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Sep 08, 2017

Strength, Health and Relaxation – the Power of Mindfulness

Chinese Kung Fu
A system for health and overall well-being based on cultivating energy through mental focus and deep physical relaxation, Chinese Kung Fu has been practised in various forms for over two millennia. Internal Kung Fu, which includes systems like Wing Chun or Tai Chi, can enhance immune function, lower blood pressure and result in a host of other medically valuable physiological changes. Through relaxation and mind-body co-operation, one can also improve balance and posture.
 

Deep Relaxation
Research shows that deep relaxation, obtained from intensive techniques, may help ward off disease. It’s difficult to achieve this state, as most of us lack connection between our body and our mind. In our current culture and lifestyle, our minds are always active in what scientists call frontal lobe thinking.
By shutting off the prefrontal cortex of the brain we gain better access to the rear part of the brain, which is responsible for healing, creativity, relaxation, motor skills and much more. This leads to improvement in productivity, strength and overall performance.
Wing Chun
The Wing Chun system of internal Kung Fu places great emphasis on mental calm, balance, correct posture and mindful relaxation. Wing Chun is a system of Kung Fu designed for inner health and realistic self-defence. The end results of mastering and practising Wing Chun are an amplified sense of mindfulness and effortless power.

 


Wing Chun was invented in China over 300 years ago, by a woman named Ng Mui, through the refinement of her Kung Fu knowledge. She eliminated all unnecessary and energy-consuming movement and worked to make it a practical and efficient form of self-defence. 
The philosophy of Wing Chun


Ng was physically not as strong as men. Her aim therefore was to create a new martial art system based on minimal brute force. The new system, Wing Chun, harnessed the laws of physics to maximise the energy transmitted in each movement.

 


While Wing Chun does comprise empty hand and weapon-based forms, Wing Chun is a ‘system’ of martial arts rather than a ‘style’. ‘Styles’ are learned by practitioners by regular, repetitious series of the same forms, or movements. ‘Systems’, on the other hand, are based on a set of principles or rules on which the forms are built. Learning the principles is more important than learning the forms, as they can be adapted to other movements based on the requirement of the practitioner.


Wing Chun forms do not restrict themselves to helping the practitioner with their self-defence skills. Ng Mui conveyed this thought by naming Wing Chun’s first Form ‘Siu Nim Tao’, which can be translated as ‘Little Idea’. Siu Nim Tao is not intended to improve one’s chances in a fight, but to help develop a particular mental state. This becomes the foundation for the practice of all the other Forms of Wing Chun as well.


Principles and Benefits
Wing Chun is based on a logical and comprehensive set of principles based on beneficial philosophies. These principles, listed below, can be incorporated into our daily lives, making Wing Chun a way of life.
-    Mindfulness & Concentration
Learning to recognise and choose to live with mindfulness rather than suffering from stress, which is ultimately derived from lack of awareness in the present moment
-    Balance & Alignment
Learning to correct postural imbalances and misalignments through an understanding and application of balance and alignment
-    Relaxation & Minimum Use of Brute Strength
Learning to adopt this method of effortless movement in our daily lives leads to more efficient movement in all activities and thus to fewer injuries and faster, more effective pain relief
-    Directness & Economy of Movement
Learning to spar confidently with opponents practising any style of martial art and still maintaining control of the situation spontaneously and without using predetermined techniques
-    Simplicity & Practicality
Learning to use the simple forms of Wing Chun which are based on natural body movements
These principles are easy to learn and apply, help the practitioner grow more skilled at self-defence in tight locations, and ensures that people of any age, size or body type can practise Wing Chun effectively.


Mozaic Club’s tryst with Wing Chun
Our mission here at Mozaic Club is to create opportunities for networking where you can learn something new at the same time you make new friends. Our Wing Chun event, in collaboration with Mindful Wing Chun, fits the bill… with the added bonus of introducing you to the multifarious health advantages of this martial arts system!

 


A School boasting direct lineage from Ng Mui and Ip Man, Mindful Wing Chun brings the ancient Kung Fu system to a new generation of Hong Kongers. In collaboration with Mozaic Club, Mindful Wing Chun offers a special programme for first-time seekers and more experienced practitioners of this art form. 
Chris Tannous, who has been practising Wing Chun since 2010, will be the trainer at the event. His passion and dedication to the practice is such that he gave up all other pursuits, even his career as a psychotherapist, to dedicate his time to teaching others the system that gave him the skills he has today.

Specifics
Mozaic Club is organising the session on Wing Chun at Mindful Wing Chun, under the tutelage of Chris Tannous, on September 19, 2017, at 8:30 pm. Before the session, we will enjoy a light dinner at Lee Lo Mei, dinner starting at 6:30pm.
If you’re interested in joining us, check us out on our FaceBook events page:  https://www.facebook.com/mozaiclub/ or visit our website:  www.mozaiclub.com.hk

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