Chi-Kung Development and Practical Aplication


Chi-Kung Development and Practical Aplication  - Scott Baker


Having read many books on Wing Chun over my 35 years in the martial arts business, it is with great pleasure that I now write the foreword for Scott Baker's book. This book is an attempt to bring Wing Chun out of the purely physical domain and in to the internal area including such things as Chi Kung (Qigong) and Dim-Mak. There have been other books that include Dim-Mak, however, these have been sketchy to say the least. Scott attempts to delve deeper into the area of point striking, covering acupuncture points and their effects etc. This book will be a great inclusion in any Wing Chun player's library.

 

Erle Montaigue

 

Introduction:

What is Kung Fu

 

This book is about kung fu, specifically the Wing Chun system of kung fu. Even more specifically, it is about the often mystical or secretive internal Chi-kung skills of Wing Chun kung fu. It is written specifically to those who currently practice Wing Chun, or have an invested interest in Wing Chun kung fu specifically. Kung fu is a term that has become synonymous with Martial Arts in both the West and the East. Even in mainland China today the martial arts are referred to frequently as gung fu (Mandarin pronunciation). Originally the term kung fu was used to refer to any skill or ability that had been developed through persistent effort over time. This understanding is helpful to those who have chosen to embark on the life journey of learning a martial art. Not all systems of combat are as difficult to learn as others, but then not all are as effective as others are either. Wing Chun Kung Fu is one of the most notable, effective martial systems available. When Wing Chun is practiced fully, with its secretive foundation of deep energy skills intact, then it truly becomes a system of skills that require unique and diligent effort over time to master. It is truly a kung fu system in the literal meaning of the phrase, as well as the modern meaning.

Contents:

 

Cautionary Note to Reader                                                                                                                                                   2

Acknowledgements                                                                                                                                                                   2

Forward                                                                                                                                                                                            3

 

CHAPTER 1                                                                                                                                     7

 

Introduction:                                                                                                                                                                                      7

What is Kung Fu                                                                                                                                                                           7

What it takes to Master internal Kung Fu                                                                                                                                 7

Wing Chun with or without Chi Energy?                                                                                                                                   8

A Principle Centered System                                                                                                                                                       9

 

CHAPTER 2                                                                                                                                   12

 

Learning about your chi                                                                                                                                                                12

Teacher as a guide: An invitation to learn                                                                                                                               12

Energy - Learn by doing                                                                                                                                                             13

Relaxation                                                                                                                                                                                      13

Two Keys: Attending and Intending                                                                                                                                       14

Hard and Soft Chi-kung                                                                                                                                                              15

HARD CHI-KUNG TRAINING                                                                                                                                                  15

SOFT CHI-KUNG TRAINING                                                                                                                                                    16

Four Levels of Relaxation                                                                                                                                                           17

 

CHAPTER 3                                                                                                                                   18

 

Wing Chun an Energy System                                                                                                                                                     18

Assumptions of energy skills                                                                                                                                                    19

Wing Chun: An advanced energy system                                                                                                                              20

 

 

CHAPTER 4                                                                                                                                   21

 

Beginning with the Root                                                                                                                                                                21

Four Standing Exercise                                                                                                                                                                23

8 Pieces of Brocade                                                                                                                                                                     23

Breathing                                                                                                                                                                                       25

Standing meditation from Shaolin                                                                                                                                             26

Dissolving and Marrow Washing                                                                                                                                             26

Normaland Reverse Breathing Techniques                                                                                                                            27

Beginning the Standing Meditation                                                                                                                                          27

Advanced Standing Meditation: Bone Marrow Washing                                                                                                    28

The Advanced Standing Chi-kung Exercise of Sil Num Tao                                                                                                30

Four keys: Relax, Root, Breathe, and Focus                                                                                                                        31

The Tan Sau                                                                                                                                                                             33

The Wu Sau                                                                                                                                                                             34

The Fook Sau                                                                                                                                                                           35

 

CHAPTER 5                                                                                                                                   38

Learning to Move with Chi                                                                                                                                                            38

Stepping                                                                                                                                                                                        37

Turning                                                                                                                                                                                          42

Wing Chun Kicking                                                                                                                                                                     43

  1. Kicking Seeds                                                                                                                                                                      43
  2. Kicking Principles                                                                                                                                                               44
  3. Soft, Internal Kicking Power                                                                                                                                              45
  4. Kicking Targets                                                                                                                                                                   46
  5. Kicking as Stepping                                               49 The Different Energy Expressions of the Three Boxing Forms               49

 

CHAPTER 6                                                                                                                                   51

Using Chi as a Weapon                                                                                                                                                                  52

The slap or sinking palm                                                                                                                                                             55

Thrusting palm                                                                                                                                                                             56

Releasing energy through the fingers and toes (Biu Tze)                                                                                                     59

The short punch                                                                                                                                                                          60

The Yin and Yang manifestations of energy                                                                                                                           61

 

CHAPTER 7                                                                                                                                   64

 

Chi Sau Purpose and Attitude                                                                                                                                                      64

Learning a language or competing                                                                                                                                            64

Putting the Chi back into Chi Sau                                                                                                                                              65

Single Chi Sau the most important                                                                                                                                            66

Developing Deep Connectivity Through Chi Sau                                                                                                                  67

THE 12 PROGRESSIVE STAGES OF "BEING" INTERACTION                                                                                          67

1)  POSITIONING: To occupy a strategic advantage                                                                                                         67

2)  BALANCING: To maintain continuity and integrity                                                                                                     68

3)  STICKING: To stay with what is                                                                                                                                      68

4)  SPRINGING: To awaken and enliven the connection                                                                                                   69

5)  DIRECTION: To close your shield and open his