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Harnessing Kung Fu as a Mental and Spiritual Journey: The Role of Seated Chi Kung and Body Awareness

Although we rarely talk about the use of our style and kung fu in general as a mental (and spiritual) tool, we attach great importance to this aspect as well.

There are several reasons why this is less talked about at the beginning of the journey.

One is that kung-fu approaches the topic from the point of view of body awareness in this case as well, and that needs to be developed, and we do this by proceeding along the principles. It is simply unnecessary to theorize the mental aspect at this stage.

The other reason is that as we move forward on the path, precisely because of the training method, we (at first imperceptibly) begin to gain experience of the focused state of consciousness and the fact that this almost automatically excludes the disturbing effects of the outside world and the disturbing thoughts that arise in the mind.

The Chow Gar training method works brilliantly in this regard as well.

When we realize what is (regularly) happening to us, then we open up the possibility to start looking for this calm and focused state of consciousness and then the need to think about it and learn directly arises in us.

Although it is the practice itself (independent of the exercises) that brings about the mental change (and which was also used as a tool on the spiritual path in ancient times; cf. Bodhidharma or the Buddhist communities where kung fu was also practiced), there are specifically for this aspect also our practices, such as the Seated Chi Kung.

Due to the intensive “feedback” of the body, it is easier to practice concentrated attention in exercises aimed at power development or agility and speed, and calm presence in softer or specifically meditative exercises, although both basic aspects can be present in all exercises.

Seated Chi Kung can be practiced on its own almost any time (but never immediately after eating) and is especially good at the end of an intense, longer workout, right after a gentle chi kung practice.

The number of repetitions is up to us, but it should be at least three, and it is worth trying to stay in the session and in a relaxed state of consciousness for a few minutes or until it feels good.

You can find the other instructions in the six-part course.

One of the difficulties of practicing kung-fu lies in the fact that it must be regularised, that is, it must become part of our everyday life.

An exercise such as Seated Chi Kung can help maintain the continuity of the practice on days when, due to fatigue or spiritual-mental exhaustion, or after an illness, we cannot get ourselves up to the intense state required for training.

If we can only practice this on these days, we will still be dealing with our kung-fu and we will be able to maintain the continuity of the practice.

Stay cool, calm and collected!

the ancient spirit of Chow Gar

the ancient spirit of Chow Gar

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