Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung
Zhan Zhuang means ‘standing like a tree’, or ‘stand as a stake’. Standing still in different basic positions, without external movement, is the core exercise of this Chi Kung style. In the training this is alternated with dynamic exercises; attentive movements (Shi Li and Mo Ca Bu), step training (Zhou Bu), partner work (Tui Shou), stretching and relaxation exercises (Dao Yin or Do In). Forms like Ba Duan Jin and Golden Ball Tai Chi are also practiced.
Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung distinguishes itself from other forms of Chi Kung because energy is not guided by thoughts. The circulation of energy in the body is stimulated by a combination of still postures and dynamic exercises. This method is unique to Zhan Zhuang.
The founder is the famous Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai (1885-1963). He travelled all over China to practice and study many Martial Arts for a long time. From his experience and insights he developed I-Chuan or Yichuan (Da Cheng Chuan): a system in which Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is the most fundamental and important step, the basis.