Qigong for Health and Martial Arts


Qigong for Health and Martial Arts – Jwing-Ming


About the Author

Yang, JwingMing,

 

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born on August 11th, 1946, in Xinzhu XianTaiwan (6 if), Republic of China       He started his Wushu (Gongfu or Kung Fu training at the age of fifteen under Shaolin White Crane Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao  Master Cheng originally learned Taizuquan  from his grandfather when he was a child. When Master Cheng was fifteen years old, he started learn¬ing White Crane from Master Jin, Shao-Feng, and followed him for twen¬ty-three years until Master Jin's death.

In thirteen years of study (1961-1974 A.D.) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane Style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of barehands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many other weapons. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qigong. Qin Na (or Chin Na,       Tui Na and Dian Xue massages and herbal treatment.

At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study of Yang Style Taijiquan under Master Kao Tao. After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research of Taijiquan inTaipeiwith several masters and senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-Ching and Mr. Wilson Chen. Master Li learned his Taijiquan from the well-known Master Han, Ching-Tang, and Mr. Chen learned his Taijiquan from Master Zhang, Xiang-San. Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji barehand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Taiji sword, Taiji saber, and Taiji Qigong.

When Dr. Yang was eighteen years old he enteredTamkangCollegein Taipei Xian to study Physics. In college he began the study of traditional Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang Chuan,  with aster Li, Mao-Ching at the Tamkang College Guoshu Club 1964-1968 A.D.), and eventually became an assistant instructor under Master Li. In 1971, he completed his M.S. degree in Physics at theNationalTaiwanUniversity, and then served in the Chinese Air Force from 1971 to 1972. In the service, Dr. Yang taught Physics at theJuniorAcademyof the Chinese Air Force while also teaching Wushu. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he returned toTamkangCollegeto teach Physics and resumed study under Master Li, Mao-Ching. From Master Li, Dr. Yang learned Northern Style Wushu, which includes both barehand (especially kicking) techniques and numerous weapons.

In 1974, Dr. Yang came to theUnited Statesto study Mechanical Engineering atPurdueUniversity. At the request of a few students, Dr. Yang began to teach Gongfu (Kung Fu), which resulted in the foundation of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu Research Club in the spring of 1975. While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught college-credited courses in Taijiquan. In May of 1978, he was award¬ed a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.

In 1980, Dr. Yang moved toHoustonto work for Texas Instruments. While inHouston, he founded Yang's Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, which was eventually taken over by his disciple, Mr. Jeffery Bolt, after Dr. Yang moved toBostonin 1982. Dr. Yang founded Yang's Martial Arts Academy (YMAA) inBostonon October 1, 1982.

In January of 1984, he gave up his engineering career to devote more time to research, writing, and teaching. In March of 1986, he purchased property in the Jamaica Plain area ofBostonto be used as the headquarters of the new organization, Yang's Martial Arts Association. The organization has continued to expand, and, on July 1st 1989, YMAA became just one division of Yang's Oriental Arts Association, Inc. (YOAA, Inc.).

In summary, Dr. Yang has been involved in Chinese Wushu since 1961. During this time, he has spent thirteen years learning Shaolin White Crane (Bai He), Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan), and Taijiquan. Dr. Yang has more than twenty-eight years of instructional experience: seven years inTaiwan, five years atPurdueUniversity, two years inHouston,Texas, and fourteen years inBoston,Massachusetts.

In addition, Dr. Yang has been invited to offer seminars around the world to share his knowledge of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. The countries he has visited includeCanada,Mexico,France,Italy,Poland,England,Ireland,Portugal,Switzerland,Germany,Hungary,Spain,Holland,Latvia,South Africa, andSaudi Arabia.

Since 1986, YMAA has become an international organization, and currently has thirty schools in the following countries:Poland,Portugal,France,Italy,Holland,Hungary,South Africa, theUnited Kingdom,Canada, and theUnited States. Many of Dr. Yang's books and videotapes have been translated into French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, and Hungarian.

 

Foreword

 

Qigong and martial arts training are closely related. Anyone who studies martial arts should study Qigong, because without a good healthy body, how can you consider self defense?

In the past inChina, there were no Western sports like football, basketball, swimming, or running. If parents wanted their children to be healthy and do some physical exercise, martial arts training was one of the only ways. However, martial arts training is not just training for fighting. The first step is to train the person to be healthy, through internal training. This training deals with the Qi and is very different from Western exercises, which are only physical and external.

The concept of Qi is at the foundation of all Chinese cultural skills. Every kind of skill is related to Qi. When a person says you have good Qi, it could mean your spirit, your energy, or that you are strong and healthy. But if they say your Qi has gone, then so has your spirit and energy and your body will be weak and tired. Therefore, Qi is very important.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming has an enormous amount of knowledge of Western science and Chinese cultural skills. He is famous throughout the Qigong and martial arts world. Anybody who seriously studies martial arts or Qigong has heard his name, seen his articles, or read his books.

For many years he has worked hard to promote Chinese martial arts and Qigong and brought his vast knowledge and experience of traditional Chinese skills to the West. He has a lot to offer, and it is very good to see this book in its second edition. This is an excellent opportunity for readers to benefit a great deal.

  

Preface

First Edition

"Gongfu" (Kung Fu) in Chinese means an achievement or activity that requires time, energy, and patience. Qigong (Chi Kung)(pronounced chee goong) means the Gongfu of internal energy circulation. Qi (&) has been known for more than a decade by the Western world, but it remains a mysterious concept to most Westerners, and even to many Qigong practitioners. Many people have experienced health benefits from Qigong, although very few of them really understand the principles or theory behind it, the relationship between Qigong and acupuncture, or the connection between Qigong and the martial arts. The author hopes that this volume, which specializes in Qigong, will help to dispel the mystery and thus benefit more people.

In this book, the first chapter will explain the general concept of Qigong, its history, and its relationship to health and the martial arts. The second chapter will introduce Wai Dan (external elixir) techniques to promote external/internal local Qi circulation. The history of the creator of Shaolin Wai Dan,DaMo(it A ), and the book he wrote on the subject, the Yi Jin Jing, will also be discussed. The third chapter will present primary Qigong training called Nei Dan (internal elixir"), or internal/internal Dan Tian Qi circulation, which was developed by the Daoists and Buddhists. The fourth chapter will explain the use of Qigong to improve and maintain health. And finally, the fifth chapter will discuss in general the application of Qigong to the martial arts. An additional volume will be necessary to cover the principles and methods of training in detail. The author hopes to be able to do this in the near future. Those who wish further information are referred to the author's books Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan for specifics on that system, and to Shaolin Chin Na for information on cavity press.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-MingBoston, 1985

Second Edition

Since the first edition of this book was published in 1985, more than thirty-five thousand copies have been sold. This surprised me, because the concept of Qigong is still new to most Westerners. The concept of Chinese Qigong was first introduced toAmericathrough acupuncture, when President Nixon visited mainlandChinain 1973. Nixon's visit accelerated the cultural exchange between the East and the West, and one of the goals of this exchange is the promotion of world harmony through mutual understanding.

During this exciting era, the mission of my life has been to translate traditional Chinese documents into English to expedite this cultural exchange. In addition to translating these documents, I also include my thirty-five years of personal experience in Qigong. This book was my first of this effort.

This book contains basic, fundamental information which is very useful for Qigong beginners. In addition, to those martial artists who are interested in knowing about the internal side of martial arts training, this book can be considered a key to the entrance of the martial arts Qigong garden. Since 1985, I have written other Qigong and Chinese martial arts books. Many are related to Qigong for health, longevity, and spiritual enlightenment. These are:

•     Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health

•     The Root of Chinese Qigong—Secrets for Health, Longevity, &

Enlightenment

•     Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Chi Kung—The

Secret of Youth

•     The Essence of Taiji Qigong—The Internal Foundation of Taijiquan

•     Arthritis—TheChinese Wayof Healing & Prevention

•     Chinese Qigong Massage—General Massage

•     Essence of Shaolin White Crane

•     Back Pain—Chinese Qigong for Healing and Prevention

After reading this book, if you are interested in further exploring this Qigong garden, you should not hesitate to read the above books. For health and healing Qigong exercises, videotapes are also available. The books and the videotapes are an easy way to learn self-healing. Today, Qigong is recognized as one of the most effective alternative (or complimentary) medicines. I believe that Qigong will become the major force in prevention and healing in the next two decades.

In the new edition of this book, a few changes have been made. First, all the Chinese has been changed to Pinyin, which is now the most popular romaniza-tion system in Western society. Second, portions of the content have been updated. Third, the typesetting has been improved to make the book easier to read, and new photographs have replaced the old. Finally, a glossary of Chinese terms and an index have been included.

I hope this book will lead you to further Qigong study and practice. I also hope that all qualified Qigong teachers and researchers will share their understanding and experience with open, scientific and logical minds. Only then can we expect to see the bright future of Qigong study and development.

 

Dr. Yang, Jwing-MingBoston, 1997

 

 

Contents

 

About the Author............................................................................................ viii

Foreword........................................................................................................... xii

Preface............................................................................................................ xiii

Chapter 1. Introduction...................................................................................... 1

1-1. General Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................... 1

1-2. Historical Survey of Chinese Qigong.................................................................................................................................. 3

1-3. General Principles of Chinese Qigong................................................................................................................................ 9

1-4. Popular Martial Styles of Qigong Training........................................................................................................................ 12

Chapter 2. Wai Dan Qigong (External Elixir)..................................................... 18

2-1. Introduction........................................................................................................................................................................ 18

2-2. Principles of Wai Dan Qigong............................................................................................................................................ 18

2-3.DaMo's Yi Jin Jing Exercises............................................................................................................................................. 20

2-4. Other Popular Wai Dan Exercises.................................................................................................................................... 28

Chapter 3. Nei Ban Qigong (Internal Elixir)....................................................... 64

3-1. Introduction................................................................................................................................................................................ 64

3-2. Principles of Nei Dan Qigong............................................................................................................................................ 67

3-3. Nei Dan Meditation Training............................................................................................................................................. 74

3-4. Qi Enhancement and Transport Training......................................................................................................................... 89

3-5. Massage and Exercises after Meditation........................................................................................................................ 97

Chapter 4. Qigong and Health........................................................................ 107

4-1. Introduction..................................................................................................................................................................... 107

4-2. Chinese Diagnosis.......................................................................................................................................................... 108

4-3. Acupuncture.................................................................................................................................................................... 115

4-4. Massage and Rubbing .................................................................................................................................................... 119

4-5. Other Medical Qigong Practices for Good Health........................................................................................................ 138

Chapter 5. Martial Arts Applications............................................................. 142

5-1. Introduction ..................................................................................................................................................................... 142

5-2. Cavity Press..................................................................................................................................................................... 143

5-3. Sealing the Vein and Sealing the Breath ....................................................................................................................... 149

5-4. GoldenBellCover or Iron Shirt......................................................................................................................................... 151

Conclusion...................................................................................................... 153

Appendix A. Translation and Glossary of Chinese Terms.............................. 155

Index.............................................................................................................. 173