This is the second level of learning about Qi transference

And experience comes from doing. One can only experience the different levels of Taijiquan when one has practised for long enough. I once had a student ask me how many times I practised the Taijiquan form each day. So I told him that I used to practice at least four times per day but now it is more like only once or twice. His next question was, would he get to my level in half the time if he practised double the amount of times per day that I practised. The...

The Healing Benefits of Baguazhang

The great benefits to health are not as well documented as they are for the mother art of T'ai chi ch'uan but none the less, Bagwa does have great benefits. If we look at the documented ages of many of the Bagwa masters, we have a good indication of the healing benefits of the art. All of the internal systems of martial art all work in the same way where healing is concerned. They all work upon the acupuncture meridians sending life giving Qi or life force to all of the internal organs. This Qi...

Qi Transference Qigong

Several Qigong methods are particularly good in developing Qi issuing and transference. The best of these is one that I give to my students when they are ready for this phase in their training. It is simply called Qi giving Qigong. This is one of those Qigong methods that are of the 'martial' variety. Stand with one foot slightly in front of the other with feet almost parallel but not quite. (Photo No.87). This is a one legged Qigong, and although you will still have both feet on the ground,...

Life Force Qi Flow

This is a flow of sort that never changes. It is situated in the tantien area and can be larger or smaller at given times. It is like a ball around which Qi flows in all different directions. From this, lines of Qi are sent out automatically to all parts of the body especially when the body needs some extra help. As we grow older and we dip into this pot of Qi, it becomes depleted and we die. There are many practises that advocate the replenishing of this Qi, but one would have to be a saint in...

Small San Sau

This wonderful exercise should be learnt after one has learnt the physical movements of the third third of the Yang Cheng-fu form. This exercise is on eof the best that I know of for developing what is known as fa jing, the motor of dim-mak. Small san-sau teaches us many of the prerequisites of any internal martial art such as timing, balance, and power. The timing allows us to not think about where to strike, it just happens when it needs to happen for any given self-defence moment. Balance is...

The Eight Extra Meridian Flow

The eight extra meridians, the Qi flow of which (notice that I have not said Qi flows, as there is only one flow of Qi throughout the different channel systems, it s just that at different times the Qi is activated at different parts of that flow at different times of the day. The flow in the eight extra meridians is active at all times. This is why these meridians are so important for good health. Many people dismiss these channels, concentrating only upon the main 12 channels. Balance is the...

The Hands and Qi Issuing

Before getting on to the five main areas of Qi transference, I will cover another excellent way of training to help with this area, and it comes from the mother of all internal gung-fu, Taijiquan. Every movement we make in Taijiquan involves in some way the hands. The hands are the mirrors of what is happening internally. In other words, the palms show what your Qi is doing. So if your palms are manifesting stiff, jerky movement, then that is what your state of Qi is doing and eventually your...

Things to Look Out For While Performing Qigong

While standing in a Qigong posture, you will experience a natural and mild shaking that begins in your legs and works up through your body. This is natural and should happen. I stress the word 'mild'. Many make the big mistake in placing some weight onto the ball of the foot (K 1). This is incorrect as it causes something called 'adverse cyclic Qi'. This is when the body is unable to have a continuous flow of ground Qi up through K 1 because of the tension placed onto K 1. The Qi MUST flow up...

The Hands Tell the Story

We are told that the hands are the expression of what is happening in the whole body. The Qi manifests in the hands. It is impossible to have for instance good hands while having a body that does not work or visa-versa. If your body is 'in tune' or co-ordinated, then so too must be your hands. If your hands are those that the Chinese masters called beautiful hands, then the body must also be co-ordinated. In co-ordinating the body, I do not mean only that the hands and feet are co-ordinated, we...

Chang Sanfeng

It is my belief that Chan San-feng was the founder of Taijiquan, even though the name was not invented back then. One of the main reasons that the Chen family put down the idea of Chang San-feng is that nowhere at the gravesite of Chang is the word Taijiquan written. There is definitely a Cheng San-feng tomb with many people journeying to this site each year to pay homage. Nevertheless, not once is the word Taijiquan written on the grave. The reason of course is that that name was not used back...

Self Defence the Martial Art Are Not the Same

So far, I have referred to Bagwa not only as a martial art but also as a self defence art. The reason for this is that, just that someone learns a martial art does not mean that that person is able to defend him herself or use it to fight. The martial art should only be used as a tool to gain certain things for either good health or peace of mind or as a tool to help us to defend ourselves. Once we have learned the martial art we then have to learn how to use it to fight out there in the mean...

Yang Chengfu

Yang Cheng-fu is said to be the modern father of Taijiquan. He changed his father's form three times before he died in 1936. Out of these three changes, came three distinct styles of Yang style. We can see these changes in the different versions by Chen Wei-ming, Tung Ying-chieh and Choy Hok-peng, all main students of Cheng-fu and having learnt respectively the different styles as Yang changed the original. Yang Cheng-fu learnt his father's form as did Yang Shou-hou, but Cheng-fu had an urgency...

This is how the Dragon Form was given its name

Blocking is always done in a circular manner thus minimising the attacker's power and at the same time always on the move, into the centre. Never is an attack met full on using brute force. The waist generates the movement while the upper body stays rigid. The mind is concentrated on the lower abdomen with the breath regulated throughout the form. The unique stepping method gathers no momentum, the power comes from the waist alone and the practitioner is able to stop immediately and go the...

Transferring and Issuing Qi

Is electricity in one form or another. We are affected by electric-ty every day of our lives. Even when we did not rely upon elec-ricity for our daily needs, we still lived in a constant and natural electrical environment of around 40,000 volts so I am told by the experts. I know this to be true from experience. I once worked in a large building in London, one of my many jobs that I had to do to survive. Whenever I entered this building, I noticed that my heart rate increased dramatically as...

Balance in Taijiquan

Without true balance your Qi will never be able to be used to heal others or in the self-defence area. Balance is the singularly most important aspect of your Taijiquan training. Once you have established 'balance' and more importantly, understood it, your training will do for you what it is supposed to do. It's difficult getting out of the habit of thinking of each posture as a set of movements, where we have a place and a time to put our hands, a place and time to put our feet, legs waist,...

The Martial

No one is able to use the slow moving Taijiquan form for self-defence as it is. To do so would bring certain defeat. Many people make the big mistake of if because the postures were derived from martial applications then that is the way to use this art for self-defence. The slow moving form from Taijiquan gives us the three main prerequisites essential for any fighting art. Perfect balance, co-ordination and above all, timing. Once one has gained these prerequisites, one is able to go on to the...

Chapter Seven

I asked my good friend and senior instructor for the WTBA and authority on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wally Simpson to write this chapter putting forth the T.C.M. view of what Qi is. Wally has at this time one video production covering Chinese Massage and related topics. You could contact him via the WTBA should you wish to purchase the video. It is well worth a look for anyone seriously interested in T.C.M. any of the ancient races of the world believed that the body and I y I indeed the...

Since writing this part for this book Robb Whitewood has had his book on Xingyi published by Paladin Press in the USA

Sing-I is famous for its raw power or hitting force. Yet in a strange way it is still very subtle in its application. One of the most interesting things about Hsing-I is the calming effect produced through practice of the hand techniques. My teachers of Chinese medicine tell me that each technique stimulates a pair of organs in the body. This stimulation brings about harmony and health. These same teachers have told me that Hsing-I is the most effective way to bring about this stimulation. It...

Yang Shouhou

Thank God, that Yang Shou-hou did not change his father's system. He only had, as far as I have been told, three main students as he too was quite brutal. One of those was Chang Yiu-chun, who in his older remaining years became my main teacher. Yang Sau-chung was the eldest of four sons of Yang Cheng-fu. After Yang died, Sau-chung became the leader of the family and in 1949 left for Hong Kong where he lived until his death in 1985 May . He was born in 1909. I had the pleasure of meeting him in...