About the Author: Master Song Zhi Yong is a senior disciple of Master Li Gui Chang. He teaches Xing Yi Quan and Tai Ji Quan in Taiyuan, China. This book is the product of a collaboration with Tom Bisio, Valerie Ghent, Huang Guo Qi, and Internal Arts International.. Tu Na Si Ba - The "Secret" Breathing Methods of Xing Yi Quan. Chinese-English Edition with link to online video of Tu Na Si Ba performed by Master Song Zhi Yong. In Northern China and in Shanxi Province, the purported birthplace of Xing Yi Quan, Master Li Gui Chang is a legendary figure in the world of martial arts. Few practitioners have approached Master Li's achievements in Tai Ji Quan and Xing Yi Quan. Li studied Xing Yi Quan and Ba Gua Zhang with the great Dong Xiu Sheng and Tai Ji Quan with Liu Dong Han. Li Gui Chang's expression of Xing Yi Quan is sometimes referred to as the Xing Yi "Body Method," because of its emphasis on subtle internal body actions and internally sensing Qi and Jin. Hence, it is completely congruent with Daoist Yang Sheng (nourishing life) practices. In this unique book, Song Zhi Yong, a senior disciple of Li Gui Chang, reveals the formerly "secret" foundational training which is the key to Master Li's Xing Yi Quan: Tu Na Si Ba (Four Essential Breathing Forms) San Ti Shi (Three Body Posture Training). Tu Na Si Ba was traditionally only taught to senior disciples, and has never before been written about in English or Chinese. Tu Na literally means "spit out" (Tu) and "receive" or "accept" (Na). In both martial and Daoist practices, Tu Na refers to breathing exercises associated with self-cultivation. When practicing the gentle, slow movements of Tu Na Si Ba, one effectively "breathes out the old and takes in the new" (Tu Gu Na Xing). This combination of inner-directed movement and breathing builds up Qi in the body, while simultaneously strengthening the tendons and bones. Every aspect of Tu Na Si Ba directly connects to the spirit, internal mechanics and martial techniques of Xing Yi Quan. The practice of Tu Na Si Ba is particularly critical to understanding and developing skill in San Ti Shi and Pi Quan (Splitting Fist), the core practices of Xing Yi Quan. The final section of this book presents San Ti Shi, the fixed standing (Zhan Zhu
Just sell a DVD of the videos [Updated] [Update: The videos are still a pain to get to and require a donation, and I'd still buy a DVD if it were available. However, I've come to the conclusion that the videos are intended to move that slowly. I realized this when I noticed that the light play on the ripples of the water in the background are at normal speed. It's very subtle, and I probably only caught it because I'm a photographer.] After moving away from my teacher, I continued my practice of Xing Yi Quan on my own. I came to this book from Tom Biso's great book "Xing Yi Quan: Art of Inner Transformation." I really want to add Tu Na Si Ba to my daily practice, but I need to see it— as the book itself recommends. After jumping through hoops for what felt like an hour, I finally got to the online videos only to find that they load and run painfully slow. I need to watch these videos, and I'm willing to buy a DVD if they make one available. I'm giving five stars for the book and one star for the videos. That equates to three stars. Again, just sell a DVD of the videos. I'll buy it!
Little Treasure Excellent book with clear photos, insight and guidelines for teachers and students of Li Guichang's very refined and deep Neigong set. Very grateful to Song Zhi Yong and Tom Bisio for making this 'indoor' set available to the general public. Tu Na Si Ba is a very neat and compact set, useful to any martial practitioner, and key to developing the Shen Fa (body method), along with San Ti Shi, in this style of Xing Yi Quan. The set is deceptively simple, but there is much to unpack, so I recommend this as supplement and aid to instruction from a qualified teacher, regardless of level of experience in internal arts, yoga and/or other types of mind/body movement. I have been practicing this set for several years now with my teacher, Martin LaPlatney, and, over time, it has made many changes to my body and helped improve the quality of my Taiji and Xing Yi practice. While this set is a great aid for developing internal qualities, it's also a health maintenance set--very useful to those rehabbing from injuries. As a Xing Yi and Taiji instructor, I am very happy to have this manual to share with my students.
An Important Work that Gives an Important View of the Inner Workings of the Internal Arts This book details information on a central neigong method employed in the style of Xing Yi taught by the late Li Gui Chang and Song Zhi Yong, as taught to Tom Bisio. This method is considered very important to developing the internal aspect of this style, and combines with the San Ti Shi to create the root for high ability in this art. Such information used to be the type of thing you would expect to be only available to disciple level students of the art. While I would say that personal instruction would still be important so that corrections could be made, still the book has great value just describing the practice and explaining where the exercise fits in this style of Xing Yi Quan. I have practiced this, but I have not developed it enough to get many of the benefits available. The book encourages me to go further with this practice. I noticed since trying again, that my qigong had improved in the interim since practicing it before and makes me wonder if I can get over the hump this time...
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