Chi means energy.
Kung means working with energy, developing or cultivating.
When you combine the two words together, chi
kung means working with energy, developing energy or cultivating
energy. The asians have been practicing this discipline for
over 3ooo years .The practice of chi kung has a wide range
of applications from health to sex, from heightened states
of consciousness to aging, with these examples we are just
scratching the surface. Kung fu has a special relationship
with chi Kung. This is the reason for some of the great feats
of strength performed by Kung Fu practitioners. This is one
of the reasons they can withstand pain in a certain area of
their body. They can use it as a shield by moving their chi
to a certain part of their body, or they can use it to penetrate
their opponent. There are a wide variety of forms, styles
and traditions with a broad range of applications and purpose.
There are some external forms, which involve postures, movements
and physical exercise. There are also internal forms, which
involve various kinds of meditation and energy practices,
but we will focus on some of the basic postures for now.
We will start with the first position, which
is standing still. This position is a very important in the
beginning. It involves simply standing still. This is a good
time for you to discover how your body is reacting. Try to
stay relaxed, do not stiffen up and pay attention to your
into the first position, stand with your feet shoulder width
apart toes pointing forward either parallel or turned slightly
outward. Let your hands hang loosely by your side and drop
your shoulders. Imagine that you are a puppet hanging from
a string. The string is holding you from your head at a point
located directly in line with the tips of your ears. Feel
yourself sinking down relaxing as you hang from the string.
From this position breath calmly and naturally, stand quietly and allow your whole system to calm down. With your mouth closed lightly, inhale and exhale gently through your nose. Do not clamp your teeth shut. If saliva forms in your mouth swallow it. Exhale completely and allow your chest to drop. Do not stiffen your fingers, allow them to curve gently and remain slightly apart. Your knees should be slightly bent, do not lock them in place. Look straight ahead and slightly down, drop your chin a little and release any tension in your neck. With your arms hanging loosely, drop your shoulders and elbows. Relax your hips and belly and let the bottom part of your spine unfold downward so that your belly or your behind are not sticking out. In the beginning, try holding this position for five minutes. There are three points that we are going to focus on the first is located on the top of your head .It is from where you are being held from the string. The second is your tan tien, which is located three cm below your navel, and the last point is the bottom of your feet in the middle of your soles. Your weight is evenly distributed between your right and left feet. Your feet are your roots to the world around you they are grounding you to the earth. This is where you will get all the elements that will make your chi grow. After you have gathered your elements from the earth bring them to the second focus point your tan tien at this point mix your breath with the elements. After this is done bring it to the first point. Just as all things grow from the ground up so will your chi.
The second position
HOLDING THE BEACH BALL
into the second position from the first position. Slowly bring
both your arms upward and forward to form an open circle in
front of your chest at about shoulder level your open palms
face your chest. The distance between the fingertips of your
hands is (3-9 in) the tops of your thumbs are no higher than
your shoulders. Your wrists are as wide as your shoulders.
Your elbows are slightly lower than your wrist and shoulders.
The inner angle between your upper are and forearm is slightly
more then 90 degrees. Imagine that you are holding a big beach
ball between your hands. An important note to remember is
imagine you have a ball at every part of your body that needs
some support ex 1 under your arms pits under your bum as if
you are just leaning on it in between every finger .The back
of your knees and so on. It is important that you use the
imaginary balls, use them to support your body. The breathing
and the focus points will remain the same as the standing
The third position
LOWERING THE BEACH
from the second position slowly bring your forearms around
in front of your abdomen. Raise and open your hands slightly
and bring them to rest as if they were supporting an enormous
beach ball between your hands and your belly. Hold the ball
with the tipes of your fingers. Keep your fingers apart just
enough to allow imaginary balls to rest between each finger.
The fingers of each hand point toward the opposite knee. Make
sure that your knees do not come forward beyond your toes.
Your palms are not turned sharply upward; they are loosely
angled along the arc of the beach ball. There should be no
tension in your wrist or any part of your body. The breathing
and focus points will remain the same and do not forget to
use the balls for support. Just like the second position.