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INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS

Internal Martial Arts distinguish themselves from ‘external’ styles like boxing, karate, Muay Thai and Shaolin boxing etc. The main emphasis is to minimise the extent to which one relies on muscle tension to develop power, speed and endurance.

They are a kind of ‘next step’ in the development of one’s Nei Gong or ‘internal skill’.

The Internal Martial Artist  enriches their practice with additional postural, movement and partner routines to develop certain qualities of sensitivity and power, all of which are based on the quality of ‘release’ inside the body.

MAIN METHODS OF INTERNAL MARTIAL ARTS

QI GONG

QI GONG

Qi Gong is an ancient system of stationary and dynamic therapeutic health-enhancing exercises that enable you, as the practitioner, to contribute to an unobstructed flow of Qi/vitality throughout the entire body – a prerequisite to proper physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and well-being.

TAI JI Quan

TAI JI QUAN

‘Great Ultimate Boxing’, known for its often slow movement sequences, TAI JI emphasises maintaining and further developing the ‘released state’ while progressing through the movements of a form.

XING YI QUAN

XING YI QUAN

‘Form Mind Boxing’ uses the ‘trinity posture’ – a standing meditation exercise that requires displacing one’s body weight predominantly over one leg at a time, to develop a solid foundation in the legs, waist and spine. From this foundation one trains Five Element Boxing – a unique set of stepping sequences that further develop whole-body coordination with subsequent increases in stability and power.

BA GUA ZHANG

BA GUA ZHANG

‘Eight Trigram Palm’, relies on ‘circle walking’ training, where one walks along a curve around a central point. Initially, this is done whilst holding the arms and hands in unique postures called ‘Mother Palms’, followed by training the ‘Palm Changes’.
Ba Gua is a more demanding system to train, as progressively all of one’s joints are integrated to be moved along a curve, and eventually along spiralling lines.

PUSH HANDS

PUSH HANDS

Push Hands is a two-person exercise that promotes the very same principles that Qi Gong and internal Martial Arts do. Here, the focus is to challenge the state of ‘release’ of one’s body and that of one’s training partner, by constantly attempting to avoid ‘resisting’ the attempts of the other person to control you physically, and instead, control them.
Herein lies the essence of the entire practice – settling our innate confrontational nature.

PRACTITIONERS FOR THESE TREATMENTS:

DR. PHILIP RUTHER

JAMES RAFF

DR. ERWANN FABRE

DR. THOMAS JAHN

JONATHAN JOSHUA

SHAMIEL SOEKER

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