Qigong (Chi Kung) is the Chinese discipline devoted to the development of understanding, awareness and harmonizing of one’s mind, body, qi (chi) and spirit. It plays a strong part in Chan Buddhism (Zen) and Daoist philosophy, as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Martial Arts. Qigong has been used extensively in China as part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is included in the curriculum of Chinese Universities. Throughout the world Qigong is now recognized as a form of complementary and alternative medicine, with positive effects on many diverse ailments.
Qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetitions of fluid movements and a calm mindful state. From a philosophical perspective Qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allowing access to higher realms of awareness, awakening one’s true nature.
Ziran Qigong is a progressive set of exercises that retains all the original concepts and benefits associated with traditional Qigong, while following a style of practice that uses terms and expressions that modern people can associate with and understand. “The main aim of Ziran Qigong is to obtain an understanding of one’s mind and bodyand the link between the two.”
Our practice of Qigong has been passed down via the Zi Ran Qigong lineage and has been refined throughout many generations. Master Liu De Ming is the inheritor of the Ziran Qigong system, as well as being an active researcher into Qigong.
Classes in Ziran Qigong run on Wednesdays from 7:45pm in the Gail Couper Room, Level 1- Grant Pavillion 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay.
Zi Ran Men
Zi Ran Men is based on ancient Taoist philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and, most importantly, the philosophy of 'One and Zero'. It combines physical training, Qigong (also, Chi Kung), meditation and combat techniques. Through training, Zi Ran Men enhances the spirit of the mind, regulates the circulation of Qi (also, Chi) and develops physical sensitivity. When the body is in harmony, you will live a long and healthy life.
'There is no beginning or end of movement,
There is no beginning or end of stillness,
There is no beginning or end of change.
Actual attack is hidden within fake attack,
Movements are within stillness.'
When you can successfully apply these theories, you will have freedom
of movement. Your attacks and defence will be fluid and agile.
Zi Ran Men training can be divided into three components : Physical Training, Combat Techniques and Conditioning. These three components combine for one purpose, which is to enhance the health of body and mind.
Initially, students learn particular forms and follow certain rules. Through practice, these movements progress from awkward to natural. When this level is reached, you can fight successfully. The methods of Zi Ran Men combat follow the rules of nature - apply the techniques without thought, movements come from nothing.
Classes in Zi Ran Men run on Tuesdays from 6:15pm in the Gail Couper Room, Level 1- Grant Pavillion 1 Merrijig Drive, Torquay.
Liu He Men
Liu He Men (Six Harmony Gong Fu) is a branch of Yue style Shaolin Gong Fu (also, Kung fu). It combines soft and hard, internal and external techniques. Liu He is based in the theory of six combinations : internally, cultivate essence, energy and spirit. Externally, cultivate hands, eyes and body. The purpose of this training is to develop an ideal state of health, protect the body's energy and master self defence and retaliation. This leads to a superior level of martial arts skill, total freedom of defence, a healthy body and a long life.
'Eyes go with the mind, Mind goes with the Qi,
Qi goes with the Body, Body goes with the Hands,
Hands go with the Feet,Feet go with the Hips.'
Liu He movement is firm, forceful, steady and accurate. The heads moves like an inquisitive ghost, the chest sinks in defence and extends in attack. The body floats, sinks and soars, jumps like a cat, dodges like a dog, rolls like a rabbit and turns like an eagle.
'When one part moves, Every part moves,
When one part is still, Every part is still,
Move when the enemy moves, Move like an avalanche.'
Liu He Men was the style practiced by Grandmaster Wan Lai Sheng before he took up Zi Ran Men. However Wan Lai Sheng also continuously developed his skill and style of Liu He Men as he deepened his knowledge of martial arts. Wan Lai Sheng then constructed a ciriculum of Liu He Men forms which he felt was most for developing skills as a martial artist, so in this way, Wan Lai Sheng's Liu He Men cirriculum could be seen as the forming foundation for the study of martial arts. It was Wan Lai Sheng who once stated that "All Gong Fu requires understanding of the the six harmonies (Liu He). Without understanding it, your Gong Fu will not be solid."
Liu He Men practice generally consists of basic muscle and flexibility training, and follows with the study of select Shaolin Liu He Men form sets, and continues until the students can successfully apply the techniques in actual combat.
Liu He Tang Lang Quan
Liu He Tang Lang Quan (Six Harmonies Praying Mantis Boxing) is the third major school of Praying Mantis Gong Fu along with Qi Xing Tang Lang Quan (Seven Stars Praying Mantis Boxing) and Mei Hua Tang Lang Quan (Plum Blossom Praying Mantis Boxing). Master Liu is currently a student of Grandmaster Liu Jing Ru, a seventh generation inheritor of the Liu He Tang Lang Quan lineage.
The special characteristic of this school is its use of continuous
vertical (and sometimes horizontal) circles which permit either striking, trapping or defending. It is not related to Liu He Men boxing but instead shares the same philosophy in regards to structure of its movements (the six harmonies).
The fast vertical 'running hands' allow a range of offensive and defensive techniques. Arm strikes to the opponent can use the edge of the hand or the forearm. If the opponent blocks or parries, the leading (circling) hand may grab while the other continues the attack.
This vertical circle, combined with advancing steps, provides speed and Jin (power). Horizontal circling hands make use of
the edge of the palm or the wrist.
There are seven empty fist forms in Liu He Tang Lang and one weapon form. Each form has its own characteristic and may be learnt and practised individually.
Cheng Shi Ba Gua Zhang
Also known as 'Eight Trigram Boxing', Ba Gua Zhang is an internal styleof Gong Fu (Kung Fu) training that is based upon circle walking and continuous 'palms changes' or techniques.
Ba Gua focuses on the development of internal Qi as the primary method of cultivating power and is regarded as one of the highest forms Qi Gong (Chi Kung) training for maintaining and improving general health and well being.
The style of Ba Gua taught at our school is Cheng Shi Ba Gua Zhang. This style is derived from the famous practitioner Cheng Ting Hua. Master Liu is a student of Grandmaster Liu Jing Ru,
a renowned expert of Cheng Shi Ba Gua Zhang from Cheng Ting Hua's lineage.
Ba Gua fighting techniques (palm changes) are based upon circular movements and the cultivation of so-called 'hidden power'. Traditional training involves repeated palm changes embedded within circle walking. Regular practice builds stamina and a strong, flexible body.
Ba Gua philosophy is based upon the I Ching (the Book of Changes). Each sequence of palm changes and qigong exercises in Ba Gua attempts to reflect the eight essential energies and directions that the I-Ching describes as forming our universe.
Due to Cheng Tinghua's extensive background in shuaijiao throwing techniques before learning baguazhang, Cheng style tends to
emphasize throwing techniques, while Yin style tends to emphasize striking techniques. In Yin style bagua, many of the martial applications are evident in the form. Cheng style applications are not as evident, but are equally as powerful.