Sheng Hun Kung Fu – Qi Gong
Sheng Hun Qi Gong, known as Xing Ye, reaches back to the original roots of the ancient Qi Gong practices. The form Xing Ye, also called Snake and Crane, carries on movement derived in ancient times from Indian Yoga, but taught and practiced with principles of Chinese Martial Arts. It is an ancient cultural art form of harmonious moving mediation comprised of a series of slow, flowing movements designed to bring about relaxation, breathing, visualization, tension reduction and overall great health. This form is a safe and fun way to exercise, especially for those who may have health problems or concerns about their ability to participate in high impact exercise or aerobic programs.
How is Qi Gong (Chi Kung or Tai Chi) related to Sheng Hun Kung Fu? All great kung fu makes use of breath and energy training to develop internal force, without which it remains at an external, mechanical level, considered by Chinese Martial Artists as rough and low class. Hence, a kung fu practitioner may look, and actually is gentle, yet with his or her internal force can defend himself with great power and strength. Moreover, this internal force does not diminish with age
While many self defense applications can be found in Xing Ye, that is not the focus of the Qi Gong class. Rather, the classes are self-paced and low impact. The word Qi Gong means “breath work” and the form consists of exercises that are easy to learn in a fairly short amount of time. One of the most important parts of the form is breathing technique. What we want to do is synchronize the breath with the movements of the body as we do the form. When one becomes comfortable with this exercise, you can then use visualization to move the Qi (intent) cautiously throughout the whole body.
Unlike in many other systems of martial arts, where the training itself often results in physical and sometimes even emotional injuries, kung fu training with Qi Gong enhances the harmonious Qi flow, thus promoting mental and physical health, vitality, and longevity.
The goals of Qi Gong training are twofold: Muscle/Tendon Changing and Brain/Bone Marrow Washing. Muscle tendon changing, or change of the sinews, is used to condition the physical body from weak to strong so the Jin (force) manifested can be powerful and strong. Brain/bone marrow washing trains a practitioner in how to use the mind to lead the Qi. In the simplest terms, the body generates the power and the mind directs the focus. This practice will discipline the mind and body so that the one is able to raise up a spirit or feeling of vitality in times of need or distress. When the spirit is raised, ones morale will be high, and the body can and will be a powerful and effective fighting unit.