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The Art and Science of Directing and using Chi for martial arts applications

The greatest feats performed by oriental martial artists are accomplished through the mastery of Chi, or internal energy. This energy can be used to strengthen the body to withstand attacks, to increase the power of your own strikes, to add explosive power to throwing techniques and for many other purpses. The majority of Chi Kung exercises involve some element of directing internal energy to a particular place, usually the internal organs or bones, mainly for health reasons, but for martial arts applications this is not enough. The ability you want to develop is to learn how to harness chi in the moment and in freestyle fighting, without having to perform an elaborate set of movements. In martial arts Qi Gong applications reverse abdominal breathing is often used (see Wu Huo - Martial Fire Chi Kung).
The classic exercise that students of kung fu use to learn how to direct chi in this way, particularly for use in striking, is  the One Finger Shooting Zen exercise. Practicing this exercise on a regular basis will give allow you to develop the ability to direct Chi up from the Dan Tien reservoir to the limbs.
In addition to this I have included within this section the deceptively simple but highly effective Shaking The Earth technique.
You may also wish to take a look at our Hard Chi Kung section.


JIN JING ZHONG Training methods of 72 Shaolin Arts
The book "Training Methods of 72 Arts of Shaolin" by Jin Jing Zhong is devoted to the most enigmatic and little-known aspect of training of Shaolin monks. The book was written in 1934 with blessing and direct participation of the Head of the Shaolin Monastery Reverend Miao Xing nicknamed "The Golden Arhat", one of the best Shaolin fighters of all times. Training methods described in the book allow to develop supernatural abilities, far beyond abilities of an ordinary man. In the course of many centuries the methods were the base and core of Shaolin combat training, the most secret part carefully hidden from strangers. However, after a huge fire in 1928 that burnt down Shaolin and a greater part of its records the situation changed. An acute problem of preserving the Shaolin heritage for future generations arose. Most probably, it was the principle reason which made Miao Xing reveal one of the main secrets of Shaolin to the public. The book presents full description of exercises and requirements to their execution, as well as the fundamentals of training theory of 72 Shaolin Arts. Click picture (top left) to download.


Learn the ancient and deadly art of the Dim Mak Death Touch with this e-book: Jin Jing Zhong. DIAN XUE SHU. Skill of Acting on Acupoints.

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