Wujishi Book, Back in Stock

Wujishi Breathing book @plumpub.com

Good news! You can stop holding your breath (literally): the slow boat has finally arrived and our beloved Wujishi book is back in stock. This is one of those quiet classics that could easily find its place on the shelves of any good martial arts or qigong library. Click image to go to ordering page.

6 Responses to “Wujishi Book, Back in Stock”

  1. Ty Hicks says:

    great book and good resource. Are there people out there who really ask “why standing practice” ? The backbone of the chinese arts is standing to build power. If you don’t believe this, you have never went at this seriously, or you simply can’t get out of your own way. Stand-breathe in and out the top of your head through your spine-no thinking, guiding, or controlling, just see what shows up and later-much later-try more advanced methods. After the initial mental and physical discomfort, life is great. No amount of forms and drills, or anything else,can take the place of this one aspect of training. As it says in one famous and astoundingly great taiji book, “Standing IS the martial art”.

  2. Ty Hicks says:

    OK, writing posts in a state of exhaustion does terrible things to grammar and punctuation, so I apologize. I also do not want to sound like a know-it-all jerk, so please let me explain my response above. I REALLY want people to get this aspect of training. I find it very hard to teach a western mind (especially in this “multi-tasking” era) to just stand and turn off the mind. In my own experience this creates the “body” for the chinese arts. My own students ask what to do to create more power for refined strength and my response is always “standing and silk reeling”. These two practices alone create the refined power and movement that are the hallmark of chinese arts. sometimes the truth is so simple people don’t want to believe it. Please read the article “YOU AND STANDING PRACTICE”, then look up some of the great resources on the PLUM site. I openly teach advanced iron palm practices to people instead of keeping them “secret”, like one of my teachers did, because I have learned that they are self regulating. In the last 15 years, or so, I have taught some form of iron palm to about 40 people, out of those, I know 2 who continue. This especially holds true for standing practice. I personally feel like standing practice is the greatest tool for beginners AND advanced students. It is “the beginning and the end” so to speak.

  3. steve weinbaum says:

    Thanks for your comments on the role of standing (and silk reeling) in martial practice, Ty.

    In the west, I believe that notion needs to be reinforced as much as possible.

    You mentioned a book in which it is stated that “Standing is the martial art.” Can you divulge the title of that book?

    Steve Weinbaum

  4. Rich Mooney says:

    Hi all!

    Having done standing “Zhan Zhuang” practices since 1987, I can truly say that Standing Meditation is a 1000% power add on to whatever martial arts practice you are into, and is also a great add on to your normal life, and is a way of living in and of itself.

    Your concentration, focus, will be enhanced. It will also reduce your need for sleep, and is a highly recommended practice for night shift workers, grave yard shift, or any job that has a dearth of interaction late at night; prison guards will benefit, weight lifters will benefit, soccer moms will benefit.

    Standing is the easy part. The hard part comes when you engage
    in storing the qi you build up as a result of practice. The second component to Standing Meditation is called Silent Sitting Meditation.

    The ratio of standing to sitting is 1:1.5 If you stand for 10 minutes, you sit for 15. Work up to standing for 48 minutes, you sit for 1hr12minutes, or longer

    Do not “jump the gun” when you do Standing Meditation. Work slowly, and proceed step by step. Try 10 minutes at first, and over the period of a year, work up to standing for an hour or longer.

    I also recommend the book “Traditional Chinese Therapeutic Exercises – Standing Pole” published by Foreign Language Press
    in Beijing written by Wang XuanJie and J.P.C. Moffett

    I hope my post will benefit others.

  5. Nicholas Hancock says:

    As a relatively green student of Chinese martial arts I have been introduced to standing practice on several occasions but (luckily) my teachers didn’t make a fuss or any fancy claims about what it could do, or be used for. I have always found it pleasant and relaxing. Thanks to the perspective, advice, and commentary in this article (among numerous others on all the plum sites), I will definitely start experimenting with an open mind and integrate standing into my daily practice. Thanks for all the resources!!!

  6. Rich Mooney says:

    Dear Steve; You make mention of “standing as a martial art”. There are many fine books here at Plum that deal with Yiquan, and yiquan is the usage of standing as it can be applied for fighting. Kenichi
    Sawai in his book Tai Ki Ken, used what he learned from Wang Xiang Zhai for fighting purposes. In Standing you gain a definite exchange, a remuneration if you will; by standing you gain excellent root. Excellent root is what keeps you standing upright as your enemy tries to knock you down.

    Wang XuanJie published quite a few fine books on his take of yiquan, as did my Teacher, Paul Moon Wai Dong. Pauls books touch on what some might consider the esoteric end of the standing meditation skills; going into external qi healing and also Lin Kong Jing.

    Those skills exist depending on how far you wish you go down the Rabbit Hole, and how much of your mind you wish to give up in the process of gaining them. They work good for some, so-so for others, and not so much for others. I spent my time training for many many years, and had great fun, but at last my body could no longer keep up with the requirements demanded of me for the training at it’s deeper more esoteric levels.

    What I came away with was tremendous strength; both internal and external, a youthful appearance; I am now 52 and look 25 – 27 years of age, great blood pressure, etc…

    I am happy to remain at the stage I am at, and if I live to the age of 120, I will chalk it all up to Paul’s training and unstinting giving forth of his copious knowledge to a white boy with dreams of daoist immortality running in his mind. I love Paul as a son loves a doting father for all the other information he eagerly shared with me over the past 2 decades.

    I have done right by Paul in passing along his knowledge all over europe and here in the USA.

    The thousands I have taught in England, Ireland, Scotland, The Royal Air Force Martial Arts Association, Germany and Belgium
    and here in the USA from coast to coast; East to West and North to South will be the ones to carry my work further down the centuries, and I hope that many of them uncover the riches of Standing Meditation, where I could only plow into the basic depths during my training.

    Of course, there are many who just wish to delve into the basic physical training skills, and totally avoid any of the esoteric skills that are there waiting for people just to dive into and explore, and I also wish those who wish to only grasp the physical
    strengths the best of wishes as they explore those avenues of training.

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