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Why do Internal Martial Arts practise Standing Qigong?

Submitted byseosami onTue, 08/29/2023 - 03:16
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Static Standing Gong within internal martial arts (xingyi, tai chi, bagua and yiquan) falls under the umbrella of Qigong, that is, the work of energy cultivation using the mind or intention.  These include Holding the Energy Ball in front of the lower abdomen, Holding the Tree or the more demanding Santi Posture for kung fu.   

The initial stages of the Standing Gong in developing kung fu are about the adjustment of the physical body, that is, posture, relaxation of muscles and strengthening of the connective tissues.  The first stage is where many of the health benefits are gained – better posture, relaxed muscles, stronger joints and sinews, stronger legs, deep diaphragmatic breathing and an awareness of the mind.  It is the impact of this type of training on the body and mind that prepares you for further progress.  

The next stage of Standing Gong in internal martial arts (internal kung fu) is when you begin to relax internally.  Your qi (energy) becomes stronger.  You can feel it in various parts of the body.  You know how the breath affects your body internally.  At this stage of the internal kung fu training, you become more aware of how the mind and body affect each other.  The practice of Qigong is a journey that reveals many of the hidden intricacies of the mind and body relationship.  It takes time and dedication to reach the higher levels of any of these Chinese internal martial arts (xingyi, tai chi, bagua and yiquan).  To see and hear martial power, visit