Xingyi Kempo, being the genre of internal martial arts, emphasizes on the coordination of our bodies and how simple actions like breathing, specific stretching on different body parts and a change of diet have the potential in improving the quality of our health and lives.
Master Tay went on to give an overall view on Form-Boxing (形拳) and Mind-Boxing (意拳) in Xingyi Kempo.
Master Tay demonstrates as he explains
Master Tay had also shared with us the different types of strength that a human body has the potential to develop and generate. He went on teaching the audience a simple exercise that allow us to feel our own qi.
Participants doing a simple stretching workout to feel their qi
After which, interested participants stayed back for the trial class! Master Tay taught the class Santi Shi (三体式 lit. Three Body Stance) and Splitting Punch (劈拳). Santi Shi is the basic standing stance in Xingyi Kempo. With prolonged and appropriate training, it can help to improve the over all body endurance. Splitting Punch is one of the five basic strikes in Xingyi Kempo. Although Splitting Punch looks simple and straight forward, to get it right, there are still details to work on with. We have to learn to be mindful of our body coordination and how we breathe.
To me, it can be both surprising and amusing to know how clumsy my body could be! But I figure it out that this will be one of the reasons why would I want to participate in this Xingyi Kempo Module 1, that is to improve my body coordination!
I'm looking forward to my next lesson and I guess it is always good to have something to look forward to and some more things to discover about yourself.
P/S: If you wish to find out more about Xingyi Kempo, email Master Tay.