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-How they are similar whilst being so different in the growth of strength and health of the body-mind and spirit.
Over the years, there have been many different types of martial arts and meditations I have enjoyed learning. These include Aikido, Zen Do Kai, a waving arm style of Yang tai chi, a style of kung fu I later found was designed solely for profit of the organization, Brazilian Jiu Jutsu, Chow Family Mantis Kung Fu and the Tong Ren System of Medical Chi Gung. Whilst I acknowledge that each has provided me with necessary aspects of growth for me to be a better person, it is the Tong Ren system of chi gung and the Chow Family Tong Long system of kung fu that continue to encourage, nourish, stimulate and keep me enthusiastic about my personal development. What separates these two styles from the other arts I have come across is how hard both masters have had to work to achieve what they have. While at the top of their game they are able to remain loving and down to earth people and who continue to grow and improve their skills in their fields. Each system has many different layers of understanding that can only be understood and developed through continual practice. Being committed to your own growth as a person using the arts is continually reinforced and encouraged by both schools. Inside of me, there is often a deep-seated urge to wrathfully lash out, consume and destroy the aspects of life I do not agree with or am unable to properly understand. There is also a deep-seated urge to be warm, loving and generous towards the world around me. From this internal need and desire, chi gung and kung fu have become an elixir of stability and support I can give myself to help my body-mind and inner-self grow stronger and healthier and more mature. Kung fu and chi gung are externally very different to the eye. Kung fu is often seen as being vicious, ferocious and highly destructive, whilst chi gung is seemingly quiescent and calm in contrast. Some may say chi gung is weak whilst kung fu is strong.
In kung fu the body begins in stillness and is unmoving (Yin) while the mind is active and scans for movement or strikes from the opponent (Yang). In kung fu we are taught about the transition from tension to relaxation. to integrate and join as a whole functioning unification of body. vibrate or shake (Yang) and the mind becomes still and grounded (Yin). will power and personal discipline. This is an aspect that makes both arts hard to achieve because it is always an ongoing process. Strangely.Actually they both have similar qualities and are the Yin and Yang of each other. It seems obvious that kung fu does this because of the actions and militant forms of encouragement shared with the students. the same attitudes must be adopted in order to succeed at chi gung. mind and inner-self is one the shared aims of both arts. To remain standing in the same posture for 30 minutes to an hour takes a lot of heart. Then in the moment of attacking the mind becomes still (Yin) while the body strikes (Yang). . It is a constant battle to overcome one’s own weaknesses and flaws. When you start out. From this observation it seems neither Yin nor Yang can exist in a moment without the other being present. Spontaneously the body may begin to tremble. likewise in chi gung the transition from tension to relaxation is the focus. To build strength. it is easy to feel the tension and is often difficult to relax and after a while we are better able to distinguish and achieve the two feelings. However it of the body-minds ability to be able to relax can increase even more and more and more. For chi gung too doing Jan Jong the body is still (Yin) while the mind actively and objectively observes the nuances of the body (Yang). Similarly the Tong Ren System of chi gung and the Tong Long system of kung fu express aspects of Yin and Yang theory.