Internal training is in direct contrast to external training. We begin by looking inward, seeking balance within the body. From this point, we journey outward and begin mastering the body from inside out.
The building of strength, flexibility and stamina is slow going compared to external training. We move slow at first, in order to develop body awareness. Each movement is designed to give a greater understanding of what our bodies can do. As our skill increases, so does the body’s strength, flexibility and fluidity. A skilled internal martial artist seems impervious to heavy contact, supple as a willow, able to swim through air as a fish darts through water. They move as light as a feather to escape and grow as heavy as a mountain when they are grabbed.
Our internal kung fu training covers many systems:
- Chi Kung
- T’ai Chi Ch’uan, including Yang and Chen styles
- Pa Kua Chang
- Hsing Yi
- Iron Shirt
- Iron Bone
- Weapons, including iron fan, straight sword and more.
Internal kung fu training takes a great deal of patience. Gaining skill is slow and tedious at first, but with determination and awareness you will feel the difference. External kung fu teaches skills for combat from the very beginning. Internal stylists, however, believe it is better to know oneself first, before taking on an opponent. “The true measure of T’ai Chi skill is not done in a few breaths, it is measured in decades”