Hard Qigong in Martial Arts
What is Hard Qigong? When the extraordinary healing effects of a mindful and constant Qigong practice blend with daily physical fitness and bone and muscle conditioning, thence the Martial Arts Athlete is ready to embrace the ultimate meaning of Qigong: Hard Qigong. Hard Qigong, also known as Shaolin Yin Gong, is well known in Martial Arts panorama for boosting the practitioner’s performances to the top.
The principle of Hard Qigong is essentialy simple, but extremely complex to explain scientifically: directing Qi flow to a specific area of the body, in order to make it insensitive to pain for a short time.
How it works. When a Monk strikes the arm of the athlete (or other parts of the body, as seen in the above video) the area of the hit point becomes stronger and insensitive to pain due to the ability of the athlete to direct all his energy (Qi) into one point. Indeed there is a physical component in all this, as an untrained body wouldn’t be able to cope with such descructive hits.
The boastful attitude of Hard Qigong performances. Hard Qigong is often seen as a way for martial artists to show off their skills or their body shape: although martial spirit may often be mistaken as arrongance, Hard Qigong beginners should keep in mind the following rule:
There’s no half way between being able to do it or not being able to do it: give 200% of yourself, even if this means showing your teeth and the animal within