Applying the internal arts very often relies on adherence and exactness to neutralize and redirect an opponent’s aggression. Xingyi’s linear movements contain a host of angles and circles. While the Water Fist is very often associated with "drilling upwards,", some versions also associate the action of Water with rising, wrapping, and overturning. It’s classic action is the uppercut, which can be combined with a hook. The character for Water(or Shui), which looks like drops or running lines of water, suggests the practitioner ought to be fluid in their movements but have density. You’ll find the water character in words related directly or indirectly to water, rivers or liquids. While its main action is an uppercut, the wrapping hand prevalent in Jiang’s Xingyiquan serves as a way to combine a parry, a hook, or as a way to wrap up an opponent for a take down. The concept of going with the flow that is central in forming the characters, and is a constant variable in the practice of Taiji and Bagua, as well as Xingyi, is a layer that martial artists, external and internal practitioners alike, utilize in order to reduce unnecessary resistance with opponents.
We have combined two of our best stand alone Chi Kung instructional videos to create the Chi Kung Duo (Ancient vs. Modern).The Swimming Dragon Chi Kung, is thought to have originated with the Yellow Emperor, and, with one look at its shapes and simplicity of movements (based on the Five Elemental Phases) it's easy to conclude that this may very likely be something special that has survived the ages-not to mention the fact that some people swear by the wonders it does for their spine and posture. The Soaring Crane Chi Kung was created by Zhao Jin Xiang in the 1970s, and is one of the most popular forms of Chi Kung the world over. With its specific focus on therapeutic points, patience, and stillness in movement, it rivals the chi cultivation sets of the ancients. The unique "sixth section" (or, Advanced Meditation) is a marvel amongst any and all Chi Kung practices. While we don't advocate practicing two types of Chi Kung at the same time, these two popular and useful forms of Chi Kung practice, that we have combined in the "Chi Kung Duo" are certainly worth utilizing to compare, contrast, and ultimately cultivate.