The Understanding of the Thirteen Postures

1. The Xin (mind/heart) motivates the qi, directs it to sink, so that it can be stored and concentrated into the bones. 2. Let the qi motivate the body without hindrance, so that it will effortlessly follow your xin (mind/heart). 3. If the shen (spirit) is raised, there will not be any sluggishness. This is Read More

Chen Style Silk Reeling of Liu Hong Cai

Liu Hong Cai Chen Style Silk Reeling: Basic Exercises and Demonstrations Master Liu describes two types of silk reeling, a wrapping type of energy ‘doing’ the movement and ‘using’ it to affect another. He stresses that you have to understand energy to apply silk reeling. Silk reeling is a gathering and closing of energy, or Read More

Inside Zhan Zhuang

The first Insides on Zhan Zhuang from Mark S. Cohen can be found here: www.youtube.com/user/MSCCreative Reference: Inside Zhan Zhuang: First Edition by Mark Cohen (This book was published in 2013)

Sole contraction Relaxation activity in Yiquan

In Zhan zhuang nothing but your sole movement, Upward, downward, leftward, rightward, forward and backward movement. Rapidly, slowly and perduring movement. Running, jumping, trampling, rubbing, contraction relaxation movement. Expanding, pronating, sliding, filing and peeling off bone movement, Hand and foot are combining in stretching tendons movement, Pulling powerfully as body unified movement, Amazing springs, hooking Read More

Linking Activity in Yiquan

Local parts of body request: Sole stepping onto the ground, heel slightly lifted, sole like a spring, avoid ankle from shaking otherwise body will quiver. Both knees expanding, buttock tight and leg twisted, anus and belly (retracted as in) inspiration, hip twisting and crotch wrapping. Back and waist keep vertical, chest slightly withdrawn, shoulder expanding Read More