Embedded within the martial art Ba Gua Zhang is a complete system of internal exercises that promote self-healing and longevity and transform consciousness. Ba Gua Nei Gong consists of nine powerful and profound methods of internal exercise and self-cultivation. This book is the first in a series of manuals on Ba Gua Nei Gong. It can be used in conjunction with actual instruction in Ba Gua Zhang, or employed as a stand-alone instruction manual. Yin Yang Patting Nei Gong is often the starting point for learning Ba Gua Zhang and for the practice of Nei Gong and other Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Exercises. The primary function of the Patting Nei Gong is to begin to open the meridians by patting and slapping along their trajectories. Unblocking, opening and coursing the meridians in this manner is an important precursor to advanced energetic practices. Dao Yin Nei Gong is often performed in conjunction with the Patting Nei Gong because the two practices have different, yet complimentary actions. While the Patting Nei Gong focuses on dispersing energy blockages and their accompanying muscular tension, Dao Yin Nei Gong emphasizes regulating the internal energetics of the body. The mechanism that promotes and harmonizes the functioning of the internal organs and their organic interconnections is known as the Qi Dynamic. The Dao Yin exercises work directly to regulate the Qi Dynamic, thereby stimulating one's natural healing powers and preventing disease from taking root. This in turn promotes health and proper functioning of the body. These two Nei Gong methods are relatively simple to perform, yet profound in their effect. Patting and Dao Yin work together in a harmonious yin yang balance. In order to properly train the Qi Dynamic, the pathways of the qi (the meridians) must be relatively open and unrestricted. As these energetic pathways are opened, the qi must be regulated so that its movements and actions are smooth and harmonious. These fundamental methods of simul
Embedded within the martial art Ba Gua Zhang is a complete system of internal exercises that promote self-healing and longevity and transform consciousness. Ba Gua Nei Gong consists of nine powerful and profound methods of internal exercise and self-cultivation. This book is the third in a series of manuals on Ba Gua Nei Gong. It can be used in conjunction with actual instruction in Ba Gua Zhang, or employed as a stand-alone instruction manual. This book presents Ba Gua's unique 12 posture standing practice. Ba Gua Twelve Posture Standing Nei Gong imparts "Sinew Strength." It is therefore an excellent exercise for strengthening the body and stabilizing the joints. Unlike basic standing in which the body is evenly balanced on two legs, Twelve Posture Standing presents a challenging mix of back-weighted, front-weighted and even single leg postures that develop balance and refined strength and power. Each stance engages with the energy and breath in a unique and different way. Therefore regular practice of the 12 postures, not only strengthens, but also opens up, the whole body. These twelve postures, or "stances," are in some sense frozen moments of movement from one position to another. Holding such moments of transition - in which the center of gravity has just moved and is about to move again - allows one to sense the internal energetic configuration of a part of a movement. In this way, one can fully engage with the spiral power configurations - wrapping, twisting, drilling, and coiling - that those stances impart. An additional section of the book details Ba Gua Three Posture Standing, a precursor to the Single Palm Change - Ba Gua Zhang's signature maneuver. Ba Gua Zhang is known for its circular walking, fast footwork and rapidly changing postures and palms. Twelve Posture Standing and Three Posture Standing provide balanced counterpoints to Ba Gua's moving postures and the eight basic palm changes. The books in the Ba Gua Nei Gong Series are: Ba
Embedded within the martial art Ba Gua Zhang is a complete system of internal exercises that promote self-healing and longevity and transform consciousness. Ba Gua Nei Gong consists of nine powerful and profound methods of internal exercise and self-cultivation. This book is the sixth in a series of manuals on Ba Gua Nei Gong. It can be used in conjunction with instruction in Ba Gua Zhang, or employed as a stand-alone instruction manual. This volume covers both Bone Breathing (Xi Hu Gu) and Marrow Washing Nei Gong (Xi Sui Jing), two exercises that work at the deepest levels of the body. Bone Breathing is a excellent relaxation exercise and also serves as a preliminary exercise that can help you to correctly practice Marrow Washing Nei Gong. Bone Breathing teaches you to "breathe" into the bones and the marrow, so that Qi and blood can circulate and enter these structures. This aids the conversion of Qi into kidney Jing and blood. Ba Gua Marrow Washing Nei Gong continues the process begun in Bone Breathing by leading Qi and breath to the interstices of the joints and the bone marrow, to the spaces between the bones and the flesh, to the spaces between the flesh and the skin, and even into the hair follicles and pores. This practice strengthens the bones and stimulates the bone marrow, thereby increasing the production of blood, while nourishing the tissues and improving circulation to every part of the body. In traditional Chinese medicine, marrow is produced in the bones, but it also fills and nourishes the brain and spinal cord. Practice of Marrow Washing Nei Gong is therefore said to aid the nervous system, strengthen the brain and improve one's mental capacity. This rejuvenates and improves the overall functioning of the body. The refined strength and sensitivity developed by Marrow Washing Nei Gong aids the martial arts practitioner on many levels - particularly in development of higher level skills such as power sensing, the simultaneous storage and relea
Documents the style of Bagua Zhang developed by a top student of martial arts master Cheng Tin Hua, in a second volume that includes coverage of related history and culture as well as step-by-step instructions on the variations of the single palm change, the eight mother palms and the 24 movements of eight animals. Original.
Release on 2015-01-29 | by Felipe Barreto Schuch,Neusa Rocha, Eduardo Lusa Cadore
Author: Felipe Barreto Schuch,Neusa Rocha, Eduardo Lusa Cadore
Pubpsher: Frontiers Media SA
Physical activity and exercise were receiving a great attention as a strategy of prevention and treatment of affective and some anxiety disorders. Many studies have showed the efficacy of exercise in major depression and at depressed episode of bipolar patients, as well as, some authors shows the benefits of exercise in some anxiety disorders like Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic. Despite their efficacy, little is known concerning the main mechanisms related to the antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of exercise. Several studies in an animal model using Neurotrophic Factors, Oxidative Stress, Immunologic response and other biological markers reveal promising results. However, few studies were conducted in clinical samples. Additional to the antidepressant and anxiolytic effects, exercise appears improve QoL in major depressed, bipolar and anxiety patients. Theoretically, this increase may be associated with cognitive improvements, improvements at sleep quality, physical functioning, as well as other psychological issues as self-esteem, self-concept, and general well-being. The propose of this topic is to address the novelty and most recent research, related to antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of physical activity and exercise in patients with affective and anxiety disorders, as well as the issues associated with QoL improvement.The topic is looking for: – Clinical trials using exercise and physical activity as a treatment affective and anxiety disorders. – Studies investigating the optimal prescription factors (dose, volume, intensity, setting, frequency) associated with antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of physical activity and exercise for affective and anxiety disorder patients. – Original studies, comprehensive reviews, hypothesis and opinions concerning the mechanisms of antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of physical activity and exercise in affective and anxiety disorder patients. – Original studies, comprehensive reviews, hypothesis and opinions concerning other benefits of physical activity and exercise like : cognition, weight gain prevention and QoL in affective and anxiety disorder patients. – Translational research. – Studies of cost-efficacy analysis.
This manual is the first in a series of instructional manuals being offered by Master Lyn Dilbeck for the practice of Qi Gong and Internal Martial Arts. In his first book "Experiencing God's Reflection," Lyn gave you the foundation, the spiritual theory and methods, of Qi Gong Practice. In this series he shares how to employ these methods in your daily life. The manuals are introducing a new operational system, a new way for you, as consciousness, to relate to every experience you have in the different realms or planes of Creation... the realms of energy and matter (Etheric), feeling and emotion (Astral), and thought (Causal). Through easy-to follow instructions, you will be guided in how to apply the "Transformational Keys" and "Guiding Principles" of Qi Gong to your experiences. Applying these keys and principles to each experience of life is the very essence of the practice that is realized in the three tan tiens of your body (the energetic fields of intelligence that form the interface between your consciousness and the vibrational realms of Creation in which you exist, live, and experience). This first manual, "Starting your Practice," begins on the plane of energy and matter; it begins in your experience of stillness and movement. This realm forms the tangible doorway through which the student of Qi Gong can best get acquainted with the Transformational Keys and Guiding Principles. The first lesson teaches how important it is to warm-up the energy transfer points of your body, your joints. You then move on to acquire the physical skills you need for the physical-energetic or etheric practice of Qi Gong. In the last lesson, you are given a form (a series or set of movements) that codifies these skills into your being. This is where you start, but it will soon be apparent to you that what you learn and experience on the plane of energy and matter is applicable to your experiences in the other realms of your existence. Here in lies the beauty and genius of the Practice. Please look for the next manual in the series, "Guiding Principles of the Internal Arts An Instructional Manual for Qi Gong Practice."
Release on 2014-07-27 | by Shifu Jonathan Bluestein
Author: Shifu Jonathan Bluestein
Pubpsher: Jonathan Bluestein
Category: Sports & Recreation
Jonathan Bluestein's Research of Martial Arts is a book about the true essence of martial arts. It includes neither instruction on deadly killing techniques, nor mystical tales of so called super-human masters. Rather, it is a vast compilation of seriously thought-out observations made on the subject by the author, as well as many other martial artists and scientists, with a slight touch of history and humour. The goal of this project had from the start been to surpass the current standard in the martial arts literary market, and offer readers worldwide something which they have never seen before. In essence, a book in which are found countless answers for martial arts practitioners which they cannot be read elsewhere, which address commonly discussed martially-related topics with breadth and depth unparalleled in other works to this day (in any language). It holds among its pages no less than 220,000 words, containing knowledge which would be coveted by many. The aim of this book is to present the reader a coherent, clear-cut, and in-depth view of some of the most perplexing and controversial subjects in the world of martial arts, as well as providing a healthy dose of philosophical outlook on these subjects (from various individuals). At its core is the author's aspiration to build a stronger theoretical foundation for the discussion of martial arts, while addressing matters in innovative ways, which I have come to believe, would help people to better grasp the nature of these arts. There are books by authors who will tell you that some aspects of the martial arts are too complex for concrete, coherent and defined explanations. Others have used ambiguous terminology to explain what they could not pronounce otherwise. This is no such book. This book was written to provide you with the solid, applicable answers and ideas that you could actually understand, and take away with you. This book is mainly comprised of three parts: | Part I: From the Inside Out – External and Internal Gong Fu | This is essentially mostly a very long & thorough discussion of martial arts theory and practice. Traditional and modern concepts and methods are discussed through the mediums of Physiology, Biology, Anatomy, Psychology, Philosophy (Western and Oriental alike), sports science, and the author's personal experiences. The Internal Martial Arts of China receive a special, lengthier treatment in this part of the book. | Part II: Contemplations on Controlled Violence | This one is of a Philosophical and Psychological nature, and contains the author's thoughts on the martial arts and their manifestation in our daily lives, with guest-articles by various martial arts teachers. | Part III: The Wisdom of Martial Spirits: Teachers, and the Things They Hold Dear | This part includes various interesting and comprehensive interviews with distinguished martial arts masters, spanning dozens of pages each. Every one of the interviewees is a person whose views and ideas are thought provoking and well-worth reading. The teachers interviewed in this book are: Master Chen Zhonghua (Chen Taiji Quan) Master Yang Hai (Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Chen Taiji Quan) Shifu Strider Clark (Tongbei Quan, Wu style Taiji, Shuai Jiao and more) Shifu Neil Ripski (Traditional Drunken Fist and many others) Sifu James Cama (Buddha Hand Wing Chun and Southern Praying Mantis) Itzik Cohen Sensei (Shito-ryu Karate) No matter the age, rank, status or experience – this book was written for everyone who see themselves part of the martial arts community. It is my sincere hope that any person who reads this book will benefit from the time he or she had spent doing so. May this work encourage others to continue intelligent writing and research in the field, as I was pushed forth and built upon the knowledge others have shared before me. May you have a pleasant reading experience! =]
A Handbook of Authentic Budo Karate and Analysis of the Ryu Kyu Bubishi Text
Author: Sumarac J & Kay R
This unique and comprehensive text continues on from the widely selling Karate texts, Winds of Tradition Volumes 1-3. It was written as a tribute to Ohtsuka Tadahiko Sensei in dedication to a lifetime pursuit in the study and perfection of martial arts. The book is designed as a reference for martial artists who are serious about researching and studying the deeper aspects of Budo tradition. It covers extensive technical and anecdotal wisdom of authentic Karate.