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The Willow Sword
03-31-2002, 10:09 PM
Aside from myself who knows the training, Who else does it and what do you get out of it?
Many Respects , The willow Sword
04-01-2002, 10:20 AM
Why not tell us what you get out of the training if you do it?
04-03-2002, 09:39 AM
The animal frolics.
Not necessarily the "5" animal frolics.
Qigong that allows for free flow of energy through the body.
In early times, practitioners where thought to be in a trance like state and that their motions were imitating those of animals. Hence the name.
However, the motions are induced by the allowance of the free flow of energy.
For example, have you ever seen a small child just standing there and for no apparent reason the child is flapping their arms or stamping their feet or just generally moving about for no apparent reason. If not, take a look at a kid sometime and you will see what I mean. This is free flow and is in essence similar to what is apparent when an adult allows for this to happen.
People would let energy flow freely and because of this they looked like they were imitating everything from deers to geese to tigers to bears and so on.
A very early version of "freestyle" chi kung. :)
04-04-2002, 04:26 AM
Well it is actually known as the 5 Animal frolics by a lot of people. When the 5 Animal frolics were created by the famous Chinese Physician Hua To they were later expanded upon to include other animals too, but initially there were 5 one animal each to represent all 5 elements. This was so because each animal represents all thr elemental groups of all Zang Fu, i.e.:
Bear = Spleen/Stomach , Bird = Lung/Large Intestine , Deer = Kidney/Bladder and so on...
The Willow Sword
04-04-2002, 04:36 PM
so i will refer back to my original question and that is ,,,if you do the training what is it that you get out of it? Kung LEK. i liked your knowledge of what you call free flow of energy through the body.
as i have learned the five animals: bear crane tiger deer and monkey. each one signifies a different meridian point on the midline of the body. two aspects to the training,,the live(or moving the chi aspect through body movement) or the dead(which actually means isometric or stationary) the dead training is something like the i chin ching muscle tendon changing classics where you are tensing and breathing and relaxing. focusing on different points all along the midline. bear being the easiest to follow for it focusues on the tan tien and building chi there and washing it through out the body. the bear is a yin excersise.
thats all i will write for now,,,i am interested to read others views on the training that have actually learned it and what they get out of the training. SO nexus, you will have to wait a bit.
Many Respect, The Willow Sword
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