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How do Internal Martial Arts train the Mind?

Submitted byseosami onSat, 08/19/2023 - 04:49
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The essence of any Chinese internal martial arts systems (xingyi, tai chi, bagua and yiquan) is training the mind.  Calming the mind leads to greater awareness and ability to focus.  The internal martial arts exercises used to develop this skill are called Standing Gong.  These include Holding the Energy Ball in front of the lower abdomen, Holding the Tree or the more demanding Santi Posture in kung fu training.  

The reasons for using these postures for kung fu training are as follows:
(1) Building an awareness of the movement of the mind.
(2) Allowing the mind to gradually calm down.
(3) Training the body to relax while standing.
(4) Helping the practitioner to see the relationship between mind and body, for example, tension in the body is usually a result of tension in the mind.
(5) Using certain postures in order to feel the qi (energy) flowing through different parts of the body.
(6) Strengthening the power of concentration. This is a vital skill in internal martial arts.  A lapse in concentration would spell instant defeat against a well-trained opponent.

In internal martial arts, both mind and body are trained simultaneously.  This builds co-ordination and harmony between mind and body.  If not, as people get older, mind and body become more and more separate.  The mind gives direction but the body is not willing.  This mind-body coordination is essential in all internal martial arts (xingyi, tai chi, bagua and yiquan).  To see and hear this co-ordination being expressed as martial power, visit