The secret of the receptive
Must be sought in stillness;
Within stillness there remains
The potential for action.

If you force empty sitting,
Holding dead images in mind,
The tiger runs, the dragon flees _
How can the elixir be given?

Sun Bu'er

Standing still like a tree in the wind

Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung

Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is a very effective way to develop a flexible and resilient body structure. From a wider sense of liveliness you move more freely while staying deeply rooted. You may learn new ways of responding and adapting to your inner and outer environment.

The circulation of energy in the body is stimulated by a combination of still postures and dynamic exercises. Eventually regular training will enhance your ability to restore, increase and give direction to energy.

Zhan Zhuang is often translated as ‘standing like a tree’, or ‘standing on a pole‘. Standing still in different basic positions, without external movement, is the core exercise of this Chi Kung style. In the training standing still is alternated with more dynamic exercises, attentive movements, step training, and partner work.

I-Chuan

The founder is the famous Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai (1885-1963). He travelled all over China to practice and study many Martial Arts for a long time. From his experience and insights he developed I-Chuan: a system in which Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is the most fundamental and important step, the basis.

‘The secret of the receptive
Must be sought in stillness;
Within stillness there remains
The potential for action.

If you force empty sitting,
Holding dead images in mind,
The tiger runs, the dragon flees _
How can the elixir be given?

by Sun Bu'er

Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung

Zhan Zhuang is often translated as ‘standing like a tree’ or ‘standing on a pole‘.

Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is a very effective way to develop a flexible and resilient body structure. From a wider sense of liveliness you move more freely while staying deeply rooted. You may learn new ways of responding and adapting to your inner and outer environment.

The circulation of energy in the body is stimulated by a combination of still postures and dynamic exercises. Eventually regular training will enhance your ability to restore, increase and give direction to energy.

Standing still in different basic positions, without external movement, is the core exercise of this Chi Kung style.

In the training standing still is alternated with more dynamic exercises, attentive movements, step training and partner work.

I-Chuan

The founder is the famous Grandmaster Wang Xiang Zhai (1885-1963). He travelled all over China to practice and study many Martial Arts for a long time. From his experience and insights he developed I-Chuan: a system in which Zhan Zhuang Chi Kung is the most fundamental and important step, the basis.

Prepare

Movement

We do a lot of dynamic exercises to warm up, loosen, strengthen, increase sensibility and coordinate body and mind

Exercise

Stillness

The main exercise is standing still, with no or minimal external movement. This may be unusual at first but is an extremely effective training for both body and mind

Practice

Exploration

There are many ways to apply Chi Kung in daily activities, so we investigate, experiment and play to get to know our possibilities

Glossary

I-Chuan / Yichuan

The martial art called 'intention boxing' or 'mind boxing'.
It is also referred to as Da Cheng Chuan: 'The Great Accomplishment'.

Zhan Zhuang

Still postures, without external movement. This can be in standing, sitting or lying positions.

Ba Duan Jin

Classic set of 8 valuable exercises, widely known in many martial arts, Chi Kung and Tai Chi styles.

Do In / Dao Yin

A combination of meridian stretching exercises, breathing exercises and self massage.

Shi Li

Slow attentive movements to explore and test structure, dynamic and power.

Mo Ca Bu

Shi Li for the legs.

Bu Zhou

Step training and walking exercises.

Tui Shou

Partner work: sensing hands, also called push hands.

Jian Wu

Integration of all aspects of I-Chuan into one fluid expression or dance.

About me

My name is Deshna van Aarssen. I was born in Australia, grew up in the Netherlands and currently live in Sweden. I've been practising Chi Kung for over 15 years and since 2009 offer classes and workshops.

At the moment I do not have weekly classes, but can offer a class or workshop upon request. And if you'd like to join a daily training. Your most welcome!

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