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The FOUR FORMS of Luohan Qigong


Each one of the four internal Qigong forms has its own characteristics. All of them make use of breathing and mind control to manage the flow of Qi (Chi) along the meridians. Three of these exercises involve movement, and one makes use of stationary positions.

The FOUR FORMS of  Luohan Qigong
First Form - SUB BAK LUOHAN SAU

SUB BAK LUOHAN SAU The first form in the set, "Luohan Kung" or "The 18 Hands of Luohan", employs movements to generate the Chi. It highlights the end of Yin and Yang in movements, as well as all the extension and contraction of Chi circulation. Nevertheless, even with the total expression of the yang, the body still remains light and flexible, without any rigidity.

SMALL LUOHAN - SIU LUOHAN

SIU LUOHAN The second form, "Siu Luohan", has more rounded movements and it is softer. In contrast with "Luohan Kung", "Siu Luohan" makes more use of breathing than of body movements to generate Chi circulation. It incorporates stationary positions on different points. Movement is born from stillness, stillness is activated by movement, and from the latter one can cultivate stillness.

GREAT LUOHAN - TAI LUOHAN

TAI LUOHAN The third form, "Da Luohan!, takes place with legs and arms crossed in different mudras or positions. The mind, in tune with breathing, is used to center the Chi in the different meridian points along the central axis of the body. While the "Luohan Kung" and the "Siu Luohan" work mainly on the meridian organs, "Da Luohan" uses the "jen mai", the meridian of the conception or "tu mai" or control meridian.

WITHOUT END - WU-CHI

The fourth form, "Wu Chi" The fourth and last form, "Wu Chi" (literally "without end"), combines the abilities of the last three with struggling attempts. The movements are fluid and relaxed, and the body is light and soft. The stillness of the mind is fused with body movement, what is fast flows to what is slow. This reflects the cosmic dance of creation, where the yin and yang (universal opposites) interact to form Wu Chithe thousands of phenomena and entities of which the universe is made. It is a very efficient form of struggle that combines the hard physical abilities needed to fight with the soft concentration of the mind and Chi circulation. "Wu Chi" is similar to "pao chiu", the Chen of tai-chi. It has graceful movements mixed with explosive ones. This is considered as one of the most advanced fist forms of Choy Li Fut.

Poem: Black Elk, Black Elk speaks
Everything the Power of the World does is done in circles.

The sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all stars.

The wind, in its greatest power, whirls.

Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.

The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle.

The moon does the same, and both are round.

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were.

The life of a (person) is a circle form childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where the power runs.

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