SELECTION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
JULY 2020 PART 2
I know that it is the vigorous chi which helps break through blockages to restore health and this is what is needed when a person is sick. You've also mentioned that exercises which are more building in nature (e.g. abdominal breathing, golden bridge, etc.) are not suitable for someone who is weak and ill and may aggravate the blockage further.
— Sifu Molly Kubinski, Shaolin Wahnam USA
Chi flow is useful for overcoming illness, whereas chi building is useful for strengthening. This is the science of healing. But healing, which includes Western medicine, is more of an art than a science.
It is a common misconception to think that the type of chi kung that overcomes diseases, especially so-called incurable diseases, is of a high level. Actually chi kung that overcomes diseases is of the lowest level. Asking a patient to practice high level chi kung is like asking him to run a marathon or to lift weights.
The misconception is mainly due to the fact that most people practice a form of gentle physical exercise though they call it chi kung. Gentle physical exercise cannot overcome illness, no matter for how long it is practiced.
As mentioned earlier, chi kung healing, like Western medicine, is more of an art than a science. It is the art of the healer to decide whether to prescribe chi kung that builds or chi kung that circulates.
What is the best exercise you have learned in your Kungfu career?
— Miguel, Netherlands
The best exercise is "One-Finger Shooting Zen". It is regarded as a treasure in our school, Shaolin Wahnam. As there are many kungfu exercises in our school, more than what myself have learned from various teachers as many of these exercises were invented by me or learned from sources other than living teachers, to be regarded as a treasure is indeed very special.
For example the Shaolin and Taijiquan combat sequences were my inventions, and Baguazhang and Xingyiquan practiced in our school were learned from sources other than living teachers.
"One-Finger Shooting Zen" is very special because it includes flowing force and consolidated force. I learned "One-Finger Shooting Zen" from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam, the third generation successor from the southern Shaolin Monastery.
Before this I learned from Sifu Chee Kim Thong, the living treasure of the People's Republic of China. Sifu Chee Kim Thong's school is well known for internal force, but I did not have any internal force, except on the receiving end.
Flowing force and consolidated force constitute to internal force, which is not only for combat but also for daily living. I was able to break a red brick using internal force after learning from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam.
The kungfu set that opened my vantage for combat application is the Pakua Set. I also learned the Pakua Set from Sifu Ho Fatt Nam. The Pakua Set is different from Baguazhang, which is sometimes spelt as "Pakua Chang". Now I can look at any kungfu set which I may not have seen before, and tell its combat application. I am glad that many students in Shaolin Wahnam can also do that.
I also was very interested in the historical figures of Wing Choon when I was growing up, in particular figures such as Leung Yee Tai, Wong Wah Bo and Leung Jan Sing Saan.
However, despite my love for these men, my first love and preference was always for the Southern Shaolin heroes of Hoong Ka history, such as Hung Hei Gwun, Fong Sai Yok, Lok Ay Choi, Wong Fei Hung and Lam Sai Wing.
— Mohammed, UK
Leong Yee Tai and Wong Wah Poh learned from Leong Poh Khau, who learned from Yim Wing Choon, the founder of Wing Choon Kungfu. Leong Poh Khau was the husband of Yim Wing Choon.
Leong Yee Tai was a "Tai Fa Mien" or "Coloured Face" in Cantonese opera. He learned the Six-and-Half-Point Staff from the Venerable Chee Seen, the abbot of the Shaolin Monastery at Nine-Lotus Mountain in Fujian, on a red-boat, or a huge boat carrying Chinese opera actors. Leong Yee Tai was the patriarch who passed down the Wing Choon lineage of our school. Wong Wah Poh passed down the Wing Choon lineage in Hong Kong, which is now the most popular Wing Choon lineage in the world.
Leong Chan Sing Saan means Mr. Leong Chan. He was often called "Mr" because of his scholarly nature. He was also known as Wing Choon Kungfu King because of his martial art skills. He first learned Wing Choon Kungfu from Leong Yee Tai, and later from Wong Wah Poh.
Hoong Hei Khoon, Fong Sai Yok and Lok Ah Choy were the disciples of the Venerable Chee Seen at the Nine-Lotus Mountain Shaolin Monastery. Wong Fei Hoong and Lam Sai Weng were about 3 generations later. Wong Fei Hoong was the teacher of Lam Sai Weng.
Hoong Hei Khoon is usually regarded as the First Patriarch of Hoong Ka Kungfu, though most of Hoong Ka masters today, including that of Wong Fei Hoong and Lam Sai Weng, came from the lineage of Loh Ah Choy.
In Shaolin Kungfu, names in Chinese are often spelt in English in Cantonese pronunciation. All the names above are in Cantonese pronunciation. This is mainly because most kungfu masters of South China were Cantonese speaking. "Hoong Hei Khoon" or "Hung Hei Gwun" are preferences in Cantonese pronunciation. In Mandarin pronunciation, Hoong Hei Khoon will be spelt as "Hung Xi Guan"; and Hoong Ka and Wing Choon will be spelt as "Hung Jia" and "Yong Chun".
Secondly, even in Cantonese pronunciation, I prefer to use "Hoong Ka" and "Wing Choon". Most people would use "Hung Gar" and "Wing Chun". My preference is because the words are less likely to be mispronounced.
Thirdly, the spelling "Hoong" in Hoong Hei Khoon and Wong Fei Hoong are written differently in Chinese characters, though the English spelling is the same. "Hoong" in Hoong Hei Khoon is a surname and may mean "turbulent", whereas "Hoong" in Wong Fei Hoong is the name of a big bird and may mean "prosperous". Such is the beauty of the Chinese language.
I have tried the three different classes of Hong Kong styles of Wing Choon in London to execute the "Bong Sau" of their style correctly. However I can never be comfortable with it. I find the movement stifling. Perhaps it is due my physical build which is relatively stocky.
I much prefer the Bong Sau from the Hoong Ka tradition, especially in solo practise while I am practising the "Taming the Tiger" form.
In friendly sparring, I have not been able to apply it as a "coup de grace", but this is due to a fault in my lack of skill rather than any fault in the style.
But by far my favourite pattern for dealing with mid level attacks, is the one you mentioned, "Single Tiger Emerges From Cave" which you kindly taught me many years ago at the Intensive Shaolin Kung Fu Course in Sungai Petani.
We are so lucky to have this pattern already in our Combat Sequence 1 from our basic 16 combat sequences.
In Choe Family Wing Choon, the style of Wing Choon Kungfu practiced in our school, it is important to rotate the waist when using "bong sau" or guard-hand. In the Hoong Ka tradition, "bong sau" is called "Black Tiger Guards Door".
"Bong sau" can be used as an attack. After warding off the opponent's attack, especially against a low punch, you can use the tiger-claw to strike the opponent. If you are skilful, you can run the warding off and the striking in one smooth movement. This is actually a secret.
In my early application, like in Shaolin Wahnam Association, we used a mirror-hand or "Beauty Looks at Mirror". Later, like in Shaolin Wahnam Institute, we use a tiger-claw or "Single Tiger Emerges from Cave" to ward off the middle attack. "Beauty Looks at Mirror" uses more force and is mainly a defence, while "Single Tiger Emerges from Cave" avoids the opponent's force and can be used as an attack.
Thank you again for the incredible generosity you gave during the course and the teaching of using these ancient arts for a greater purpose.
— Ami, USA
The lessons on the course are already on my website. Please see Chi Kung Healing Course 2019.
Chi kung healing is incredible. There is no such a thing as an incurable disease in chi kung healing. All diseases, including cancer and heart problems, can be overcome.
I have been feeling an immense sense of morality and living the virtues. I even had the urge to re-read The 10 Shaolin Laws and reflect. The points around a "pre-requisite of being physically and mentally healthy" for practicing the arts and being "required to uphold righteousness, being both wise and courageous" jumped out at me with renewed understanding. However, the 10th law spoke to me the most. It is the one where we are "obliged to be chivalrous and generous, to nurture talents and pass on the Shaolin arts to deserving disciples."
The 10 Shaolin Laws are an excellent guide to morality. Practicing chi kung will make us physically and mentally healthy. We are wise and courageous in upholding righteousness.
We are obliged to be chivalrous and generous, to nurture talents and pass on the Shaolin arts to deserving disciples. This was the main reason why I established our school, Shaolin Wahnam, and why I conducted the Chi Kung Healing Course.
There is no greater need in this world except perhaps a level of spiritual pursuit, which these arts aid as well. I feel it very deeply in my heart.
There is at present an urgent need to overcome so-called incurable diseases like cancer, heart problems, diabetics, kidney stones, depression and phobia. Chi Kung Healing is excellent for this purpose.
But genuine chi kung is very rare today. Most so-called chi kung practitioners only practice gentle physical exercise, which does not overcome diseases.
All our arts in Shaolin Wahnam are triple-cultivation, i.e. cultivating the body, the energy and the spirit. All Shaolin Wahnam students are abided by the Ten Shaolin Laws, which is excellent for morality. Every time a Shaolin Wahnam practices any art, he (or she) smiles from the heart, which opens the heart, which means the spirit. It is spiritual cultivation.
What should we try to learn, see or interpret from the chi flows that our patients have? My interest would be in how to guide the patient in their practice or healing based on what I see in the chi flows.
Chi flows can be understood in many ways.
In chi kung philosophy, energy blockage, or chi blockage, causes illness. We are all naturally healthy, but chi blockage can bring diseases.
Our natural mechanisms can overcome any viral, bacterial or micro-organic attack, but if chi is blocked from doing its work, a person may have a contagious disease. Our organs work naturally and healthily, but if chi is prevented from doing its work, a person may have an organic problem. Negative emotions affect us constantly, but if our chi flow fails to flush out the negative emotions, he (or she) may have a psychiatric disorder. Contagious diseases, organic problems and psychiatric disorders are the three main classes of illness in Western medicine.
A person is sick because of chi blockage. If his chi blockage is cleared, he will regain his health as a matter of course. He can clear his chi blockage using the Eighteen Jewels, the Five-Animal Play, or the Eighteen Lohan Hands, which we learned at the Chi Kung Healing Course.
When a person has chi blockage, he may not be clinically sick, but it will certainly affect his vitality and longevity. He can clear his chi blockage by chi flows. You had beautiful chi flows at the recent Chi Kung Healing Course.
Patients are sick because of their chi blockage. Once their chi blockage is cleared, they will be healthy. It is a common misconception to think that chi kung healing that overcome illness, especially so-called incurable diseases, is of a high level. Actually chi kung that overcomes illness belongs to the lowest level, i.e. the types of chi kung that gives the least energy. Eighteen Jewels, Five-Animal Play and Eighteen Lohan Hands belong to this class of chi kung.
Initially a patient does not move much because of his chi blockage. He is also tensed and full of unnecessary thoughts. As his blockage becomes less, and he is less tensed and has less thoughts, his chi flow become more vigorous. Gradually he may become very vigorous in his chi flow.
As he becomes advanced in his chi kung training, his chi flow may be very strong inside his body, but his outside movements may not be vigorous. He has little or no chi blockage. He is full of vitality.
The types of chi flow that patients have, can give some idea of their diseases. You don't have to worry about how to learn, see or interpret their chi flow. But you need to help them to generate a chi flow with the knowledge and experience gained at the course.
A patient with bone problems may walk like a bear. A depressed patient or a patient with much sorrow may close his lungs. A patient with rheumatism may roll on the ground. But these are only indications; they do not exactly tell the kind of diseases a patient suffers from. Moreover, the symptoms of a disease may not be its site.
If you have any questions, please e-mail them to Grandmaster Wong via his Secretary at stating your name, country and e-mail address.
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- Some Examples of Chi Kung Healing
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