Swaying Willows

Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows


How would you rate chi flow in our school? Would you consider it a unique feature of our teaching? I haven't seen chi flow taught in this way in any other schools.

— Sifu Mark Appleford, Chief Instructor, Shaolin Wahnam UK


Chi flow is extremely important in our school. It is because of chi flow that we can achieve such incredible results in such unbelievable short time.

People with so-called incurable diseases like asthma, cardio-vascular disorders, cancer, diabetes, depression and phobia overcome their illness after practicing chi kung learnt from us. This is because of chi flow.

When it takes months for normal students to experience internal force if they are lucky to be taught this privileged art, our students take only days. Even our students who attend my intensive courses can spar for hours without being tired or panting for breath, which is a skill of masters. This is because of chi flow.

Our students in advanced courses like Merging with the Cosmos and Small Universe experience spiritual awakening like their spirit expanding into the Cosmos and finding themselves nowhere and everywhere, an attainment even monks cultivating in monasteries take years to attain. This is because of chi flow.

Yes, chi flow is unique in our teaching. I too have not seen any other schools teach chi flow the way we do.

Some masters have chi flow, but they did not learn it systematically. They developed it without conscious knowing through many years of dedicated training. Hence they do not teach it systematically to their students.

Some schools, like those teaching self-manifested chi movement, have chi flow as part of their repertoire, but unlike us they do not incorporate it in their daily life.

On the other hand, many masters and schools think that vigorous chi flow is a deviation or at least harmful.

Yet, chi flow was found in the past and recorded in chi kung and kungfu classics. But not many people understood it because, I believe, it was kept as top secret.

Hua Toa's Five-Animal Play is a classical example. Flowing Breeze Swaying Willows is another famous but little understood example from Shaolin Kungfu. I believe Cloud Hands in Taijiquan developed from Flowing Water Floating Clouds, which poetically described Taijiquan movements in chi flow.

The above is taken from Question 2 May 2013 Part 3 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.


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