Qi Gong (气功) is an integral part of our Wing Chun training. This is a short introduction about Qi Gong and how it can benefit your training and your daily life.
What is Qi Gong
Qi Gong is a 3000 years old Chinese system of self-healing and body/ mind transformation. Qi Gong literally means “energy works” it is the practice of moving and directing Qi (life force) internally within your body. Practising Qi Gong regularly can help you prevent chronical diseases (bad blood circulation, joint/ bone diseases etc.) and gives your mental clarity (manage stress, anxiety and depression).
Qi Gong always has been part of Traditional Chinese Martial Arts (TCMA) training. Regular and proper practice will lead to a relaxed body and a calm mind, this will help you to stay healthy and maximize your potential in martial arts learning. That is why back in old days parents send their sons to learn martial arts, especially when they suffer from poor health.
We teach 6-13-3 system it is a method or a template for learning Qi Gong and Traditional Chinese Martial Arts (TCMA). Its philosophy is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). 6-13-3 stands for 6 Core Elements (CE), 13 States and 3 Keys.
- The 6 Core Elements are body, mind, breath, Qi, strength and momentum. The first four (4) Core Elements pertain to Qi Gong practice, the last two (2) Core Elements are the martial arts applications.
- 13 States are the different levels of achievement (states) of the 6 CE.
- 3 Keys (of training and reality check)
You must practice the Core Elements in the sequence as laid out above. To illustrate, if your body is tense, it will affect you mind and breath in a similar way. That is why you need to have achieved a certain level of proficiency in one Element before you can incorporate the next Element.
Many Qi Gong or TCMA practitioners’ beginners and more advanced alike aim to “practice Qi” but they don’t realize that they are “not ready” because they have not developed the first 3 Core Elements (body, mind, breath). When you have achieved this required level or state (Qi ready) then the Qi (4th Element) will flow naturally, it is a natural process (自然).You cannot create, visualize or force your Qi flow. You either have developed it or you don’t.
For new students, it is very important to be able to relax and “feel” their tension in their body (most beginners cannot). We teach you some basic exercises and lower abdominal breathing to feel the physical and mental “state” of your body.
Next, you will learn Siu Nim Tao (SNT), Wing Chun’s first form. When you are familiar and very comfortable with the SNT movements, principles and physical structure (power vectors) you learn how to develop and integrate the first 3 Core Elements (body, mind and breath) into your SNT movements.
Our Wing Chun training is progressive, we integrate what we have learned from the empty hand forms into Chi Sao (sticky hands). In this training, we develop the 5th and 6th core element,
- 5th Element Strength training (劲)is about developing Force Flow: a lively application of ‘energy strength”
- 6th Element is about the core of combat, Momentum. In physics terms, Momentum is defined as “an object in motion” (Newtons’ Law) How to use your body mass to create moment, footwork, combat strategy etc.
Advanced students practice an “internal” (内功)version of SNT, the focus in this form is to move the energy along the main energy meridian channels.
Level 7 Biu Jee students are encouraged to study the Chu Sau Lei 6-13-3 course.
To conclude and summarize, we introduced 6-13-3 and how it is integrated and taught in our Wing Chun curriculum. 6-13-3 is an ancient practice deeply rooted in Chinese Daoist and Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy and traditions. It is a template and a roadmap to learn TCMA and not a mystical or an elusive concept. The system is a holistic training method, that can improve your health and develop your true potential to master Wing Chun.
Chu Sau Lei Wing Chun Singapore.