As I have already mentioned in Part-1 the three main boxing systems that are associated most commonly with Nei Jia Quan are Hsing Yi, Ba Gua and Taiji quan. These three systems are bound together by a common conceptual framework, hence their grouping. Internal Boxing systems are an ’embodied’ principle/concept and this separates them from most other systems that have developed primarily around the mechanics of attack and defence, speed, strength and of course stamina. Internal systems are developed out of traditional Chinese cultural concepts and ideas. These same concepts/ideas also can be found manifest in other aspects of Chinese culture like Daoist religion, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Qi Gong, Chinese Art and Feng Shui etc. They are culturally defining and express a cosmology, theories of origination, explanations of natural process and phenomena, illness and disease, seasons, growth and decay, … Read More »
There is often much discussion about the relative merits and characteristics of the Internal/External schools of Chinese boxing. Most of these discussions seem to be generated by practitioners who seek clarity on what has become a cloudy and often misunderstood martial classification. Interestingly it seems to be a conversation that means more to the practitioners of the so called ‘Internal’ schools than those of the ‘External’ schools. In addition it is also a conversation that is more likely to be had amongst western practitioners than amongst Chinese practitioners who in my experience see less conflict in the two terms.
In the spirit of shedding some light on the discussion, I have decided to put down some comments based upon my own experience and from what I have learned from my years of study under my Master Li Li Qun and more … Read More »
I recently had a conversation with someone who was seeking qi gong advice. She was four years into a serious and degenerative condition and was looking for ‘alternative’ therapies that might help her manage her symptoms and perhaps much more. She had come across qi gong on the web and found many testaments to its efficacy. When she contacted me she expressed her confusion over the differences between Therapeutic and Medical qi gong. Both terms had cropped up in online chats so I thought I would put down some notes based upon that conversation for anyone wondering the same.
As an overview, it is fair to say that all qi gong can be considered as Therapeutic. If we take for example a common definitions of Therapeutic we see that qi gong definitely fits. Therapeutic – relating to the healing of disease; … Read More »