Gathered during the many years the author spent practicing yoga, karate, and exploring the Far East, this collection of teaching stories will appeal to anyone interested in yoga, oriental philosophy, the martial arts, or the evolving soul.
A comprehensive text that includes a study of the origins and history of Tai Chi; a detailed analysis of its relationship to Western philosophy, the I Ching, Tao te Ching, yoga, and Zen. The author also ties its use to esoteric systems, and discusses health and Chinese medicine in relation to Tai Chi. Includes several hundred detailed photographs showing application of the positions.
TAI CHI FA JIN Advanced Techniques for Discharging Chi Energy Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan
· Explains how to collect energy within and discharge it for self-defence as well as healing · Explores how to counter the natural instinct to resist force with force and develop yielding softness through the 13 Original Movements of Tai Chi · Illustrates routines for the partner practice of "Push Hands" (Tui Shou)
Fa Jin, an advanced yang style of Tai Chi, complements the physical, mental and spiritual conditioning available through solo Tai Chi practice and the internal martial arts of Taoism. Fa Jin enables adepts to harness the energy of yin, yang and the earth in the lower tan tien and discharge it as an extremely close-range yet explosively powerful blow in self-defence and partner practice as well as in healing techniques.
Integrating the teachings of many Taoist masters, including Chang San-Feng, the creator of Tai Chi; Wang Tsung-Yueh, the legendary 19th-century master; Bruce Lee, the actor and martial artist who made the “one-inch punch” technique famous and the Magus of Java, a living master able to discharge energy in the form of electric shocks, this book explores the history, philosophy, internal exercises and physical practices of Fa Jin. Drawing on Iron Shirt Chi Kung and Tan Tien Chi Kung techniques, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan reveal the secrets to collecting yin and yang in the lower tan tien and discharging the energy in a seemingly effortless yet explosive blow.
Illustrating several routines of the Tai Chi partner practice of “Push Hands” (Tui Shou), they explain how to apply Fa Jin techniques by “listening” to your opponent's intentions and countering the natural instinct to resist force with force through yielding softness and redirection. The authors, also, detail how to prepare for this advanced practice through stretching, meditation, breathing, relaxation and energetic exercises as well as the Eight Gates and the Five Steps, known collectively as the Thirteen Original Movements of Tai Chi.
TAI CHI WU STYLE Advanced Techniques for Internalizing Chi Energy Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan
· Details the 8 core forms of Wu-Style Tai Chi with fully illustrated instructions · Ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities due to the “small frame” primary stance, slower and smaller movements and conservation of energy · Explains how Wu Style provides a natural introduction to martial arts boxing · Reveals how Wu Style eases stiffness, relieves back pain and reduces abdominal fat
Wu-Style Tai Chi follows the flow of chi energy, rather than directing it as in traditional Tai Chi. Centred on a “small frame” stance—that is, feet closer together and arms closer to the body—and a slower progression of movements in solo practice, Wu Style offers a gentle Tai Chi form for beginners and, when practised with a partner, a grounding introduction to martial arts boxing and Fa Jin (the discharge of energy for self-defence). The more functional stance, smaller movements and conservation of internal energy make Wu-Style Tai Chi ideal for older practitioners as well as those with health disabilities. Condensing the 37 movements of Wu Style into 8 core forms, Master Mantak Chia and Andrew Jan illustrate how to build a personal short-form Wu-Style Tai Chi practice. They explain how Wu-Style Tai Chi removes energetic blockages and helps to elongate the tendons, reducing stiffness and allowing the limbs to return to their natural length and full range of motion. Regular practice of Wu Style relieves back pain as well as reducing abdominal fat, the biggest hindrance to longevity.
Exploring the martial arts applications of Wu Style, the authors trace its history beginning with founder Wu Chuan-Yu (1834–1902) as well as explain how to apply Wu Style to “Push Hands” (Tui Shou) and Fa Jin. Through mastering the short-form Wu Style detailed in this book, Tai Chi practitioners harness a broad range of health benefits as well as build a solid foundation for learning the complete long-form Wu Style.
TAN TIEN CHI KUNG Foundational Exercises for Empty Force and Perineum Power Mantak Chia
TAN TIEN CHI KUNG is the art of cultivating and condensing chi in the lower abdomen - the tan tien - the fundamental powerhouse of the body. Known as the Ocean of Chi to the ancient Taoists this lower abdominal area holds the key to opening the body and the mind for the free and continuous movement of the chi. TAN TIEN CHI KUNG contains specific breathing and movement exercises that develop the power of the chi stored in the body to increase vitality strengthen organs and promote self-healing. Mantak Chia explains how these exercises also provide a safe and effective method for receiving earth energy which allows the practitioner to achieve balance physically mentally and spiritually - all of which are essential for the more advanced practices of Iron Shirt Chi Kung and cosmic healing. It is our mind that directs and guides our chi but if the mind and body are out of balance or under stress the mind cannot perform this function. The tan tien actually contains a large quantity of neurotransmitters making it a key source of body intelligence. It is for this reason the Taoists also referred to Tan Tien Chi Kung as Second Brain Chi Kung and created exercises that would allow practitioners to gain awareness of the tan tien's function to restore the mind-body balance that is essential for spiritual growth and optimal well-being.
T'ai Chi Kung is usually taught emphasizing form. This is the first book to discuss the deeper aspects of energy development and the unification of spiritual principle, emotion, intellect, and movement.
This complete guide to "street smart" self-defense covers a wide range of subjects including: rapid assessment of potentially dangerous situations, fast and simple response to an attack, continuous flow of defensive techniques, vital strike points, first strike advantage, fighting techniques and body weapons, specific attack responses, grappling and ground fighting, defending against weapons, and home training exercises.
WING CHUN MARTIAL ARTS Principles and Techniques Yip Chun
With Danny Connor
Yip Chun is a Grandmaster of Wing Chun, and the eldest son of Yip Man - Bruce Lee's mentor. With the help of Danny Connor, Yip Chun explains the moves, the importance of the relationship between teacher and student, and the Confucian theory. Studentswill learn Chi Sau, Siu Lim Tao, Chum Kiu, and Biu Tze from the many illustrations that show the forms. 150 photographs.
WISDOM CHI KUNG Practices for Enlivening the Brain with Chi Energy Mantak Chia
WISDOM CHI KUNG teaches practitioners how to revitalise the brain: to repair function, increase memory and expand capacity. Every day we use up so much of our brain's capacity to function that we have very little left at the end of the day. By thinking or worrying too much, the brain can use up to 80 percent of the body's entire energy reserve. Learning to stop the brain, to empty the mind from the ceaseless chatter of the “monkey mind” and then recharge it with chi energy can increase our mental capacity, focus, and clarity. Using the Inner Smile meditation technique, practitioners learn how to recharge chi energy for the brain in a form that is most useful.
Practitioners smile and empty the mind into the lower tan tien and the organs. The organs then transform this chi energy. When the mind is empty, the energy transformed by the organs is sent back to the brain to revitalize it. This process synchronises the left and right brain by activating and tapping in to the body's energetic potentials. As the mind continues to empty, receive and enhance the transformed chi energy, it is able to open itself to connect with universal chi energies and fill the body with enhanced life force.
· Details techniques to increase the level of chi energy in the brain and explains how to synchronise the left and right brain by activating the body's energetic potentials
· Shows that by emptying the mind there is more energy to heal the body
The martial arts, in their finest form, are much more than a physical contest between two opponents - a means of imposing ones will or inflicting damage upon another. Rather, for the true master, karate, kung fu, aikido, wing-chun and all the other martial arts are essentially avenues through which they can achieve spiritual serenity, mental tranquility and the deepest self-confidence.
The role of Zen in the martial arts defies easy definition because Zen has no theory; it is an inner knowing for which there is no clearly stated dogma. The Zen of martial arts deemphasizes the power of the intellect and extols that of intuitive action. It's ultimate aim is to free the individual from anger, illusion and false passion.
Hyams emphasizes crucial aspects of the martial arts that have been all but lost since their import into the West: the Zen objectives of serenity of spirit, tranquility of mind, and firmness of will.