SELECTION OF QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
FEBRUARY 2021 PART 2
You said that we were over-trained on the course so I stopped when we finished. When do you advise to start our practice?
— Claudia, Italy
AnswerYou can start as soon as you can.
There is a difference between learning and practicing. When I teach, which involves learning, I teach at 100% as I have to complete the learning material in a set time. When you practice, you practice at 30% or less. You probably confuse learning and practicing.
Learning concerns new material; practicing concerns going over the same material many, many times. Masters are made from practicing, not from learning.
It is alright to over-train once a while, like once a month, or even twice a month. When you practice daily, you must guard against over-training. Aim at about 30% of your potential. If you find that 30% is too much, you can lower it further. Our chi kung is very powerful.
There is a saying that if one is accomplished in the Shaolin arts, it is better than changing stones to gold by touch. At first I thought it was exaggerated, but gradually I find there is much truth in the statement.
Health is our greatest wealth. Not only you will be healthy, you will also be full of vitality, have longevity, peak performance and spiritual joys.
I use Lifting the Sky and Carrying the Moon to enter Induced Chi Flow. I would like to incorporate other exercises like Pushing Mountains or any other type of chi kung that I wish to do. Should I "complete" the Induced Chi Flow first, and then "reset" my chi kung session for the other exercises, or is it acceptable to "lump together" other chi kung exercises before/during/after induced chi flow?
You can perform other exercises, like "Pushing Mountains", to induce chi flow. Whether you have to start all over again will depend on the situation. Usually it is not necessary to start all over again. You just continue with "Pushing Mountains" or whatever exercises you like.
If you perform "Pushing Mountains" or any other exercise or exercises before "Lifting the Sky" and "Carrying the Moon", you prepare yourself for the activity. If you perform the exercise or exercises after them, you replensih yourself. If you perform the exercise or exercises during them, you can have both the preparation and the replenishing. It is ususlly better to perform the exercises altogether provided you perform them correctly.
"Lifting the Sky" and "Carrying the Moon" are two very important exercises. "Lifting the Sky" is the first exercise of the Eighteen Lohan Hands and it sets chi flowing. Women love "Carrying the Moon" because it makes them young and beautiful. They are, of course, other benefits of these two exercises.
One of the main factors in Induced Chi Flow is the constitution of the person. If he needs to clear certain blockage, he would move in certain directions even when he performs different exercises to induce chi to flow. Hence, it does not matter whether he performs "Lifting the Sky" or "Carrying the Moon", or any exercise or exercises, he will still move in certain movements.
Can you please tell us the difference between Eastern culture and Western culture?
— Brian, USA
There are some differences between Eastern culture and Western culture.
Let us start with a person's name. In Western culture we place the personal name first, and the surname later. If you want to find a book of an author called John Smith at a bibliography, you look for "Smith" first, and then "John".
In Chinese culture, which is Eastern, the surname comes first, then the personal name. Someone mentioned that he repected his clan first which is manifested in his surname, then he respected himself which is manifested in his personal name.
Sometimes I have some fun when Western people address me. As my name is Wong Kiew Kit, many Westerners call me Mr Kit instead of Mr Wong, thinking that my name is Wong Kiew instead of Kiew Kit.
In Eastern culture, we address elderly people as "uncle" or "auntie". In Western culture you may address elderly people by their personal names. It is very rude to do so in Eastern culture, but it is being close in Western culture. When you call someone Mr, it is being polite in Eastern culture, but you distant yourself in Western culture.
I have great admiration for Western culture, though I am still a traditionalist in Eastern culture. Many things that we often take for granted are from the West, like education, justice and the internet. We follow many traditions of the East, like addressing your chi kung or kungfu teacher as "sifu" and certainly not by his personal name.
There is one important point I would like to highlight. In traditional Chinese medicine, especially chi kung healing, there is no such a thing as an incurable disease. If a person is sick, a traditional healer finds out which natural processes are not working the way they are meant to work, because if they are working properly the person will be healthy. But in Western medicine, which is the most prevalent today, many diseases are considered "incurable".
But today traditional medicine is rare, and chi kung healing is very, very rare. Most people who practice chi kung just practice gentle physical exercise, and they are unaware of it.
I am very intrigued by the idea of deepening my martial skills and also learning Reverse Breathing from the Art of Chi Kung course. Will there be special attention provided to One Finger Shooting Zen?
— Dr Frederick Chu, USA
There are two main types of breathing -- Abdominal Breathing and Reverse Breathing.
In Abdominal Breathing, the dan tian, or abdominal energy field, rises when breathing in, and falls when breathing out. In Reverse Breathing, it is just the reverse. The dan tian falls when breathing in, and rises when breathing out.
Many people regard "breathing" as taking in and giving out air. Actually it is taking in and giving our energy. The terms, Abdominal Breathing and Reverse Breathing, were used long before air was discovered by scientists.
Abdominal Breathing is not stomach breathing, and Reverse Breathing is not chest breathing, though the rise and fall of the stomach and the chest are similar. In other words, in stomach breathing, similar to Abdominal Breathing, the stomach, or the dan tian, rises when breathing in, and the stomach, or the dan tian, falls when breathing out. In chest breathing, similar to Reverse Breathing, the chest rises when breathing in, and the chest falls when breathing out.
The difference is air and energy. As you know very well, the lungs are air-tight. Air will not go to the dan tian, but chi or energy will. In Abdominal Breathing, energy will go to the dan tian when breathing in. In Reverse Breathing, energy will go to the dan tian when breathing out.
There will be no special attention provided to "One-Finger Shooting Zen" in the Art of Chi Kung course. "One-Finger Shooting Zen" is a treasure of our school, Shaolin Wahnam. It generates both flowing energy and consolidated energy. I could develop internal force because of "One-Finger Shooting Zen".
I am also very happy to report that my medical training is definitely benefiting from the Shaolin arts.
While I have not been directly using my internal arts such as Cosmos Palm in healing in the emergency department, the indirect benefits from my training such as mental clarity in listening to and examining my patients have been a godsend, and my internal force, stances, waist rotation, and a strong grip have helped many situations such as returning dislocated hips and shoulders to their appropriate alignment and position, and holding down a psychotic patient so that they could not hurt themselves or other people.
As embarrassing and humbling as it may be, and at risk of sounding arrogant, several of my preceptors have remarked that they wished more doctor trainees were like me, and that many of my juniors say that they wish to be like me as a doctor.
Shaolin arts benefit your medical training. Doctors in their noble task of saving lives, should at least learn chi kung. It will be better if they practice kungfu.
But today genuine chi kung and genuine kungfu are very, very rare. Many so-called chi kung practitioners are themselves sick, and many so-called kungfu practitioners cannot use their kungfu techniques to defend themselves.
Thank you very much for the workshop. I really learnt many things and I feel I am able to deepen my practice further.
— Christine, USA
There is a saying as follows. "If you are accomplished in the Shaolin arts, it is better than changing stones to gold by touch." At first I thought it was grossly exaggerated. But now I find that there is much truth in the saying.
Genuine Shaolin arts are very rare. Not only two of my four masters could trace their lineages directly from the Shaolin Monastery, our results are what past Shaolin masters mentioned in chi kung and kungfu classics.
The lineage of Sifu Lai Chin Wah, who was better known as Uncle Righteousness, is as follows:
The Venerable Chee Seen (or "Zhi Shan" in Mandarin pronunciation) --> the Venerable Herng Yein --> Chan Fook --> Ng Yew Loong --> Lai Chin Wah --> Wong Kiew Kit.
The lineage of Sifu Ho Fatt Nam is as follows:
The Venerable Jiang Nan --> Yang Fatt Khuen --> Ho Fatt Nam --> Wong Kiew Kit.
The lineage of Sifu Ho Fatt Nam is short because each master took more than 40 years to pass the Shaolin arts to the next generation.
Is it better to practice before either breakfast or dinner please?
Generally when we practice chi kung, we take about half an hour both ways for meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and showers. For example, if you practice chi kung at 8.00 am and your practice session lasts 10 minutes, you should have your breakfast and a shower before 7.30 am and after 8.40 am.
For our chi kung, you need not follow this instruction. Our chi kung is very powerful. You aim at about 30% or less of your potential. You can have your breakfast and a shower immediately before and after your chi kung practice.
When I practice, I have found myself at times with increased saliva in my mouth. What is best to do in these instances? Let it drip out of my mouth? Or close my mouth to swallow it?
Science has found a lot of immune agents in our saliva. When there is an increase of saliva, it means there is an increase of the immune system. Just swallow the saliva any time you like.
If you pay attention, your saliva is slightly fragrant. It is called "fragrant juice."
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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