Zhan Zhuang

Peng development exercises are the most essential for students seeking internal power for martial ability along with longevity and vibrant health. Zhan Zhuan (Universal Post) is the core system to develop internal power known as “Peng”. There is an old saying that a Tai Ji Quan master can use only 4 ounces to deflect 10,000 lbs. First, you have to have “Peng.” Our Tai Ji Quan lineage Master Kuo was well known for his serious effort practicing this exercise. Kuo would stand in the park from 6a.m. to 7a.m. in the Universal Post stance every day before class in the park.

There is a checklist of meditations performed on the body that must be done in a relaxed state, with your spine elongated, and deep abdominal breaths. When you hold the Universal Post Qi Gong meditation for an hour, you will feel a rush all over your body as all your meridians begin to open. This meridian opening exercise then benefits the practitioner by giving them the sense of Peng that they can then manifest in their Tai Ji Quan (Tai Chi Chuan), Ba Gua Zhang (Pa Kua Cheng) and Xing Yi Quan (Hsing-I Chuan) practice. In order to get to an hour mark, which is just the beginning, by the way, you must learn the proper way to do the post standing to ensure you are not just standing still, but you are in fact raising your vibration and circulating energy for the optimum health benefits.

Zhan Zhuang exercise strengthens and tones your entire body to position your abdomen in a manner conducive for redirecting energy applied on it through the feet, routing all pressure to the earth. This way the Internal Martial Artist can remain relaxed while issuing power in combat, not from muscle strength but from posture connected with the ground. Running into a person who is in Peng would be like running into a brick wall, it will have so much sturdiness. The Zhan Zhuang Qi Gong form is the first Qi Gong taught to those aspiring to benefit from training the Immortal Kung Fu system because of the essential internal alchemy lessons it provides to students who practice it diligently. We teach the 12 Rules of Peng from Kuo, the simplified 9 rules of Peng from Kwok, and several additional rules from Ta Jia Lee (Dr. G. S. Torres).