Zhan Zhuang - foundation of Internal Martial Artsby Karel Koskuba
Most Internal Martial Arts use some form of standing practice as foundation training (and Taijiquan is no exception in this regard).
These standing exercises are usually called Zhan Zhuang(pole standing); sometimes they are called 'Standing Qigong'.
The standing exercises are supposed torelax and help you'accumulate Qi'. In this article I shall try to outline my theory that should explain, from western perspective, why these exercises are so important both for Internal Martial Arts and Qigong, how this western view correlates with the traditional Qiview and give training advice on how to practice them. In writing this article I have drawn upon my experience from Taijiquan, Yiquan and information from medical postural rehabilitation research and sports science.
Recommended books on Standing Qigong
The Way of Energy by Master Lam Kam-Chuen
Inside Zhan Zhuang: F…