At The EBM Kung Fu Academy, nothing is stressed more than the basics.
Without a solid foundation, it is very difficult to make progress. All
martial art forms as well as free fighting require that one has a strong
foundation. At EBM we supplement all of the martial arts
that we teach with extensive ch'i kung practices and body conditioning systems.
The ch'i kung systems that we teach in their entirety are the following:
The 108 Lohan Kung Fu Strength & Conditioning Series
Muscle Sinew Washing
Bone Marrow Washing
Northern Star Ch'i Kung
Crane Ch'i Kung
T'ai Chi Ch'uan Ho Shi Fa
Hsing I Ch'uan Dragon Body Series
Various Standing Meditation Methods
Ch'i kung practice strengthens the body, regulates the vital fluids (jing),
builds physical energy (ch'i) and cultivates ones mental concentration and
spirit (shen). Regular practice of ch'i kung develops a deeper understanding
of the internal aspect of the martial arts.
Body conditioning is an essential aspect of all the training at EBM.
Having a strong constitution is essential for anyone interested in the
fighting aspect of martial arts. Most of the conditioning exercises taught
at EBM are from the 108 Lohan exercises as taught by Grand master Kwan Sai
Hung. The Lohan series consists of solo and two person strengthening exercises
that utilize every part of the body. The series is extremely rigorous and effective
for any style of martial art. The 108 Lohan series is a very involved system
in its own right.
Toughen my sinews,
harden my bones,
Make my blood flow freely,
I will then be young forever
In touch with the realm of gods.
- Canon of the Great Void (Classic Taoist Text)