Energy Cultivation (Qigong)
Energy cultivation is integral to most internal arts training. Regardless of style or method, practicing internal arts according to correct principles will produce energy growth and development.
The Tai Chi, Xing-I, and Bagua programs include Qigong (working the life force) training as part of their warm ups. Over time, the practitioner no longer makes any effort to remember choreography, and the form will flow with little or no conscious effort. At this point, when the forms begin to “do themselves,” the practitioner will move to a new level of relaxation. The student’s internal dialogue quiets, allowing them to attract and begin to store Qi at a much higher level.
At this stage, the body develops greater and greater density of Chi (Qi) in their skin, muscles, and bones. Adding new training methods at this point can assist in taking this increased Chi and refining it to finer and yet more expansive states. This assists in expanding consciousness and awareness. All of this is Energy Cultivation. Correct training methods, correct mental focus, and perseverance allows one to grow and refine their internal Chi for greater health, power, and well-being.
These methods are part of the Wu Shen Tao curriculum. Should you wish to focus solely on energetics without the martial arts aspect, there are options available. This path focuses more on Meditation, Qigong, and other physical / energetic techniques for increasing the quantity and quality of one’s Qi.
Outside of group class, concentrated training may be undertaken on a private basis only. This path requires much time and effort and should be undertaken only by those seriously interested in the goals of highly energizing the body and mind and cultivating the spirit. In addition, reaching these goals requires a review of diet, routines, and mindset. It calls for persistence, fortitude, and will.
Those interested in this type of training should contact Paul Ramos at 301-651-3617, or email him at email@example.com. Note: Sometimes undertaking this this type of training is best done with a training partner so that they may motivate each other to remain consistent during the plateaus that occur periodically along the path.