Zhan Zhuang Gong (pronounced Jam Jong Chi Kung)
The Art Of Nourishing Life
All fields of human activity – physical, mental and spiritual – depend on the power of our energy. Properly concentrated, it can generate tremendous creativity and dynamism.
All human beings are capable of manifesting far higher levels of energy than is normally assumed. These weekly classes will introduce you to the art of awakening this extraordinary capacity already latent in your body and mind.
The techniques for personal development have traditionally been practised in the martial arts. But the high levels of energy they generate help to transform everyday life. They increase your stamina and brainpower. The results work wonders in demanding professions. They give you resilience in high-stress environments and unlock astonishing creative power in the performing arts.
The cultivation of human energy is one of the great achievements of the world’s oldest surviving civilisations. In the legacy of Chinese culture, the human being is understood to be a field of energy. Natural scientist and medical specialists have worked over the centuries to determine how best to sustain, replenish and enhance this vital energy, known a Chi.
The techniques the Chinese developed for working with our energy are known as Chi Kung, with literally means internal energy exercise. The most powerful form of Chi Kung begins with energy work involving almost no external movement. This unique system is called Zhan Zhuang, pronounced Jam Jong, and is most commonly known as Standing Like A Tree. The stationary postures stabilise the body and unblock the flow of Chi. At a later stage of practice, they can be combined with carefully designed movements to generate remarkable strength.
With careful and dedicated practice the art of Zhan Zhuang will start to generate enhanced inner strength, and over time you will be able to use and direct that power in all aspects of your daily life.
I wish to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Great Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai, Professor Yu Yong Nian, Grandmaster Lam and Sifu Tony Dove, past masters and my current teachers (my lineage*) who have all dedicated their lives to preserve and pass on this unique art.
*I will write a blog shortly on the importance of a strong lineage within the energetic arts.
More info on Grandmaster Lam www.lamassociation.com
More info on Sifu Tony Dove www.standinglikeatree.co.uk