The natural alignment process of Standing Post is second to none:
The dynamic practice cultivates wholesome power and physical equilibrium. The Mind and Breath methods cultivate Zheng Qi (true chi). Soft Qigong will transform not only your body but your entire way of life! The King of all Exercise, the Father of all Internal Kung Fu!
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Yang Sheng 'Life Nourishing ' Qigong is an extremely powerful tool for bringing out ones natural human potential and optimal fitness. Physical health and mental well being are a direct result of the practice. The core of our training is 'Zhan Zhuang' (Standing Meditation). It is designed to activate 'Zheng Qi' (True or Proper Qi). The effects of this training are rapid with deep therapeutic results producing a unified and balanced 'mind, body and breath'.
Another great qigong session outside Memorial Hall at Harvard University. We miss the good old days of MIT, but the Harvard Qigong Club is already a huge success. 12 standing tonight! Thanks to Coach Jim Roselando as always. And thanks to all the members for their continued support. Join us every Monday (or Thursday when it rains) at Harvard.
The future envisioned by Grandmaster Ju Zan centered on a
young man named Fu Wei Zhong who began his training on the day he was born in
1949. Driven by an exceptional interest in old texts, he began studying
traditional Chinese medicine and reading ancient Chinese philosophies when he
was only six years old. By the age of 12, Fu Wei Zhong was treating and healing
people with techniques he had learned from his reading and the instruction from
his grandfather, a traditional Chinese medical doctor and the emperor’s family
He began his martial arts training in Shaolin
Gongfu at the age of seven. Several years later, he became a student of
Luo Xing Wu, an eminent Chinese martial arts grandmaster, from whom he
learned many martial arts disciplines, including Xingyi and Bagua Gongfu.
Like many other young people during the Chinese Cultural
Revolution, Fu Wei Zhong was sent to the northeast China Heilongjiang province.
Because of his training, he was asked to work on a collective farm as a
veterinarian. He was 18 years old when he arrived and opened a medical clinic.
For eight years, he used traditional Chinese medicinal herbs and treatment
techniques, including acupuncture and Chinese massage, to treat multitudes of
sick people and animals with great success.
Fu Wei Zhong returned to Beijing in 1976 and
taught martial arts at the Beijing Dongcheng District Martial Arts School for a
year. He planned to take a master’s degree in religion and was looking for a
renowned professor to guide him in the beginning. A friend, Liang Shu Ming,
said that he would take him to meet Abbot Ju Zan, the Supreme Abbot of Chinese
Buddhism and 12th Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
Fu Wei Zhong had had a recurring dream since childhood of a
monk who would change his life. He didn’t know who the monk was or why the
images were coming to him, but when he saw the face of the Abbot he recognized
him as the monk from his dreams. At their meeting, they looked at each other
and the Abbot said, “Oh, you’ve finally arrived, it’s time for you to train!”
as if they already knew each other.
Fu Wei Zhong was invited to join a distinguished group of
men and women chosen to undergo training and a selection process for
the position of 13th layman Lineage Holder of Emei Qigong.
After six months of intensive training and testing, Fu Wei
Zhong was selected by His Holiness, Grandmaster Ju Zan, to receive further
instruction in Buddhism, Daoism, traditional Chinese medicine, Taijiquan,
Qigong, Feng Shui, future prediction, and other Dharma methods exclusively
transmitted from one Lineage Holder to another within the Emei Qigong system.
During this time, Fu Wei Zhong was often in seclusion—studying, cultivating,
and integrating the system’s ancient texts into practical forms and
easy-to-read language that could be effectively taught to the public.
In 1984, the title of the 13th Lineage
Holder was bestowed on Fu Wei Zhong. He received the Emei Qigong sacred book
“The Emei Treasured Lotus Canon” and officially assumed the title of
Grandmaster as well as the responsibilities of being the Lineage Holder.
Grandmaster Ju Zan directed him to begin teaching publicly, “In order to end
the pain and suffering of the world and to allow Emei Qigong to bring out
humanity to shine like the sun.”
In the spring of 1985, Fu Wei Zhong began teaching Emei
Qigong healing techniques throughout China, thereby initiating a national
revitalization of the role of Qigong in Chinese medical theory and practice. In
1989, he went into seclusion again to meditate for three years so that he could
further develop Emei Qigong techniques so they could be more easily taught to
the public in our fast-paced modern society. It was during this period of
extended meditation that he was able to achieve the Qigong state necessary to
decode the sacred Emei Qigong skills. Fu Wei Zhong was able to decipher this
information and now teaches these skills in his lectures, seminars and
Grandmaster Fu believes that only by training thousands of
skilled Emei Qigong practitioners will it be possible to restore and preserve
the health of millions. He has personally treated, healed and helped thousands
of people—the rich and famous as well as orphans and patients considered
incurable. China’s late president Deng Xiao Ping was among those helped by Grandmaster
Fu. Using the methods of Emei Qigong cultivation, medical qigong and
traditional Chinese herbal medicine, Grandmaster Fu has successfully cured tens
of thousands of people who have come to him for healing.
At age 36, he was recognized as one of the most prominent
grandmasters of Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The Chinese have
dubbed him “Emei Wizard” and “China’s Medical Buddha," as well as deeming
him “The Father of Modern Medical Qigong.” In addition, Fu Wei Zhong has been
made lifetime president of two Qigong institutions: The International Medical
Qigong Academy and The Emei Linji International Qigong Medical Research
Institute, and he holds honorary positions and titles in more than 50
hospitals, medical colleges, Qigong clinics and Qigong associations in China.
Fu Wei Zhong is a learned scholar. Having read thousands of
books, both Chinese and foreign, he is well versed in the medical,
philosophical and theological theories of different schools, both Eastern and
Western. While studying, he took careful notes and wrote down his reflections,
which number over three million words. To date, he has published six books
and over twenty treatises in China.
Fu Wei Zhong immigrated to the United States in
1995. His goal was to disseminate Emei Qigong’s therapeutic techniques so that
its methods could be fused with contemporary western medical techniques. His
goal is to alleviate much of the suffering in today’s world. He is determined
to transmit the knowledge and skills of Emei Qigong to the American public.
Since his arrival in the United States, Grandmaster Fu
has given lectures and workshops in over 30 American cities. He was invited to
the University of San Francisco and the University of California at San
Diego to lecture on Qigong and was a visiting professor at the American College of
Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, where he taught
curriculum-required courses on the Emei methodology of Qi (energy) emission for
diagnosis and treatment. In 1996, he participated in an experiment at the Atlantic Tumor Hospital in California that
involved the emission of Qi into cancer cells. The initial positive results
enabled the experiment to be taken to a bigger scale. In 2001, these
encouraging results were published in the magazine, Spirituality and
Health.Fu Wei Zhong also participated in an experiment conducted by the
California Pacific Medical Center of Complementary Medicine Research Institute
to test Qigong and other holistic modalities in the treatment of brain tumors
from a distance. The Discovery Channel filmed Grandmaster Fu at theMedical Center and
aired the documentary in Canada on a show called “Daily Planet.”
As of 2006, there are many thousands of Emei Qigong students
in the United States and 2 million followers of Emei Qigong
worldwide. What the world needs now, more than ever, is a heart-centered system
like Emei Qigong to bring health, vitality and true kindness to people.
In the fall of 2006, Grandmaster Fu taught the Level IV
seminar, the Emei Qigong Level I Teacher’s Training, for the first time.
This month-long session was held at Emei Mountain in China,
and students stayed at the Emeishan Grand Hotel at the base of the mountain
during this time. The training was successful; students emerged from this
intensive training with a much deeper and comprehensive undertanding of Emei
Qigong, and many will continue their training to become Level I teachers. A
second group of prospective Level I teachers took Level IV in 2007.
For the next few years, Grandmaster Fu will concentrate on
training the monk who will become the next lineage holder inChina and the
students who will become Emei Qigong Level I teachers in North
There is one thing that is common across all lineages of Wing Chun Kuen. The universal foundation set of our art, the SiuLinTau. This mother set is preserved in its original platform within the Cho family and also a SiuLinTau
Kuen Kuit "boxing poetry" which is designed to holistically strengthen
and unite the whole body with our Gongfu. This one long mother set
would later be broken or split into three smaller sets during the Red
Wing Chun lineages state that our art originated from a fusion of Snake
and Crane technology. Research provided by the Cho family and their
decedents supports this theory. Miao Shun's fusion of Ng Mui's White
Crane boxing with his own knowledge of Emei internal art (Snake Qigong)
resulted in a "Snake" Body with "Crane" Boxing art. Snake & Crane!
This new hybrid was rooted in two giants of Chinese martial and
internal technology, which thus became a new advanced soft style of
Across the spectrum of Wing Chun lineages, almost
everyone agrees that Wing Chun is a soft style of boxing. Well, the
term soft has specific criteria within internal arts. This means the
body, breath & mind must be cultivated with softness with your
set directly develops ones physical body by loosening each joint from
the tip of the fingers to the foot. So not only does a practitioner use
the Siu Liu Tau
technology to develop their combat skills, and concepts, but also to
achieve a deeper state of cultivation. Physically the muscles, tendons,
joints all are to be targeted and trained. This will not only loosen
the body but also gradually realign the skeletal structure. The
benefits for real life situations are many. A loose body will have the
qualities of heavy and light, enabling it to react and respond
dynamically. A loose body has a greater range of elasticity allowing
for maximum open, close, rise & sink which are essential for issuing
and receiving force.
When one begins to study breathing in their SiuLinTau practice they must only bring a light awareness to breathing from bellow the belly button. Our
ancestors placed a special importance to this practice. Commonly known
as Som Bai Fut (three prayers to Buddha), this section is known as Kang
& Rou (release and load) is specifically performed slowly in order
to target your breath with stillness during our boxing. Why is it
important for the reality of fighting? If the breathing isn't freely
flowing then the body immediately tenses up and the body becomes
sluggish, clumsy and weak rather than dynamic and spontaneous.
The first stanza in the SiuLinTau
Kuen Kuit states: "Collect the Yi, Union with the Shen in the Equal
stance". This maxim clearly discusses the third area of discussion in
this article regarding basic cultivation: the mind. First, let’s break
down this Kuen Kuit for you. Collect the Yi is telling us that
over-active thoughts must be quieted and then it will Union with the
Shen (spirit) or have equilibrium of a relaxed mind, relaxed breath
& relaxed body in the Yee Jee Ma or Character "=" Stance. This
equal stance is discussing the concept of neutral power, which allows
for stability, strength and movement in any direction.
fundamental purpose of lower abdominal breathing is to gradually quiet
the mind over time and this is why is must be isolated and trained
faithfully. The process isn't complicated, but is often neglected by
practitioners. The simple truth is the above knowledge is
the basic Gong in Gongfu. What benefits does this bring us in the
reality of the streets? Emotions are extremely powerful before and
during a heated exchange. The ability to stay calm will cage those
emotions allowing your full athletic potential to surface.