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Qi Magazine is published by the Tse Qigong Centre. Its aim is to bring you information not readily available in the West. Editor: Deputy Editor: Assistants: Vera Externest Caroline Garvey Jane Pollard Legal Adviser: Marketing/Distribution: Michael Tse Darryl Moy Martin Gale Sarah Moy
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ecently I met another martial art teacher and he told me he was so tired when he teaches. When I asked him why he said that he teaches from the early afternoon until late evening. He starts with his beginners classes and then has his senior classes. I had always heard of people having beginner classes but, to be honest, I have never understood why. I suppose everyone teaches how they were taught. For myself, I learnt in the traditional way in my teacher’s home. Today this is very rare. When you study at someone’s home you get to
As a student we respect the teacher because we know that he or she has a high level of skill. We are happy that we have a chance to study with such a great teacher so we just follow what the rest of the students do. If everyone is standing around not doing anything, then we would not be able to tell which person is senior or who is junior. We can only tell when they start to practise. Of course, for a beginner everyone is their senior and everyone looks impressive. Usually, in the beginning the teacher will send a senior to teach you the basics and when you have progressed
Consultants: Grandmaster Yang Meijun Grandmaster Ip Chun Grandmaster Wu Chun Yuen Grandmaster Chen Xiao Wang Columnists: Peter Andersen Kate Britton Martin Gale Sihn Kei Adam Wallace Julian Wilde Readers may contact any of our contributors c/o Qi Magazine. We encourage all our readers to contribute articles, letters or questions for possible inclusion in future issues of Qi Magazine. Articles appearing in Qi Magazine do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor. Adverts appearing in the magazine are not necessarily endorsed by it or the editor. Exercises appearing in Qi Magazine are for reference purposes only. Thus anyone wishing to study should seek qualified tuition. Michael Tse 2009.
“ Whenever the teacher tells you something you will pay more attention.”
know each other better and so become closer. This is how I studied with my Wing Chun teacher Ip Chun, my Qigong teacher Yang Meijun and even with Chen Taijiquan teacher Chen Xiao Wang and Northern Shaolin Quan teacher Wu Chun Yuen. As I studied with them we became very close. In the traditional Chinese way of teaching there are no beginners or seniors classes. There are usually not a lot of people, only a few, so you become closer, like a family and because of this, we are more open and the teacher will get to know us more. When the teacher knows you more, then he or she will trust you more and so teach you more.
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“So human skill and human connection is very important to keep us balanced and happy.”
a few levels and the teacher knows you more, then he or she will teach you sometimes. Many times, though, you will be taught by the seniors but when you have a better relationship with the teacher, he will teach you more. In this way, when the teacher does tell you something, you will pay more attention to it. If they demonstrate a form, you will find that you will watch his or her performance with even greater attention. After many years juniors will become a senior student and then it is their turn to teach the juniors and the beginners as well. It is like in a family - when the first child is born, the parents need to look after the baby and show him everything. Then, when the first child is older he or she will help to look after his younger brothers and sisters. This is the same for a class and it is how we all connect together and in the end there are no seniors and juniors only one good family. I think this is the best way.
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Unfortunately, today everyone is like a merchant and there is a lack person-to-person communication. Although the world has more population than ever before, more and more people feel lonely and separated from others. Everything happens through machines…we can even buy our groceries on-line and computers will fill the order for delivery. But what is a life without family or friends around? Having a good relationship with other people is very important. If you are very rich, but you have no family to share it with, then you will be very sad and also will not build up any kind of trust in people. This is how Joseph Stalin could execute thousands of people - because he did not trust anyone. All these feelings of insecurity, even if you have all the power, won’t you still be unhappy? So human skill and human connection is very important to keep us balanced and happy. That is why in my classes, I personally always mix juniors and seniors together. This is good for everybody. Seniors have a chance to develop their skill when they teach the juniors and beginners and juniors have a chance to see where they themselves might be in a few years.
It is inspiring for them to hear of the experiences of those who have already been studying a while and how they handle things. Seniors also give juniors a good example of how to behave so instead of having to tell someone how to behave, they can learn by observation. This is the high level of teaching without telling. In my classes, beginners will get attention from both myself and also the seniors. The seniors also get attention from me but they also help the juniors and beginners. Then they all have contact with each other and build up good relationships with each other. When juniors see the seniors practise together they will be impressed and inspired by them and also respect them. They will hope that one day they will be able to do the same and develop good skill like the seniors. This is positive thinking and encourages the juniors. When the seniors teach the juniors, it reinforces and clarifies their basic skill and things they learnt a long time ago. A lot of times when we learn and think we have ‘got it’, it is only when we come to explain it to someone else that we realise we don’t know it as clearly as we thought. In addition, the questions a junior asks will help seniors to clear up their understanding and stimulate them to examine their forms in more detail. This makes everything connect together and makes sense. So when everyone interacts together, everyone is happy. As the teacher who is in charge of the class, I will go to every group and point out certain points to help them improve. Afterwards they should all have their own time to practise on their own to digest the knowledge. I never put all my attention on one or two people because it makes them too important. In the future, when the teacher points out their mistakes, they will have a problem and might leave. So I will never separate beginners and seniors into different classes. In a class, if everyone is a beginner, the teacher has to put a lot of effort into making them enjoy the class and keep them motivated. The beginners might enjoy it, but eventually the teacher will become exhausted. Also, if there are only seniors in a class, then it is easy for them to become arrogant and think that they are something special, even though they still have a lot of mistakes. These seniors, then, will not be able to take any heavy criticisms. They might even argue back to the teacher. They can forget that to be a senior it is more difficult to get to a high level. The higher one climbs on a mountain, the more difficult it is and the easier it is to fall. The higher level skill is going to be more profound and hard to learn. If we mix the seniors and beginners, then the beginners have to decide if they like the class or not before they carry on. In this way, the people who want to stay and carry on to study will do so of their own will, instead of the teacher trying to keep them happy and excited all the time. This is my experience and the experience of my teachers as well and it is the traditional way
by Michael Tse
Dear Readers, Members and Supporters, We have known each other for quite some time. Some of you have been with the magazine since the first issue in 1991, some over 10 years, some maybe just a few years and some of you might only have just started reading the magazine. We recently had someone who wanted give a subscription as a Christmas present to a friend who loves the magazine. Unfortunately, we had to tell them that we are going to stop. It is very sad for me and for you and also for our readers. Many people have told us they will miss the magazine. I will also miss it. However, at the same time, I am excited about the change. I will not stop writing about the Qigong, Kung Fu, philosophy and other stories. In fact, I am planning to write even more and put them immediately on our website and I will also write more books. There are already some stories there in the Free Resources section. I like to write and there are many, many stories I would like to share with you all of these. In this way it is more exciting and you will not have to wait for three months for me to tell them to you. I am a positive person. I always think of the positive side and bring up other people’s energy. I rarely meet other people who have a character like mine. Also I am full of ideas. Now I will be able to share more of them with you through the website and future books. Of course, I like things which are good and have a good moral philosophy so we can all learn more together. I always welcome people giving me some more comments and feedback on what I do. Thank you for supporting Qi Magazine and I hope to see you on the website.
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PO Box Walk This Way
Seeing the world can often open your eyes to what’s in front of you. A trip to Chen Village can do the same for your Taiji.
By Julian Wilde
Anatomy of Movement
Have you ever asked why you keep on doing a certain movement incorrectly? The answer may not make your movement better, but it might make you more patient with yourself.
By Kate Britton
The Art Back in “Art”
To be good at any art you have to practise it. However, you can go down the wrong path and this can suppress creativity.
By Peter Andersen
Golden Mountain Living Buddha Part 8
More amazing tales about the Living Buddha from Golden Mountain Buddhist Temple.
By Master Le Guan
The Right Foundation
Good posture not only makes you healthier and your martial arts better, it can also avoid some amusing misunderstandings.
By Martin Gale
Practice Makes Perfect
To reach perfection you have to practise. However you should not just go through the motions, but use your time wisely.
By Kate Britton
18 Years of Qi Magazine
A trip down memory lane and a look back at all the covers of Qi Magazine from Issue 1 to 90.
Having suffered an illness in childhood Martin Gale is left with the side effects of his treatment. Since then his practice has helped in surprising ways.
By Martin Gale
Something to be Proud Of
Qi Magazine has meant a lot to many of us. Here is an account of what it has meant to one reader who went on to become a regular columnist.
By Julian Wilde
Wing Chun Story Part 14
Leung Lan Kwai has found a potential student. The only problem is he does not even know his name.
By Michael Tse
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28 Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa (Aralokitesvara) – Goddess of Mercy
Buddhists believe that everyone can one day become a Buddha. Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is believed to have done just that after many lifetimes and reincarnations. However, she chose to stay in the world and alleviate others’ suffering. Because of this she is highly respected by all Buddhists all over the world.
By Michael Tse
Digesting Good Advice
Many people are looking for advice. However finding advice and following it are two entirely different things.
By Jessica Tse
Six Character Formula Part 2
The final part of this set of exercises that uses movements and sound to stimulate your Qi.
By Zeng Qingnan and Liu Daoqing
Pregnancy and Qigong
Being pregnant does not mean you have to stop your Qigong practice. In fact, practice can help enormously.
By Anna Sutton
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48 37 Check-Mate
The ultimate aim of Wing Chun training is to take you to a high level of skill.
By Darryl Moy
It All Depends
We can all be affected by another’s words or actions. Likewise we can also affect other people.
By Julian Wilde
Liao Fan’s Four Lessons
The concluding part of Lesson 3.
41. It’s All in the Hips
When training we can pick up the odd injury. It is important to recognise this so we can use our practice to heal it.
By Sihn Kei
Self Defence - Being Grabbed from Behind
Being grabbed by a stronger adversary is a fear many people have, ladies in particular.
By Jessica Tse
Xing Shou Part 5
Movement 19, Flying up to Kick the Enemy, to movement 23, Kick and Beat the Tiger.
By Michael Tse
Happiness and Health
Your mood can have a great effect on your health as it shapes your thinking and also affects your body’s Qi.
By Adam Wallace
Consider the Source
Traditional Chinese teaching tells us to remain connected to the source of our skill. This is quite opposite to some of today’s modern thinking.
By Adam Wallace
The Magic Berries
A story inspired by practising Qigong and the life of Grandmaster Yang Meijun.
By Matt Laurie
The Great Adventure
Chan and Ma are now about to set out for one of their greatest challenges yet.
By Darryl Moy
Feng Shui’s 9 Periods
The Feng Shui of your home can actually change. Not because you redecorate or your neighbours build an extension. The energy of the Universe changes.
By Michael Tse
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2009 is the Year of Wing Chun
2009 is set to be an amazing year for Wing Chun. The new movie, Ip Man, which was released in China, Singapore and Malaysia last December is creating a great amount of interest in Wing Chun. The movie stars Hong Kong Martial Arts actor, Donnie Yen. The movie tells the story of Grandmaster Ip Man and his rise to fame in Foshan (Fatshan), China, during the 1930’s and the Japanese invasion, up to his emigration to Hong Kong. As most martial arts fans will know, Grandmaster Ip Man is the person responsible for bringing the martial art of Wing Chun Kuen to the west. He was also the teacher of the now legendary star Bruce Lee. Consultant to the movie is Grandmaster Ip Chun, eldest son of Ip Man (and Master Michael Tse’s Sifu). Donnie Yen spent a number of months training intensively with Grandmaster Ip Chun in preparation for filming and also to gain insights into his amazing father. The movie premiered in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, on the 10 th of December 2008. It then released in Hong Kong and Singapore on the 18th of December and China and Malaysia on the 19 th December. Hopefully, a European release date will be announced in due course. As Wing Chun has traditionally been a southern martial art, having its release in Beijing means that more and more people are going to be interested in learning more about Wing Chun. With its sequel already being planned, it is sure to cause the same stir in the West and bring up the Wing Chun name even more. This second movie will follow Grandmaster Ip Man’s life in Hong Kong and also his relationship with Bruce Lee! If these were not enough, there are plans for the release of another, separate Ip Man movie later on in 2009 called, Grandmaster Ip Man. This will star Tony Leung and is sure to be a success as well.
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Grandmaster Ip Chun teaching Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen as Ip Man
New Wing Wing Chun Book
To add more flames to the Wing Chun fire, Master Michael Tse’s new Wing Chun book, “Tsum Kiu”, will also be released in 2009. The book will feature Master Tse and his Sifu, Grandmaster Ip Chun, and will give a detailed explanation and break-down of the second form of Wing Chun. It will also include self-defence applications of all the techniques. It is set to be a treasure trove of knowledge and is a must buy for all students of Wing Chun.
My relationship with Qi Magazine has evolved and evolved over the years. At first, back at Issue #10, in the early days of my Wild Goose Qigong practice, it all seemed so foreign to me. I was curious about the powerful martial arts images and the writings about the other styles offered and how they related to the inner expansion I was experiencing. Being way, way far away on the West Coast of Canada, I had never had the opportunity to even meet my Sigong, Michael Tse, much less any of the other contributors. As with Qigong practice, the beneficial effect of reading the magazine grew slowly over time. I also began to become familiar with some of the contributors through their writing. So when I finally attended my first Wild Goose Instructor Course in England in 2000, some of the fictional characters became real and I felt immediately more connected with the large group than I might have otherwise. The amount of ‘gold’ that lies in the pages of the stacks of magazines I now house is considerable. I sometimes refer back to articles I read years ago
and I am amazed at how much more I can take in, simply with the passage of time, the practice and the lectures and seminars that have happened since I first read them. My awareness and understanding has slowly been cultivated. When I read some of the articles from long ago, I am deeply touched by the fact that Sigong has been dedicated to his vision, this course of action, this service, tirelessly, ceaselessly for so many years, with such heart, such clarity, such direction and wisdom. How remarkable that is these days. One of the things Sigong has instilled in me is how important it is to
It has helped us be of ‘One Heart Together’
look down the road at the consequences of what is happening now, in order to act wisely. One day, I was looking at my stack of magazines, thinking that, as I plan to practise Qigong for the rest of my life, and we receive one of these magazines every quarter……..that’s a
lot of magazines. I’m 55 now. I plan to live ‘til I’m in my 90’s at least. That’s 40 more years of Qigong and magazines. 40 x 4 = 160 more magazines! Where am I going to put them all, I wondered? Could there be such a thing as too many, even of something so valuable? However, when I spoke to my Sifu Jessica on the phone shortly afterwards, she told me that they were being discontinued. Well, that sorted that out. And / but I felt myself crashing with disappointment. It has been such a delight to go to the mailbox and find the new magazine……the beautiful bright colours, the photos of so many Qigong ‘family’ members who I have come to know so well and cherish over the years. I love the inspiring Chinese imagery and I eagerly flip the pages to the continuation of something that had caught my interest, explanations of the next few movements in a series of exercises or a Qigong form. I’ve found them so nurturing and nourishing and they’re the special ‘something’ I would slip into my bag and take on a journey or somewhere I might have to wait for a while or leave on the counter where my kids would glance at it. The wonderful stories and editorials linger in my mind and sometimes find their way into my conversations with my friends, kids and students. And….times change. Think of the amount of paper (and shelving?) we will save. And there’s the wonderful new website. The magazine must have been taking a tremendous amount of the time, energy and focus of Sigong, Sifu and Darryl which can now be used in different ways. In my experience with Sigong, things only ever expand and get better. Never do they get worse. The magazine has been a beautiful way for Sigong to communicate with all his students and grand students. It has helped us be of ‘One Heart Together’ as his Sifu, Grandmaster Yang Meijun, wanted. The ending of the magazine will open the way for something new to come ~ more books, more resources for us to access on the website. I feel sad, yet trusting and confident, even excited, that something good will come. I raise my hands in a gesture of thanks for so many beautiful Qi magazines and I open up my mind and my heart to what is to come. Xie Xie (thank you). Lee Masters
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You Thank You
Dear Sitai and Sigong, I so enjoyed reading the magazine, the editorials and the letters, the stories which bring alive ancient Chinese wisdom, and the photographs which remind me of seminars and courses I was able to attend, and those I had to miss. They are a reminder of happy moments, and of training with great teachers and good friends. I take the magazine on public transport, I share some articles with family and friends, I re-read my favourite bits. So it is with some sadness that I read this is going to be the last of the regular issues. But life goes on, change is part of life, and we all have to accept that and adjust our priorities. I want to thank you both very warmly for the tremendous amount of time and effort you have put into producing the magazine, and all the pleasure it has given me, and many others. I look forward to the books Sigong is going to write, and I have a suggestion for Sitai (when you have some spare time ?) What about a simple cookery book, with all the recipes you have demonstrated at your cooking seminars? I am sure that would be very well received. With all best wishes. Marie Ball
Is Norway awakening?
In the south of Norway in the town of Vest-Telemark, a study is going on, a study supported by the regional public authorities. It is the first of its kind where authorities have supported such a project and they like what is coming out of it. What it is all about?..... Rehabilitation! There was a health-program on the television which I watched by a coincidence and it caught my interest. This was in January 2008. But in October 2008, the follow-up programme came and surprised me with the outcome and positivity of it. It seemed that the public had warmed to this study. Why was I surprised? It is because I think of Norway very often as a traditional and cautious country when it concerns the medical world. That is why I was surprised by the programme and
“The Qi Magazines are reminders of happy moments.”
also why I want to share the information about the study with you Of course, the program made me happy because it was about Qigong. The study was about a group of people who were disabled pensioners, all of whom were on long-term sick leave or vocational occupational rehabilitation. The type of extensive health problems they had were stroke, migraine, shoulder problems, strong allergies and one even had a broken back injury from three years previously. Many of the participants struggled with muscular and skeletal pain. In the study, the group had to go through a Qigong course combined with acupuncture. Seven out of nine persons in the study were discharged at the end of the Qigong and acupuncture trial and are back to work. These are numbers that the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation are very content with. So much so that other counties also are showing their interest.
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Dear Master Tse, I would like to thank you and your staff for all the great work you have done over past number of years. I have been reading your magazine since 2002 and it is, without a doubt, the best magazine on the traditional Chinese internal arts that I have ever found. I know that all good things must come to an end but I am genuinely sorry to see your magazine finish up. I look forward to reading your upcoming books and I hope that you will keep adding to your website. Best of luck to you and your staff in your future endeavours and thank you again for all your insights and advice on the internal arts. Best wishes, Vincent McCarthy
The participants in the group had all tried many different things before. The healthcare system and the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation had nothing more to offer them and so joining the study was their last hope. The whole period became a positive encounter with Qigong. It was only now, through this combined course, that these people achieved a better quality of life and many really had the feeling of being able to start work again. Some of the participants said they almost had given up hope of being able to go back to work. Now they are back and are keeping on exercising. The participants were surprised at the outcome of the course. Other vocational occupational rehabilitation organisations are interested and, in Vestfold county, one is now training 15 Qigong instructors. This state organisation wants to include Qigong in all its programs from 2009 onwards. The technical director says they perceive Qigong as a very goal-oriented method for getting healthy and getting hold of people’s own resources. One of the biggest vocational occupational rehabilitation organisations in another densely populated area, Grenlandsområdet, has as its target group also primarily people with muscular and skeletal problems as well as light psychological problems. These persons are participants in courses which focus on stimulating people to get back to work. The rehab organisation says that they have an overall approach where both the physical and the psychological aspect is central and here Qigong fits in well as part of the offer. For many this is their first encounter with Qigong and the majority of persons have a positive attitude towards trying it. At the start there is a wondering what it is all about and some healthy doubt. It is an untraditional way for Norway. But in the support systems they see that some of the people who would have been unhelped are now active again. Many more are getting close to their ability to work again and some are even back to work. The results speak for themselves, says one municipal director in the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organisation. The most noticeable thing is that Qigong training gives definite pain relief without use of medication. Many experience an immediate effect already
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after the first time and the effect seems to endure, says a rehab leader in Porsgrunn. What I cannot tell is which kind of Qigong it is we are talking about here. It was never mentioned. But my experience is that more people are asking me about Qigong now. That higher councils and regional authorities are seriously getting interested makes me feel happy. More so that it seems that Qigong will be incorporated in the occupational re-training programs. By Saskia v. Heusden
Help for a Friend
Dear Master Tse, A friend is suffering from prostate cancer and is undergoing treatment but seems to have relapsed. I am just wondering whether practising Qigong could help him besides going for his normal treatment. If so, which type of exercises as listed in your book QIGONG for HEALING & RELAXATION are most suitable & most applicable for this type of diseases. Even if there are slim chances of recovery, I will still ask him to practise. If you could help him by pointing out the right type of Qigong exercises, it could save his life. Thank you for your kindness. Regards KW How, Singapore Dear George, Thank you for your letter and your concern for your friend. It is good that we can have someone to support us when we are having difficulties and who can also help to give a patient more encouragement. About Qigong, definitely it can help and I would recommend the movement, “Old Tree with Winding Roots” (page 86) as it will help to open the prostate area so that more Qi can flow here. Also, “Child Swinging” (page 102) is good as it uses a wider stance. But most important is the Ma Bo exercise shown on page 114 as this is not only a meditation but like an exercise in itself. In the beginning, your friend may only be able to stand for just a few minutes and that is okay. He can build up slowly, a minute or two at a time several times a day. This will help to release the sick energy from his body but most importantly, it will also help him to build up the healthy Qi. It is like washing
rice. If we just wash the rice but then never eat it, then we will never be able to get its nutrients. When your friend practises the Ma Bo, though, have him use a wider stance and follow the directions in the book. For other things, have him avoid sitting on any vinyl or leather chairs or cushions as these will create heat. We actually need to release the heat in this area, not increase it. So if he can place a bamboo mat on a seat it will be better and improve his circulation. In addition, he should wear loose clothing and not wear a belt or at least one that is not too tight. This will also help his circulation. Please let me know if this helps or if you have any further queries. With kind regards, Michael Tse
kicks or lower punches. In my own opinion, we should not use it for kicks because, generally, someone’s kick is very powerful if they know how to use it or have had a lot of training. We are not able to block a kick with Gaan Sau as it is too weak for that. So the Ha Gaan Sau is better to block a lower punch. Sometimes it also works very well when the punch is so close that we do not have time to think about it. Q. In the Tse Qigong Centre Warm Up exercise, “Open Heaven to Connect the Earth”, why do both hands need to turn as they are opening? A. This is because when the hands turn as they are opening, it will create internal movement. These are not just hand movements, it is the whole upper body that moves. So in that way, it is more beneficial for health. If we just move the hands without internal movement, then it is not Qigong but just exercise. Q. My feet are always cold and sometimes I cannot feel my feet. What kind of Qigong is good for this problem? A. The movement “Cloud Steps” in Balancing Gong and also sitting meditation using a chair can help. First you need to know the Cloud Steps and it is very hard to describe it in writing. Even if I did, it would be very difficult to follow and do it right without a good qualified instructor to teach you. But for the sitting meditation you can follow my instruction. First sit on the edge of the chair, keep your back straight, feet flat on the floor with knees and heels in a vertical line. Rest the hands on the thighs with Laogong points to Lianqui points, as this will allow the Qi to flow down the legs. And then close the eyes and mouth, breathe through the nose and relax the w h o l e body. As you are relaxing, fix your mind on the soles of your feet and try to relax them as much as possible. As you sit and fix the mind on your soles, they will slowly feel warmer. Eventually, you will feel better overall.
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Q. How do we use Maan Sau? Biu Zi skill. Maan A. Maan Sau is a means “asking for” and Sau means “hand” so Maan Sau means asking for the hand. When we lose contact with an opponent, if we want to get the contact back, then we can use Maan Sau which is like a chop but it comes from the bottom upwards. Actually, it comes Dantian or waist area from our and comes to the opponent’s face. So the chop is coming from the bottom. With Jun Ma (forward step), this movement is very fast, so the opponent has to block or be hit. If they block, we can make contact again and read their energy. If they do not block, we can hit, maybe even quite hard. Q. How do we use Ha Gaan Sau? A. Gaan Sau means “blocking hand”. In Wing Chun there is a Sheng (upper) and a Ha (lower) Gaan Sau. Sheng Gaan Sau blocks people’s attack towards our face and chest, but our hand is outside of the body so the Gaan Sau blocks it from the outside in. It is same with Ha Gaan Sau. In many cases, or historically, people used it on
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Grand Master Wang Chen Xiao Wang visits UK
kind of dedication brings up a high level of skill. Chan Si Gong is something beginners must practise to understand how the movements come from the waist. Sifu Chen Xiao Wang explained it Having a whole week with my Sifu in detail so that every beginner could staying with me and practising together follow. is my idea of heaven. Every year since Zhan Zhang is one of the 1994 my Sifu, Chen Xiao Wang, has come fundamental skills in Chen Taiji or all to give seminars to all my students. We styles of Taiji, the seniors stood for about have also been to visit him in different one and a half hours and beginners countries and his hometown Chen Village about 20 minutes. It is very relaxing and (Chenjiagou). We are like a family where also gives a powerful feeling. Everyone’s the grandfather visits the children and posture was corrected by Grand Master. grand children. Everyone of us is very For me, Tui Shou and self-defence happy to see him and have his was the best part. Even though you may instruction. have been practising a lot of forms, if This year he taught us Xinjia (New your Tui Shou is no good, then you are Frame), Chan Si Gong, Zhan Zhang easily pushed, or controlled by your (Internal Standing Meditation), Tui Shou opponents. This means you still are not (Pushing Hand) and Self-defence. All the good enough. So Tui Shou really tests how good our Taiji is. If your Tui Shou is good then your Self-Defence will also be good and so it means the fighting skill will be good. Only then will we reach the “master” level. If someone just knows how to perform a Taiji Form, but once they Tui Shou they are pushed away, then it means they are not good enough. If someone is very good on Tui Shou the next step is how to use the skill in real fighting. In fighting no one will do Tui Shou with us, so we must apply the Tui Shou skills to the fighting, because Taiji skill should be able to be used on real fighting. Good self-defence and good Taiji forms practice will gives us good health and self-defence. If we have both, then Grandmaster Chen Leading Xinjia this is a complete Taiji master. Apart from courses were very enjoying the exciting. seminars with Xinjia is all Grand Master, I internal with many myself was able to do spirals and it is very a lot of training at difficult to get right. home with him. Sifu It is the favourite asked me, “What do Chen Taiji form for you like to train?” I many of my said, “ Tui Shou. I can Grandmaster students. It is also practise all the forms Chen goes one of my favourite but if my Tui Shou is over the forms, apart from no good then my Taiji finer points the 25 movement, is no good.” He smiled and it is one of my and said, “Okay.” Sifu’s favourites as We had a lot well. It is beautiful to watch and if you fun. He is so powerful that most of the understand this form it is very useful in time I could not move him, but it did not the Tui Shou. Chen Taiji has real fighting matter. When we can train with someone skill, we can see this in the Xinjia. In who has such a high level we can learn history, a lot of Chen masters practised a lot. the forms doing 30 repetitions a day. That By Michael Tse
Miju Quan Secret Ancestor Fist
The name Miju Quan or Secret Ancestor Fist conjures up many images and questions. Was it really a secret? Was it given that name to make it more mystical and magical? What-ever the answer, the form is definitely special. Coming from the Chun Yuen style it has the familiar poses and postures of other forms but Practising strangely no jumps. Miju Quan It also has a different feel to it – a different energy. The Chun Yuen style has its roots firmly in the Beijing Opera and this is possibly where this form ties in. It is amazingly beautiful and strangely rhythmical to watch. Sifu explained that the form could be performed by one, two or four people simultaneously, all moving in unison – in different directions,
Master Tse & the students at the Miju Quan seminar
something that would be spectacular to see. During the course the participants split into two groups, those learning for the first time and those continuing from an earlier seminar. It was interesting to see those more advanced stopping to watch Sifu when he demonstrated to the beginning group, such was the beauty and complexity of the movements that you couldn’t help but be transfixed. What certainly became evident was the tremendous heat that was produced by this very relaxed form. Maybe that was the secret hidden in the skill!
By Mike Baker For more news on past seminars, please visit our website:- www.tseqigongcentre.com
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I was lucky enough to be invited to China by my Sifu in March 2006 and spent a few days in Chenjiagou, the birthplace of Taiji. Along with my fellow practitioners, I learned the double broadsword form, ate a lot of delicious vegetarian food, bought some t-shirts and training shoes, soaked up the atmosphere and especially watched all the local villagers training whenever I could.
ur own practice took most of the day but I couldn’t help but watch and enjoy the Chen Village skill actually coming alive in front of my eyes, all around me! Among the many aspects of their wonderful Taijiquan that I noticed was the emphasis on vertical alignment. From the youngsters who practised every afternoon, through the teenagers who were training on the edges of the central courtyard most of the day, to the older guys who popped in a few times to go through their routines, everyone was very careful to keep upright, to keep the spine vertical as much as possible. Generally, their posture was superb. Though rooted and steady, the straightness of their posture made their stepping look very light and precise. I could have spent hours watching and making notes! The vertical alignment of head, hip and heel is quite important in Taiji but there are times in our practice when we inadvertently let the posture slip. When we do, we lose Peng, ground connection, and we distort the body, thereby robbing it of maximum efficiency. One of the most usual times we sacrifice posture is when we step. If our legs aren’t strong enough, if we can’t relax and sink enough, we unconsciously lean the body, forwards, backwards or to the side when we extend the leg. You can check this for yourself with a variation on the Chen walk. The Chen Walk is an exercise we use as part of the warm-up in all Taiji classes. It’s simple but such a versatile sequence that I feel it deserves a little more attention. Basically it consists of crossing the arms in front of the Dantian, sliding the heel diagonally forward, and then transferring the weight over. While we’re transferring the weight, we turn on the forward heel and then pick up
Walk this Way
the back foot. Also, as the weight transfers forward we let the arms “swim” open. Simple. But here are three ways to use the same exercise. No doubt you can think of others. Firstly, working on the afore mentioned vertical alignment:- stand on your left leg, the toes of the right foot resting on the floor. You can keep your arms by your side or behind your back, it doesn’t matter. Sink the body as much as possible and extend the leg, heel first,
to the side as if preparing to step. Feel any tension resulting from this movement and get a friend to check your posture to see if you’re leaning slightly. Adjust accordingly, which usually means coming up a bit or taking a slightly shorter step. Shift the weight to the right leg, turning the toes of the right foot out as you transfer. Before you pick up the left foot, check your posture again. It‘s common to lean forward slightly to get the weight fully over, but this means again that your step was too wide for your ability. Now try and pick the left foot up cleanly. If you have to drag it a bit, your step was too wide for you or you’re not able to sink enough for the movement to be clean. Now try the
whole sequence on the other side and see what happens. Often one side is stiffer than the other. We tried this one in class, being really careful to lift the crown of the head, which automatically tucks the chin in slightly, and trying to lengthen through the whole spine. Everyone was reminded to try to put this into their 19 step form and were surprised how different it felt! We can use the Chen walk to exercise other aspects of our Taiji. For instance, we can train diagonal energy by making sure we push from one foot to the opposite hand when we do the walk. Transfer the weight by pushing the back foot into the floor, using the energy to push the arms out. This will definitely result in a loss of good posture for some students but it’s still a great exercise! Step as wide as you like but make sure you push from the back heel rather than just sink onto the front foot. We can also perform the Chen walk trying to keep the head at the same height throughout the exercise. This, as you will find out, definitely works the legs hard! It will also force you to adjust the width of your step. Most people tend to come up a bit when they move on to the forward foot and sink again when they step. Just as an exercise, try and keep your height constant. And then, of course, you can try the above three exercises all over again, but this time stepping backwards. That’s another class over! Where does the time go? We all want to learn the exciting forms, the Cannon Fists, the spear and broadsword etc, but if we can’t even step forward or backward without distorting the body and the basic principles of Taiji, it’s better to rein in our enthusiasm and pay attention to basics. Again!
By Julian Wilde
Qi Magazine Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 page 11
I remember watching my Chinese painting teacher, Yin Wei Xin, do a painting of bamboo and thinking to myself – ‘I will never be that good’. I usually experience a similar feeling when I watch my Taijiquan Sifu in action and I am certain I am not the first. Given that I may never reach the same level as my teacher – why should I bother at all?
The Art Back in Art
(perhaps sadly for humanity) it was too late for me – I had the bit between my teeth. I don’t know quite when it happened but at some point I stopped enjoying it and it just became a challenge that I was applying myself to. I would force myself to practise painting fifty bamboos before I would let myself have lunch and so on. Misery. Needless to say the novelty of the challenge wore off very quickly and I soon realised that I was faced with a decision. Do I give up? Or do I change my approach and find a way to carry on that isn’t downright depressing? I realised that unless I started to enjoy the painting process for its own sake, regardless of the artistic merit of the result, I would not be able to continue. Of course, once I let go of the striving, it all got easier, much easier. I started to appreciate the different qualities of the ink, the different types of brush, the different expression in different strokes. If you were to compare the paintings I did before and after this revelation (apart from having to become an archaeologist on a landfill site somewhere in the middle of China) you would perhaps not be able to tell any difference. For me, however, they were worlds apart. Thinking about it now I realise that what forced me to undergo this change was nothing other than the fact that I was repeating the same thing over and over again. Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo… and some. If I had learnt to paint lots of different things then the process of getting bored and frustrated might have taken a little longer but it still would, I believe, have come round in the end. I would venture to say that this process is part of every Chinese ‘Art ’, whether it be painting or Martial Arts. The word for ‘Art’ in Chinese is ‘yì shu’, which relates ‘Art’ to technique, skill and to performance. The word for fine art / painting is ‘mei shu’, which includes the idea that beauty is involved. The Chinese word for Martial Arts is ‘wu shu’ (literally: ‘military skill’); so in Chinese ‘shu’ is used for both ‘Art’ and ‘Martial Art’. One of the differences between the word ‘Art’ and the word ‘shu’ is that the word ‘shu’ has more of the sense of a skill acquired over time. You could say that it is closer in meaning to ‘craft’, but there can also be a spiritual element included that transcends mere
had always enjoyed painting but on my first trip to China I had not really planned to get involved with Chinese watercolour painting. Then a Chinese friend of mine asked if I would like to learn and I thought: ‘Why not?’ I later discovered that the reason they asked me to come along was that they would normally have difficulty getting an introduction to the teacher, but with the novelty of having a westerner in tow, their prospects might improve - and they did. Initially it was fun just to have a go. It took a while to get used to new techniques and materials and we had a good laugh at our childish efforts. Frustration soon set in, however, as I began to realise the size of the mountain I was trying to scale. The Chinese friend I had gone to the classes with felt it too and gave up soon afterwards but
Peter’s teacher Yin Wei Xin
technique. In fact, Chinese people will often praise a painting for being ‘awkward’, or at least having something in it that goes beyond technical accomplishment. The point is that, in this sense, an Art is a discipline that not only trains you in a certain skill, it also develops you as a person (in a way that preserving animals in formaldehyde and putting them in a gallery perhaps doesn’t). In other words the spiritual benefits are attained through application to the craft – a concept all but lost to the Western Art world (in my (perhaps not very) humble opinion). Through practice we ourselves are changed, call it a kind of alchemy if you will, and hopefully, when we change, we change for the better – and if this is the case, it is a sign that we are engaged in something worthwhile! The point is in the ‘doing’ of it and not necessarily just the result. So even if we never get as good
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as our teacher we still gain great benefits from trying … at least, that’s what I keep telling myself as I send another ball of scrunched up rice paper sailing towards the bin. My painting teacher did use colour in some paintings, but for some reason I often preferred the ones that were all, or mostly, in black and white. I remember watching him do a painting of bamboo and feeling as if the leaves on the page were actually there, fluttering in the breeze. It was amazing to see the simple ingredients of ink and paper transformed into poetry. As in all walks of life, a good cook can turn the simplest ingredients into a delicious meal. Learning a Martial Art involves so much practice that in the end you have to do it for its own sake. If you only do it for some result, it will be very difficult to stick with it. Being able to defeat an opponent is only part of the story; your Martial Arts practice will affect every aspect of your life, from how you handle difficult situations to how you conduct your day-to-day life. These ‘Arts’ have developed and endured the way they have for a reason. I feel that practicing Chinese painting can also affect us in a positive way since it has a quality of meditation about it and can develop our sensitivity. If you are agitated, angry or impatient then it is unlikely that the painting will go well. This is why time is spent in preparation, in the laying out of materials and grinding the ink - if we buy modern bottled ink then we miss out on this process. The calmer one is, the more likely it is that something beautiful will emerge… and I’m still waiting… I mean… enjoying the wait
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Simply going outside every day to go through our forms is not necessarily going to have a marked impact on our skill level. There is training and there is training.
Practice Makes Perfect
Chun Yuen Quan is so that we become healthier, stronger and more flexible. But when training for health, both our mind and our body must be relaxed. This means that we cannot be thinking too much about each move and how we might make it better. In fact, we need to empty our mind and let the movements heal our bodies. However, if we only practise for health, and our movements are never checked, eventually our forms may become sloppy and lose definition. Finally, we need to practise for ‘Improvement’. When we do this we look at each move in detail to see they want to see you gaining more skill so that as the years pass you still have a lot to share with them. So a combination of all three methods of training is necessary if we want to continue developing. When people first join a class, there are usually some who do not practise at all between lessons, which seems a bit of a wasted opportunity to me. We are given a very valuable gift that will help us stay healthy and mobile into old age. Of course, if you do not practise from one week to the next, then you will have difficulty remembering what you learned the previous week. Repeatedly going backwards each time you attend class is demoralising, especially when those who started at the same time begin to move ahead, leaving you behind. You will probably very quickly give up. But with a little effort in your spare t i m e , even just for ten minutes a day, you can start moving forwards each week, and begin to reap the rewards to be had from these fascinating arts
by Kate Britton
ractice makes perfect, as the saying goes, but I am not entirely convinced that we can ever reach perfection. That would imply that there comes a point when, no matter how much more we practise, we just cannot get any better. I do not think that can be true. I believe that if we continue to train, we will always keep improving. There are three basic ways in which we can practise all the skills we have learned. The first I call ‘Maintenance’. This is when we simply run through the forms that we know so that we do not forget the sequences. This is necessary to some extent, especially when we are short on time. When we are learning a new form, for example, we concentrate a lot of our time on that one, which means that we have less to spend on everything else we
“We are given a very valuable gift that will help us stay healthy and mobile into old age.”
know. We may, then, have to just run through some of our forms quickly to keep them fresh in our mind. Because, as an instructor, I know quite a few forms and it is impossible to practise them all every day, or even every two or three days. But I like to make sure that I practise everything I know at least once a week. If I leave something for two or three weeks, the detail starts to disappear, and the form begins to become blurry. If I leave it longer than that, whole sequences begin to get lost. The second way we can train is to practise for ‘Health’. This is extremely important, since the main reason we learn skills such as Qigong, Taijiquan and
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how we can make our performance better. We can use a mirror to help us identify problem areas or practising in front of the patio doors is very helpful. Doing this, we can see, for example, when one shoulder is so tense that it is up under our ear. Or we can go over and over a short section of form to see if we can improve our posture and the framing. Practising to improve your skill is extremely important if you are an instructor. Once you start teaching you have to start running to stay ahead of your students. Just as you want to see them improve,
I came to the Centre about fourteen years ago and in that short time I have studied Qigong, Wing Chun, Chen Taiji, Chun Yuen and Hard Qigong; all skills that have developed and transformed me into the person I am today.
going. After recovering for a bit I was sent to another hospital for an extensive course of radiotherapy and then sent home where I received the bulls-eye star prize - a year’s supply of chemotherapy. Super! Smashing! Great! After an operation and two lots of therapy (radiation and chemical) I was let go, to sink or swim, I guess. Well, I kept on swimming. The current was strong at first but I just kept on swimming and eventually arrived and got what I needed. I believe it was what I needed because it stopped me from becoming what I was expected to become: I only discovered this about five years ago, when I went to the doctor’s after getting migraine attacks.
n past articles I have written about how I found my way to the Centre after being left with feelings of insecurity and vulnerability from an attack on my way home one night. And I have written about how much I feel the skills have helped me live a healthy and active, secure life, either by writing about experiences I have encountered whilst growing as a member of the Centre or drawing from experiences I encountered before my training. In the past I have also written about when I was eleven years old and had an operation to remove a brain tumour. Fortunately, the tumour was removed but unfortunately, it left me visually impaired. But that wasn’t the end of the story. It is on-
“It combats the cancer but the radiation stays in your body.”
The doctor, because of my brain tumour history, referred me to the specialist who in turn sent me for an MRI scan. After a thorough examination he told me not to worry, that there was nothing unusual in my head (although I’m sure there are those who’ll disagree), and that I was probably suffering from migraines. When I asked him what was causing the migraines he told me that they didn’t really know but he could offer me a prescription to help with the attacks. He said not to be concerned that it said ‘anti-depressants’ on the bottle of pills. I declined the offer and took my leave. About three months after the appointment with the specialist a letter arrived asking me to attend an appointment at the Endocrine Unit at Christie’s Hospital. I attended the appointment more out of curiosity than anything else, not having the slightest clue what ‘endocrines’ were or what they wanted with me. It was at this place that I found out what I might have become.
As far as I understand it, apparently radiotherapy works by destroying cells in the body as they divide and multiply. So, as cancer cells go through the same process they are also destroyed. The thing is, the therapy combats the cancer but the radiation stays in your body for a very long time, keeping the illness at bay. If you survive childhood cancer, as you reach your forties your hormones start to divide and become prone to attack from the radiation that is still lurking within you. This can affect your endocrine or hormonal system which provides vital chemicals important in making the body function properly. There are hormones that deal with growth, digestion and reproduction or fear, worry, depression and shock. During the appointment they asked me some questions referring to symptoms that people in my situation often develop. I was asked whether my memory was bad. I replied that it wasn’t. Then they asked whether I lacked energy. I didn’t. I was asked if I suffered from depression. Again the answer was “No”. The doctor told me that, generally, people in my situation are overweight and have low muscle definition but she could see that this wasn’t the case with me. I also had a blood test that was okay. I didn’t seem to fit the situation. But why not? Why did I not fit the situation? The reason why is because for the past fourteen years I have been training skills that have given me a healthy, strong, relaxed body and mind. They have given me healthy lungs so there is no depression and strong kidneys (which relate to fear), with a strong liver and spleen so my anger is held in check. My liver and my spleen can deal with any worries and my heart is ever joyful. The skills have given me a straighter and stronger posture and a greater flexibility than I had even fourteen years ago, with relaxation enabling my Qi to flow throughout my body. I can release what is not needed and gather what is required. In all, they have given me the medicine to deal with my situation and if I had to choose between a tomato treated with Qi or one that had been irradiated I know which one I would choose
By Martin Gale
Qi Magazine Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 page 15
Wing Chun Story Part 14
Following his first visit to the opera, Lan Kwai went quite often thereafter. Each time he went, he watched the young actor and he found that he was just right to learn Wing Chun Kung Fu.
ne evening he went to see the opera as usual, however, this time in the middle of the performance a group of about 40 government soldiers suddenly burst in. They were all armed with big swords and spears. One of the soldiers strode in behind the group and he had a black bear embroidered on the chest of his dark purple uniform. This was the uniform of a high-ranking officer. He was obviously in charge. “Nobody move!” the officer called out, “we have come to arrest some rebels!” Everyone was nervous and some people tried to leave but they were all stopped by the soldiers who pushed them back. “Some of you will have to come backstage for questioning!” the officer yelled. Then turning to his soldiers he shouted, “Arrest everyone who works for the opera!” Behind the stage there were a lot of people working for the opera. Some were waiting to assist the performers as they went on and off stage, some were other actors, some were musicians and there were also labourers and many other people. All the actors and musicians who were on stage were rounded up by some soldiers who were ready to take them away. That included the young man who played Guan Gong. However, suddenly someone screamed and the sound of metal striking something could be heard. Fighting had obviously broken out backstage. The audience panicked and everyone started to run. There were over a hundred people in the opera house and only 20 or 30 soldiers trying and failing to control them. It was chaos. People were screaming and running in all directions, some people were even trying to climb over the temporary walls that had been built to make the theatre. These walls were very weak as they were made from thin wood and bamboo. They began to collapse and people began falling. Some of the actors knew Kung Fu and so began fighting back. They all knew that the government soldiers were very corrupt and if they were taken away to the police station,
“He saw the soldier bouncing away and his sword flying into the air.”
even if they were innocent, they would be tortured until they confessed that they were guilty. The government had given the police and soldiers the power to torture any suspect while they questioned them. This meant they used innocent people to make up their records. Then they could tell their superiors in the government how many crimes they had solved. However, a good government does not count success against crime by the number of cases solved, but instead it counts how much less crime takes place in a certain area. Sadly, though, at that time the ruling Qing Government was weak. Many foreign powers had come to China and were taking advantage of it. They sold opium to its people and shipped gold and silver out of the country but the government was too weak to stop them. All they knew was how to take advantage of the people but had no strength to defend the country. At that time there was a saying, “Good sons do not join the police.” Of course, there were still some good government officers but it was rare. In the chaos the young actor knew if he was arrested his life would be over, so he had to escape! He tried to run but a soldier pressed his big sword against him and pushed him back. However, he tried again, but this time he slowly tried to move towards the exit. He got close enough and was about to run but the soldier had already seen him and had already raised his big sword. The young actor knew he was not fast enough to escape and closed his eyes expecting to get chopped. However, suddenly he heard a noise and when he looked he saw the soldier bouncing away and his big sword flying up into the air. Standing next to him was a slim gentleman who wore smart green robes. The slim gentleman was Leung Lan Kwai. He had seen the soldiers coming in and knew there was about to be trouble. The soldiers were always trying to find and arrest rebels. Most of the rebels were members of the Han people who did not like the Manchurian Qing Government. They tried to fight back
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and retrieve their land. All the areas in China had originally belonged to the Han people but since the Ming Dynasty had fallen and the Qing had taken over, the Han people had set up many secret societies who rebelled against the Qing Government. A lot of them hid in the opera troupes and, since they travelled from province to province, it made it more difficult for the government to catch up with them. As the Shaolin Temple was also involved in the struggle against the Qing rulers the temple was burnt down. This was why Grandmaster Ng Mui had to escape and travel to Yunnan Province. The soldiers had come that evening to arrest members of a secret society who they had been told were hiding in the opera troupe. They had decided to arrest all of them and find out who was guilty later. Lan Kwai did not like the government people. Many times, because of their business, his family had to pay officials to avoid them causing trouble. Fortunately, his father was good at dealing with these kinds of situations and was able to keep their business going. Lan Kwai was a very dignified person and would not stand for all this corruption. Before, he could not do much about it as he did not have good Kung Fu, but now it was different. He was famous for his Wing Chun in the local villages and towns everyone knew him. However, in the opera troupe no one knew who he was. At first Lan Kwai had not attempted to fight back. When everyone had tried to run he had stood still and watched what was happening all around. He watched and tried to observe certain people, especially the high ranking officer in the purple uniform. Lan Kwai could tell that the officer had a certain high level of Kung Fu. Lan Kwai looked at his eyes, his bone structure and the way he walked, which was light. So he could tell that the officer was quite strong internally. This good observational skill he had developed by doing Siu Lim Tao very slowly. While he practised like this his mind was able to totally calm down and then he was aware of every single thing around him. When you reach a state like this everything seems to happen slowly as you have time to see and feel it. When everyone started to panic and run, the commander of the soldiers went backstage. Lan Kwai focused on the soldier guarding the young actor. When he saw the soldier raise his sword to chop the young actor, Lan Kwai jumped up on to the stage and, stepping forwards, he used his Maan Sau to strike the exposed armpit of the guard. At the same time he used his Wu Sau to block the guard’s elbow. Lan Kwai was very fast and his strike caused a lot of pain, so the guard could not hold onto his big sword and it flew up into the air. Luckily it did not hit anyone, it just scared some people when it came crashing down next to them! Lan Kwai did not give the soldier a chance to recover and he used a sidekick which hit the soldier and sent him flying off the stage and onto the floor below. The soldier did
not move. These techniques were from the third section of the Wing Chun Wooden Dummy technique. The kicking and the Po Pai Jeung (Butterfly Palm) were Lan Kwai’s favourite parts. Lan Kwai was now standing next to the young actor but he did not have time to introduce himself or even speak to him because, just as he was finishing his kick, a sharp spear was attacking his waist to his right. As he put his foot down, with his good footwork he quickly stepped to his right and avoided the spear and, using Dai Bong (Low Wing Arm), he deflected the spear to the side. Virtually at the same time, with his left hand, he used Lap Sau. He was so fast! Then he used Lap Sau pulling the spear forward in the same direction that the soldier had stabbed. This caused the spear to go further forward than the soldier expected and made him lose his balance and fall forwards. Lan Kwai did not give him a chance. This was a life or death situation and so he had to use a serious strike and used Pai Jang (Side Elbow Strike). He struck the solider just perfectly and he hit the ground unconscious. He also did not get up again. In Wing Chun Kung Fu there is not just one attack or one defence. Everything continues as it is a real fighting skill. There is no fancy jumping and tumbling and no screaming and shouting while attacking. Either there is no more as it is over or it is continuous until it is finished. Expect that your enemy will use any kind of attack. Because of this there are no competitions in Wing Chun as competitions need rules. This means it is very important to develop good sensitivity and the right energy in every move. Whether attacking or defending, you should always be one step ahead of your opponent. When attacking you also need to step faster than your opponent. It is a real fighting skill and not mere performance. Once Lan Kwai had knocked out two soldiers he knew things were serious and people would start to recognise him. He suddenly turned and hurried over to a corner of the stage where there was lot of dirt and mud. He wiped his hand on the floor and then rubbed his face making his face very dirty. He then said to the young actor, “Let’s go!” The young actor was still in his full make-up as Guan Gong and so nobody could see his real face and recognise him. He could see that this slim gentleman’s Kung Fu was extremely good and he was grateful to him for saving his life and so he just followed whatever Lan Kwai said. Around them everything was still in chaos and no one was paying them any attention. They ran out of the theatre. Outside they found another group of soldiers, including the commanding officer who were surrounding an old man. The soldiers were all carrying weapons, swords, broadswords and spears but none of them, even the officer, could get close to the old man. Lan Kwai was curious and stopped to observe, “Who is that old man?” he asked. The young actor stopped, “The old man?” he looked again, “that old man… he… he is our cook!”
To be continued…. By Michael Tse.The Wing Chun story will be continued on our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com
Qi Magazine Jan/Feb/Mar 2009 page 17
Since doing several cooking courses last year, a lot of people have come up to me and asked me what food is good for their particular problem. Sometimes I answer their question in detail and sometimes very generally.
Digesting Good Advice
balance the internal and external body and to release negative energy, food curing is very limited. The energy we receive from food will eventually be processed and excreted from the body. If you have ever chewed gum, you know that it does not take long for the flavour to be lost. So no matter how much high energy and tonic foods we eat, the effect is only for a short time. I often find that within one hour, food energy can be depleted. So it means that we need to maintain the tonic, the food cure over some time. That requires consistency and also observation. As the illness changes for the better, we need to adopt our diet (just like in Chinese medicine cures) to match our body. We do not want to keep taking tonic foods when they are no longer required because the body can forget that it is its job to produce the energy….not the food! Someone recently asked me for advice for their parent who is suffering from arthritis and it I have been thinking about what advice to give. I know that the parent is not a big believer in alternative views and that their diet is also quite fixed so it means the advice needs to be conservative. I wondered if that person would be happy with a small improvement, enough to change their diet? Would they be willing to change their lifestyle habits that are contributing to the condition for a bigger improvement? Unfortunately, I know that answer is probably in the negative and so I still am holding on to my answer. Now I understand the Feng Shui advice principles my Sifu used all those years ago. However, for those persons who might be suffering from arthritis arising from damp within the body, then the recipe at the end of this article is for you. It will help to create a strong circulation which is what is needed to release the damp. If you have ever been out in the rain and come in with wet clothes, then the first thing you probably did was change into dry clothes and put the damp ones on the radiator or airing cupboard to dry. It is the same thing we need to do to release the damp from our joints. Damp in the joints has accumulated over time and so no food cure will be an overnight success, but with exercise and more attention to reducing foods which will make the problem worse, it should ease a bit more.
aybe some people will think that it is because I like one person better than the other but not at all. This is not why. Actually, I give the detailed answer to the one I know will really try to follow what I say. Over the years, I have observed many times people asking my Sifu for Feng Shui advice. Some people even have a proper consultation and have a proper report done as well, wanting something very detailed that they can follow. However, out of these many, many people, I can say that maybe only one or two really have followed his advice. They might change a few small things, like the colour of a cushion or hanging up a special picture but when it comes to the big things, the ones that really will make the difference long-term, they somehow do not put these into practice. I know that he is often subtle. Afterwards, after helping at a consultation, I asked him why he had not been clearer about how their house could affect their finances for the worst. He laughed and said, “What should I have said…move out of the house you have just bought? No, I try to help them where they are at and what they can manage as a person.” Diet is very personal and also very cultural. Sometimes it is also about how much time and energy that person has to prepare their meals so I do not want to give someone more pressure when they are already ill. From experience, however, I know also that food is only one part of the picture. Whilst changing our diet is more significant than changing a pillow or picture, it still is not the main part in my opinion. Without some exercise like Qigong or Taijiquan and meditation to
“Changing our diet is more significant than changing a pillow or picture.”
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Avoiding cold and damp natured foods like bean curd, celery, bean sprouts, water chestnuts, lettuces like iceberg and romaine can help. Eating cooked foods more than raw will also help. Eating more warming foods that will improve circulation can help, like mutton, red adzuki beans, black sesame, kidneys and other warming foods that help increase circulation. If you are really interested in food cures, then the courses can help to improve your knowledge about different foods and the principles of using the Five Elements and diagnosis to balance the body. Next year will be very interesting as we will go to Chinatown together so that I can help you select different foods and herbs to use at home. Happy eating until then!
Five Element Healthy Cooking
28 Feb to 1 March
Adzuki Bean Soup 1 pig’s knuckle. If not available, then substitute with a ham bone. Rinse in boiling water for 3 minutes and then rinse well in cold water. The pig knuckle (also called trotter) is preferable as it is good for the joints. 1 cup dried adzuki beans, rinsed 1 onion, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2-3 TBS raw peanuts, preferably in skin
Put all ingredients into large pot with 8-10 bowls water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for 5-6 hours. Season with salt and pepper during cooking. Serve with a finely chopped spring onion garnish on top
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Six Character Formula Part 2
4. Si (like the “s” in study, long drawn out) (Figs. 6,7)
Mouth form: Draw back the lips slightly, close the upper and lower teeth, and stick the tip of the tongue against them to pronounce the sound “si.” Effect: This has a curative effect for colds, coughs, shortness of breath, frequent urination, sore back, and pulmonary tuberculosis. Movements: a. Position your hands as though holding something, and move them from the abdomen up to the chest. b. Keep the palms outward and fingers upward. c. Touch the big toes to the ground, produce the sound “si” and exhale, with the arms apart on both sides. d. Breathe all the qi out after moving the arms apart to the sides. e. Drop the arms down naturally and return to the starting position.
The line of movement for mental activity: The outer side of the big toes —> the insteps —> the inner side of the legs —> the large intestine —> the stomach —> the lungs —> under the armpits —> the inner side of the arms—> the thumbs.
5. Chui (like the word “Louise” but without the hard “s” sound) (Fig. 8,9)
Mouth form: The mouth looks closed, but is actually not, the corners of the mouth are slightly contracted inward, and the tongue is stuck forward, but slightly contracted. Effect: This has a curative effect for lumbago, sore feet, dry eyes, amnesia, night sweats, dizziness, emission and hair loss. Movements: a. Put the backs of the hands against the back part of the waist. b. Move the hands from the waist upward to under the armpits, and stretch them forward from both sides to before the chest, as if holding a ball, fingers of both hands opposite each other. c. Touch the toes of both feet to the ground, breathe out while squatting downward, and pronounce the sound of “chui.” d. Move the arms downward while squatting down, with the hands reaching the knees at the end of the exhalation. e. Stand up slowly, and keep the arms down by the sides.
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The line of movement for mental activity: The soles —> the inner ankle bones —> the inner side of the shanks —> the inner side of the thighs—> the coccyx—> the kidneys—> the abdomen —> the heart —> under the armpits —> the inner side of the arms—> the tips of the middle fingers.
6. Xi (like the word “see”) (Figs. 10, 11, 12, 13)
Mouth form: Open the lips slightly and slightly inward, and stick the tongue flat out, but shrink it slightly. Effect: This has a curative effect for tinnitus, dizziness, sore throat, oppressive feeling in the chest, abdominal distension and urinary disorders. Movements: a. Smile. b. Position the hands as though propping something up, and move them from the sides of the body to the pubic bones. c. Keep the fingers opposite each other, and move them up to the chest. d. Turn the wrists outward, palms outward. e. Touch the fourth and fifth toes of both feet to the ground and pronounce the sound of “Xi,” and exhale. f. Lift the hands upward until the end of the exhalation. g. Turn the palms over while inhaling after exhaling, palms downward and five fingers apart. h. Move the hands downward to the head. i. Press the thumbs against the back of the ears, and move the other fingers downward on the cheeks. j. When the hands reach the chest, turn the fingers downward and continue to move them to the sides. k. Return to the starting position.
The line of movement for mental activity: The fourth and fifth toes of the feet —> the outer ankle bones —>the outer side of the legs —> the lower abdomen —> the chest —> under the arm pits —> the outer side of the arms—> the index fingers. When inhaling, the mental energy moves along the reverse direction of the same line: the ring fingers—> the outer side of the arms —> the shoulders at the backside of the ears—> the sides of the body—>the outer side of the legs—>the fourth toes. Adjust your breathing after finishing the six-characterformula. Now, the entire exercise is completed. The effect will be even better if you now stand in silence for 7-8 minutes in the starting form.
It is not difficult to learn to do the six-character formula well, but the key to it is to grasp the following essential points: 1. Begin by dispelling all distracting thoughts. After you stand in silence for a few minutes, an electric current seems to flow past inside of your body. The effect is especially good if you begin the exercise at this point. 2. Grasp the breathing method well, contract the abdomen when you inhale, and extend the abdomen when you exhale. A special feature of the six-character formula is that you first exhale and then inhale, and breathe out while producing the sounds, and at the same time contract the anus and kidneys, and then take in fresh air. 3. Pronounce the sounds accurately, because every sound is linked with a corresponding channel of the meridian system. Therefore, accurate pronunciation is essential. At the beginning, you must produce the sound. After you practise it long enough and get used to it, you may just exhale and mouth the word without actually producing the sound. 4. Shift the body weight backward when you practise this exercise. Begin to exhale immediately after you touch the toes to the ground. At the same time, the body weight should be gradually shifted backward to the heels, the toes and soles slightly off the ground. 5. You must use the mind to guide the flow of Qi. The mental activity and the exhalation should start at the same time. Without this mental activity, the effect of Qigong is quite different. Therefore, remember the line of movement for mental activity and use the mind to guide the flow of Qi. 6. Open your eyes wide when you do the “Xu” character exercise. If you have a slight pain in the eyeballs as if they are pierced by a needle, do not be scared because it is the effect of the Qigong. Your eyes will be very bright after you practise it for some time. 7. Do the exercise with perseverance, twice a day for 30 minutes each time and you will see results in 10 days
by Zeng Qingnan & Liu Daoqing
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Pregnancy & Qigong
From a Chinese Medicine perspective pregnancy is a time when we can affect our health dependent on how we look after ourselves. It can be a time to heal and get better health. I knew this when I got pregnant and decided to take the opportunity and try. In real life it is not always so easy but I ordered myself good food, rest and Qigong.
ince I practised Qigong before it was easy to keep going when pregnant. It made me feel good. If I overdid it with work or stress I would get nausea and feel bad. The Qigong helped me keep my balance. After roughly 16 weeks, I started having problems with the pelvic girdle. It felt like it loosened up too much (some loosening is normal and a preparation for the body to deal with the birth) and a small overstretch would hurt. Pelvic girdle pain is common here in Sweden and it is a sign of kidney deficiency and weak bones. I was then lucky to have been invited to the Tse Qigong Centre Instructors course and I went with great anticipation and some reservations. I was 24 weeks pregnant - how was it going to work out? I already felt clumsy and had no waist to turn. Was it going to be intense? The first day was hard. I did the movements and felt the joints separating too much again. My legs were aching. I wondered what I had got myself into. The next day I had to take it more easy. I learned to cheat on some movements. I did them but had to adjust to suit my condition. It was an interesting experience learning to adjust the movements according to my abilities. The movements weren’t changed, just modified. My legs weren’t lifted as high, I didn’t stretch as far and I was taught not to bend myself below waist level. I had to adjust my posture because my balance was different with the added front weight. I learned so much! By the third day my energy returned with full force and after four intensive days I no longer had any pelvic girdle pain and it didn’t return at all during pregnancy. I just hadn’t practised enough! I kept on practising till I was 32 weeks pregnant and couldn’t move much. The birth went well. I am sure the ability to focus on energy flow and relaxation of muscles helped. Now that I have a lovely small baby to look after and treasure it can be hard to get enough sleep, find time to practise and the focus is naturally on the child. In Five Element acupuncture we talk about the relationships between the elements and relate it to the motherchild relationship. If the mother is weak the child cries. I have more to learn, but the Qigong is my most important tool to keep healthy
by Anna Sutton
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Anatomy of Movement
he brain, for example, and the way that we learn an intricate series of movements such as a Qigong, Chun Yuen Quan, Taijiquan or Wing Chun form. We all know that through repetition, and some effort, we can, with time, memorise even a lengthy choreographed sequence of movements, or ‘form’. Eventually, we get to the stage where we can perform it without too much conscious thought. It takes a lot of practice, but in the end it starts to feel comfortable and we no longer have to continually think about which movement comes next. But what exactly is going on inside our heads while this process is going on? If we had to consciously remember every move each time we practised a form, our brains would need a great deal of processing power, and therefore a lot of energy, to do it. The more energy we use, the more food we need to eat, so our brains have evolved to allow us to concentrate on a task, such as finding our way through an unfamiliar town, while leaving the functions of walking and turning the pages of a guide book, to our unconscious mind, thus reducing the amount of processing power we need. It is the same when we learn a sequence of movements. Our brains record them, and the order in which they should be performed, by creating nerve pathways, thus ensuring that the same movement can be repeated time after time in exactly the same way. Of course, while the learning process is going on, our brain is fully absorbed in the task and there is little capacity left for other conscious functions. I am sure we have all been to class, started to learn something new and have been surprised at the end of the lesson that we have forgotten all about the things that were playing on our mind when we went in. But once the learning process is complete, we are able to run through the movements while simultaneously thinking of something completely different. While this is advantageous in normal life, it becomes a problem when practising our forms because we then need to learn to switch our mind off – but that is another subject. So, in effect, the movements are hardwired into our brains. This is why sometimes, when we have a mental block about a particular move, if we relax and just let our body do it, very often it will come back to us. However, there is a down side to all this. When we have been practising something incorrectly and our Sifu shows us the right way, it is sometimes difficult to change the programming in our brain, no matter how willing we may be. The nerve pathways have encoded the move one way and we need to alter that coding. Any alterations have to be conscious at first until the new pattern has been written, but unfortunately the old pattern is not erased. It is still in there somewhere. Sometimes I find when I am under pressure, such as being tested by my Sifu or on the Instructor Course, I find myself defaulting to an incorrect version that I have not done in years. Somehow, because of the stress, my brain has gone down a side path that has not been used for a very long time but which is still written there. So perhaps we can be forgiven when we get it wrong under pressure. Like non-rewritable CDs, we cannot delete or overwrite what is already there, we can only record a new path and hope that, with practice, the old, incorrect one will fade away through lack of use. But if we do occasionally get a form wrong, we need not beat ourselves up about it. It is an entirely natural consequence of the way our brains are constructed
by Kate Britton
The human body is a remarkable machine. Underneath the surface there is a highly complex network of interdependent functions going on, and they all happen without any conscious effort from ourselves. Everything is designed to enable us to work as efficiently as possible
“We then need to learn to switch our mind off.”
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High Level Monk
Living Buddha could not just use his spit and saliva to heal people. He could also use his bath water! Many people would not believe it, but I have seen it with my own eyes.
Golden Mountain Living Buddha
t that time Living Buddha and I were still living in Wu Gong Lu’s home in Nanjing . It was very hot and I had to take a bath every day. However, Living Buddha did not like taking baths or having showers. If he saw anyone have a bath or shower he would say, “That body, even if you wash it from dawn until .” He meant that dusk, it will still be a smelly shell when we come to this world we are suffering from the many sins we have done in our past lives. We come to this world as humans to pay back all the debts we have built up. If we have no debts to repay, then we would not come back to this world and we would go to a place where there is no suffering and no death, a place like a heaven. So in Buddhism we call a body a smelly shell. Although the weather was very hot, Living Buddha would still wear his thick robes with heavy cotton lining. Even so, he did not feel hot and he did not sweat or smell. It was very odd. However, on one occasion many people tried to persuade him to take a bath. After they pushed him many times he agreed.
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Unlike most people, Living Buddha never took time to enjoy his bath. He bathed very quickly and would get out straight away. On this occasion the servant came in to pour out the water. Suddenly she smelt the scent of sandalwood . It was very fragrant as if someone was burning some. In many Buddhist temples and homes, people burn sandalwood to pay respect to Buddha. She looked around to see if any was burning but eventually realised that the smell was coming from the bath water as she was standing next to it. She could not believe it, so she bent down to smell the water. It really was the water that was giving off the smell. She was so surprised and began shouting out to everyone to come and see. “Living Buddha’s bath water has turned into sandalwood fragrant water! Come and see!” Everyone in the house could hear her and came to see, myself included. I could not believe it! The water really smelt of sandalwood. It was impossible, but it was true. Living Buddha was still in the room and then he said to the servant, “You can drink some of this.” The servant always believed and followed Living Buddha’s words and so she bent over and scooped up some of the water in her hands and drank the bath water. After drinking it she was very happy and said, “It is very fragrant”. Living Buddha then continued to say, “I think this water can even treat your problem, too.”
The servant noticed that she started to feel warmth going through her whole body and it was getting warmer and , running warmer. Heat was going up from her Dantian over the top of her head and running down to her legs. Her whole body felt relaxed, looser and more comfortable. The servant did have some problem with her health. She had not had a period for a few months and because of this she did not feel well and was often very tired. At that time, many women were too shy to talk about these things and even tell doctors their problems as they found it hard to talk to a man. She was very shy and had not even told Living Buddha. No one else had told him, so how did he even know? After drinking the bath water, a little later the servant began to have her period and started to feel much better. She told other people and eventually many people around Nanjing had heard about it. From then on people would come to Wu’s house asking for Living Buddha’s bath water. Although Living Buddha did not like taking baths, because it was to help people, he would have one whenever anyone asked. Every single day people would come asking for Living Buddha’s bath water. Eventually people realised that they had to wait until the afternoon and so people began queuing up for his bath water. This forced Living Buddha to have a bath every single day, but he did not complain about it. There is another story that people like to talk about. Living Buddha treated a lot of people, but he never took a penny for it. Everybody knew this, so some people started to bring him food instead. Most of the time it was fruit and other kinds of snacks. Whenever someone gave him food, straight away he would share it out with the people around and never keep any for himself. The patients gave him the food because they wanted to do something nice and help to maintain him. This is quite common in Buddhism. Some would say to him, “We brought this food to give to you, why do you give it all away to others so you have nothing for yourself?” Living Buddha would smile and say, “People get ill because of their greed , hatred , ignorance and passion . All these are illnesses. Only compassion , sympathy , happiness and letting go are the medicines to treat them. If we can make good relationships and fate with other people, then all our illnesses will recover.” Living Buddha had a lot of unusual ways to treat people. Sometimes you would not even notice that he was treating you and releasing you from your suffering. I have an experience of my own. I am the fourth child in my family. When I was born my mother was not strong and so I was born with a weak body. I was always ill and taking medicine all the time. When I was about seven or eight I began to suffer from very painful headaches. Every spring I would have very serious headaches which could last ten days to half a month. Neither Chinese nor Western medicine could stop them. They only eased them a little bit but never cured them.
“I almost fainted. I could not get away, it hurt so much.”
Each time I had a headache I would tightly bind my head with a long cloth and this would help me feel a little better. After a long time the headache would slowly fade away by itself. I had come to just accept them as an illness in my life and I stopped going to see any doctors. Since I had become a Buddhist monk I still had the headaches and thought that they would stay with me for my entire life. I could never have imagined that Living Buddha would fix me. How did he treat my problem? When I tell you it will make you laugh. We had been staying in Nanjing for a while and it was now time to leave and say goodbye. Living Buddha told me how beautiful Golden Mountain Temple was and that we must go there in the winter for the Seven Days Chan Meditation . I had always wanted to go to Golden Mountain Temple as this was where Living Buddha had come from and the area was said to be beautiful. This seemed like a good opportunity to go. That winter I went with Living Buddha to Golden Mountain Temple to practise the Seven Days Chan meditation. After the seven days were over it was time for me to leave. I was saying goodbye to Living Buddha and he walked with me to the main entrance. I walked out, but a few moments later Living Buddha called, “Come back, come back!” Of course I went back. I thought he must have something to tell me. When I came back he smiled and, without saying a word, he suddenly grabbed my head very tightly and began hitting my head! He hit my head very hard with his hand many times. It was very painful and I almost fainted. I could not get away. I almost wanted to fight with him, it hurt so much. Finally he let me go and laughed very loudly, “It’s all right now, it’s all right now.” That is all he said and then he ran back up to the temple. I just stood and watched him go. I did not know what to make of this strange act. Some part of me was angry, but I straight away stopped that thinking and then I just found it very funny. I did not understand why he did that to me. The next spring, to my surprise, I did not have any headaches. I thought they might come later in the summer, but they did not. Usually I would have 3 to 5 headaches in the spring. The next spring there were also no headaches and the year after that. Then I started to realise that Living Buddha had healed my headaches by hitting my head with his hand. He was being compassionate by hitting me. I have never forgotten about how he treated me and I always think of him. After many years I have come across several of Living Buddha’s students. They have all been treated by him and he has cured the illnesses that they suffered for so many years, even when no one else could cure them. They were all touched by him and so became Buddhist, vegetarians and began chanting Amitofo. They were all affected by him and try to be better people.
By Master Le Guan , translated by Michael Tse To be continued on our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com
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nfortunately, my secret identity was more of a mistaken identity and was that of a little old lady, not even that of Super-gran. It all started with being helped in shops and being referred to as ‘lady’, or ‘old lady’, as members of staff assisted me in my shopping requirements. For the length of time this strange happening lasted, it all became a bit embarrassing if not worrying. However, by far the most embarrassing event happened whilst I was boarding the bus. As I proceeded to get on the bus, I could hear a lot of noise coming from within the bus and as I got to the top of the steps there was a man coming towards me. As he did so he was turning from side to side and knocking the passengers as he moved along, who in turn were shouting and trying to knock him back. It was all a bit strange and I couldn’t really figure out what was happening but I do know that, as he passed me, he hit me in the stomach with his elbow. As I had pulled myself against the cab in order to let him pass, the blow winded me and went through to my kidneys. My reaction to the blow was to put my hands on his forearm to keep him away and as I did so I felt him having yet another go. Not wanting a ‘second helping’ I shoved him, resulting in him flying out of the bus doorway in a horizontal plane and landing onto the pavement below. It was not my intention to push him off the bus and as the doors closed and the bus moved away, I asked the driver if the man was okay. “Yes”, he replied, “but I don’t think he will do that again in a hurry!” With that I went off to find a seat amongst a riot of laughing kids who had seen the whole event. But as I sat down I heard one of them say to another, “Did you see that? It was great to see how that little old lady that pushed that guy off the bus”. The satisfactory buzz of having done well in a bizarre situation deflated as instantly as it had begun and it became just another embarrassing moment.
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The Right Foundation
Why I was mistaken for a little old lady I don’t really know. Maybe it was the clothes I wore that day or the way I walked or maybe even my posture. I don’t think it was my clothes and if it was, then they are simple enough to change. But it is not so simple to change the posture or the way I walked. However, the clothes I wore then are long gone and so is the posture, thanks to my Qigong training where posture plays an important role in preserving and developing health. With a good posture your Qi can flow because there are no blockages and because you have a good posture, you can relax more which releases tension in your body, creating better Qi flow. Although Qigong
At some point near the beginning of my Wing Chun training I had a secret identity. Just like Clark Kent has Superman as a secret identity and Peter Parker has Spiderman, I too had an alter ego.
has played the most important part in my development regarding health of body and mind I can’t overlook the supporting role that my Wing Chun training has also played in this change. In Wing Chun the first form we train is called Siu Lim Tao. In this form there are a lot of hand and arm
movements which are all important in the development. We do these to train our accuracy but if your posture is not correct, then it doesn’t matter how much you train them as they will never be right. Just like when a house is built, the foundations must be flat and solid with firm footings. If this is not the case then all you will end up with is a Leaning Tower of Pisa. To create a good posture you need a proper base, so when you open your Wing Chun stance the distance between your out-turned heels should be equal to the width between your two shoulders. This will balance the top with the bottom and allow your weight to find a direct connection with the ground through your feet. If your feet are too wide then your weight will be dispersed and you will have to carry it about making your footwork heavy. If your stance is too narrow then you will not have enough stability and again have to use strength to hold yourself up. If your feet are correct then the knees can bend and the Dantian will be able to sink and relax, connecting the upper body with the legs and the ground. This means you can create more power with strong legs and a relaxed body. Next, your back should be straight so that it is balanced on its foundation. The spine should connect into the relaxed Dantian making a strong, relaxed and balanced structure with no blockages enabling Qi to flow around the body. If Qi can flow easily through the body, then it will be a healthy body and there is no better proof of this than Grandmaster Ip Chun, my Wing Chun Sigong. If the Qi can flow creating a healthy body, then it can also carry the force placed on it through the arms to the body and legs and into the ground, dispersing the force used by an opponent whilst you remain relaxed. It also allows you to keep your sensitivity and calmness. But when the posture is incorrect, then the force applied upon it can become trapped, forcing you to use strength or fold and maybe lose everything. One of my lady students went to another class before she came to my
class and although I think she might have been mistaken, she said that when she did the stance they always leaned backwards. When she showed me how she was almost leaning backwards on a curved forty-five degree angle, I then asked her to try to use a Taan Sau. Whilst I pushed forward against her arm, the result was that her Taan Sau ended up pointing to the sky as her back became more angled and trapped. Then I asked her to straighten her back and sink her Dantian and try again. This time I got my student, Geff, the biggest person in the class, to push his fist against her Taan Sau, and no matter how hard he pushed, her posture held. After this, another student, Christine, who is very slight, tried the same test. Again when Geff pushed her Taan Sau, the posture held. Then I told her to turn her posture to the side a little bit. With that small change in angle, Geff’s force was redirected and he lost his balance. This test gave the ladies and men in the class, as everybody had a go, confidence in their Wing Chun and that what they had trained, if applied correctly, would defeat someone larger and stronger than themselves. In order to defend yourself or fight, first you must be healthy and you can only do both if your Qi is able to flow freely. And so the wise man builds his house on the rock and the third little pig builds his house of bricks, so when the rain comes down, or the wolf comes a-huffing and a-puffing, then you can rest easy with reduced thoughts and be still whilst everything around is splitting and trying to break
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Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
Goddess of Mercy
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hile I was living in Hawaii, I would go to a Chinese Buddhist Temple called Yuk Fat . Around thirty Chinese people studied Buddhism there. Many of them were from mainland China and some were from Hong Kong and Taiwan. However, there were also a few from Vietnam. If you look back at history, you will find that there were a lot of Chinese people living in Vietnam and many were quite wealthy. During the war in 60-70s between the Vietnamese Communists and the USA many people died. The poor people could not escape and many were forced to join the army and fight in the war. The rich people sold all their homes, businesses and belongings and exchanged them for gold. With this gold they would try and buy their way onto a boat out of the country. If they were lucky, they would be able to make their way to a safe country and become refugees. Most of them arrived in Hong Kong and from there some emigrated to the USA or to European countries. This is how Vietnamese Chinese came to the USA. One Vietnamese Chinese lady told me a story about how she got out of Vietnam. In Vietnam her family was wealthy and also believed strongly in Buddhism. Actually most Chinese people are Buddhist. Some are influenced strongly by Buddhism whilst others are less influenced. Of course, some do not believe at all. It is the same with Christianity in the west. Some people are strongly influenced and so are very religious, some are less influenced and some do not believe. This lady was very influenced by Buddhism. Most Chinese people who study Buddhism have come across Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. She is also called Guan Yin Pu Sa without Shi, it is because the Emperor names Li Shi Min , in Tang Daynasty so no one at that time allowed to use the same sound or word as the emperor that is including the Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, so people then call her Guan Yin Pu Sa instead. In the west people like to call her the Goddess of Mercy and this is quite a true description of her. In Chinese Buddhism she has the image of a female and a lot of Chinese families have a statue of her in their homes. This is because she will come to help anyone who calls her name. Just like in the song “Call out my name and I’ll be there”. The lady’s family sold everything and exchanged the money into gold. Why gold? This is because on the black market, no one trusted currency, particularly in Vietnam. The only thing they accepted was gold. The family paid a lot of
Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is a very important person in Buddhism and in Chinese culture. Her name is greatly respected and her image can be found in many Chinese homes and is worn by many Chinese people. Why is she so respected and who is she?
gold to buy a place on a boat out of Vietnam. You can imagine in a war, no matter how rich and how good a life you have had, when the fighting starts everything goes. They were lucky and in the end were able to get on board a boat. On the boat there were a lot of people all crowded together. It was smelly, dirty and uncomfortable and it was many days’ sailing to Hong Kong. Some other boats on the journey were hit by bad weather and sank, others were lucky and made it. Everything seemed to be decided by fate. Everyone on the boats was sad, worried and scared. The worst came at night, however. Men would come into the crowd carrying knives and other sharp weapons and they would hurt people and even kill them. They came to take the young girls to a quiet place and rape them. In the open ocean there were no laws apart from who was the strongest. Because of the situation, no one could do anything. Even the families of the young girls could not fight back as the men were the ones to whom they paid their gold and who were in charge of the boat. If they caused trouble, then the men would throw them overboard into the sea where they would drown. During times of war and suffering people will do anything to survive, even sacrifice members of their family. This lady was very frightened and even more scared as night came as she knew what would happen. All she could think of doing as the men came near was calling out the name of Guan Yin Pu Sa. To her surprise the men took the girl next to her and seemed not to see her at all. Every night she did the same thing and called out “Guan Yin Pu Sa” and every night nothing happened to her. Eventually, they arrived in Hong Kong and they were safe. In the end they emigrated to the USA. There was another story which happened in the temple in Hawaii. Three nuns lived there and one night at about 3am the phone rang. One of the nuns got up and, picking up a torch, went downstairs to answer the phone. When she reached the ground floor she suddenly saw someone in front of her. She was still disorientated from being woken up and she did not know who it was and so she just stopped where she was on the stairs. Then the person turned and ran out through a window. She then picked up the phone to answer. It was another Buddhist temple calling from abroad. She told them it was the middle of the night and that she would speak to them another day. Then when she put the phone down she thought again “Who was that running away? Was it one of the other nuns who had also been woken up?” Then she realised it was not
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any of them and, looking around her, she saw that boxes and drawers had been opened and scattered about. It was a thief who had broken into the temple! She woke the others up and then they quickly checked if anything had been taken. They found that nothing was missing and so their fear started to fade and they started to calm down. The Buddhist temple overseas never called them at that time and so they believe that either Buddha or Guan Yin Pu Sa had helped them to scare the thief away. From then on they made sure that all the doors and windows were locked before they went to bed. Once I was flying to Australia. I arrived in Sydney and had to change to get my next flight to Brisbane. Since I was travelling on two different airlines I had to go to the transit area to collect my next ticket. I am sure that a lot of you who travel will have had the same experience. You try to find the cheaper ticket, but this also means it is not so straightforward. When I reached the transit desk they said that they had no record of my next flight’s ticket. Even when I showed them my e-ticket number they said there was nothing they could do and that I would have to buy another ticket. I was very anxious. The worst case scenario was that I would have to buy another ticket. I could have tried contacting the agent is Hawaii, but the time difference meant that no one would be there. What could I do? My mind was racing, then I started to think, “Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa”. This is something I have been used to doing since I became a Buddhist. I then thought about calling my wife in Hawaii, but she would be asleep. Then I thought “Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa” again. Even though I did not speak her name my heart was calling out. After another five minutes, a member of staff at the transit desk called me up and said, “We have found your records so you can have your ticket.” I was completely relieved and I thanked Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. The next thought I had was, even with all this technology, they still make a lot of mistakes! That is one of my experiences with Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. In my heart I know it works, I believe and trust in it. However, belief is totally up to the individual person. I also believe that good deeds bring good results and bad deeds bring bad results. It is just a matter of time. Whenever we see bad people having a good time and good people having a bad time, it is just that the bad people still have a little luck. But once their luck has run out then the bad result will come and more seriously. At the same time, if good people are suffering then it is because they are still paying off some debts. But once their debts have been paid off, they will be in Heaven. All the good deeds will come to their children even after they pass away. So let’s find out who Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is. In Chinese and Buddhist culture we believe all things in the universe are continuous and never stop; they just transform
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into something else. When we die we go somewhere else, but it is all based upon what we have done. It is not as simple as going to heaven or hell or believing in a god. Our result is based on our actions. Buddhists believe there are so many worlds and so many dimensions. Today, scientists have actually found there are many worlds, some of which might have life. Even Mars might have life. Also, there are many dimensions and some people can see things that others cannot. This is what Buddhists believe and when we die it does not mean that nothing goes on and that it is the end. Instead we transform into a different place. This is reincarnation and this is completely believed in Buddhism and even in some other old religions. Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa reached a high level of reincarnation. Let’s say for example, human beings are at the middle level, Buddha , is is the highest and the 19th, Ambidiyn the lowest level where all people, animals or creatures are suffering. Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is one level lower than Buddha. However, many people believe that Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa already reached the same level as a Buddha, but she preferred to remain a Pu Sa, which is one level lower, so that she could still be involved with people and help them with her compassion. Guan Shi Yin in old Indian Sanskrit is Aralokitesvara. Guan Shi Yin is what Chinese people call her. It means “master that every living being can see”. Every living being includes human beings and also non-humans, animals and plants. She is their master and so can help them. She, like everyone else, was also once an ordinary person, even an animal in one life. Eventually having passed through so many reincarnations she reached the level of Pu Sa. In the past Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa was seen as a man. It was only about 1000 years ago, during the Song Dynasty that Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa became the image of a lady. There are a lot of stories surrounding her. Once she was a prince and saw people suffering in hell. It brought up great compassion and then he swore to himself that if anyone sincerely called his name he would come to help them. Since then, every time people chant Guan Shi Yin, miracles happen. Whether Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is a man or woman is not important because she can change to be a man or woman to help those people or creatures that need help. She can even change into other creatures, not just human. So those living beings that need her help do not need to see her, the main thing is that they are helped. So it means she can be anything and can be in different dimensions, in the past, in the future, as long as you sincerely call her name. She can also be present in many places at the same time. There is one story about when she was reincarnated as the third princess in a royal household. She was born to develop herself as a Buddhist and she wanted to be a nun, but her father, the King, did not like that idea and she was thrown out of the palace. After many years the King became ill. No one could treat him until one famous doctor said, “Your daughter’s hands and eyes can make the medicine to cure your illness.” The King then asked his eldest and second daughters to give up their hands and eyes but they both refused. The King had no other way to cure himself. One day a monk told one of the palace aids that there was a high level nun in one of the temples who might be able to help. When the King heard about this he wanted to go to the temple
straight away to see the high level nun. When the King arrived at the temple, he was surprised to see the high level nun was his third daughter. When she learnt that her father needed her hands and eyes to make the medicine to cure him, she immediately cut off her hands and took out her eyes to give to the King. The King was very surprised but now he had his medicine and eventually he recovered. However, he was very sad as his daughter had lost her hands and eyes and he prayed to heaven to give back his daughter’s eyes and hands. Suddenly she had a thousand hands and a thousand eyes. Today we talk about Thousand Eyes and Thousand Hands Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa and this is because of the third princess. Of course, we do not see a thousand hands and a thousand eyes as these are hidden. In Tibet, people believe that each Dalai Lama is Guan Shi Yin Yu Sa who has come down to this life to help people. All Tibetans believe this and there are so many stories relating to this. The most important thing is that there is someone there when we need help. What a wonderful thing!
“Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa reached a high level of reincarnation”
On another level we can learn from Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. Whenever we see people and in fact any living creature suffering we will feel sad. We will have a kind heart and will be willing to help to stop their suffering. This is compassion. We should show compassion to others, even when it is someone we do not get along with or someone we do not know and with whom we have no relationship. If we can show compassion, then we are being a good person. If we need to sacrifice our money, our time, our physical effort or any other benefit we may have, then this is showing great compassion. At a high level we could even sacrifice our life and then you might even be like Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa. So anyone or anything can be like Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa if you have that heart and behave like her. To begin with we should show a little compassion and then more compassion and eventually great compassion. Great compassion is unconditional love. If we can all be like Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa, then there would be millions of Pu Sa all over the world and in different dimensions
By Michael Tse
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1. Buddha had a very peaceful and dignified look. I asked Buddha, what was the reason that Guan Yin had attained this position (Pu Sa) and had earned all this respect for her name? 2. Buddha, with the same peaceful manner, answered the question from his disciple, You Want to Know More, and said, “Listen to all Guan Shi Yin has done, her compassion covers all living things and dimensions. 3 Her wish, which is as deep as the ocean, is to take care of one billion Buddhas and her unbelievable work has gone through every difficulty. (There is not only one Buddha in the universe, there are an infinite number and in all dimensions. It is her clear wish to take care of all of them). 4. Let me explain briefly to you. Listen to her name and visualise her appearance with all your focus. She can help all suffering. 5. If someone tries to harm another and throw them into a pit of fire, if they call Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart, that fire pit will become a pond. 6. Or if someone falls into the ocean where there are dragons, demons, fish and all manner of creatures trying to harm or eat them, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart the ocean and all the demons will not be able to harm them. 7. Or if someone on the high peak of a mountain is pushed by another, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart they will fall into a place which will hold them and make them safe. 8. Or if someone is chased by bad people and accidentally falls down a hill, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart, they will not suffer any injury. 9. Or if someone is surrounded by a group of gangsters with weapons, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart the gangster will suddenly be kind to that person. 10 Or if someone is captured and is going to be executed, at the last moment, if that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart the execution weapon will suddenly have a problem.
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Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa
11. Or if someone is locked up and their hands and legs are bound, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart they will suddenly be released. 12. Or if someone wants to harm another with criticism or even poison, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart all the criticism and poison will not harm them. 13. Or if someone encounters ghosts, devils and poisonous snakes who want to harm them, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart all the monsters will be scared to harm them. 14. Or if ferocious animals gather round to harm someone, showing their teeth and pulling terrifying faces, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart all these animals will walk away. 15. Or if poisonous snakes and scorpions are close, releasing their smoking venom and fire, when that person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart all those poisonous creatures will crawl back. 16. Or if big thunder storms and heavy rain comes, if a person calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa with a sincere heart all this bad weather will stop. 17. All living creatures are trapped and suffering. Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa is clever and powerful and will save all of them. 18. She has all the power to know everything. Using her deep knowledge and wisdom, she can travel to all worlds and dimensions to show her ability to save all. 26. 19. No matter what kind of suffering, even in hell, ghost or animal realms, or suffering pain from birth, old age, sickness or death, all will get easier until all suffering disappears. (Ed. Note: Buddhism believes that we are all suffering but She has done many good deeds, looks after everyone and sees everything with her compassionate eyes. Her luck is so deep, like an ocean. So we should all pay respect to her.”
translated by Michael Tse
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at different levels. The levels are hell, ghosts, animal and then human beings. Through all these levels we pay back our mistakes until everything has been paid back. Then we can move up a better level. Hell is the worst level, then the Ghost Level. The Ghost Level is worse than the Animal Level and the Animal Level is worse than the Human Level. The upper level is like being immortal. These are the Chinese equivalent to saints or angels. These beings are in a heaven. However, the highest level is to be a Buddha who totally understands cause and effect and who has completely let go of all attachments which would keep them tied to one of the previous levels, even immortal. Attaining a higher level, like Heaven Level is nothing to do with God. In Buddhism, God is like someone in one of these higher levels and is a kind and wise person not a creator of the universe. Where we are is about our training and our own actions.). 20. She is true, peaceful, wise, compassionate and sympathetic. We should pay our respects and connect with her. 21. Her ability is like a shinning light without shadow. It can illuminate all darkness, control all disasters, storms and fires, and can shine on the whole world and all dimensions. 22. Her compassion can stop all thunder, earthquakes and disaster. It can form beautiful clouds and gentle rain to change the situation and get rid of all the worry. 23. In all the arguments and all the legal fights, even military confrontation and war, whenever anyone calls Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa all the upset of the people will slowly disappear. 24. Whether we call her Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa or her old Indian name Avalokitesvara, no matter what the pronunciation, she will connect with us. So we should chant her name more often. 25. All the chanting of her name should be without any doubt that Guan Shi Yin Pu Sa will help all the troubles and bring a good solution.
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Something to be
rom the begining there was an editorial, questions and answers, articles on Dayan Gong, a potted history of Wing Chun and Chen Taiji, a diagram of acupuncture points and techniques for stimulating the organs of the head such as the ears, eyes, etc. It was very interesting. In those days we were starved of information so the magazine was indispensable. And when the issues grew in size and began to feature full colour covers it all felt very grand and sophisticated. It’s easy to take the magazine for granted as it plops
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Qi magazine came into my life in November 1991. That first small black and white issue with Grandmaster Yang Meijun on the cover anticipated the general format of all the subsequent issues.
heavily onto the doormat at safe, predictable intervals but a casual leaf through the last eighteen years’ worth of material reveals enormous treasures. Believe me, those of us who had to study for instructors’ exams were very grateful to the back issues. We don’t realise just how much the magazine extended the teaching range of Tse Sifu. It was as if he turned up at our homes once every few weeks to deliver a lecture! And the magazine broadened the spectrum of teaching too. There were articles from non-Centre specialists and, of course, from experts within the Centre
too. I was happy to contribute my own modest thoughts for the past few years. I was also happy to be reminded of upcoming seminars. I shall have to be more vigilant now! It was wonderful to receive reports of seminars abroad and from teachers in far flung corners of the world. The magazine knitted the members together and newcomers were always impressed by its quality and contents. I shall miss it a lot. Life doesn’t stand still. Now we have to retrain ourselves to use the website more effectively and maybe email each other more to keep in touch. All the good things that the magazine did for us we have to do for ourselves now. But the good news is that Tse Sifu will have more time to write books. There’s a Chen Taiji book in the offing and it’s fantastic. I’m sure there’ll be many more. For me, the magazine has been like a conference call every three months with Sifu, Simo and all my brothers and sisters report in and offer personal experiences. I don’t know how other members read the magazine. I tend to dip in and read the editorials and main articles then catch up with the rest over the next few days. The magazine sits around for a couple of weeks on my coffee table before I’ve digested everything. Then it gets put away for a while with all the many others (I’m proud to say I have every copy). They all get pulled out occasionally – especially to check facts when a student has asked a question in class. So farewell for a while Qi Magazine. There will be one-offs, anniversary issues etc and it will be a happy day when I hear that satisfying thud on the doormat! Until then, my heartfelt thanks to Darryl and all the others who worked so hard to maintain such a high standard and regular supply. Over eighteen years of first class teaching and information in a first class publication. It’s something to be proud of
By Julian Wilde
Wing Chun is often advertised as simple, but when you study it properly you find that it is in fact very intricate. Most of the time we say that Wing Chun only really consists of three hand techniques, Bong Sau, Taan Sau and Fuk Sau.
n practice there are more techniques, which to a greater or smaller extent, stem from these three core hands. There are only three bare-hand forms in Wing Chun and one Wooden Dummy form, but when you put their practice all together and try and make things come alive in Chi Sau, the combinations of techniques becomes vast. Combine this together with footwork, i.e. stepping forwards, backwards, turning to the side to change angles, then even more combinations are available. These are just the physical shapes which are really just the surface of things. More intricate and interesting is the use of energy (or strength), Gong Lik, Fa Ging and structure strength. Then you need to also account for reaction times, emotional states and stress levels and add these into the mix. I think you would agree we have long gone past the notion of “simple”. If you look at Wing Chun like this, then you will not see the wood for the trees. You need to look past the confusion and see the principles that create the system. How we use less strength, how to redirect strength, how to borrow strength, how to be direct, the centreline, etc. However, there is a danger that when studying these principles we get stuck in the detail again and so the techniques become more important than the principles. If this happens then we are in danger of complicating things further. We
will create techniques and routines for the sake of creating techniques and routines. And what we create adds nothing to the skill. We must remember that techniques are expressions of the Wing Chun principles. If you have a good grasp of the basic techniques which are given to us in the forms, and you ally these with the principles of Wing Chun, then you can express the Wing Chun principles in a way that suits you, in a w a y
“The Wing Chun you do will be yours and not a pale imitation of anyone else’s.”
that fits your body, your mind set, your emotional state. The Wing Chun you do will be yours and not a pale imitation of anyone else’s. Of course, at the beginning you
need to copy your teacher but there has to come a point where you have to find your own way and as long as it is based on the correct principles, then it is still Wing Chun. During this process you will reassess what you are doing and always refer back to your teacher as your teacher is the starting point of your journey. Naturally, you need to make sure you are ready for this stage of your development, but it will come about when the time is right and your teacher will know and encourage you. So looking past all the techniques and principles, what are they for and where do they take us? Simply put, they get us into a good position where we can attack or defend. Your opponent will undoubtedly try and break your defence or move but all our training, all the techniques and principles we embody, lead us to another good position and can even turn a seemingly bad position to our advantage. At this level, it is not the technique that defeats your opponent, it is the position. So attacking and defending become the same thing. A skilled opponent will know when they have ultimately lost and, like in chess, they know they are in check-mate so you don’t even need to finish them. Though the Chi Sau may continue, it moves onto a different situation or another round of the chess game. Wing Chun really follows the principle of Taiji. It is both simple and complex, it is hard and soft, it is fast and slow, etc, etc. Again the words are just examples of the principle. Yin and Yang are constantly mixing and changing. So you need to understand the nature of Yin and Yang and change and then something complex becomes very simple once more
By Darryl Moy
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“Why me?” I wanted to ask for the hundredth time as I hobbled slowly down the stairs on the way back home from class. I thought I was doing all the right things, practising my Qigong and other skills regularly.
It’s all in the Hips
on the hard floor for 3 hours, the pain would come back. I was particularly worried about the summer residential courses because of the intense training day after day. I took along the most softly cushioned shoes I could find along with a bag of Chinese herbal medicine patches which I wrapped around my foot each morning and night. But half way through the Damo Staff, although my foot and heel were still painful, I was finding that some of the blockages were releasing and I felt my Qi was getting stronger. By the third course, it was even better but still nowhere near to pain free. I kept wondering what I had done to cause this problem. I remember that over the years, when waking up in the middle of the night, that often I could not bear my full weight on my foot. Still, by the light of day and moving around a bit, it seemed to pass and it was forgotten. I tended to wear very thin-soled shoes for practice, which in Hawaii, was great and fine as I had the cushion of a grass carpet. However, coming back to England in the summers, I still wore these same shoes regardless of practising on pavement or park. I remember jumping once and landing on a small pebble and this gave me heel pain for a while but that too seemed to pass. It all came to a head when I was teaching some Chun Yuen seminars and pulled a leg muscle and then the week after, fell off a step on the very same foot I had twisted 20 years
even stepped up the Hard Qigong training again, thinking that mid-age decline had begun too early and bones were weakening. Still, walking - one of my favourite things was a nightmare. Chun Yuen jumps were definitely just a memory as the slow version, done with careful placement of feet, was all I could manage. In desperation and some embarrassment, I asked my Sifu’s advice. He immediately advised me to do more stretching and sitting meditation after hearing that I was already doing Horse Stance and Hard Qigong. So in the evenings before bed, I tried to start a stretching routine. When I would remember to do it, it helped a little but my effort was not consistent nor was my heart really in it. I would start to feel a little relief and then I would go for a long walk, go to class
and after standing
“If I could not do forms properly, how could I teach?”
previously. I remembered Sifu talking about when he had hurt his ankle once and how he kept walking gently and so I did this as well and was quite pleased when it seemed to be okay. But over the summer it got worse and a bone spur was forming alongside the outside ridge of my foot and I was losing heel-to-toe flexibility in my attempt to ‘protect’ myself from the pain when hobbling. I know that many people have much worse problems and I kept thinking about people who have been in a car
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accident and how they have to go through physical rehabilitation to recover use of muscles and joints. Some even have to re-learn how to walk again so this gave me hope. Knowing that my problem is small compared to some others, still, the thought that movement was part of my living and if I could not do forms properly, how could I teach? Luckily, something happened to shift the balance and that was teaching the movement ‘Cloud Steps’ from the Balancing Gong set of exercises. I could feel my body struggling to align itself with each step. Each time I shifted the weight forward before stepping, I could feel the tendon stretching in my back leg, feel my hips adjusting. Without the proper hip
“We should not stop believing that Qigong will work.
alignment, I was not able stand on one leg and have a ‘pause’ before commencing forward. That evening, when I got home from class, I was surprised that I had less pain than usual and it set me to thinking. I started Cloud Stepping from lounge to kitchen to bathroom. Hmmmm…..something good was happening here. This was the incentive I needed, so I really put my effort back on the stretching every night. I found a special way of lying on the floor with one leg propped on the sofa and doing various stretches on alternate legs. I could hear the one hip popping away like popcorn the first nights and even had to adjust myself slightly to get it so it felt like the hip was back in place. But I just carried on. Without jabbering away like a mad monkey, I will tell you this….it is working. I had been concentrating all my efforts to work on my ankle and foot when the problem was actually originating from my hips. I was even making the problem worse by trying to hold my ankle in different ways when walking, hoping to find a way to ease the pain. So with this small success, I started to think more about the way I sat, even the way I slept, to make sure my hips were aligned. Each night now, I have my routine and nothing will interrupt it because starting to be able to walk - almost - pain free and practise with lightness and ease is incredible. The number of times I had thought to myself over the past months, “Is this it? Am I not going to be able to walk even?”, I don’t even know…I had lost count. Still, I am grateful for the problem as I believe it has helped me develop my Qigong to a higher level, helping me understand how to heal myself. I know that believing that you can find a solution is one key factor in healing problems and then sticking with that path is important. If you keep giving up half way, then progress will be slow and maybe even non-existent. Faith that you will work it out or improve the situation is key. Also, being around positive people who also believe you can heal yourself is very important for their support will help you when you start to lose heart. But going for the root of the problem is the most important of all. Although we all know that identifying the root cause for illness is the basis for TCM
(Traditional Chinese Medicine) theory and Qigong as well, we often get sidetracked. This all has been an invaluable lesson to me. I am still not without some pain and the longer I sit at my desk typing, I can feel it starting to throb down my leg, but I know it is coming from the hips and then I try to stand up and move to let the Qi release. Also, we should not stop believing that Qigong will work. If we are not having success, then maybe we have not found the right exercise or are not doing all we can to work on the problem as our level is not yet high enough, but if we seek guidance from our teacher, if we keep moving, keep following the principles we have learned, then we will have good results. We should not be stubborn and keep practising as normal just because that is what we have always done. When we have an injury or illness, we may need to change our practise routine and do more of one thing and less of another. Just as I tried the Hard Qigong to build up my bone Qi, although it did not give me the instant relief I sought, I know that it brought up very strong energy to move through the channels when I did the stretching and provided a clear pathway for the Qi to go. I also found that I should not be afraid to ask for advice from someone wiser than myself. I also had to face my ego. In class I could no longer stand in one legged meditations with ease and I wobbled and I lost balance with the greatest of ease. Afterwards, I suffered double for trying to ‘keep face’ because in putting all my weight on my bad foot, I made it even worse. The pain was quite excruciating. Finally, I accepted my loss of face and would do ‘half a stance’ and support the standing leg just a bit with the other one. It is said that hindsight is 20/20 and that is true. Looking back I can see little hints that I had a problem brewing. For instance, when doing the movement, “Beautiful Woman Turns the Waist”, I would feel stiffness on the right hip. I noticed years ago in Siu Lim Tao (Wing Chun’s first form) that I always felt the weight on one side more than the other. The list can go on and on, but the important thing is that I am listening to the signs now and changing myself and my body and my body habits so I can be even healthier. We should never think that because we are of certain age that it is too late. Even if we have had a problem from childhood, we can at least try and maintain and prevent the problem from worsening. It is a fact that as we get older our old injuries, our body weaknesses, will all come out to play. So we should take heed and listen and observe our bodies. Although I may not ever be 100% free of the pain in my foot and leg, I know that if I do not work on it, then it will continue to get worse and thinking about that future is scarier than a little hard work on my part
by Sihn Kei
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Xing Shou is the first form in the Chun Yuen syllabus. It is an exciting form that teaches all the basics and attitude of Chun Yuen Quan. If your Xing Shou is good, then you will be very healthy with a good posture, strong bones and Qi.
Xing Shou Part 5
19. Flying Up to Kick the Enemy
b front view
f front view
a. Turn the left toes out to the left. Open both palms at the same time. b. Step forward with the right foot, but keep the weight on the left foot. Both knees should be bent. Bring both hands close to the right knee. c. Open both palms so they are facing out. d. Step forwards with the left leg so that the body faces the back, but keep the eyes facing the front.
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e. Turn the body round to the left. Turn 180 degrees so you end up facing forwards with the left leg at the front. f. Kick with the right foot and slap it with the left hand.
Jumping is quite common in Shaolin Kung Fu. This part is basically a jumping kick, however, not everyone can jump as it needs a bit of training. In the beginning it is best to learn the
kick without jumping. The hand movement is basically for balance. The jumping movement is often thought of as coming from the kick itself but actually it comes from the legs and so the turning of the waist is also very important. We can begin with a lower jump until the legs, waist and hands can work together. Then we can do it properly. Eventually, when the legs are strong we can jump quite high. When we kick we also need to slap the foot with the hand. This is quite common in Chinese Kung Fu as it helps us get
stronger. When we kick or punch, if we slap, we can release the power and it will not go back to our joints. Chinese Kung Fu has a long history of training. The traditional way trains the body to be healthy and the training can still be done when we are old. However, more modern training can often cause more injuries. So we slap the foot to release the energy and so it will not harm our joints.
20. Invincible Iron First
a. After the kick, immediately land on the right leg. As soon as both feet are grounded, make a horse stance. Meanwhile punch to the side with the right hand and lift the left hand as a fist up above your head.
When we attack, a lot of the time, one attack is not enough. When we kick and then punch straight afterwards, the combination can be very powerful. In self defence, when we have the advantage we should keep going until we have totally controlled the situation. Therefore the movements Flying up to Kick the Enemy and Invincible Iron Fists go together. When we have punched, the most important thing is the posture. We need to keep the back upright, the punch straight and the left hand lifted up above the head to help keep the posture straight. At the same time it is also a block, guarding the head. Practising Xing Shou can really change our posture.
21. Water and Fire Cannot Pass Through
a. Lift up the right leg and the right hand. The right elbow should be bent and the hand should make a fist. b. Stamp down with the right foot and swing the right hand down. The weight should still be on the left foot.
c. Turn the body 180 degrees by turning on the right heel and the left toes. This makes the legs cross over. Meanwhile both fists should be at the waist.
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how the enemy attacks, we can block the top and the bottom and also both sides. It is quite a dynamic movement. When we get the basics right, then we can do the movement very quickly and jump while doing it. So the turn is actually jumping when we do the fast version. When doing it fast, then we must block and jump together. This is because in fighting things happen so fast and so we cannot think but have to act. So this should be a fast movement once you have the details clear.
d. Turn the body 180 degrees and bring the right fist to the waist. e. Lift up the left leg and left hand, like before on the right side. f. Stamp the left foot down and bend both legs to make a horse stance. Meanwhile swing the left hand down and look to the left.
This is a very challenging movement and needs good coordination. This means it is good for the brain and also good for training your balance on one leg. For self defence, this movements trains a few different blocking techniques together. No matter
22. Opening the Bow from Left to Right
a. Punch with the right hand and withdraw the left fist to the waist. b. Punch with the left hand and withdraw the right hand to the waist.
movement from the form and train it individually but we must remember that the power of the punch does not come from the fist:- it comes from the stance, from the legs to the waist, then to the fist. So it is important to keep the horse stance and move from the waist.
This punching, right and then left, teaches us that in certain situations we can punch again and again. We can separate this
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23. Kick and Beat the Tiger
a. Cross both arms, right over the left. b. Kick forwards with the right leg, slapping it with the left palm. Meanwhile, withdraw the right hand. c. Drop the right foot to the ground with the toes up and hold both fists, the left fist forward and the right at the waist. d. Step forward with the left leg but keep the weight on the right. Withdraw both hands behind you but keep them as fists. e. Shift the weight forward to make a bow stance and then punch down with the right hand and swing the left hand upwards.
weight. However, this type of movement is quite typical of Chun Yuen Quan and it works on the whole body and is quite dynamic. In Chinese history there was once a man whose name was Wu Song. Once he got drunk and went to walk through a forest. In the forest a white tiger attacked him. Although he knew martial arts, usually he would have been afraid of a tiger attacking him, but as he was drunk, he did not feel any fear. He fought with the tiger and eventually beat it. After that he became very famous and people thought of him as the tiger beating hero. All Chinese people came to know about him. Of course, we do not need to fight with a tiger but this movement is very good for making us stronger as it makes the bones strong.
By Michael Tse… to be continued on our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com
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This is also quite a challenging movement as it contains both a kick and a punch and also requires you to change the
ver the years I have observed numerous forms yet ‘something’ is frequently missing. Invariably, it is the mind’s intent (Yi). The mind leads Qi, which should become synchronised with the movement. When the practitioner’s mind is not focused on where it should be, then the mind, body and Qi are split, and if ‘spirit’ is missing the form ultimately becomes quite meaningless. In fact, when the mind is scattered the Qi disperses. Often movements appear stiff. This betrays muscular tension, with origins stemming from within the mind. Qi relates to feeling and sensing, which is dependant on relaxation, itself an ongoing process. However, relaxed (or ‘Sung’) is often misinterpreted to mean ‘collapsed’, and when practitioners’ bodies become flaccid, like cooked spaghetti, the energy is clearly not right. Other times postures become ‘blurred’, especially when performed with speed. There is a Taijiquan saying applicable to all internal skills, “Slow but not stiff; fast but not chaotic”. Actually, the slower a form is practiced the harder it is to disguise mistakes. Without a teacher’s corrections and guidance practitioners may unknowingly restrict their own movement, thereby blocking the flow of Qi and causing the form to appear ‘broken’. Movements should flow, softly and smoothly, like running water or passing clouds, yet remain clear. If a form’s movements ever appear ‘weird’ to an outside observer, it is generally because the practitioner has failed to absorb and assimilate the principles. Students copy their teachers, many of whom today are actually unqualified, and therefore prone to error, so mistakes are duplicated. These may go back generations. When a nail is bent no matter how hard you may hammer it, it will never become straight! As skill comes to a good standard your form becomes a part of nature and blends in with the environment and natural surroundings.
Consider the Source
‘Traditional’ Chinese martial arts (wushu) considered the cultivation of Qi, which is why olden day martial artists were not just strong externally but healthy and balanced internally, too. Contemporary wushu does not feature internal training so energy is wasted through dizzying acrobatic and aerial displays and not replenished. Therefore older practitioners are unable to demonstrate without becoming fatigued and risking damage to the body, in particular the joints, and suffer the same complaints as gymnasts. Some skills, though impressive to observe, have become tailored to please crowds and competition judges, substituting combat practicality for exaggerated techniques. Thus, they become like diluted wine. Other skills may not appear as exciting (or ‘cool’) but they have a genuine flavour, and as far as I know, nobody has ever acquired a taste for diluted wine. Qigong
Good Chinese martial arts and Qigong skills can be exceedingly beautiful and mesmerising to watch but this is not their purpose. They are defined by their function.
“Skill never stops evolving.”
forms are created with the knowledge of Qi flow throughout the organ networks (channels) so they should not be abbreviated or altered, or else they can become a source of problems over time. Learning skill is not about how many forms you know but how deeply you research and develop each one through continual practice and correction. Beginners do not consider their mistakes, which is why so many leave the class in haste as soon as they have acquired some
basic skill. Those who remain attain a high level through their patience and humility, by acknowledging their faults (which is true learning), and dedicated practice. Beginner students tend to use more muscle than Qi, more tension than relaxation, in generating movement, so the form is more external than internal, thus inside is ‘empty ’. As the form becomes more ‘internal’ it takes on ‘substance’ and there is solidity within fluidity, like water, which lies between ice and air. Art requires complete mastery of techniques and then form becomes a true expression of the soul. Skill is like sculpting a beautiful piece of art, making something out of nothing. Like handwriting or calligraphy, no two people’s form will ever be exactly the same. Though the attitude should be similar, body types are different, as so too are personalities. Understanding and applying the principles are more important than simply ‘carbon copying’ the teacher ’s external movement. Actually, even a master’s own form changes noticeably over time as the depth and clarity of his movement increases and the mind, Qi and body become ever more integrated. Therefore, skill never stops evolving, and internal training is limitless. Having had the good fortune of studying with a ‘legitimate’ teacher, with experience you will find yourself in the position of being able to judge the quality of others’ movement, even if unfamiliar with a particular style. In motion you can see the overall flow of energy and attitude, and from a still photograph you can see the energy frozen in time, and detect postural defects, from possessing a clear understanding of the movement principles. When skill is demonstrated flawlessly there is no mystery, or magic. It is simply the result of a good source (clear transmission and reception of knowledge) and cumulative hard work nothing more, nothing less
By Adam Wallace
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han and Ma were about to set off on their greatest adventure yet. Some months before an old friend of their Sifu’s had written a letter asking him to come and set up a school in his local area. He felt that the local people would benefit from it and it would help give some of them a good direction in life and make them healthy, strong and positive. Especially, as life was quite hard at the moment. Chan and Ma were not surprised when their Sifu said he had too many responsibilities to go there, but they were not expecting him to turn to them and say, “You two will go and set up a school.” He had chuckled at the shocked expressions on their faces but he smiled kindly and said, “Don’t worry, you can do it.” Over the past weeks many preparations had been made and as the day for them to leave approached, they had everything they needed for their journey. Their Sifu’s trusted old friend, Uncle Wong, would help them when they arrived but it was a long journey, through some difficult countryside, and so they had to do most of it on foot. Shortly before they had to leave, their Sifu called them over. They sat down and poured out some tea to drink. “Are you scared?” he asked them. “A little,“ said Chan. “How about you Ma?” Sifu asked. “I think I am more scared than Big Brother.” replied Ma. “And what are you both scared of?” he asked. “Failing and letting you down.” Chan quickly replied. Their Sifu nodded. “When you practise Ma Bo (Horse Stance) do you always try your best?” he asked. Ma replied, “I try, but sometimes I stand up high when I know I could have gone a little longer.” Sifu turned to him and said, “Do you feel like you failed?” Ma thought
The Great Adventure
for a moment, “Not really, but I suppose I have as I have not done what I set out to do. But Sifu, surely you would not knowingly let us fail?” Sifu chuckled again, he shook his head and asked Chan what he thought. “I think the only way to make sure that we were going all the way would be to make us stand until we fall down, but this is not really the point of the exercise.” Chan replied. “Exactly!” said Sifu, “If I trained you like this, it would injure you all and only a few people would be able to make it. Also, it would
Its been a while since we caught up with Chan and Ma. Needless to say they have been training hard and developing under their Sifu’s guidance. However, nothing stays the same and things are about to change in a big way.
not train you to try your best, instead you would rely on my pushing you. No, part of this is teaching you how to overcome difficulty and overcome your own doubt.” “You do not need to feel like you failed, because you try again and you keep trying again and again. Each time you get better and better. In fact, you never master Ma Bo because it is not like a form where there is a start and an end. It keeps going and you will always have to stand up.” Sifu sat down again and continued, “The only time you fail is when you give up completely. Just because you stand up a little sooner is because that is how you are at that moment. Yes, you may feel like you
could should have gone a little longer but we should not always look at things as failing, it is not even a setback. It is part of the learning process. Do you remember the first time you did Ma Bo?” Both Chan and Ma smiled, “I could barely last for 20 seconds!” said Chan. “You have both come quite far since then.” Sifu said. Sifu looked at both of them kindly and at the same time seriously. “I know this is a big challenge for you. But I have taught you many things and not only physical skills. Trust what I have taught you as now is the time for you to prove what you have learnt. I believe you can do it. Just because you won’t be able to see me all the time, remember I am always here.” “You will have small setbacks and you will have to change and adapt, but keep positive and keep your goal in mind, just like Sticking Hands. Then you will reach your target.” “Ma, listen to Chan, he is in charge. You don’t need to agree with him all the time, but you must help and support him. Chan you must keep your direction clear. Listen to Ma and Uncle Wong but the final decision is yours to make. Think clearly and be strong. I look forward to meeting my grand students!” Chan and Ma bowed their head to their Sifu. Now it was time to go. They made their farewells to all the people they had been with for so long and picked up their bags. Then they stepped out of the door and began the next part of their journey.
To be continued... by Darryl Moy Chan and Ma’s adventures will continue online on our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com
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There was a young monk (a westerner, though it makes no difference to the story) who joined the local Buddhist temple as an apprentice. He was a nice enough lad, but very full of himself. He thought he was special simply because he had opted to follow the Buddhist path. He prided himself on being a very aware person.
It All Depends On...
senior monk did something very strange. He leaned over the young monk and whispered, “Do you know what I look like when I sit in meditation?” Of course, the young monk said nothing – he wasn’t that stupid! The senior monk continued, “I look like I’m going to fall asleep.” Then his voice rose to a roar! “BUT I NEVER DO!” This shook the young monk; he was actually physically quaking as the venerable walked away. What on earth was all that about? Then it hit him like a hammer. The old monk was trying to help him. He could see the Buddha nature, the potential for enlightenment within the youngster. He saw the Buddha in everyone. He saw the Buddha wherever he looked! And the old monk was warning the youngster – I may look dopey when I sit but I guard constantly against falling asleep, in other words, against falling into delusion. If you’re full of yourself, then wherever you pants way of saying, “everything depends on everything else”. For example, your body being the way it is depends on Ma’s and Pa’s genes, your diet and lifestyle and the time you put in (or failed to put in) at the gym or classroom. Our planet being the way it is depends on its mass, its distance from the sun and its period of rotation. Change any of those things and we’d be living (or failing to live) on a very different planet. It’s obvious - if something changes, then probably, usually, pretty much always, something else will change, too. If any part of your upbringing had been different, you’d be different from the way you are now. So everything you perceive, everything you identify with, in the outer and the inner world you inhabit, is dependent upon various circumstances, which are in themselves transient and changeable. Your whole world is a house of cards built on a trampoline. Don’t think about this too much or you’ll be afraid to walk out the door in the morning! But it does follow that
ne morning he was meditating and a very senior monk walked past. He stopped, looked closely at the young monk and said, very kindly, “You look just like the Buddha when you sit.” Well, of course, the young lad was delighted at first. But then t h e
“You’re not some insignificant part of a huge universe. You are an integral part.”
look in this world you’re going to see yourself reflected right back. It takes a lot to empty ourselves of self importance and receive information, education and improvement with a clear mind. A phrase you tend to hear a lot of in Buddhist meetings is “dependant origination”, which is a fancy
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every word and deed from you and from those around you will not only have a consequence but that consequence will also be a cause, a starting point, for some other chain of events, leading to another consequence and so on and so on. This is Karma, cause and effect, and Karmavipaka, the fruit of Karma. This whole process, cause-result-further cause
never ends. Not until you achieve a level of wisdom and living skill we call enlightenment or dwelling in Nirvana, a state of total extinction of desire, even beyond being or non-being, that I’m not qualified to talk about. The point of all this is that YOU matter, everything you say or do matters. You’re not some insignificant part of a huge universe. No, you’re an integral part of the big picture and although most of the time we make it all up as we go along, improvising or running on habitual tram lines, whatever we say or do spreads out like ripples in a pond, having far-reaching effects. We may never know most of those effects but they happen anyway. Think about it for a moment. I bet at some point you’ve come home from a seminar or course with someone’s voice in your head, either a piece of advice or encouragement or even (gulp) an admonishment. And I bet that you’ve also remembered and taken to heart someone’s words without them knowing it. Something you heard in a lecture or a general public remark will resonate and stick with you. And the speaker of those words may never know! So never feel that you don’t matter or that what you do doesn’t matter. It does. You could inspire or depress someone without even knowing. Just the way you deal with one of life’s challenges may help someone else. And you wouldn’t necessarily be aware of it. If you’re a teacher, the wording you decide to include in your leaflets will influence the kind of students you attract. The tone of voice you use on the telephone will have an effect on how that person reacts to you. Your attitude to yourself will have an effect on the rest of your life. Your attitude to anything will be reflected in your attitude to other things. The choices you make will not only influence those around you, it will even attract certain types of people to you. So you have more power than you think! We’re all amateurs in the game of life but use this power as wisely as you can. We can’t blunder through life childishly in a consequence-free bubble. We make a difference – so let’s make that difference a positive one! That young monk may have been a bit cocky in the beginning but obviously his heart was good and when his mind emptied of self-importance he became a wise and respected teacher
By Julian Wilde
Liao Fan’s Four Lessons - The Third Lesson:
hat does “loving and cherishing all living things” mean? A compassionate heart makes a person. A person seeking the virtues of loving kindness and compassion cultivates his or her heart of compassion. A person who wants to accumulate merits also cultivates a compassionate heart. It is stated in the Book of Rites, “In January, when most animals bear their young, females of the species are not to be used for sacrificial purposes.” Mencius once said, “An honourable person will not go near the kitchen.” This is to protect a compassionate heart. Our ancestors did not eat meat under four circumstances: if they heard the killing, saw the killing, had the animal killed, or raised the animal themselves. If we cannot stop eating meat immediately, we can begin by following these four guidelines. In this way, we are gradually increasing our compassion. We should not only refrain from killing any animals, but insects as well, for they are also living creatures. Man makes silk from the cocoons of silkworms that have to be boiled in water with the silkworms inside. When we cultivate the land for farming, how many insects have to be killed? We need to be aware of the cost in lives involved in our food and clothing. We kill to provide for ourselves, so to waste food and clothing is as serious an offense as killing. How often have we unknowingly harmed or stepped on a living creature? We should do our best to prevent this from happening again. An ancient great poet once wrote, “In love of the mice, we often leave them some rice and in pitying the moth, we will not light the lamp.” This is compassion. I cannot begin to talk of all the infinite types of goodness. If we can expand the ten previous categories, we can make them into a multitude of good deeds and virtues.
The complete book of Liao Fan’s Four Lessons can be found on our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com. It is available at no cost and can be downloaded in pdf format along with commentaries on the text and is also available as an audio (wmf format) download. We hope that you have enjoyed our serialisation of Liao Fan’s Four Lessons.
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Self Defence Grabbed from Behind
One of the biggest fears for ladies is being grabbed from behind. Men are on the whole stronger than ladies and so to fight against their strength is a very dangerous thing to do. Wing Chun Kung Fu teaches you how to use skill and technique to overcome brute force. Here are some ideas of how to defeat an attacker who grabs you from behind.
Grabbed by the Wrist
a. A is walking along, when B suddenly grabs her by the wrist and pulls her towards him. b. Rather try to pull away in the opposite direction, A follows the direction of B’s pull and adding her own strength and body weight to it, thrusts her elbow into B’s chest. As she does so she makes sure not to lose her balance and brings her free hand in front of her chest to guard in case B attempts anything else. c. A then quickly uses a Paak Sau to slap B’s hand down and break his grip. At the same time she strikes him with her other hand.
Most men will not expect a smaller lady to turn and attack them back using their own strength against them. This takes the attacker by suprise and also makes A’s attack more powerful. This weakens B’s grip allowing A to use Paak Sau to free herself. Striking at the same time also maintains her advantage and she is able to continue striking if need be, or make her escape.
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Grabbed by the Shoulder
a. Attacker B walks up behind A and grabs her shoulder with his right hand. Again, rather than struggling against his grip to pull away, A actually places her left hand on his so that he cannot release his grip. b. A then quickly brings up her right arm placing it against his elbow. c. A then very quickly turns and at the same time pushes B’s wrist and pulls his elbow. The cmbined leverage causes B to lose his balance. d. A continues to turn, making B fall completely.
This technique again shows that you do not have to be big and strong to overcome someone who is bigger and stronger than you. With clever use of your body weight, good leverage and good movement you can fool an attacker and make him lose his balance. Controlling the hand and elbow is also a clever technique that will take your attacker by suprise and also allow you to control him
By Jessica Tse
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On the subject of health, exercise and diet are frequently discussed and researched, but happiness (or positive mental attitude) is of equal importance.
egative emotions (depression, hostility, anger, and anxiety) have a toxic effect on the immune system and on health in general, raising blood pressure and increasing the risk of heart disease, cancer, and viruses. Happiness, calmness, compassion, trust, and optimism, on the other hand, strengthen the immune function and promote health. In 1998 Professor David Warburton (Reading University, U.K.) discovered that the secreted level of immunoglobulin, the antibody which gives protection against respiratory infections (found in saliva), doubled within twenty minutes of happy thoughts being experienced. After three hours the immunity level had increased by sixty percent. Conversely, when subjects were given unhappy experiences (reliving past traumas etc.) the level dropped significantly. Science has documented that every cell in the body has a receptor for the substances produced when we are happy, and is influenced by how we feel. Therefore, our first line of defence against any disease is happiness! Happiness, according to most people, is dependent on security, a degree of prosperity and good friendships/relationships. Desiring these things is not wrong but desire for excess is unhealthy because it becomes unrestrained and insatiable. Like an itch you cannot scratch, it disturbs inner peace. This minor mental imbalance soon becomes more serious the more it is indulged. Moreover, the greater the desire for possessions and wealth, the more it is likely that people will commit acts, both immoral and criminal, to attain them, which ultimately lead to personal suffering through guilt, justice, or retribution. The more choices we face (brands, flavours, sizes, colours, etc.), the more confused we become, the less we know what we want or need. The more we demand ‘perfection’, and immediately, the more we set ourselves up for disappointment. Greed leads to
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Happiness & Health
competitiveness and envy, which creates tension and unhappiness. Possessions become a source of suffering themselves as they cause us to worry about their security. Letting go of attachments is a step towards happiness as it provides freedom from worry. Interestingly, successful people in wealthy countries possess so much more (SUVs, luxury houses, home entertainment systems, designer clothes etc.) than those in underprivileged countries facing deprivation, yet they suffer more neuroses, depression and stress than those struggling to survive. Many people (including popular celebrities) feel isolated despite being surrounded by supporters and friends. Ironically, those living in major cities with the largest populations suffer greater loneliness and desperation. within our own overactive, delusional and undisciplined minds. Ignorance, craving and hatred are considered in Buddhist thought to be the chief causes of suffering. Happiness is dictated by the choices we make. Immediate gains requiring ethical compromise damage our nature. We can be happy only when our conscience is clear. As we live and work with others we need to consider their right and expectation of happiness, as it directly affects our own. Combative relationships with emotionally charged arguments and those which demand denting the truth, exhaust and drain the body ’s Qi. Simmering rage and resentment poison the well. If prolonged, the door to pathogens is opened. Anxiety and fear create unease but if we learn to feel genuine concern for others’ wellbeing we worry less about ourselves and so our own experience of suffering is lessened internally. To be happy you have to like yourself. Many people suffer self-loathing and become self-destructive. A happy person feels relaxed and open with others. One who is, by nature, suspicious and mistrusting of people cannot, in reality, trust himself. He isolates himself by ‘building a wall’ around himself and, consequently, feels lonely. Real, lasting, deep happiness is possible only from giving, sharing and helping, i.e. spreading happiness and doing good deeds. To those who gratify only themselves happiness is dependent on the superficial satisfaction of the senses, which changes as conditions and situations change. Certain people depend on others for happiness (and blame others for their miseries) but true happiness is internal and endures despite the ‘ups and downs’ in life. Happiness is subjective and relative. What may be a source of happiness to one person may be misery to another. However, true happiness arises only from virtuous causes, which themselves must be based upon ethical discipline. When our actions cause others to suffer physically or emotionally then our own right to happiness is forfeited, and by default, so, too, is our health
By Adam Wallace
Connections and support are necessary: it is documented that those with serious illnesses who have support from family and friends experience higher recovery rates than those who are entirely alone and feel lonely. The basic desire to be happy and avoid pain and suffering is the one common factor every human being shares. However, suffering is inescapable. It is part of the human experience. We must endure the emotional pain of grief (for loss of those we love) and physical pain with the decline into old age, as well as natural disasters beyond our control. However, most miseries we face are created from
How this story came to be
By Matt Laurie
As I was practising Qigong the night before last year’s Plum Blossom Walking Gong residential course, I thought of Yang Sijo (Grandmaster Yang Meijin, 27th generation inheritor of the Kunlun Dayan Qigong skill) and her great promise to her grandfather not to pass the skill on until she was 70. Within seconds, the essence of the story that follows appeared in my mind. As a traditional storyteller, I only tell stories that have come through the oral tradition or from books of folk tales. This story feels like it has come to me in this way.
nce upon a time there was a little Chinese girl who lived on the edge of a large wood through which she loved to walk every day. Each time she walked down that well-trodden path she would pass a berry tree which, while intensely beautiful, had never been seen to bear fruit although there would always be one single blossom. Many times she had sat by the tree and basked in the beauty of that single flower before continuing her journey home. One night, after tucking herself into her blankets after a long walk in the forest she had a dream in which an elderly Chinese gentlemen appeared. He was wearing a long flowing robe of the deepest green and had a whispy white beard. “In the wood”, said the old man, “there is a magic berry tree which bears a single fruit each morning. This fruit may be made into a soup that can cure people of all ailments”. “I have seen that tree”, replied the girl, “but I have never seen any berries”. “Ahh”, said the gentleman, “that is because every day, at the crack of dawn, the fruit is eaten by a hungry crow. What you must do is pick the fruit before first light. But you must promise me this - you must pick the fruit every day until your 70th year when you can begin to put the fruit to the purpose it was destined for.” Well, the girl had been taught to respect her elders and so when she awoke and saw it was still dark, she slipped on her robe and sandals and hurried down the woodland path, although every step she took seemed to bring the morning light. Tired and out of breath, she finally arrived at the glade to hear a cackling “CAAAAWW”. Looking up, she saw a bird climbing into the sky, silhouetted against the red hues of the rising sun. The girl solemnly turned and started back down the path, resolving that she would never let that crow take another berry. When she awoke the next day it was once again dark, but this time it stayed so as she hurried down the path. As she approached the glade once more she could see something glistening amongst the silvery bark of that beautiful tree. And
there, hanging humbly from one of many similar branches was the fruit she sought. As she picked it and then placed the tiny berry onto the palm of her hand, it shone and sparkled like a diamond and split what light there was into a thousand rainbow shades. She placed the berry into a pouch and started the journey home. By the time she arrived back, the morning had banished the night and as she climbed the stairs to her room she glanced out of the window and saw the town in the valley below. “Oh… how much need there is in that town for the healing properties of this berry”, she said herself, and she almost turned and started back down the hill before remembering the promise she had made to the elderly gentleman. However, she turned back up the stairs, placed the berry under her bed and went back to sleep. Well, the next morning she arrived before the bird once more and as she picked the fruit, she looked around that glade and realised just how beautiful the forest was at this time of day. She picked the berry the next day too, and the next and the next, placing each fruit under her bed each time. Days became weeks, weeks became months, months became years and the stored berries remained perfectly fresh. On the day of her 70th birthday the now old lady followed her morning ritual as she did any other day. But on this day, as she turned back for home with the berry in her pouch, a radiant light lit the glade and she found the elderly Chinese gentleman standing before her. He was now wearing a robe of the most brilliant white and he spoke in the same gentle tones she had heard in her dream so many years before. “You have shown great dedication and perseverance”, he said, “and it is now time for you to put the fruit to the use for which it was destined”. “But Sifu”, said the old lady, “ why did I have to collect the berries for 70 years”. The old man looked kindly upon the lady and replied, “Had you not picked the berries for such a long time you would not have understood the true nature, the essence of the berry. If you did not understand the nature of the berry then you would not have been able to make the soup correctly. And had you not made the soup correctly then it would have been poison for both those that drank it and she that made it”. And with that the old lady thanked the man, then turned and left to make soup
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A house or building is like a person, it has a date of birth. However, in Feng Shui this does not have to be as precise as a person’s as we do not need to know the exact month, day and time. We only need to know the year.
Feng Shui’s 9 Periods
very year begins around the 4th or 5th of February as this is when the Spring time begins, when the Earth has gone around the Sun and the Sun is at a certain angle in the East. Chinese culture is based on a circle or cycle. That is to say, everything can come back around in a circle to make things flow. In the Chinese Yijing there is a circle which has nine numbers, 1 to 9 inside (today many people play Suduko and this is based on this).
In Feng Shui numbers also connect with certain periods. This is based on a 20 year cycle.
Period Period Period Period Period Period Period Period Period
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
is from 1864 to 1883 is from 1884 to 1903 is from 1904 to 1923 is from 1924 to 1943 is from 1944 to 1963 is from 1964 to 1983 is from 1984 to 2003 is from 2004 to 2023 is from 2024 to 2043
4 9 2 3 5 7 8 1 6
After Period 9 the cycle repeats, going back to the 1st Period. It is a circular theory.
Basically, every building is affected by the universal energy. Every 20 years there is a big change in the Universal energy as the Sun and the stars affect the Earth differently. However the original energy, which is the complete Post-natal Bagua inside, does not change.
4 9 2 3 5 7 8 1 6
Fig 1: The Postnatal Bagua drawn as a cirlce and a square.
From originally being drawn as a circle, today it is drawn as a square. The circle represents something, it means, “one” or “the whole”. When you take any three of the numbers which lie on a straight line, whether they are horizontal or vertical or along the diagonal, and add them up, they all total 15. This means they are all balanced. This is also called the Post-natal Bagua.
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1 6 2
3 8 7
Fig 2: The chart for a Period 6 house.
If a house was built in 1980, then it means that house is in Period 6. So the chart for this house will be: This means the number of the period is put at the centre and all the other numbers follow the change as in Fig 3. As another example, if a house was built in 2007, its chart will be:
So we first need to find out what year a building is built and then we need to use a compass to find all the directions. Following the example of the 8th Period House: We can see the numbers in the house and these represent:
Health - Water Element Illness - Earth Element Argument - Wood Element Relationship - Wood Element Power - Earth Element Travel - Metal Element Unexpected Money - Metal Element Regular Money - Earth Element Luck - Fire Element
9 5 1
2 7 6
2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Fig 3: How the numbers change.
3 8 4
5 1 9
This is one set of numbers. There are many numbers that can affect your house. If the number and so the element is being controlled, we need to do something about it. If the number is supporting then it is good for us. For example, 1 represents health and is the Water element. It is in the west and west is metal. Metal creates water, so this is a good position and so the health of the people living there will be better. Another example, 3 is the wood element and stands for argument. It is in the south. South is fire and wood burns to create more fire. Because of its direction, this means that people will argue quite a bit more. To balance it we need to put some water element there, such as an aquarium and this will help calm down the fire. So you can see in Feng Shui, not only can the environment affect us, but there are also so many numbers that can also effect us
By Michael Tse To learn more about Feng Shui visit our website, www.tseqigongcentre.com
Fig 4: The chart for a Period 8 house.
Fig 5: Using a compass to find the directions, we can transfer the chart onto the layout of the house.
7 8 9
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CHEN DOUBLE SWORD FORM
24/25 January Kentish Town Congregational Church, London NW1 8PH. 1-5pm
This form will increase coordination as it uses both the left and right hand equally to handle the swords. In the past, if using against an opponent, two weapons were very hard to defend against so it was very useful to know. Today, we practise for developing our Taijiquan energy and our health. This form helps to smooth circulation and develop the Chan Si energy.
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14 Feb Kentish Town Congregational Church, London NW1 8PH. 1-5pm
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28 Feb/ 1 Mar Kentish Town Congregational Church, London NW1 8PH. 1-5pm
This is a very special two day Five Element Healthy Cooking course and for the first time, it will include a group tour to Chinatown for buying herbs and other ingredients that will be used in cooking the tonic soups. This intensive course is a chance to learn more and deepen your knowledge. Day 1 will concentrate on cooking a rice soup called “ Jook” or “Congee”. This special rice soup is highly effective for hydrating the body and internal organs and is good for many varied health conditions, changed by the ingredients added at the end. Day 2 will introduce two herbal soups which are very powerful for healing the body. These tonic soups will include one good for the liver and tendons, helpful for those experiencing joint problems and poor circulation. Another soup will be one good for the mind and is useful for stimulating brain function and also calming the mind. Booking must be 10 days in advance prior to course as some foods must be bought in advance and prepared.
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The Chinese name of this form literally translates as “28 Mansions”. There are 28 days in the Chinese lunar calendar and on each night the moon will sit in a different ‘mansion’. These mansions are actually a group of stars or constellations all of which relate to different directions and energy. When we complete this form, we will have covered all of these directions and opened the five internal organs of the body. It is particularly good for opening the chest and heart area, so is good for asthma, depression, blood pressure and relaxation. Contact: Lee Masters (250) 748 4060 email@example.com
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The staff is a very flexible weapon that can be used for either attack or defence, although today, we use it more for health and fitness training. The Damo Staff is one of the foundation Chun Yuen Quan skills and it was also one of Master Wu Chun Yuen’s favourites.
Hard Qigong works to develop the body and internal organs to a super degree of health and condition by using special breathing techniques that are unique to this type of skill. It will help to strengthen the bones and marrow and bring up very strong Qi in the body. Level I is very good for anyone suffering from weak Qi, poor circulation, low energy and weak bones and tendons.
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The more we practise Chi Sau with different people, the more we can develop our Wing Chun skill. This course is gives you just such an opportunity to. Even as a beginner, you will see tremendous progress by the end of the course as you will be able to go through each of the three Wing Chun forms of Siu Lim Tao, Tsum Kiu and Biu Tze. You will also be working on the weapon forms of Baat Jam Dao, the Wooden Pole and the Wooden Dummy. If you want your Wing Chun to be good, then don’t miss this course. If you find you already have a good standard, then don’t miss this course either as you will get even better!