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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

I'm not an expert, but there's a discussion on weight distribution here that suggests that the weight should be balanced uniformly. Keep the center of the feet (Yongquan points) lifted lightly and ...
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Should pole standing (zhan zhuang) be on front or back of the foot?

Basic Your knees should be bent, and your weight centered over the arch of your foot, which is near the center. This places weight on both the ball and heel of the foot. One goal of zhan zhuang is ...
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What did Dai Longbang mean by Qi?

The confusion here stems from the fact that the traditional Chinese way of thinking does not make as clear a distinction between the spirit and the physical body. "Chi" is a combination of ...
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What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?

There is no such thing as Qi outside of Movies and Mangas. (If we define Qi as some sort of magic spiritual energy a la Reiatsu). The closest thing to it that actually exists is Getsumei no Michi, ...
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What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?

Claims to unambiguity are usually bunk Everyone I have ever heard claim about a method towards "unambiguous" experience of qi, has always pointed to a method that causes known physiological effects, ...
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What's the difference between Internal and External martial arts?

A recently-created false dichotomy From Kennedy & Guo's excellent book, Chinese Martial Arts Training Manuals: A Historical Survey: There are a number of classification schemes used when ...
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Is a dualistic perspective required to grasp nei gong?

There is nothing that anyone can claim about anything which does not manifest. If it doesn't manifest, how can anyone observe it in order to know anything about it? You can hold a qigong pose and feel ...
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When doing qi'gong form of four-square breathing, does one visualize the microcosmic orbit or something else?

The breath is a aid to drawing Qi, when thinking about the breath you are focusing on the internal movement of Qi. The movements work better with the greater heavenly orbit, also called the ...
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What is a fast way for a beginner to experience qi unambiguously in their own body?

In my opinion it is a mental state as opposed to a physical one. This in itself can be powerful, as if it removes a self limiting belief, then great. this can be compared to the placebo effect Eg if ...
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