Discussions to distinguish the following arts form made up forms devised for profit.
1. Kung Fu
This is a rare opportunity to find ou about self-defense as practiced in the Jook Lum Chinese monastery. This ancient art has been transmitted unbroken from Master to Disciple, and studied by Bruce Lee. It uses the opponent's strength against him, making it ideal for small and not extremely strong people.
On journeys, monks feared for their lives and so learned techniques to cover all possible self-defense situations, some of which are not found in other styles. Since it is not a sport, all ranges, distances, and situations in fighting are considered: (1) punching, kicking, striking, clawing; attacking nerves and acupoints, (2) classical Chinese weapons in all combat situations (armed and unarmed); (3) Chin Na: seizing techniques such as joint locks, throwing, pinching etc.
2. Tai Chi
These discussions are for people that want to distinguish classical Tai Chi from shortened, new-age dances devised for amusement and profit. On the average it takes 5 or 6 years, to thoroughly learn the main, classical form.
The hidden acupoints in each move of the form, which are used to incapacitate an opponent, will be discussed. Some basic Chinese medicine is covered in order to understand the real benefits of the form and how each posture affects internal organs and body parts for health, as well as self-defense.
Martial push hands consisting of punching, strikes, throws, kicks, etc. is described and not the modern, useless pushing forms. Other two person self-defense forms, such as, small and large San Sau, Da Lu, etc. are discussed. Similar forms are practiced using classical Chinese weapons such as: sword, staff; spear.
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According to traditional Chinese Medicine vigorous exercise may not be healthy. Research has indicated atherosclerosis prevalence and cardiovascular risk factors in marathon runners. Unless you are training for football or wrestling, there is no need to use weights or special equipment to improve your health. A program of regular stretching will improve many aspects of sport performance, probably by increasing muscle strength, according to recent research.
The star of the TV shows "The Doctor OZ Show" stated, "If you want to be healthy and live to 100, do Qigong." Qigong (Chi Kung) is a Chinese medical therapy thousands of years old. It consists of mental as well as gentle physical maneuvering which simultaneously adjusts body posture, breathing, and the mind. Qigong is practiced by millions of people worldwide.
Conferences on the scientific study of Qigong have been held in the U.S. and China. Qigong has been shown to improve respiration, induce the relaxation response, cause favorable changes in blood chemistry, and produce changes in EEG indicating improved mental states - in fact, it is helpful in about 200 diseases. Clinical trials have shown the efficacy of Qigong in reducing stress, delaying aging effects, prolonging life, preventing illness and curing many chronic diseases including paralysis and cancer.
Not only can Qigong increase longevity, but also the quality of life, preventing senility and sharpening the mind of seniors. One scientific survey of aged practitioners revealed that they were in good health and appeared younger than a second group of non-practitioners. Their average blood pressure was normal and 93% had normal hearing and good memories. The non-practicing elders had a higher average blood pressure, 25% had hypertension, 50% had vision problems, 76% had hearing problems and 35% had lost their ability to work. After doing Qigong for 5 months, 52% of them could work & made significant physiological improvements.
Trials in China and Sweden have shown that Qigong can improve the behavior of unruly students, increase their intelligence and improve their performance in sports as well as on academic tests.
Qigong for health is excellent for seniors or the physically challenged. It can be done lying, sitting or standing. Very little strength, flexibility and coordination are required, making it easier to learn and practice than Yoga, Pilates or Tai Chi. It can be performed anytime, anywhere, and no special clothing or equipment is required.