2015 7 21 Nei Kung (5)

Master Steve’s series of conditioning exercise brackets done as stationary meditation are known as Nei Kung.

These can be done standing, sitting or lying prone.

Master’s Nei Kung follows Tai Chi principles of movement and chi flow. Master calls Nei Kung the ABC of Kung Fu, for these, are the building blocks including good posture, axial and convoluted motion, and formwork which later are integrated into the moving forms of Kung Fu.

These are like the drills, and with practice is chi generating meditation in themselves.

Master says, Nei Kung is wonderful for conditioning the body, and jumping is good for agility and balance. Master says, nothing is more important than the horse stance. Admittedly because so much detail of his style is critical, he says that about many aspects of his training. What he means is, there are many equally, highly important underpinning skills that synergistically are relied upon for health and martial success.

Most are taught in Nei Kung with positive flow-on benefits into other areas of training. It’s about getting the basic imperatives right. Everyone does the Nei Kung to their own ability and there are various challenge levels to choose from.

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    What do I need to bring to learn Teh Nei Chia Chuan Health, Meditation, Breathing, Qi Gong, Massage, Tai Chi, Nei, Kung and Kung Fu?

    Clothing – if you wish to comfortably manage the activities, wear flexible long shorts or pants and a loose t-shirt.  We wear black pants and white tops.

    After three months, you are expected to wear the uniform.

    For formal occasions, you would be given plenty of notice and expected to have the formal uniform jacket.

    Shoes – are not to be worn on the gym mat so you can have bare feet or socks/ stockings.  It is recommended if you wear shoes on the tai chi lawn that they do not have a strong grip, for it prevents you from sliding, turning and spinning easily.  Master always wears Kung Fu shoes, for they are cheap and flexible.  Your Senior Instructor mainly has bare feet, enjoying the grounded feeling.

    Water – we are on filtered rainwater at Forgedale.  Bring a drinking vessel so you can rehydrate.

    Loose-leaf folder or similar – if you wish to expedite your training, it is important to get into the habit of writing down what you learn and questions you would like to ask.  Then over time, you will have created your own customised learning manual.

    We suggest a different for each loose-leaf page so that as your learning deepens you can add to the page and add extra pages.  A book can be frustrating and restrictive.  Master is a stickler for writing things down and dating each entry.  You will then know the context and gain an appreciation for your improved learning over time, too.

    Though we may use videos as learning aids, reliance on videos is not considered an appropriate way for students to learn.  We encourage memory enhancement and patience, letting the learning flow naturally.

    Published books are available from Master who can be contacted via his Facebook page.  In each class, we read one or two pieces of prose from Master’s books.  Master shares a lot of his literature on his Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Teh-Nei-Chia-Chuan-Tai-Chi-Kung-Fu-147054698663845/

    Insect protection – as we are in a bushland setting and may train outdoors or in the open gazebo.

    Weapons – are provided for lessons initially.  After three months, you are expected to have your own.  Beginners start with the bamboo staff and a plastic tai chi training sword.