martial arts on one level is for self defense. On another, broader
level, martial arts training is for self awareness and self improvement.
One goal in the practice of the martial arts is to improve health
and prevent illnesses. Some of the movements during training can therefore
be considered to be healing exercises. Practising for health and well
being forms a special part of the Chinese Martial arts.
exercises are distinctly different from regular exercises and other
therapeutic techniques in several ways. Healing exercise can provide
relief to those that are sick or physically weak without the reliance
on drugs, medicine or surgery. These exercises are designed to build
up the patient's physical strength and improve his or her physiological
functioning. Following the principles established by different martial
arts, those healing exercises seek to coordinate the movement of the
mind, body and chi. The practitioner, by developing the appreciate
body awareness, can progress towards a healthier life.
(Please seek a qualified instructor
to obtain the maximum benefit from the training. Always take precautions
when offered medical advice!)