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Chesapeake Kung Fu & Tai Chi

Chinese Martial Arts At Its Best!

October 2019

"Every Day Is Another Chance

To Get Stronger, To Eat Better,

To Live Healthier, And To Be

The Best Version Of You."

Training in Longfist Kung Fu

The style of kung fu we do is an old Northern Shaolin Longfist called Huaquan (Glorious Boxing). This style involves movements of all of the muscle groups in your body including the joints and internal organs. It will strengthen the upper and lower limbs while working on developing flexibility in the knees, hips and shoulders. It will also build elasticity of the waist and teach the student how to control their breath during physical activity. This type of training is rigorous but all these elements play an important role in longfist kung fu. There is an old saying that states: “Practice boxing without exercising the legs, and you shall blunder into old age; practice boxing without exercising the waist and you shall never achieve expertise.” Statements like this remind us how important it is to train the body correctly and consistently while taking our time to build the proper fundamentals necessary for success. To be successful in longfist a student must attend class at least three times per week on a consistent basis. Anything less will not allow the training to build the body correctly over time and run the risk of injury.

Tai Chi is Balance

Balance is by far the most important aspect of Tai Chi. You are not only learning physical balance (like standing on one leg), but trying to balance yourself mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Basically trying to balance everything in your life, your health, your time and your energy. In a nut shell, Tai Chi is balance itself. The whole form is balanced and designed to balance you externally and internally. Once you have a good center of balance in your Tai Chi form, you will find that your training will bring you the great benefits that the style was created to do and slowly pour into all aspects of your life.
So, where do you begin? Unfortunately, many people find it difficult to get out of the habit of thinking of each individual posture. Things like; where your hands go, where to step and where to put your feet. People tend to think of each posture in the systematic way in which they learned them. Don't think of each posture as a separate movement but instead think of each posture as a part of the whole. Where the whole body moves as a unit, the feet moving in perfect harmony with the hands, while the knees move in perfect harmony with the elbows, the hips are in harmony with the shoulders and the top of the head moves in perfect harmony with the dantian (about 3 inches below the navel) and all the movements originate from the waist. The energy for all movements must begin at the waist (dantian) and travel down the legs to the bottom of the feet, to an acupuncture point called the bubbling well, bouncing back up the legs through the waist, up the spine and finally through the arms for the final strike.
This is why it has always been said (in the Tai Chi classics) that the waist is the ruler. Therefore, all movements must come from the waist, whether that be a hand movement or a step. You must get into the good habit of causing each movement to come from the waist, make the waist cause each movement. This will seem awkward at first, and you will only be able to manage large movements. But as you progress in this way of training, you will notice the movements becoming smaller and smaller as the body becomes completely in syn. It will appear as if there is no waist movement at all, because the waist will cause the movement from within.