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Some breathing techniques of Vietnam Internal Style Family Wing Chun
As you know, breathing exercises are an important method in an internal style of martial arts in the process of training for qi as a source of strength, hence the methods for "inner strength" and "internal work". Viet Nam internal style family Wing Chun (Vinh Xuan Noi gia) has several methods of breathing, where the most basic method is the main method in the training process. Other methods will be at its discretion the teacher continue to teach the student depending on the complexity and achieved levels. All that we have written here, although not yet complete, but is the truth.
Recently I have received many letters from enthusiastic readers asking for private lessons about "Nei kung". I am very grateful to the authors of these letters for big interest in the "Nei Kung", but I want to reiterate that the breathing exercise is a gradual process, following from low to high levels (although it may have reduced exercise, which I do not know). The Kung Fu of my Sifu, including "Nei Kung" was passed on from Grandmaster Nguyen Te Cong, reached a high intensity and subtlety. But the sad truth to tell you that our kung fu today is still far away from my Sifu. It is our fault in front of Sifu and the sect, as we try to overcome the situation, grind workout to emulate their predecessors. For us, Vinh Xuan kung-fu style, including "Nei Kung" is the highest kung fu.
So here are several techniques of breathing, passed on by my Sifu during the years of my studies:
1. The very basic method of breathing:
In the article my student, Tran Thanh Ngoc, head coach of our school, presents in detail the main method of breathing Vinh Xuan Noi gia. Although we call it the basic and seemingly simple method, but the effect of breathing exercises is so great. The main method of breathing is also known by other names like "abdominal breathing", "breathing the moment of conception," "breathing elixir field" ("Dantian"). Not without reason the ancient people called the center point on the human body, "Dantian" which means a field of growing Dan, one of the valuable herbs and their point of view brings elixir man. I read in the papers about the monk reached a level that after death his body remained intact over time. As is the case with monks in the Đậu temple in Ha Tay province, Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong, where one of them is Dantian Zen master. He proved that by training, a person can create for yourself the wonderful abilities as Dan workout in the body. Unfortunately, in the 60s, many of the ignorance of the monk's body was burned, as well as several other bodies of monks who are over the same level. I remember when every time I visit the cemetery Van Dien, where lies the tomb of my Sifu. I'm with my students, riding bikes and stopped at the Đậu temple to admire the remains of two monks, Vu Khac Minh and Vu Khac Truong, and to remind each follow the example of other predecessors in constant training. It has been over twenty years and I thought that kung fu that was passed down by our predecessors, is invaluable and nothing is simple and the fact is that we do not have sufficient reason, grace, dedication, effort to achieve the goal of kung fu.
2. The breathing techniques of Qi and improving internal strength:
  1. Breathing small heavenly cycle (Tieu Chu Thien): This method of breathing used by many styles of kung fu, including Vinh Xuan Noi gia. You can find on the shelves in libraries, bookstores or on the Internet a lot of documents or books published and kept up to date, telling about the wonders and the exercise of this method. There are some differences in training between different styles, so students must be engaged under the instruction of his teacher's style and do not try to do it individually. I also want to notice that the techniques of breathing exercises have a close organic relationship within the human body, especially the high teaching methods. Any errors are very dangerous to humans. To train the breath of the small heavenly cycle, the student must be proficient in the basic method.
  2. Breathing large heavenly cycle (Dai Chu Thien): Like breathing in the small heavenly cycle, there was a lot of papers and books written about breathing large heavenly cycle. Although the length of the breaths of this cycle is described differently. Therefore, like breathing in the small heavenly cycle students must also train under the instruction of his teacher's style and do not try to do it individually. Breathing large heavenly cycle is to direct and circulate the Chi to one’s hands and feet. This method requires individuals with an increased level of kung fu, as the length of the breaths is longer. So to move to the large heavenly cycle, the student must be proficient in the breath of the small heavenly cycle.
  3. Breathing "Vinh Xuan Qigong": This method is unique style of Wing Chun breathing, or simply as a method of dynamic breath-style of Vinh Xuan. In Vinh Xuan Noi gia, this method is used to teach only students who have long time in practice. Like breath on a large heavenly cycle, this method also requires a long path of movement of breaths, so the student must be good at breathing exercises in advanced.
3. Breathing Nei Kung:
The "Nei Kung" of Vinh Xuan has the source of qi or in other words: the nature of Nei Kung is Qi. Nei Kung is unique and is the top secret method of the sect and will only be passed on to successor disciples. "Nei Kung" is the highest method of breathing from all of the above methods of breathing techniques of our Vinh Xuan Noi gia. In order to be able to breathe in "Nei Kung", the student must exercise good breathing exercises. And is not casual, as many people think that engaging in "Nei Kung", you can immediately have this method. To learn more about this method, please find other articles I wrote before. I hope that you will have a correct view of the "Nei Kung".
In fact, there are also other breathing techniques, styles represented Vinh Xuan. Many people have asked me, but unfortunately, my Sifu did not tell me about these methods. Not knowing about it, I would not dare to express my opinion about other breathing techniques, and ask a mutual understanding. I explained just what had learned from my Sifu. Perhaps there are still many things that I did not learn from my Sifu, and maybe my luck was short, I had to leave my Sifu early, losing the chance to continue my training. But still for me to have Karma to the sect is a great happiness and what we have learnt a little or too much depend on our Karma. "Martial arts doctrine infinite" - who has deep knowledge in order to know its vastness. So I apologize for my lack of knowledge.
Thank you very much and thank you for your attitude towards us.
Hanoi, October 10th, 2006
Si-fu Nguyen Ngoc Noi