Wall of Fire

This exercise is one of the first stages in training your whole body to move as a unit. It enables you to use the full field of your energy without blocking the flow at any of your joints. The skill developed in this way can be applied in many martial arts. This practice strengthens your hands and trains you to use their power with minimal effort. Stand in Wu Chi about 30 cm (1 ft) from a wall. Step back with your left foot, placing it on the ground at a 45-degree angle. Your rear leg is...

The Inner Depths

Calligraphy by Grand Master Wang Xiang Zhai, described in the Introduction to Part One. Inwardly alert, open, calm. Outwardly upright, extended, filled with spirit. This is the foundation of stillness. Add the hard and the soft, the powerful and the relaxed, Motion and stillness, contraction and extension In the instant these converge, there is power. The original calligraphy of this poem is reproduced on page 16. The poem is the work ofGrand Master Wang Xiang Zhai and takes its place at the...

On Guard

You have learned how to root your power in both feet. You now advance to develop the same strength on one leg. This improves your balance and increases your ability to control subtle adjustments in your muscles and tendons. It is the essential foundation for the movements you will learn later in this book. The preparation for working on one leg is to hold each of the foundation postures with your weight shifted first to one side, then the other. You need to be accomplished in this practice so...

Chi Kungway Of Power

Chi Kung Calligraphy

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Lam, Kam Chuen,1950-Chi kung way of power Lam Kam Chuen 1. Qi gong. 2. Medicine, Chinese. 3. Exercise--Health aspects 1. Title. Copyright 2003 Gaia Books Ltd., London. All rights reserve Text copyright 2003 Master Lam Kam Chuen First published in North America by Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc. Published in the United Kingdom by Gaia Books Ltd. All rights reserved. Except for use in a review, the reproduction or utilization of this work in any...

The Archer

This deep posture rapidly extends your Chi from your Tan Tien out to your extremities, thereby increasing its flow throughout your entire system. It is a powerful foundation practice for the martial arts applications of Da Cheng Chuan, and works instantly to make you mentally alert and energized. You should undertake this practice only after completing the warm-up exercises in Part One pages 20-25 . The Archer begins in Wu Chi. Your feet are shoulder width apart. Turning to the left, swivel on...

Standing Like A Tree In Chinese Zhan Zhuang Is A Unique Chi Kung

Posture Tree Zhan Zhuang

All fields of human activity - physical, mental and spiritual -depend on the power of our energy. Properly concentrated, it can generate tremendous creativity and dynamism. All human beings are capable of manifesting far higher levels of energy than is normally assumed. This book introduces you to the ait of awakening this extraordinary capacity already latent in your body and mind. The techniques for personal development in this book have traditionally been practiced in the martial arts. But...

The Great Circle

Once you are thoroughly familiar with the fundamental postures presented in the Introduction pages 11-15 and are able to stand in each of them for at least 20 minutes, you can begin practicing The Great Circle. Start by standing in Wu Chi. Then imagine that you are lowering yourself to sit on a large ball. Sink down about 5 cm 2 in . Keep your weight evenly spread over your feet. Do not let your knees bend forwards over your toes. Slowly raise your arms into the posture, Holding the Ball page...

Chi Kung

Benefits of stimulating the flow of chi are well known in Eastern cultures. Now, for the first time in print in the Western world, Master Lam Kam Chuen presents this advanced method for improving focus, breathing, and creativity. The practice of chi kung is founded on the five energies system of Chinese philosophy. Through Master Chuen's careful direction, you will master key positions and movements that will boost your energy, decrease stress, stave off illness, and enhance your overall...