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Secrets of the use of Breath Chi (Chi Kung) in Shaolin Martial Practice

by Andrew Timofeevich Breathing exercises (qigong, breath chi, or chi kung) are one of the components the Shaolin Martial Art and breathing practices are united with combat arts. There is a saying: "Before a foot or hand strikes, comes Breath - Chi which is...

Herbs and Formulas

Besides treating illness, herbs and formulas build stronger vitality and promote longevity. Herbs can be a vital part in any training regiment and can supply the added boost to put your training at the top. But what is the correct role of herbal formulas in training?...

Tai Chi Push Hands: Why?

Tai Chi Push Hands used to be one of the greatest training aids ever invented. However, over the years, those who could not or did not know how to fight, decided that they would substitute actual fighting methods and real self-defense with push hands. They trained and...

Common Martial Arts Injuries

The most common martial arts injuries are sprains, strains, cuts, and bruises. Broken bones also occur. These injuries frequently affect the knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow. Hands are particularly vulnerable to injury during striking martial arts.

Behind Every Good Non-Classical Martial Artist . . .

Behind Every Good Non-Classical Martial Artist . . .

As we become more and more advanced in our survival skills, we tend to use less and less techniques, rather preferring to stick with the tried and proven one or two in order to survive. But it’s the years of classical work that gives us this ability. In a real situation, and I don’t mean the odd drunk at a pub, a half of an inch step, balanced, here or there can mean the difference in life or death.

Back Pain – Chinese Qigong for Healing & Prevention

Back Pain – Chinese Qigong for Healing & Prevention

The greatest benefit of Chinese Qigong is probably in the physical (Yang) and mental (Yin) training. Qigong teaches you how to regulate the mind to a calm, profound and concentrated meditative state. It also teaches you how to use your regulated mind in coordination with deep breathing to lead the Qi circulating in your body. From this internal guidance and coordination with specific Qigong movements, you can either heal yourself or rebuild the strength of your physical body. From the Yin (mental body) and Yang (physical body) balance, you regain your health.

A Simple Breathing Exercise

A Simple Breathing Exercise

One of the keys to successful martial practice is that of correct breathing. Here is a simple breathing exercise to relax the body and mind: Sit in a chair with your feet uncrossed and your palms lightly on your knees. Close your eyes gently. Slowly breathe in with...

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Candle Use In Martial Arts

Candle Use In Martial Arts

In Chinese martial society, candles were once popularly used for training. This is because candles were an important source of lighting in ancient times, and thus were more readily available for practice. Today, the use of candles use in martial arts is seldom seen....

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Golden Circle Breath

Golden Circle Breath

Grandmaster Rick Moneymaker explains Golden Circle Breath and the power it contains. This Chi Kung has three underlying factors that help to make it powerful. They are different aspects of the Yin Yang theory and enrich the layers of the different stages. The first...

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Using Herbal Teas

Using Herbal Teas

Michel Czehatowski, L.Ac. discusses herbal tea and its usage. A tea is a water extract of the herb or herbs. Water acts as the solvent for the herbs and the heating process pulls or extracts the medicinal components of the herbs into the water. Once it is cooked you...

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Improving Athletic Endurance

Improving Athletic Endurance

There are many "natural herbal" supplements available to improve athletic endurance. Unfortunately, most are manufactured by companies whose chief aim is to make money instead of promoting health. These companies have little, if any, concept on how or why herbs should...

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Discouragement

Discouragement

Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming shares his experiences as a teenager with discouragement. I remember one afternoon, when I was 17 years old, I went to see my White Crane master. I was a bit depressed and I had hoped to receive some comfort and sympathy from him. I told him that I...

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Self Defense And The Law

Self Defense And The Law

Self-defense and the law begins when you are required to defend yourself against an unlawful attack and it is a time honored principle that one is entitle to defend himself from physical attack by another person. However, you are only protected by the law if you are...

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Qigong For Health

Qigong For Health

This article is an excerpt from the new second edition of Dr. Yang's popular Qi gong guide is for martial artists and health seekers who want to improve their health and vitality, increase their strength and develop explosive martial power. Dr. Yang shares ten...

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