Do any of you know anything about a qigong technique called “嫡传”, or “di chuan”? It’s something that we did regularly as part of the ‘qigong hour’ during classes at Nam Wah Pai (Lorong 29) in Singapore back when I first moved there.
In retrospect, that was the most powerful training I’ve ever had in qigong and Chinese martial arts; by the time I left, my dantian felt like a cricket ball. Classes were three hours long, twice a week: an hour of taijiquan, an hour of qigong, then another hour of taijiquan. At the time, I was totally new to all of this, and just followed along; I didn’t know what the techniques were were using were called or, really, what each on was for. I just knew that my energy and rooting were getting much better.
Since then, I’ve managed to identify most of them in various qigong books – mostly work on the Small Heavenly Circle, and Iron Shirt techniques, Inner Smile to the organs, along with elements of tui na self-massage and toning work. It seems to have been very similar to a lot of what Mantak Chia teaches.
However, I don’t know much about di chuan. It’s very simple – standing still, and shaking the body vertically. I can still do it, but I’d like to find some sources that go into more detail about the theory.
I raise it now because Jamie had us all doing exactly the same thing during the warm-up in last Saturday’s systema workshop. Whether he got it from previous qigong studies, or from some aspect of RMA, I don’t know, and didn’t get the chance to ask.
Side note: the Iron Shirt techniques Sim Poh Huat taught were also pretty good. I really need to go back to those to prepare for systema punching…