The next Nei Kung Introductory Workshop will be:
Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 from 1-3:30pm. Sign up here today!
Please check back soon for our full schedule of 2014 workshops.
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Nei Kung is an internal system of Chi Kung,
employing slow, deep breathing and requiring a relaxed physical stance
and mental attitude. (The external approach to cultivating chi is
characterized by heavy breathing and rapid diaphragmatic exercises.)
Nei Kung practice charges up the body's energy. The effects in the
initial Workshop are dramatic, and the profound extent of the training
often becomes apparent as early as the first two weeks of regular
Nei Kung has been refined, and handed down from
Master to Master since the time of Yellow Emperor (2696--2598 b.c.e.).
It evolved from the Taoists' search for a way to rejuvenate and heal
the body, to increase internal strength and energy.
There is a saying in China that if you pursue the
Ch'uan (fighting technqiue) without practicing (Nei) Kung, when you
reach old age you will not have anything to show for your efforts.
Great importance is traditionally placed on the study of Nei Kung in
conjunction with Tai Chi Chuan. In order to
attain a high level of ability in Tai Chi, one must know and practice
Nei Kung diligently.
Master Chu's The
Book of Nei Kung is helfpul for home study and reference. Read student James Borrelli's "My Story with Sifu"
for more about the making of the book.
Also informative is an interview
with Master Chu published in Qi Magazine. Click to read the 10-page article in Adobe Acrobat
format (PDF). (If you have trouble opening the file, you may also need
to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.) You can read more about Nei Kung in Why Tai Chi?
Nei Kung Classes
Hour-long workout, beginning with calm breathing
and approximately twenty minutes of Horse Stance, then progressing
through the nine remaining exercises. Pre-requisite: Nei Kung
Classes, offered six days a week, are on-going and can be
joined at any time after taking a workshop.
Nei Kung Workshop
An introduction to--and a pre-requisite for--the
regular Nei Kung classes. A short lecture leads to instruction in the
ten exercises, from Horse Stance to Owl Turns Head. Pre-requisite:
none. Required for Nei Kung classes. Workshops are held approximately
once every other month on Sunday afternoons, from 1 pm to 3:30 pm.
Enrollment is limited, with discount pricing for advance registration
(one-week) and for those who have previously taken the Workshop.
Nei Kung Improvement 10 Week Seminar
Students at CK Chu Tai Chi are encouraged to seek correction of their nei kung postures on a regular basis. Corrections can be done during any tai chi class. A Special Class in Nei Kung Improvement is also taught as part of the advanced series of classes. This class meets once a week for 10 weeks. Each class is dedicated to one of the 10 Chu Nei Kung postures. A student volunteer will demonstrate the posture and the class will learn how to improve that persons posture, and in the process learn how to do the posture more correctly.
Nei Kung Advanced Improvement Workshop (Adv)
For decades, students have been introduced to Nei Kung during an intensive Sunday afternoon workshop. That workshop explained how to do Master Chu's Nei Kung regimen. Regularly scheduled classes are for practicing Nei Kung with a trained instructor. Every couple of years the school has a 10-week Nei Kung Improvement Class. We do not plan to hold such a class until at least 2014. Instead, we will have occasional improvement workshops. If you want to improve your Nei Kung, receive corrections, learn how to train the system properly, and ask questions - attend this workshop. Come with questions and be prepared to take notes.