LFIAA Wild Goose Qigong (Dayan Gong) “The Subtle Changes Of The Eight Palms To Manipulate The Qi”

When you begin to study and practice the Wild Goose Qigong 128 Posture Forms. You should be introduced to the “Eight Hand Methods” (Ba Shou Fa) which are extensively used in every action that the individual performs within the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong. There are many subtle levels to learn in the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong to gradually give more depth and understanding to its practice, to develop each person proficiency in the practice of Wild Goose Qigong to a high standard, but more importantly to be able to feel the movement of the Qi within the whole body through the skilful manipulation of the Eight Palm Methods.

The Wild Goose Qigong mainly works on strengthening the “Defensive Qi” (Wei Qi) which lies just below the skin or slightly above it. It is called the defensive Qi as it protects the body from the six external pathogens of Cold, Warmth, Wind, Damp, Dry & heat which can attack our body and disrupt the Yin & Yang balance of the functioning of our internal organs (Zangfu) which obviously can cause serious illness and disease to affect us. So by using each of the different Eight Hand Methods (Ba Shou Fa) we can learn to manipulate both the external or environmental Qi around us to combine with our internal Qi inside ourselves by directing our Qi to Rise, Sink, Gather, Exit, Enter, disperse, Open or Close within our bodies.

An example would be to use both hands to hold the ” Embracing Hand Method” (Bao Shou Fa) to gather the Qi at our lower Dantian (Xia Dantian) which is located by the navel, to then gently and slowly pull both hands away from the abdomen gradually changing the both hands into a claw shape (Zhua Fa) bringing the fivers fingers together, as the both hands slowly pull away from the body begin to have a feeling of drawing and gathering the Qi into the centre of the palms and to the fingers. Then slowly open and spread the fingers and begin to push with an open hand shape (Tui Shou Fa) back towards your abdomen. Gradually you should begin to feel and sense tingling within your finger tips, warmth or heat gathering into your palms, at a slightly more subtle level the individual might begin to feel a connecting between the both hands and the lower Dantian like a magnet kind of feeling.

Learning to subtlety develop the skill that is required in the practice of the Wild Goose Qigong to skilfully use the Eight Hand Methods (Ba Shou Fa) to guide & lead (Daoyin) the Qi around the whole body by connecting with the Meridians, Channels (Jingluo) and energy cavities (Qi Xue) that are located on these particular energy pathways that travel the entire length of our bodies to help strengthen our “Defensive Qi” (Wei Qi) can take many hours, months and years of serious studying and practice to develop our health and wellbeing.

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LFIAA Li Style Seizing & Grasping Methods (Lishi Qin Na-Kung Fu) “Lock Flows & Counters”. (Fan Jie Suo Fa)

A great way for students of the Li Family Arts (Li Jia Shu) to practice and learn various joint locking techniques (Jie Suo Fa) that will enhance their taijiquan of kung fu training is to practice them in a sequence of lock flows that are joined together. Where the student moves from one particular joint lock into another, an example would be to apply a wrist lock method (Wan Suo Fa) and then move into say a finger lock method (Zhi Suo Fa) and then into a arm/shoulder lock method (Bei Jian Suo Fa) and then into another joint lock of your choosing, gradually making a series of around eight or more joint locking techniques. This particular way of training and learning how to apply various joint locking methods is a great way for students to be firstly introduced to the physiology of the musculoskeletal system and how we can manipulate it to allows us to control and subdue an opponent.

Obviously, there are a tremendous amount of different joint lock flow training sequences that you can teach to your students that can employ head lock methods (Tou Suo Fa), strangles, choking methods (E Jing Zhi Xi Fa) etc. The joint lock flows can be performed from a standing position, from a ground position, moving from a standing to ground position gradually developing every students over-al wrestling ability and their catalogue of various joint locking methods (Jie Suo Fa).

The next stage after you have developed your students ability to flow from joint lock to joint lock. Is to then add in counter joint locking methods (Fan Jie Suo Fa), so you use one of your eight or more joint lock flow exercises that you have already introduced to your students, then you demonstrate a counter joint locking method for every one of the eight or more joint lock flows, teaching your students to firstly relax (Song) when a particular joint lock is applied, secondly move in the direction of strength and not to resist against it, and thirdly to then change the angle of the joint lock that is placed upon yourself to allow you to escape and reverse the joint locking method back onto your opponent.

There are many subtle levels to the practice of Li Style Seizing & Grasping Methods (Lishi Qin Na Fa). These levels include the learning of how to Mis-Place the bones, Separating the tendons, Grasping the muscles, Sealing the blood, Sealing the air and Pressing the energy cavities (Dian Xue). The joint locking methods can be performed from various holds, grips, punches and kicking techniques, they involve the understanding of angles, leverage, balance and the development of tactile, sensitivity awareness to skilfully apply the Li Style Seizing & Grasping Methods (Lishi Qin Na Fa).

LFIAA Li Style Chinese Medical Bodywork Massage (Lishi Tui Na Qigong) The Traction Method “Ba Shen Fa”.

One of the best Bodywork massage techniques that I often use for individuals who suffer with both upper and lower back joint stiffness or muscle tension is the traction method (Ba Shen Fa). In the accompanying photo I am using the traction method to treat shoulder and upper back ailments, I would not use the traction method first without warming up the muscles, I would use the traction method in between other techniques, but just before I begin my finishing routine, as I find that this particular technique is excellent in releasing tension and opening of the joints to develop their flexibility and allowing for the blood and Qi that as accumulated in the joints to be flushed out.

Obviously when applying the traction method it must be performed slowly and the practitioner must work with the mobility of the patient. Once the traction or stretching of the joints, muscles and tendons as began the practitioner must then be able to hold the position for some time allowing for the traction method (Ba Shen Fa) to begin to work in gently stretching and opening the joints, muscles and tendons promoting better blood and Qi flow.

When applying the traction method to stretch the upper back. I use a certain technique what some now have began to call the “Spiralling Staircase Technique” because as you begin to pull on the patients arm you also begin to apply a gentle twist which begins to rotate the elbow, shoulder and the patients upper body begins to twist towards the direction of the arm that is being pulled and gently stretched, moving in a Spiralling action like that of a Spiralling staircase. Each time that I would use this particular traction method I would gradually increase the range of the stretch to increase the patients mobility.

Within traditional Chinese medicine the blood, Qi and body fluids flow in and out of the joints and energy cavities (Qi Xue). It is at these Qi gates and joints of the body that the substances of the body become stagnated and this why most inflammation and long term damage occurs within the joints of the body like Arthritis, Sciatica, Eczema, Atrophy etc. Using the traction method (Ba Shen Fa) will allow for the joints to be pulled open flushing the more stagnated blood and sickly Qi (Bing Qi) out as the new fresh, nourishing blood and Qi enters the joints and exits into the muscles and tendons to strengthen them.

Using the traction method is also good to use on individuals who have mis-aligned postures, due to a great amount of muscular tension being trapped within certain muscles that pulls the joints of the body out of their natural alignment. Such as individuals who sit at a desk for long hours or who do a tremendous amount of hours of long distance driving, even some individuals who do manual labour and have accumulated a lot of tension into their muscles that their body become mis-aligned. The use of the traction method can help to release the muscle tension and open the joints to allow the body to realign itself.

LFIAA The Li Style Long Life Diet (Lishi Chang Ming Yin Shi) “The Six Different Body Constitutions”

The following of the Li Style Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) should be different from one individual to another. The reason for this is due to each individuals constitution according to traditional Chinese medicine, there are six individual body constitutions in the practice and study of Chinese medicine which are Hot, Cold, Dryness, Dampness, Deficiency and Excessiveness. Let’s say for example that you have a Hot physical constitution, which means you should add more cold or cooling types of food into your “Chang Ming Yin Shi) diet to help maintain the balance of Yin & Yang energies within yourself.

Because of the Six individual physical constitutions as laid down within the practice of traditionally Chinese medicine, this means that each individual cannot follow the same “Chang Ming” diet as each other. All according to what your physical body constitution is will dictate what types of food you can eat and add to your own personal diet, hence making the following of the Li Style Long Life Diet (Lishi Chang Ming Yin Shi) slightly different from one individual to another. The reason being is to help maintain the harmony of your Yin & Yang energies within your own body to help the functioning of your internal organs (Zangfu) to promote good health and wellbeing.

If you often feel cold and not thirsty and you much prefer hot and warm drinks, and you have a pale or whitish complexion. Then you properly have a cold physical constitution which means that your “Chang Ming” diet should include more hot and warm foods to maintain the balance of your Yin & Yang energies. Above all the following of the Li Style Long Life Diet is to maintain the harmony of the energies of the internal organs, helping to strengthen and nourish them in their functioning to give us good health and long life.

There are loads of people who study and practice the Li Style Family Arts (Lishi Jia Shu) and many of these same people also follow the Li Style Long Life Diet as passed onto us by Master Chee Soo. Sadly many simply believe that following the diet and making nice meals is enough to give them good health and wellbeing. But again sadly, do not take into consideration the laws of traditional Chinese medicine like Yin & Yang, Five Elements and the Eight Trigrams as guidelines, in being able to follow and use the Li Style Long Life Diet to not only offer good health. But to also help treat and manage certain health ailments that each individual might suffer from because of their own physical constitution, according to the Six different physical constitutions of traditional Chinese medicine of Hot, Cold, Dry, Damp Deficient and excessive.

LFIAA Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) “Chinese Healthy & Balanced Diet”.

A balanced diet according to traditional Chinese medicine must involve the eating of the five main flavours Pungent, Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Salty foods. So for those of us who study and practice any of the Li Family Arts (Li Jia Shu) and also abide by the Chinese Macrobiotic Diet that was passed onto us by Master Chee Soo. Which he termed (Chang Ming Yin Shi) or the Long Life Diet, then it is important that the meals that we make should involve the main Five Flavours (Wu Zi Wei), this is what we call in traditional Chinese medicine has a balanced diet. Whereas in the west a balanced diet is meat and two vegetables.

Each of the Five Flavours (Wu Zi Wei) or tastes that we eat corresponds to the functioning of Yin & Yang energies within our internal organs (Zangfu) to allow us to remain in good health. The Pungent (acrid) flavour is beneficial for the Lungs and Large Intestines, A Sweet flavour effects our Stomach and Spleen, The Sour flavour effects our Liver and Gall Bladder, and the Bitter flavours effects our Heart and Small Intestines, whereas the Salty flavours effects our Kidneys and Bladder.

In the west there is a great awareness of people becoming more over weight and suffering with obesity. This can be to a lack of regular exercise and the eating of a poor diets, which are sweet and high in calories. Whereas, in traditional Chinese medicine the sweet foods that many people eat and help put more weight on is mainly down to the fact that sweet foods taste better and the individual feels better in themselves when they consume sweet food. In traditional Chinese medicine the consumption of eating Sweet Foods will effect the energies of the Stomach and Spleen which are in charge of our digestive system, and if you are a certain individual who has a weak digestive system then the large consumption of sweet foods will obviously boost and strengthen the individual digestive system, which in turn can allow the energy of the Stomach and Spleen to become to excessive, which can then weaken the Heart and Small Intestine. To many people eat sweet foods mainly to please their Stomach and Spleen and do not balance the different flavours in their meals to benefit the functions of the other internal organs.

A balanced diet should involve Pungent, Sweet, Sour, Bitter and Salty foods, not just an over consumption of one particular flavour like Sweetness. Which can lead to individuals becoming more over weight and leading towards health issues like Obesity and Diabetes. The eating of the Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) should be about maintaining the balance of our Yin & Yang Energies in the functioning of our internal organs to help us remain in good health.

LFIAA Li Style Long Life Dietary Practices. “The Four Energy Directions Of Food” (Si Jing Fang Fan)

In traditional Chinese medicine dietary practices the food that we intake into our bodies can have a great effect on the direction that our Qi moves inside us. So for those who follow the Li Style (Lishi) Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) which is a macrobiotic diet, then not only are you trying to eat healthy, but you must also be aware that the eating of certain foods can have a great effect on your moods and in particular it can help to manage or prevent certain ailments that some individuals are suffering with. For example if you are a sufferer of hypertension (High Blood Pressure) then eating certain foods like Beetroots, Carrots, Celery, Chinese Cabbage, Honey, Kidney Beans, Potato’s, Sweet Potato’s, Sunflower Seeds, Peanuts, Sweet Rice, Dried Ginger, Green & Red Peppers etc, have a tendency to allow the energy to raise upwards and outwards from bottom to top and from inside to outside. Eating the following types of food in the summertime can have a great affect on a persons management of their hypertension.

The food that we eat can move in four directions (Si Fang). Which are upwards, downwards, entering and exiting. There are another two additional characteristics of food movement which we call obstructive or glossy (sliding). For example if you eat peppermint, potato or carrots in your food then this will have a tendency for you energy (Qi) to move outwards, exiting from inside to outside. Whereas, eating a banana will have a tendency for your energy (Qi) to move inwards (entering), if you are a wine drinker then drinking wine even cooking with wine can have a tendency to make your energy (Qi) rise upwards through the body, eating or adding a large amount of salt into your food can have a tendency for your Qi to move downwards through the body.

There are two other additional movements that food can have on our body. Obstructive foods such as eating olives can have a slowing down or gathering effect of energy (Qi) within ourselves, whereas eating foods like honey or spinach, which have a glossy, sliding effect can increase Qi flow. If you suffer with Constipation then eating foods that encourage a downward movement of energy (Qi), plus facilitates the speed up of Qi to move should eaten as part of your Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi). But if you suffer with diarrhoea then you should eat foods that obstruct the movement of energy to move downwards. Adding foods that obstruct and allow your Qi to move upwards should be added to your Chang Ming Yin Shi diet.

Obviously when eating a meal that follows the Li Style Long Life Diet (Lishi Chang Ming Yin Shi). Each individual should also beware of the movement of energy that the food they are eating as on their body, a balanced diet should involve food that allows the energy in their bodies to move upwards, downwards, entering and exiting. The eating of obstructive and facilitating the movement of Qi should also be eaten, but in a limited way. To much warm and hot foods that have a pungent and sweet flavour in your diet will make the Qi rise upwards and outwards, eating to much cool and cold foods in your diet that are sour, salty or bitter will make your Qi move downwards and inwards.

LFIAA “Balancing The Four Seasons With The Li Style Long Life Diet”. (Chang Ming Yin Shi).

The Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) is a macrobiotic diet that was passed onto us through the Li Family Arts (Li Jia Shu) by Master Chee Soo. The Long Life Diet is aimed at eating a balanced diet that helps to balance the Yin & Yang energies within ourselves to help maintain good health and wellbeing in leading a long life. Ill health happens in our bodies when there is either a deficiency or an excess of the Yin & Yang Energies within us, obviously, simply just eating a balanced diet will not just stop ill health from happening, other aspects of a healthy lifestyle have to be put into place, like regular exercise like taijiquan, qigong or meditation to strengthen and nourish our Qi in helping any dysfunctions with our internal organs (Zangfu).

Eating a regular long life balanced diet with regular exercise that promotes the balance of Yin & Yang within ourselves, is what the Li Family Arts (Li Jia Shu) were designed to do. But when we balance our eating habits with the changing of the Four Seasons (Si Ji), then we also have to take into account our own physical constitution. Within traditional Chinese medicine there are six different physical constitutions which are Hot, Cold, Damp, Dry, Deficient and Excessive, if you are an individual with a cold physical constitution then you should be eating foods that are hot or warming. Whereas, for example if you have a Hot physical constitution then you should be eating and adding more cold or cooling foods into your long life diet to maintain the Yin & Yang Energies within ourselves.

But when it comes to trying to remain in balance with the Four Seasons (Si Ji). Then for example, if we are an individual who’s physical constitution is Hot (Yang). Then in the Spring time we should be eating more Pungent and warming foods in our long life diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) to be in harmony with the new growth of spring, in the Summer time if you have a Hot (Yang) constitution then you should be adding more foods and drinks that are pungent and hot to stay in harmony with the outward, expanding energy of the season, in Autumn one should be eating more Sour and warming foods, in the Winter time if you have a Hot physical constitution then we should be eating more Bitter and Cold foods to stay in harmony of the contraction of the Seasons energy.

Following the Long Life Diet (Chang Ming Yin Shi) one has to take into account their own physical constitution of being either Hot, Cold, Dry, Damp, Deficient or Excessive. Plus they must also be aware of the Five Energies that can be found within our food, which are Hot, Warming, Cold, Cool or Neutral. The Long Life Diet is not just simply eating foods that are allowed, but eating the correct foods that are suitable for our constitution and the seasonal changes to help balance and maintain our Qi within our bodies, to help us remain in good health and wellbeing irrespective of our age or gender.