In the opening sentence of Master Wang’s essay, he states: “One begins with standing and ends with standing.” Zhanzhuang (standing) helps to awaken, connect, and strengthen the mind and body. Students can greatly enhance both health and martial arts abilities using this system.
“Health stance is the basic training in I-Chuan, and it is critical for learning the fighting stance. Without the energy and good health developed by serious work in the basic health stance, it is senseless to consider fighting.” — Gregory Fong
Daily kung fu practice provides an energetic aerobic workout well suited to teenagers and young adults. Through a series of punching and kicking drills, students are taught to coordinate hands and feet with speed, focus, and timing with the ultimate aim of developing and using power efficiently.
“What I teach is based on the efficient application of physical principles to the fundamentals of how the body and mind work together,” says Fong.
Chen t’ai chi is an athletic martial arts system which provides excellent daily exercise. Its health benefits include lowering blood pressure, toning muscles, building strength, gradually opening tight joints, and improving circulation.
“The true meaning of a given movement in a form is not its application, but rather the unlimited potential of the mind to provide muscular and skeletal support for that movement.” Gregory Fong
Regular mental and physical exercise is the key to long term good health. When performed slowly and gently, the Chinese martial art known as “t’ai chi chuan” is especially suitable for older students concerned to maintain their health and for students with poor health looking to improve it. Those who are already in good health and physically fit can benefit from a more vigorous approach.
“All my classes focus on improving each individual’s physical and mental fitness,” says Fong, “appropriate to their age and level of conditioning.”