong form, then you body can quickly tighten up and when you actually practice your qigong movements once again after a long break, your flexibility will not improve. Stretching is vital in helping your Qi and blood to flow smoothly around the body carrying the nutrients to nourish your body’s internal organs to help in their daily functioning. The tighter the muscles and stiffness of the joints that an individual has accumulated within their body can hinder the blood and Qi flow, slowing it down and even causing it to pool and stagnate in certain areas of the body, causing blockages that can then in time effect each individuals health.

Daily practice of the Wild Goose Qigong maintains a strong flow of Qi and blood circulation throughout the whole body. Boosting the individuals vitality levels, balancing their emotions, calming their nervous system improving their ability to relax. As muscle tension and stiffness can attack the body everyday from over strenuous work, sporting activities, accumulated mental stress caused by anxiety and worry or depression. All can cause tension in the body making the individual feel old and weary, but practicing the stretching actions of the Wild Goose Qigong can help each individual feel youthful in their old age.

LFIAA The Li Family Arts Lineage (Lishi Shu Shi Xi)

From Li Chan Kam who passed his family arts onto Master Chee Soo who then taught and passed the Li Family Arts onto Laoshi Keith Ewers in three generations over one hundred fifty years, the Li Family Arts of Qi Cultivation, Martial Arts and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been passed onto myself and are now being taught through the Li Family Internal Arts Association (LFIAA) to as many people who are interested in studying and practicing them under my guidance. I dare say that over the one hundred fifty years that the Li Arts were practiced both by Masters Li Chan Kam & Chee Soo who then passed them onto myself, that there were some changes made by both of these practitioners as they explored, developed and researched the Li Arts to help their own growth, knowledge and understanding. The reason why I mention this is that my teacher Master Chee Soo told me this himself, that he had made changes to the Li Family Arts that were taught to him by his teacher Master Li Chan Kam.

Today, there are still many of Master Chee Soo’s students who I still see practicing the Li Family Arts of taijiquan and gongfu and who are still practicing the same actions, day after day with no change in their development. In China, when people are taught to read a book, they will read from the beginning to the end of the book. Then instead of moving onto a new book, they will be then asked to read the same book from back to front, this many happen a few times. As each time they read the book there will also be some new informative layers that they may have missed, so that eventually they will become more knowledgable about the contents of the book they are reading. This is also how they approach their training and practice within the internal arts (Neijia), that there is not just one layer or level to each of the three disciplines taught in the Li Family Arts (Lishi Shu), but there are many subtle layers that allows the practitioner to deepen their knowledge, understanding and proficiency levels. That is why regular practice is so important, so that each practitioner can explore, research, grow through constant change.

To practice a discipline like the Li Style (Lishi) taijiquan for example, which, let’s say has become rigid with no subtle layers that does not allow for each practitioner to change, grow and develop their skill level, will only become a stagnant and an easy to learn exercise or discipline. Which in time will not challenge each practitioner enough for them to grow their skill to a much higher level, or benefit their health and wellbeing, after a while of practicing a taijiquan style that performs the same actions day in, day out, is there any reason why the practitioner will no longer care to practice this discipline any more, because they are only performing the same actions that they have practiced for many months and years from the time they first started to learn the discipline. It has no depth, nor meaning, because it has become rigid with no allowance for change or exploration of its actions by each practitioner to develop subtle layers that allows for growth, depth and a higher proficiency level in their performance of this particular style of taijiquan, or gongfu or Qi cultivation exercise or Chinese medicine practice.

For any type of discipline to endure over the many of hundred of years of it’s existence, then it has to keep changing and adapting in its practices. It must develop subtle layers of depth in all of its practices that strengthens, nourishes, cultivates and connects the whole body towards good health & wellbeing, a good practice delivers, whereas, a poor practice does not.