Hard Qigong – Asceticism and Combat

Many are familiar with the amazing feats and stage show performances of seemingly, unworldly martial strength and prowess in Shaolin Kungfu.  Revered at times, and criticized as trickery in others… demonstrations such as resisting spears thrust into the neck, descend from asceticism in the context of monastic disciplines. Ancient ascetic traditions sought transcendence of the spirit through rigorous practices, ranging from meditation to body mortification. Characterized in various cultures or movies such as The Da Vinci Code- punishing one’s own flesh, and disciplined self-infliction of pain turned one’s attention away from the body unto the soul. The Shaolin warriors understood that structural change of human cells is achieved through hard Qigong practice, a transient variable that changes with the stimulation of human thoughts. The increase in field strength of the human biological field reaches divinity and heightens the capacity for combat.

Interlinking Body Baguazhang – Feudal Shaolin

Characterized by its fluid (serpent/dragon-like) movements with complex coiling and spiraling, the style is dynamic with intricate footwork patterns. Close-in fighting, wrestling/ restraint, and ancient halberd strategy are Interlinking Body attributes descending from monastic warriors.

On Orbit Tai Chi – People ’s Liberation Army Space Corps

“In the experiment of sleep deprivation in narrow and sealed environment, our team studied the effect of Tai Chi training on mood and EEG spectrum power. The study showed that Tai Chi training could improve mood and reduce the low-frequency activity of the EEG signals, indicating that this training has obvious antagonism on sleep deprivation. We speculate that Tai Chi training also helps to hasten sleep and keep deep sleep. In Shenzhou-10 and -11 missions of China, some astronauts practiced Tai chi and initially proved its feasibility in microgravity.” PubMed

Movement – Martial Intelligence Through Nature

“We have a brain for one reason and one reason only ― that’s to produce adaptable and complex movements. Movement is the only way we have affecting the world around us … I believe that to understand movement is to understand the whole brain. And therefore it’s important to remember when you are studying memory, cognition, sensory processing, they’re there for a reason, and that reason is action.” – Daniel Wolpert