QIGONG - the secret of youth

QIGONG - the secret of youth

(Parte 2 de 7)

China has more than seven thousand years of history. The greatest contribution it can make to benefit the human race is to share the knowledge it has accumulated in the field of Qi. The study of Qi has contributed to the development of medicine, reli gion, martial arts, and methods for maintaining health and increasing longevity. Thousands of years of experience and 'experimentation have built up solid proof that this ancient medical and spiritual knowledge can help the human race.

In order to be content with life, you need to do more than just keep your physi cal body alive-you need to achieve mental and spiritual balance. The happiness comes from your feelings, not just from the enjoyment of material things. Looking at the Chinese and the American cultures, I see that people here consider the material sciences more important than the spiritual. The only place most people know of to find spiritual solace is in religious institutions. There are few people who can find comfort and mental balance within themselves. This is because Western culture has never placed much emphasis on researching the energy field which we have within ourselves, and so this spiritual inner science has never had a chance to develop. China has been developing this inner energy science for thousands of years. China has been a pioneer in this field, but it is now time for the West to adopt this science:

to see what it can learn from it, and what it can contribute to it. I deeply believe that Qigong is able to help people understand themselves better, re-establish their mental balance, and gain peace of mind.

I believe that the 20th century was a material century, in which all humans were searching for the solutions to material lack, and the enjoyment of material satisfaction. Now, many of us have reached a stage that allows us to be free from material bondage. In the last two decades, more and more people have been searching for spiritual free dom. During this transition period, the ancient tools described in this book seem to be more important than ever. The Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing

Preface-New Edition

Qjgong classics have been the crucial guidelines and textbooks for the cultivation of spiritual enlightenment in Chinese Buddhist society for centuries. The methods taught in these two classics have been practiced and experienced for more than four teen hundred years. Therefore, we should consider how they can provide us a correct path for our study today. Though many practices are not practical for today's society, they can offer us experience and theory, which we can then interpret through modern science for logical analysis and explanation. It is hoped that through this understand ing, we can find an accessible way of reaching the same spiritual goals in today's world.

This book is a new edition of this work. The main changes to this new edition are: All of the Chinese translations in this book use the Pinyin system, which is more popular today. All of Chinese characters are computer generated which is much clearer than the hand drawn Chinese in all of our previous books. The glossary has been revised. The entire book has been re-typeset to make it easier to read.

I hope that through this effort, you will glean more of the art's essence from this book, and that it will stimulate your mind to think, ponder, and analyze. Through this process, we will all be able to borrow from the wisdom of the past to enlighten our life today.

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming March 1 0, 1999

Acknowledgments

Acknowledgments

Thanks to A. Reza Farman-Farmaian for the photography, Wu, Wen-Ching ( �x•) and Ramel Ranes for general help, and Sierra for the drawings. Thanks also to David Ripianzi, James O'Leary, Jr., Erik Elsemans, and many other YMAA mem bers for proofing the manuscript and for contributing many valuable suggestions and discussions. Special thanks to Alan Dougall for his editing and to my brother Yang, Chin-Ming ( lUUt ) for his help in collecting information about the 250 year old man, Li, Qing-Yun (�itt; ) . And a very special thanks to the artist Chow, Leung

Chen-Ying ( Jll * � �) for her beautiful calligraphy on the front page of this book. Special thanks also to my wife, Mei-Ling Yang ( l:1-Jt-).

About the Author

About the Author

Dr. Yang, ]wing-Ming, Ph.D. �1l�it±

('t•��� ). He started his Wushu ( ;i:..J;r )(Gongfu or Kung

Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming was born on August 11th, 1946, in Xinzhu Xian ( .11T+t� ), Taiwan ( � � ), Republic of China Fu, 7JJ A ) training at the age of fifteen under the Shaolin White Crane (Bai He, :Y#.a�) Master Cheng, Gin-Gsao ( f*� ). Master Cheng originally learned Taizuquan ( :k.•.J) from his grandfather when he was a child. When Master Cheng was fifteen years old, he started learning White Crane from Master Jin, Shao-Feng ( *�ol!t ), and fol lowed him for twenty-three years until Master Jin's death.

In thirteen years of study ( 1961-197 4) under Master Cheng, Dr. Yang became an expert in the White Crane Style of Chinese martial arts, which includes both the use of barehands and of various weapons such as saber, staff, spear, trident, two short rods, and many other weapons. With the same master he also studied White Crane Qigong (l.7JJ), Qin Na (or Chin Na, .;Jt1:" ), Tui Na ($1:") and Dian Xue massages (J.!;��,f ), and herbal treatment.

Master Li learned his Taijiquan from the well-known Master Han, Ching-Tang (i: )

At the age of sixteen, Dr. Yang began the study ofYang Style Taijiquan ( lt�:k.�•) under Master Kao Tao ( ,1j� ). After learning from Master Kao, Dr. Yang continued his study and research ofTaijiquan with several masters and senior practitioners such as Master Li, Mao-Ching ( f ;tit) and Mr. Wilson Chen ( l't.fdt) in Taipei ( � �t. ). and Mr. Chen learned his Taijiquan from Master Zhang, Xiang-San ( �#-=-). Dr. Yang has mastered the Taiji barehand sequence, pushing hands, the two-man fighting sequence, Taiji sword, Taiji saber, and Taiji Qigong.

When Dr. Yang was eighteen years old he entered Tamkang College ( i�a'-"l'>t ) in

Taipei Xian to study Physics. In college he began the study of traditional Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan or Chang Chuan, :Y#.-k.._) with Master Li, Mao-Ching at the Tamkang College Guoshu Club (i�all.J;r::U. )(1964-1968), and eventually became an assistant instructor under Master Li. In 1971 he completed his M.S. degree in Physics at the National Taiwan University ( � i'f *'-" ), and then served in the Chinese Air Force from 1971 to 1972. In the service, Dr. Yang taught Physics at the Junior Academy of the Chinese Air Force ( ��WJ:.!t) while also teaching Wushu. After being honorably discharged in 1972, he returned to Tamkang College to teach Physics and resumed study under Master Li, Mao-Ching. From Master Li, Dr. Yang learned Northern Style Wushu, which includes both barehand (especially kicking) techniques and numerous weapons.

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In 1974, Dr. Yang came to the United States to study Mechanical Engineering at

Purdue University. At the request of a few students, Dr. Yang began to teach Gongfu (Kung Fu), which resulted in the foundation of the Purdue University Chinese Kung Fu Research Club in the spring of 1975. While at Purdue, Dr. Yang also taught col lege-credited courses in Taijiquan. In May of 1978 he was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Purdue.

In 1980, Dr. Yang moved to Houston to work for Texas Instruments. While in

Houston he founded Yang's Shaolin Kung Fu Academy, which was eventually taken over by his disciple Mr. Jeffery Bolt after moving to Boston in 1982. Dr. Yang found ed Yang's Martial Arts Academy (YMAA) in Boston on October 1, 1982.

In January of 1984 he gave up his engineering career to devote more time to research, writing, and teaching. In March of 1986 he purchased property in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston to be used as the headquarters of the new organization, Yang's Martial Arts Association. The organization has continued to expand, and, as of July 1st 1989, YMAA has become just one division of Yang's Oriental Arts Association, Inc. (YOAA, Inc.).

In summary, Dr. Yang has been involved in Chinese Wushu since 1961. During this time, he has spent thirteen years learning Shaolin White Crane (Bai He), Shaolin Long Fist (Changquan), and Taijiquan. Dr. Yang has more than twenty-eight years of instructional experience: seven years in Taiwan, five years at Purdue University, two years in Houston, Texas, and fourteen years in Boston, Massachusetts.

In addition, Dr. Yang has also been invited to offer seminars around the world to share his knowledge of Chinese martial arts and Qigong. The countries he has visited include Canada, Mexico, France, Italy, Poland, England, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Latvia, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Bermuda, Barbados, South Mrica, and Saudi Arabia.

Since 1986, YMAA has become an international organization, which currently includes 59 schools located in Poland, Portugal, France, Italy, Holland, Hungary, South Mrica, Chile, Venezuela, Argentina, Botswana, Ireland, Belgium, United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Many of Dr. Yang's books and videotapes have been translated into languages such as French, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Russian, Hungarian, and Persian.

Dr. Yang has published twenty-six other volumes on the martial arts and Qigong: 1. Shaolin Chin Na; Unique Publications, Inc., 1980.

2. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu; Unique Publications, Inc., 1981.

3. Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan; Unique Publications, Inc., 1981. 4. Introduction to Ancient Chinese Weapons; Unique Publications, Inc., 1985.

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5. Qigongfor Health and Martial Arts; YMAA Publication Center, 1985. 6. Northern Shaolin Sword; YMAA Publication Center, 1985. 7. Tai Chi Theory and Martial Power; YMAA Publication Center, 1986. 8. Tai Chi Chuan Martial Applications, YMAA Publication Center, 1986. 9. Analysis ofShaolin Chin Na; YMAA Publication Center, 1987.

1 0. Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health; YMAA Publication Center, 1988.

1. The Root of Chinese Qigong-The Secrets of Qigong Training; YMAA Publication Center, 1989.

12. Muscle/Tendon Changing and Marrow/Brain Washing Chi Kung-The Secret of Youth; YMAA Publication Center, 1989.

13. Hsing Yi Chuan-Theory and Applications; YMAA Publication Center, 1990.

14. The Essence ofTaiji Qigong-Health and Martial Arts; YMAA Publication Center, 1990.

15. Qjgong for Arthritis; YMAA Publication Center, 1991.

16. Chinese Qigong Massage-General Massage; YMAA Publication Center, 1992.

17. How to Defend Yourselfi YMAA Publication Center, 1992. 18. Baguazhang-Emei Baguazhang; YMAA Publication Center, 1994.

19. Comprehensive Applications ofShaolin Chin Na-The Practical Defense of Chinese Seizing Arts; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

20. Taiji Chin Na-The Seizing Art ofTaijiquan; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

21. The Essence of Shaolin White Crane; YMAA Publication Center, 1996.

2. Back Pain-Chinese Qigong for Healing and Prevention; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

23. Ancient Chinese Weapons; YMAA Publication Center, 1999. 24. Taijiquan, Classical Ytmg Style; YMAA Publication Center, 1999.

25. Tai Chi Secrets of Ancient Masters; YMAA Publication Center, 1999. 26. Taiji Sword, Classical Yang Style; YMAA Publication Center, 1999.

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Dr. Yang has also published the following videotapes:

1. Ytmg Style Tai Chi Chuan and Its Applications; YMAA Publication Center, 1984.

2. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu-Lien Bu Chuan and Its Applications; YMAA Publication Center, 1985.

3. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu-Gung Li Chuan and Its Applications; YMAA Publication Center, 1986.

4. Shaolin Chin Na; YMAA Publication Center, 1987.

5. Wli Dan Chi Kung, Vol. 1-The Eight Pieces of Brocade; YMAA Publication Center, 1987.

6. The Essence ofTai Chi Chi Kung; YMAA Publication Center, 1990. 7. Qjgongfor Arthritis; YMAA Publication Center, 1991. 8. Qjgong Massage-Self Massage; YMAA Publication Center, 1992. 9. Qigong Massage-With a Partner; YMAA Publication Center, 1992. 10. Defend Yourself I-Unarmed Attack; YMAA Publication Center, 1992.

1. Defend Yourself 2-Knife Attac'k; YMAA Publication Center, 1992.

12. Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na 1; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

13. Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na 2; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

14. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu-Yi Lu Mai Fu & Er Lu Mai Fu; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

15. Shaolin Long Fist Kung Fu-Shi Zi Tang; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

16. Taiji Chin Na; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

17. Emei Baguazhang-1; Basic Training, Qigong, Eight Palms, and Applications; Y.MAA Publication Center, 1995.

18. Emei Baguazhang-2; Swimming Body Baguazhang and Its Applications; YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

19. Emei Baguazhang-3; Bagua Deer Hook Sword and Its Applications YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

20. Xingyiquan-12 Animal Patterns and Their Applications, YMAA Publication Center, 1995.

21. 24 and 48 Simplified Taijiquan; YMAA Publication Center, 1995. 2. White Crane Hard Qigong; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

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23. White Crane Soft Qigong; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

24. Xiao Hu Ytm-Intermediate Level Long Fist Sequence; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

25. Back Pain-Chinese Qigong for Healing and Prevention; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

26. Scientific Foundation of Chinese Qigong; YMAA Publication Center, 1997.

27. Taijiquan, Classical Yang Style,· YMAA Publication Center, 1999.

28. Taiji Sword, Classical Yang Style; YMAA Publication Center, 1999.

P,..'\ R T 0 N E: General Concepts

PART Two Muscle/Tendon changing Oigong (YI Jln J1rlg)

CHAPTER 1 Introduction

Before you start reading this book, you are advised to read the book: The Root of

Chinese Qigon� The Secret of Qigong Training. It reviews the history of Chinese Qigong, explains important concepts and terminologies, and most importantly, gives you a foundation of knowledge of general Qigong principles and training theory. Without these roots, you might become confused and misunderstand this and subse quent YMAA Qigong books.

1. 1 THE V AWE OF TRADITION

Prior to this century, the understanding of nature was limited and technology was not yet well developed. Communication was not as convenient as today, and the human mind was not as open. People's thinking was restrained by the bondage of tra ditional, conservative beliefs. At that time, the ancient ways and writings which had been passed down were considered the absolute authorities in most areas. Anyone who strayed from the traditional ways was felt to be betraying society.

In this old, conservative community, accumulated "experience" was the source of knowledge, and was considered the most valuable treasure. Older people were gener ally respected by youngsters because of their experience. At that time, when something happened to a person, the first and most important thing was his emotional response to it. When these experiences were then explained by "wisdom" (wise thinking and judgement), knowledge increased. A person who had a great amount of experience and knowledge was then better able to sense and understand the "great nature," which includes, among other things, heavenly timing (seasonal changes), geomancy, and human relations. Such a person was respected as a wise man, a holy man, or a saint. "Human nature," which mainly originated from feelings and judgements through contact with nature and other human natures, was widely studied and researched. Philosophies were created. The accumulated experience led to traditions and societal rules, which formed the foundation of the culture.

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