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BB54:
I also have been asked to add a section on Chi-Kung.  This section is used to exchange Chi-Kung Exercises for those interested in developing internal energy.

Mitch Powell:
Sigung,
I think adding a category for Chi-Kung exercises would be great. I would also like to have a Tai Chi category. I am new to Tai Chi and would love some pointers.

John Bishop:
Well, since none of our Tum Pai brothers have shown a interest in the the "Tum Pai" section, perhaps we can expand it into "Tum Pai, Tai Chi, and Chi Gung".

Guardian, what do you think?

BB54:
Chi-Kung

This Chi Kung exercise is the beginning of the Forms Pinan # 2 and # 3 of Kajukenbo.  This is a Yang type of exercise.  It must have been important as the Founders put in the same exercise twice.

Practitioner stands in a "Square Riding Horse Stance" with the fists chambered at the hips.  

01.   Breathe in slowly through the nose while keeping the bottom of the tongue lightly pressing on the upper palate.  Imagine inflating the nape of the back of the neck with the breath.  While breathing in, slowly suck in the stomach, like you are trying to put it under your ribs in the direction of the nape of the neck.
02.   When the body is full of breath, drop the tongue from the upper palate, expel all the air quickly through the mouth while executing a simultaneous left and right downward punches, targeting about the length of a forearm away from the body.
03.   Turn the fists so that the knuckles face each other while breathing in through the nose, keeping the bottom of the tongue pressing on the upper palate, sucking in the stomach, concentrating on inflating the nape of the neck, raising the arms up to the solar plexus area, flexing from the toes, one muscle group at a time, until all the muscles of the body from the waist down is flexed.
04.   Roll the fists slowly matching the breathing pattern so that the fists are in a double simultaneous uppercut posture. As this is accomplished, exhale out, dropping the tongue to the bottom of the mouth, breathing out through the mouth. The fist rolling, the breathing, are at the same time.  While this is going on, flex the upper part of the body from the head to the waist. The stomach should be pressed out while breathing out. The idea is to draw up energy from the ground and draw in energy from the sky, to meet in the center.
05.   By the time all the breath is expelled the entire body should be flexed.
06.   While the entire body is flexed breathe in again, slowly, keeping the tongue pressed on the upper palate breathing through the nose. Imagine inflating the nape of the neck and sucking in the stomach at the same time.
07.   When the body is full of breath, expel all of the air and simultaneously execute a double left and right uppercut strike to an imaginary opponent targeting the neck.
08.   Mentally, you should imagine that all your chi exploded out from the center in every direction, out from every square inch of skin.
09.   Repeat the process.

This is an exercise that really wakes you up.  Doing the exercise for about ten minutes is about the recommended time.  It is not advisable to do this exercise two to four hours before retiring for the day as you will have difficulty sleeping.  I use this exercise in place of "Riding Horse Stance" training.

D-Man:
This Tum Pai student would love to have discussions on the internal arts.  Count me in.  I've just been itching to get some advice on levetaion.

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