This new video production details the full 24 Tai Chi Neigong exercises.
Tai chi neigong has long been considered the most important aspect of Tai Chi practice for health and martial ability. Traditionally the saying is;
The Taiji Quan expert
trains the fist in order to repair the mind, trains the sword in order to nourish the qi, trains the sabre in order to cultivate the will, trains the spear in order to augment wisdom, trains the neigong in order to strengthen jin.
The 24 Neigong internal strength exercises are a fascinating system designed to produce a strong, healthy and powerful physique, whilst producing a tranquil and still mind.
It accomplishes this by giving you 12 ‘Yin’ exercises to practice up to 4 days per week and a complimentary’ Yang’ sequence of 12 exercises which can be trained 3 days per week.
The Yin exercises are done in a very soft, relaxed and smooth manner. There is no tension at all but there is the development of rapid, explosive power, which is required to be able to use Tai chi as a martial art. The Yin exercises build structural strength, muscular endurance and refine coordination and increase body awareness. They also stimulate and strengthen the internal organs, whilst training the body to use a very deep style of breathing, known as tortoise breathing. Physical strength, endurance and power come naturally with regular practice.
The yin exercises have long been known to help reduce stress and to improve insomnia and nervous tension etc.
The complimentary Yang set features many standing meditation postures as well as some ingenious dynamic strengthening techniques designed to build deeper levels of body awareness and control, as well as to train high levels of functional, whole body, connected strength. Balance, explosive power snd coordination are also highly developed. The final exercise is a meditation practice, which can be done separately as an aid to deeply restful sleep and to achieve deep states of relaxation and mental stillness.
So in summary the following are possible benefits depending on the individual and how much practice is carried out;
- Strong immune system
- Powerful concentration
- Full range of movement flexibility
- Emotional stability and tranquility
- strengthens the health and functioning of the internal organs
- Boosts creative energies
- Strengthens the bones
- Machine like stamina
- Builds advanced physical strength and power
- Enhances athleticism and sports performance
- Detoxifies the body
- Helps you to achieve deep relaxation
- Helps insomnia
- you will sleep like a baby
- Boosts metabolism and encourages helps weight management
- Strengthens digestion and elimination
- strengthens sexual energy and balances hormones
- Loosens the joints
- Enhances martial technique
- Improves posture and alignment
- Forges the will
- Improves balance
The exercises have been very secretively taught, with the oral tradition being that they were originally developed by Taoists based on their understanding of Chinese medicine, internal alchemy and knowledge of health producing exercise systems which have developed over the centuries in China. Many of the movements were inspired by animals, and certain qualities the animals possessed, such as the tortoise, which lives a long life.
I originally learned this Neigong system in the early 1990’s from my first teacher Dan Docherty. I’ve subsequently re-learned the system from Cheng Kam Yan, who was trained over many years by his father Cheng Tin Hung. Cheng Tin Hung, the famous fighting tai chi master learned the exercises from his uncle Cheng Wing Kwong, who in turn learned them from Wu Chien Chuan, head of the Wu style of Tai Chi.
I now personally practice and teach this version, which is somewhat different to the one I originally learned, as I believe it is the most complete version available.