It was not common to teach the last three to beginners or even to semi-advanced students. The last three have a high level of very powerful Qigong methods and learnt incorrectly could cause some problems! However, I have found that unless a student is at a higher level of his or her training that no damage can occur as the internal has not yet risen to a high enough degree. And I have also found by experimentation with my own students, that if a student 'gets' these forms and understands them, then they HAVE to be at that high level anyway so they will not be doing any damage. I am beginning to believe that this was just another well kept secret to stop ordinary people from getting the 'good oil' so to speak! So, I have now put out on video tape the last three forms. See the Qi Disruption video section for details.
These nine brief forms are the beginning of all internal martial arts systems. Within their framework can be seen elements of Taijiquan, H’sing-I ch’uan and Baguazhang. These are the most important forms for the development of transferring and issuing Qi. I will be covering all nine of these forms in future volumes of this series. For now though, I have them all taught in the series "Qi Disruptive Methods" Volumes 1 through 9.
Everything that one has to learn about the Internal Gung-fu is hidden within these nine forms. They teach self defence at a deadly level, healing of the body and healing of others. They teach us about fa-jing at a very high level and about issuing Qi for healing or for fighting. Each form will heal certain disease states and organs, as the below information will show.
I always tell my students, "if you do not feel great after practising even one of these forms, then you aren’t doing it correctly. To do all nine, has an amazing effect upon one’s outlook. They can be done slowly as a total qigong exercise or explosively only slowing when there are obvious qigong sections.
These forms not only teach us about self-defence and healing, they also teach us about ‘qi disruption’. This exciting area deals with disrupting an attacker’s energy flows to cause that person to become very weak when they attempt to re-attack us. It involves brushing the hand or hands very quickly to the point of fa-jing over certain areas of the body. (Each form uses a different area to cause different Qi disruptions to occur). This will cause a magnetic field to be set up across the attacker’s own ‘electrical’ pathways thus causing an adverse current to be set up along that pathway. This is only a minute current as that is the way the human body works. If we were for instance to use much higher currents from an external unnatural source, it would not have any effect other than to electrocute the person! We are able to cause an attacker not to be able to punch us because when he tries, his body is drained of Qi very quickly. We are able to affect for instance the ‘awaking energy’, which is that energy that causes us to wake up. When we do the reverse, we cause the person to want to be asleep.
All of this is scientific and much of it has had scientific experiments done on it to prove its veracity. I too have done experiments in my own meagre way which also upholds this theory.
Each of the nine Qi disruptive methods also has a follow-up strike that will take advantage of the Qi disruptive method in the best possible way. Usually this strike is an extremely deadly strike all by itself, but put it with the Qi disruptive method and we have some of the most deadly fighting methods ever invented. Hence their secrecy for so long.
The following shows each of the nine forms and what they do.
Name: Penetration Form. This form is used to penetrate the attacker’s defences even when he is holding a very strong on guard stance.
Meridian: Spleen. This form works upon the spleen. In the internal Gung-fu, the spleen and kidneys hold special significance and are very important. Hence, that the first two forms work upon the Spleen while the next two work upon the kidneys.
Works On: Back bone & C.N.S. This form is especially good for gaining "moving from the centre," and thus Qi transference. It works also upon the central nervous system toning up reflexes and disease associated with nerve problems.
Disruption: The Qi disruptive method is quite difficult, as it has to be total fa-jing in a split second. The right hand moves across the face from his left to his right. Immediately following and so soon, it could look as if it is done at the same time, the left comes across his face from his right to left on the outside of my right palm. Then the reverse of this happens. Following, both hands cross simultaneously, left goes from his right to his left while the right is the reverse. However, L is closer and does a hooking type movement to finish around the back of the left side of his neck.
Recovery: Lasts for 3 minutes. When performed properly, this method will last for up to 3 minutes. I.e., the effect of this strike will last 3 minutes giving plenty of time to re-attack with its follow up move.
Balance: Rub gently down backbone from back of head to tail bone, brush down from coccyx.
To heal this effect for instance when I demonstrate it, I must do the above.
Test: Each method can be tested using simple muscle tests. By placing pressure onto the arms for instance, then performing the method, then re-testing we can ascertain how effective the method is. Or rather how effective our training is!
Heholds his arms out with tight fists. Fists are about two feet apart, push downwards with my hands on the inside of his arms.
Strike Point: Back of neck with cupped palm. This is a ‘percussive strike as used in Baguazhang in particular. It puts adverse Qi into the points.
Works On: Communication between upper and lower. This form improves (when self healing) or affects adversely, (when fighting) the communication between upper and lower. So at a physical level, the attacker does not know what his legs are doing etc.
Disruption: Right palm begins upper near the neck while the left is lower near lower abdomen. Both hands move simultaneously down and up respectively, then repeat this. So they end up in their beginning position. This must be done at fa-jing pace, the sound of the wind moving through the hands must be heard, it is that fast.
Recovery: Lasts for 4 days.
Balance: Use the utility balancing from head to CV 14. The ‘utility’ balancing method involves placing your own fingers, (thumb, forefinger and longest finger) together to form a sort of diamond shape, placing them over the crown. You then separate the hands moving them down both sides of the face making a tear shape to end up with the last three fingers now touching at the point called CV 14 near the sternum. You should do this about three times until you ‘feel’ that his Qi is back to normal again.
Test: Arms held outwards (male) right palm on top, push downwards.
Strike Point: His left side of lower abdomen on girdle meridian or to her right side. When doing this for demonstration, we would gently push inwards using the palm. However, in the fighting art, we use the knee to the lower abdomen.
Meridian: All meridians in particular those that are not covered in the other eight.
Works On: Binds all of the other forms together so that they work even better. Balances yin and yang Qi in the body. Centres Qi on tantien. Gives powerful Qi.
Disruption: Slice down the middle the backbone with right palm.
Recovery: 3 days.
Balance: Place palms over each of the input-input points. Bahui, (male) Right on top. SI 16, CO 14, GB 30. Ten seconds each. Alternatively, stand in seven star position for 5 minutes. That posture at the end of both the Old and New Yang styles of Taijiquan where you join both wrists and hold two fists with the left foot toe only touching the ground.
Test: Pushes outward with both palms.
Strike Point: Yang meeting point, 7th cervical vertebra. Upward with L palm. GV 14
(This form will be in two volumes due to its complicated way and the need to teach it in great detail slowly).
The ‘Still’ Form or ‘Form of Stillness’
This is the 10th in the series of Qi Disruption or ‘WUDANG SHAN’ system tapes.
It is called ‘Still’ because this is the first form that deals totally with Qi development and use.
In this form we see the beginning of Taijiquan as we now have a few explosive movements (fa-jing) as well as a slowing down of the form postures. This is because we are trying to concentrate a large amount of Qi down into a fine line for use either in healing or in the fighting arts. If for instance you take a 12 inch pipe through which a volume of water is flowing, you might be able to stand in front of it and take a shower. However, if you were to then force that flow at the same rate to flow through a ½ inch pipe, it would cut you in two! Or like when we go out in to the light of day, it is pleasant but when that very same light is concentrated down into a laser light is can cut you and drill holes in you and other things.
This is the whole idea of concentrating our Qi from a large and relatively harmless amount of self-healing Qi into a much more useful smaller concentrated form of Qi.
This form is the beginning of this aspect of one’s Internal Martial Arts training.
The form is VERY precise and MUST be followed exactly as taught. The genius of the people who invented these forms saw that there was a need to progress in a certain manner from physical with more physical than internal movement, to movements that were specifically designed to have much more internal movement that external. Hence this form having more movements that are akin to what we now know as Taijiquan. However, the form does have some very violent applications, but they are only there to help us to realize the internal.
I have decided to put this kata out now as I have experimented with my own students and thus far, no-one has gone mad! This can be because of two reasons. Either they are simply not doing it correctly enough or that they are doing it correctly! The main area of this form is the mind and what you are thinking about while doing the form. The connection between the tantien and your hand movements are so precise that it takes a long time to learn correctly. You cannot simply take the physical movements of this form and expect it to work in Qi development. You must learn it correctly with the mind intent as well as the physical movements.
Called the ‘Prenatal’ form, this one is very powerful working upon the prenatal Qi. Before we are born, our three ‘parts’, ‘spirit’, ‘mind’ and ‘body’ are as one. Once we are born, (postnatal) over time, we begin to see those three separate into their respective keeping places in the body. So they because separated as we become more human. This No. 11 form rejoins those three areas as much as possible given that we are human beings. So a much more balanced life and mind follow the use of this form.
Some of the health benefits are: Weight loss, helping to fix impotence in men and low libido in both sexes as it works upon the life force and Kidney Qi. It also helps with diabetes as this condition is also related to Kidney Qi.
This form contains some very powerful Qigong methods as well as some very physical movements that work upon the hip area thus, as the Chinese say, gives a youthful appearance. This is also gained when one enhances Kidney Qi.
Wudang Form (Qi Disruptive Form) No. 12 is the last in the series and is called "Finishing Form" as it completes the set. This form is the epitome of the Chinese way of integrating healing into the fighting methods. It is an excellent way to lose weight, to keep a youthful appearance and to keep one's Life-force at a high level. It works upon the Kidney Jing both physically and internally. This form is both physical and internal in that the movements are not easy to perform with many of the very low movements not unlike some of the Shaolin forms. This works upon the Kidneys, Liver and Spleen. In fact, there are 12 main parts to this form with each part working upon a main meridian. There are more than 12 movements but all are either one of the 12 main movements or derivations of them. There is quite a potent Qigong method again in this form which also works directly upon the tantien balancing out effectively the amount of Yin and Yang energy. By the time the masters of old got to working out this form, they were beginning to understand exactly how movement and internal Qi movement worked hand-in-hand so this form more-so than any others is closer to what we now know to be Taijiquan.