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Tuesday, 3 April 2007
ChiKung, CorePower in Motion, the never-ending challenge
As requested by some of our members who enjoy a very challenging workout, this last Monday April 2nd 2007, we finally held another WingTsun-ChiKung class. The three hour evening featured different elements of the first form of this Kung Fu system, the Siu-Nim-Tau form. We view it as a beginners form, yet coming around full circle also as the form of the master.
 
The evening contained the training of elements that greatly support the progress from a very slow short term stretching towards a long term lengthening of the muscular structure of the upper body, promoting a better usage of ligaments and tendons, a strong development of the fascia.
 
I often use the analogy of a scale. On one side we try to become more flexible, gain mobility through relaxation, yet end up being somewhat weak and brittle under a strong attack. On the other hand we try to incorporate our strength, to build a upright yet deeply rooted positioning, ending up being too stiff and tense at times.
Our goal is to leave a weak and brittle structure behind, and to get rid of tensions and stiffness.
 
Imagine the scale now. Eventually we want to lead the idea and realization of relaxation and strength together with the tips of the scale evenly balanced. We want to form 'Wing Tsun Power' out of  the right mix of a well-balanced relaxation of the right muscles and the strength of a well-connected muscular structure.
 
Don't believe it until you feel it, until you feel the next morning muscles you didn't even think you have. Check for dates of upcoming ChiKung classes at our web site at: http://realisticselfdefense.tripod.com/wingtsun_chikung_2.html. I am looking forward to see you for a exciting workout, true CorePower in Motion™.

Posted by ralph haenel at 11:07 AM PDT

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