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Tai Chi Internal Kung Fu Style

Certain Tai Chi movements or Qi gongs can be used to change the bodies state to heal it. For example if the body is too yin. Examples of being too yin would be, not wanting to engage in anything, being very quiet, being very closed off to others. Examples of being too yang would be, being too loud, getting into fights all the time, being very open with emotion, be it angry, upset, even happy. Keep in mind these states could also be caused by factors other than being too yang or too yin.

tai-chi2But if you take a Qigong or Tai Chi form, combined with a change of diet you can change the state of the body for the better. Even if the state is not cause by the condition of being too yang or yin, you can still try out the Qigong or Tai Chi and see if it helps. If it helps then it’s probably that the state of body was caused by being either too yin or too yang, and if it doesn’t work then no harm will have been done, in most cases though even if the state is not caused by being too yang or too yin, the Tai Chi or Qigong will have helped greatly simply because it helps to balance the body out no matter what the condition.

 

 

Tai Chi – Yang Style

Tai Chi is a type of martial art very well known for its defense techniques and health benefits. The martial art has evolved over the years into an effective means of alleviating stress and anxiety. It has been considered to be a form of ‘meditation in motion’ which promotes serenity and inner peace.

Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan has become extended and graceful, carefully struyang-style-tai-chi-chuan-t-ai-chi-ch-uan-taijiquanctured, relaxed, gentle and flowing, while still maintaining the martial arts aspects. It is also a method for improving health and curing illness. Tai Chi Chuan is loved by tens of millions of practitioners, spreading Tai Chi Chuan at home and abroad. It has become the most popular of all Chinese martial arts, providing a remarkable contribution to the health of mankind.

yang-lu-changYang Lu Chan was born in 1799 and died in 1872. As a child, Yang Lu Chan liked martial arts and started studying Chang Chuan, gaining a certain level of skill. One day he saw some hoodlums who came to the pharmacy looking for trouble. One of the partners of the pharmacy used a kind of martial art that Yang Lu Chan had never before seen to easily subdue the troublemakers. Because of this, Yang Lu Chan decided to study with the owner of the Tai He Tang pharmacy, Cheng De Hu. He saw that Yang Lu Chan came from the heart and was eager to study and sent Yang Lu Chan to the Chen Village to seek the 14thgeneration of the Chen Family Chen Chang Xing as his teacher.

 

 

 

 

The Fundamentals of Shotokan

 

There are three components to Shotokan karate training: kihon, kata, and kumite.

Kata 
The kata are formal exercises which combine basic karate techniques — blocking, punching, striking, and kicking — into a series of predetermined movements. Kata combines offensive and defensive techniques, proper body movement, and changes in direction. The kata teach the karateka to dispose of numerous attackers from at least four directions. Although the kata do not involve visible opponents, katathe karateka, through serious study of the kata, learns the art of self-defense and the ability to calmly and efficiently deal with dangerous situations. For these reasons, the kata have been the core of karate training since ancient times.

 

Kihon 
Kihon is the practice of fundamental techniques: blocking, punching, striking, and kicking. These techniques are the beginning and end of karate — a karateka (practitioner kihonof karate) may learn them in a matter of months, yet fail to master them after a life’s worth of training. Hence, basic techniques demand regular practice, applied with as much concentration and effort as possible.

 

Kumite 
Kata and kumite are complementary training methods. In kata, one learns basic techniques; in kumite, one applies them with a sparring partner. Tkumitehe principles of kihon still apply to kumite: the karateka must apply proper karate techniques, demonstrate
correct power and speed, and, above all, exercise good control. One must remember that, while kumite is a useful application of the fundamentals learned through kata, it is not a substitute for kata.

 

Live the Kata

kataHave you ever watched two people doing the same kata and even though the moves are the same, the kata looks different? You may have seen one person doing the moves and the other person “living  the fight”. It’s like calling a pot of hot water soup but if it doesn’t have flavor, is it really soup?

The person with purpose, isn’t thinking about the next move, instead they are immersed in the current move and they do not move on to the next move until their imaginary opponent is no longer a threat.

“The ultimate aim of karate lies not in victory nor defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants ”

― Gichin Funakoshi

 

Perseverance: What it means to keep going and never quit

perseverenceOne can plainly see the physical benefits of the martial arts but the mental side of martial arts is less apparent. There are many aspects to studying martial arts that are purely for the improvement of the individual spirit, honing the mind in the same way we train our body.

Perseverance is defined as steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty . It is synonymous with tenacity, persistence, and determination. A wise man once said “In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins, not through strength, but through perseverance”

Perseverance is a quality we feel is very significant and humbling here at Ling Kong Institute, and helps to create the next generation of life’s champions – but, of course, perseverance isn’t just about WINNING!, it’s about staying on track and believing in ourselves.ling-kong-logomk1

Remember Thomas Edison failed 10,000 times before creating a working light bulb. If he had given up after one of those ten thousand, we would be sitting in the dark!

 

Shotokan Karate’s Influence on Korean Martial Arts

The word Kwan is a Korean word that literally means house, or school, but has the connotative meaning of a family or clan. In the 1940s the original five Kwan were funakoshi01established: Song Moo Kwan, Chung Do Kwan, Moo Do Kwan, Chang Moo Kwan, and Jidokwan. In the 1950s a further four Kwan were established: Han Moo Kwan, Oh Do Kwan, Kang Duk Won and Jung Do Kwan.

Song Moo Kwan founder Roh Byung Jick is said to have practiced as a child techniques that he saw practiced at local Buddhist temples. It is uncertain what exactly the martial art was that was practiced at these temples. Later in life Roh went to Japan to study where he practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi.

Chung Do Kwan founder Lee Won Kyeok secretly practised Taekkyeon asong-moo-kwan-loyalty-500x383s a child. Later he also went to Japan to study and practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi.

Chang Moo Kwan was founded by Yoon Byung In who had studied Kung Fu in Manchuria under a Mongolian instructor. He also practiced Shotokan Karate in Japan with Kanken Toyama.

Jido Kwan founder Chun Sang Sup practiced Shotokan Karate under Gichin Funakoshi in Japan.

 

The Karate Way

shotokanThe word karate is a combination of two Japanese characters: kara, meaning empty, and te, meaning hand. Therefore karate means “empty hand. Upon Adding the suffix “-do” , meaning “way,” karatedo, implies karate as a total way of life that goes well beyond the self-defense applications.

Karate Do practitioners have the opportunity to share in and enjoy a multi-layered physical and metaphysical experience on an extraordinary journey of self-discovery.

Benefits from a Long term Martial Arts Training: 

  • Self discipline
  • Self confidence
  • Self defense
  • Improve Concentration, Awareness and Perception
  • Increase Stamina and Coordination
  • Build stronger Body, Mind and Spirit
  • Bring Balance to your life

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