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Developing And Tapping The Power Of Chi Through Nei Kung

Nei kung or Chinese ‘soft’ martial arts or internal martial arts, is a self-defense system that focuses on developing and tapping the power of the internal energy known as ‘chi’ instead of the traditional muscle power of purportedly hard or external styles.

In the West, the best known system of Nei Kung is Tai Chi. Other systems include Liuhe Bafa Chuan, Dacheng Chuan, Hsing Yi Quan, and Bagua Shang. Interestingly, many systems of Chinese kung fu posses a certain internal element despite the fact they are mainly external. One instance of a kung fu system or style with a specifically powerful internal aspect is the kung fu system of Shaolin White Crane.

Certain individuals would state that all Chinese combat schools and styles are both external and internal. Based on this perspective, Tai Chi and other internal styles start with learning and developing chi and progress to embodying this as advanced levels of external muscle strength, whereas Wing Chun and other external styles of kung fu start by studying the physical external forms and utilizing them with external muscle power, and then progress to studying an advanced level of chi. Both would result in the achievement of balance of the external and internal.

When people practice internal martial arts, they achieve a realization of chi by experiencing it, instead of understanding it at an intellectual level. Chi, in essence, is seen as the vital life energy, which is more or less similar to Indian yoga’s Prana. Some of today’s practitioners depict chi as some kind of magnetic phenomenon, which is the same as the depictions of the soul’s ‘astral light’ as noted by Levi, Mesmer, and other esoteric Western philosophers.

Internal martial arts originated from an ancient Chinese system called qi gong or chi kung. The origin of Qi gong can be traced as far back as the instructions of Boddhidharma and to the earliest history of the Shaolin temple. It is made up of a series of exercises meant to help one develop and direct the power of chi, in order to heal disease, boost vitality and health, beef up the body, and eventually to achieve illumination. Qi gong is designed to totally rebuild the body. Two of the most popular documents pertaining to qi gong are the Classic of Bone Marrow Washing and the Sinew Metamorphosis.

Internal martial arts are made up of martial arts forms and qi gong. This is the reason internal martial arts are used both for healing illnesses, improving vitality and health and self-defense. Both internal martial arts and qi gong are seen as a moving, energetic type of meditation.

Between the practices and styles forms of an external system of fighting and an internal martial arts class, the greatest difference that a practitioner would observe is that internal martial arts espouse the importance of keeping the body ‘soft’ and relaxed and to harmonize the movements and them flowing. A body that’s relaxed body gives the chi a chance circulate through the limbs. The Schools of Nei Kung also reiterate the control of one’s breathing and the coordination of movement and breath in order for the entire body and all its functions to work harmoniously allowing you to tap into a greater degree of effortless energy for your techniques.

In addition, Nei Kung arts integrate forms of Chinese philosophies like Taoism and traditional Chinese medicine in Boynton Beach. For instance, Hsing Yi Chuan, great depends on the five elements theory, while Bagua Shang reiterates the I Ching philosophy, particularly, the eight trigrams. If you really wish to gain mastery of an internal martial art, you need to be a fighter as well as a philosopher, and should develop your physical skill and strength as well as your and mental skill and moral strength.

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