Internal Arts

Iron Palm

iron-palmIron palm training, also sometimes called “iron fist” training, is a system of hand conditioning used by martial artists to develop toughness in their hands and the ability to deliver powerful strikes.  Iron palm training takes months and years of dedicated training under the guidance of a qualified instructor, and care must be taken to ensure that the student does not try to progress too quickly as doing so could result in injury. A skilled practitioner will be able to break bricks and concrete slabs with ease.  By the same token, he will be able to do significant damage to an enemy with a strike.

Iron Palm raining begins by dropping the hand onto a canvas bag filled with mung beans, which is place on a table or stand waist high.  The mung beans are solid but not too hard and provide a good amount of resistance for the beginner.  After months of training, the second level is done with a bag full of gravel, which is harder and provides higher levels of conditioning.  When the student has become advanced a bag full of steel shot may be used.  This is optional and is not required to have a high level of skill, but steel shot is even harder than gravel.

Most iron palm training regimens require the use of dit da jow, a topical liniment, or some other type of liniment to help protect and heal the hands during and after training sessions.  Since training takes place every day, the hands must be fully healed before the next training session occurs.  Dit da jow helps to facilitate healing.

 

Chen Style Tai Chi

tai-chi-chuancolorTai Chi not only has  a unique appearance, but also the unique requirement of internal practice. So, when people practice Tai Chi, they must first use mind rather than force. Mind and Qi movements are inside our body. Spirit and power movement are outside. Chen style has a special force, named Chansijin Silk Reeling.  As Tai Chi classic texts say: “When one part moves, all others will move together”; “Mind coordinates with body”.

When you do Tai Chi, firstly, change stiff into soft, then, make soft to hard. Soft and hard, hard and soft, this is Tai Chi.” Here, we can understand that Tai Chi is an exercise that makes stiffness or rigidity go away through practice. Then, change the real soft into hard. Always remember Yin and Yang—Soft is Yin and Hard is Yang.

tai-chi-renoChen style Tai Chi is the original style of Tai Chi, it emphasizes not only health benefits, but also a distinctive form of self-defense. In the beginning, Tai Chi was developed foremost for self-defense and not for health only.

Chen style Tai Chi will help you to understand the soft force, understand the importance of keeping dynamic balance in combat, train the whole body in order to have the special Tai Chi force, which enable us to conquer the hard force with soft force.