There are Three Layers of Daoist Principles, Three Stages of Kung fu, & Three Types of Training Method.
Three Layers of Daoist Principles: Train the Jing to Transform the Qi, Train the Qi to Transform the Shen, Train the Shen to Return to Emptiness.
Training the Jing to Transform the Qi, is taking hold of the Jing – Qi Transformation, & nourishing the entire body. Children are all naturally able to Train the Jing to Transform the Qi, as a result they are able to mature & grow. Along with the increase in a person’s age, cravings also increase, Jing becomes difficult to transform into Qi, soon after people deteriorate with age.
The Daoist Skill of Training the Jing to Transform the Qi is called “the Large Heavenly Circuit,” Skill Method, it requires using thought to lead the movement of the “sensation of motion” over the tailbone, rising until reaching the head, then in a circular route dropping along the front of the body to return to the abdomen.
In Training the Qi to Transform the Shen, what is meant by Shen? It isn’t thought, as thoughts drift with the waves & go with the flow, utterly powerless. But Shen defies the natural order by being capable of strength. This is exactly how animals use Shen to evolve, the Shen Arrives & the Matter Succeeds. Shen is refined Qi, & it is capable of changing thought into reality. The Martial Arts have always had the legends of “Empty Striking” people, & “Visually Breaking” people, following from the Boxing Principle of Negotiate First, & both of which are the effect of Shen.
Training the Shen to Return to Emptiness is empirically arriving at the Origin of All Living Things, & is identical with Chan Buddhism’s “A Clear Mind Sees the Character.” Arriving at the point of Training the Shen to Return to Emptiness is tantamount to finding a power plant capable of great emissions, actually what you’d think would happen during training is outside of common sense. “Training the Shen to Return to Emptiness” is a step by step Gongfu that clearly succeeds, Chan Buddhism’s “A Clear Mind Sees the Character” is directly illuminated. Once, by means of special stimulation you are lead by circumstance to push into Training the Shen to Return to Emptiness, your health will spontaneously replenish via Training the Jing to Transform the Qi, & Training the Qi to Transform the Shen.
Three Stages of Kung fu: Changing the Bones, Changing the Muscles, Washing the Marrow.
In light of the established standards of practice of the Boxing Art, there naturally exists the bone’s quality of increasing flexibility, the membrane turning over the muscle head, & the bone marrow developing as a result. In Changing the Bones, “the idea is sometime expecting as light as a goose feather, sometime expecting as heavy as Mount Tai.” It isn’t that you start to practice boxing & then add this idea. Rather, in the process of practicing boxing, you begin to feel an excessive craving, practice just adding on to the idea. Like a person who gets drunk, from contact with wine, their passion & poetic feeling are affected.
Xue Dian replies, If Changing the Muscles, & Washing the Marrow’s experience hasn’t been reached, a person must be attentive in practice to avoid wasting time, which delays the great event. In the end, the degree to which one’s gongfu is developed depends on individual initiative, you have to look out for your self. The experiences of seniors are only valuable as a reference, the Dao of Knowing What You Don’t Know definitely will not delay things.
Three Types of Training Methods: Ming Jin, An Jin, Hua Jin.
You must not be under the impression that Ming Jin is Changing the Bones, An Jing is Changing the Tendons, & Hua Jing is Washing the Marrow, that is just a distortion! Both sides have to correspond naturally, even though it’s wrong to be rigorous in partner exercises.
With Ming Jing, in addition to the Ming character being clear cut, it also has the idea of obviousness, which is essential to enter into “Whole Body Jing.” The inevitable result of this stage is an enlarging of the Fist’s Power. Training Ming Jing is an Individual Skill Method, you must seek it during a break in conversation. The Five Phases Fists are not practicing boxing, & yet while training the Five types’ Jing are distinct, as a result each type of Fist has a completely distinct Turning Body posture. The purpose of the Turning Body postures is for the Jing to establish itself. Constantly training & training Turning Body is correct way to understanding helping the Jing. Ming Jing’s Training Method is: Moving & Turning are calm & flowing, Rising & Falling are orderly & even, the principles of the Method are included within this. Among the principles of the Method is to attain the heights balance is the idea. Ming Jing is emphatically not blindly hard & fierce, rather it seeks to train the Fists when feeling balanced.
With An Jing, it is important that people follow Ming turning to An, that it be forgotten & merged with the Whole Body, allowing it to become another type of natural reaction. An Jing’s Training Method is: full & solid Dantian, which causes the body to be as strong as metal & stone, Shen & Qi open & extended, movements are round & connected, round means using a responsive exterior. In the An Jing stage, the Dantian is able to function, Training the Jing to Transform the Qi. Sun Lutang’s “Moving Thing,” experience happened during the An Jing stage. An Jing causes the flesh to be firm & substantial, “An,” is not Yin Defecient. An Jing is Harmonized Nature, it must be “lively, lively, splash, splash, can’t be sluggish.” Movements may be irregular, but with the Whole Body Harmonized as the prior foundation, one is able to move at will, coming to improve one’s own movement capabilities.
An Jing is unobstructed reviving & releasing. An Jing’s Training Method is: movement should not manifest power, concentrate in order to put Shen Intention to use, One Qi Threaded Through & nothing more. Three Returns Nine Rotations are one pattern, that is the idea. Hua Jing exists in movement first, with Ming Jing & An Jing’s movements coming simultaneously. It is the formula of the Fists’ structure, with a little work, that changes the Fists’ structure, not giving the Striking Method a new look. Movement is the same, but the implication is already different, since you don’t exert yourself physically in movement, instead using Shen Intention to train the Fists. The cat with rapt attention stares attentively at the mouse hole, to achieve the condition of selflessness. As soon as the mouse leaves the hole, the cat pounces toward it. In this moment the cat is unlikely to think ‘allright, how do I get the legs to jump & the claws to scratch,’ thought is one with movement, the body immediately flies to go — this precisely is An Jing. It is having selflessness, to take hold of yourself & the mouse & blending as one body, no thought & no planning.
“Training Jing to Transform Qi, Training Qi to Transform Shen, Training Shen to Return to Emptiness”
Xue Dian said: “If someone comes to strike you, if in your heart you’re really not interested in being on guard, then follow that idea & comply with it, the nature must have the power of resolute resistance.” If someone sneak attacks you there’s no time to react in your head, the body has already counter attacked. “Moreover, when practicing, be empty in one’s thoughts, no thought & no planning. It’s posture, through constant permutations, makes no effort & yet hits the mark, not thinking & yet gaining.” What is spoken of is Hua Jing. Hua Jing is a Daoist Art.