The Chinese ideogram ‘精’ (jing1) dates back to the Seal Characters standardised during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BCE) and the Han Dynasties (206 BCE-220 CE)
Form practice is the essence of traditional Chinese gongfu training. The old masters had survived numerous battles (and other challenges), and cleverly formulated a method
Ch;an Dao Martial Arts Association Within Daoist and TCM terminology, breathing is a key attribute to health and long-life. Of course, different Daoist Schools interpret
The Ming Dynasty Pharmacist Li Shizhen compiled a ‘Compendium of Native Chinese Medicinal Plants’, containing up to 1892 different kinds of medicinal plants, used to generate 11000 prescriptions. Different drugs are used to treat different conditions, and today there are currently more than 40 cigarette factories in China producing more than 50 kinds of TCM-derived cigarettes, containing different natural TCM ingredients.
In all my time training in traditional Chinese martial arts, either in China or abroad, I have never encountered a gongfu style that uses the ‘ki-ai’ (気合),
However an individual arrives at Taijiquan mastery, the fact remains that the bones and joints are aligned (allowing the bodyweight to drop unhindered into the ground – creating an equal and opposite rebounding force), creating a rounded posture that deflects any incoming force – making the bones appear to have the density of concrete (thus damaging the opponent’s attacking limbs). This is internal iron vest.