Our Internal Power Program is a distillation of the essential exercises and training from the numerous Traditional Internal Arts.
What is Internal Power?
Internal Power is the buzz word in the Martial Arts community these days. The problem is that everyone talks about it, but few can demonstrate it, and even fewer can actually teach it.
- Internal Power is Not Mysterious.
- It Does Not Take Years to Develop Internal Power.
- It Should Not Be A Secret Only For A Chosen Few!
Internal Power and Connection is something that can easily be trained and developed. You just need to find the correct teaching.
Internal Power is sometimes called Nei Kung.
Nei Kung means internal work or internal skills developed through work. In the internal martial arts it is this Nei Kung or Internal Work that makes them effective and powerful. It is like the engine of the car. It is on the inside and makes everything happen. Nei Kung training includes many aspects that will develop the practitioner’s body so that it relaxed and mobile but at the same time integrated and connected. Nei Kung training is also excellent for heath.
This program teaches the essential and core exercises for developing skill in the internal arts of Xing Yi, Bagua, and Tai Chi. If you have already learned one of these arts you can use this program to super charge your practice, fill in any gaps you might have, and build a solid foundation for further development. If you are new to the arts – learning this program first will give you a head start on anyone else and give you a solid foundation to continue on and learn the entire traditional curriculum of the internal arts.
Can’t I Figure This Out Myself?
Yes you could- if you wanted to invest decades of study with multiple teachers and in multiple arts. That’s what I did to get all this knowledge. But even then you are not guaranteed to get anywhere.
The problem is that a lot of teachers don’t have the skill. And even if they have the skill, many are not good at teaching how it is they got so good. Many will tell you just to keep practicing. But the problem is that decades of improper practice will not lead to skill.
Its All In The Forms?
Many teachers will tell you that all the secrets are in the forms. I have found this to be true — BUT this is only true if you are doing the forms in the correct manner. You can practice empty forms for years and all you will have are a bunch of empty forms. They might look very nice but you will not have any internal power.
The problem is that most people just don’t have the experience and training to know what it takes to train Internal Power. You will notice that many people claiming to teach Internal Power are really only teaching some basic exercises for body connection and they tend to use modern medical terms or studies to back up what they have created. The reality is that training for Internal Power is much deeper then that.
2 Paths to Failure
1- Traditional Arts
There are 3 problems with the way traditional arts usually teach this kind of internal and structural development:
- its reserved for Inside the Door Students
- its not taught in a step by step progressive manner
- its limited by the scope of the art
So what happens is that there are many students that have been practicing for years and years but they are only doing empty forms and its not really their fault. They have not been taught or they have not been taught completely or in a step by step manner.
2- Modern Re-Invention
- Usually only consists of basic exercises
- Lots of theory but short or actual practice
- Falls back to using modern scientific studies and jargon to support authenticity
If you have tried some other courses and felt some basic connection – but can’t seem to get anything more– again its not your fault. Probably what you learned is not deep enough to take you further.
What is the Solution?
A Step By Step Program
I took from my decades of experience both as a student under many different teachers and as a teacher myself and I organized a systematic program for developing and learning to use Internal Strength. There is nothing mystical about the process. In fact – it is going to be hard work. But with this program you can be sure that your practice will produce results. You don’t have to search out the information – it is all laid out for you.
This program provides a structured and progressive training regimen
designed to help the student gain real skill in the internal arts.
The goal of formulating this program was not to supplant the traditional internal systems or to create a “new” system. Instead this program is designed to remedy some of the problems with the traditional teaching structure. Usually the progression of training is not laid out for the students in the traditional teaching structure and sometimes in traditional teaching the Nei Kung (or Internal Power) is not taught until the student has “proven” themselves for many years. This can leave many students practicing “empty” forms. This would be like a car without an engine if we used the previous analogy. The car might look good but functionally it is not very useful.
Benefits of Studying the Internal Power Program
This program teaches aspects of all three of the internal arts of Xing Yi Quan, Ba Gua Zhang, and Taiji Quan. These arts are integrated into the program in that the core Nei Kung, Principles, and movement patterns are taught for each of the arts. They are each individual and separate arts and are not combined. Each art should retain its’ individual “flavor”, principles, and method of movement. The benefit of integrating all three arts into the curriculum of this program are:
Each style has its own principles and emphasis in training: Xing Yi can develop power fairly quickly, Bagua emphasizes mobility and coiling, Tai Chi emphasizes unity and transforming power. The experience of training in each of these three arts will deepen the students understanding of the art in which he chooses to focus on and by studying the core aspects of each style a student can take the lessons learned and use them to more fully understand the development of internal power and effective movement. He will gain insight into practicing that would not have been possible if his experience was narrowed by only practicing one art.
The student in the beginning of training does not know much about the difference between these arts. By going through the Nei Kung specific for each style and incorporating it into movement patterns the student gains an understanding of the similarities and differences between these three arts. The student can then make a decision based upon experience and preference as to which style to continue learning in depth rather than wasting sometimes years trying an art to find out that it just does not suit the student’s temperament, body structure, goals, etc.