He is said to have taught the Luohan exercises to the monks of the Shaolin Temple to improve their health, enhance their strength and flexibility, and fortify their internal energy with the goal of deepening meditation. According to tradition, this set forms the basis of Shaolin gongfu. Inner Qi Gong serves for healing body, soul and spirit and keeping them healthy. By regulating breathing and blood flow, it strengthens the internal organs, frees them from old energies and blockages, and helps them refill themselves with fresh energy. Outer Qi Gong is practiced in combination with the martial arts, making one impervious to external influences such as blows and punches so-called iron-shirt Qi Gong.

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Lifting the Sky 1. Lifting the Sky This pattern is also found in many other kinds of chi kung. This is not surprising because "Lifting the Sky" is one of the best of all chi kung exercises.

Shooting Arrows 2. If you see someone holding the hand in the from of a fist with one finger sticking out, you can reasonably conclude that he has not learnt it in a proper way from a Shaolin master. Plucking Stars 3. Plucking Stars These illustrations can only show the outward form of chi kung. Once again, I wish to stress that chi kung form alone is not chi kung. Chi kung is the art of energy management, and the form is just a tool or means to implement energy management.

If you merely perform chi kung form, you are only doing physical exercise. If you wish to learn energy management, you have to learn from a master or at least a competent instructor, not just from webpages, videos or books. Turning Head 4. Turning Head If you think that this exercise is just for loosening your neck muscles, you are thinking of it as a physical exercise.

As a chi kung exercise, it is used literally to cleanse your head and nervous system. Of course you have to learn such advanced skills from a chi kung master, not from a physical education instructor. Thrust Punch 5. Thrust Punch Besides developing powerful punches for martial art, this exercise massages and strengthens your heart. Correct breathing and making the appropriate sound are necessary for obtaining the desired effect.

Merry-go-Round 6. Merry-go-Round If you wish to revitalize yourself without having to take pep pills, this chi kung exercise may help you. Carrying the Moon 7. Carrying the Moon Many of my students love this exercise the most.

It makes you look and feel young, and enhances your nervous system. You can have these benefits only if you can generate a shower of chi or vital energy down your body with this exercise.

Nourishing Kidneys 8. Nourishing Kidneys Ask a typical western doctor, and he will tell you that your kidneys have nothing to do with sex. Ask a Chinese physician, and he will tell you that your kidneys have everything to do with sex. Three Levels to Ground 9.

Dancing Crane Dancing Crane This exercise helps you to channel vital energy to your legs. But the benefits are not just for the legs. As the body is interconnected by countless meridians, inducing better energy flow at the legs is sometimes necessary to solve problems in other parts of the body. Carrying Mountains Drawing Knife Presenting Claws Presenting Claws If you suffered from diabetes, had trouble with your digestive system, or often felt worried and anxious, this exercise may overcome your problem.

Pushing Mountains Pushing Mountains I have never failed to be amazed by the profundity in simplity of this exercise. If you wish to overcome your rheumatism, or to enhance your sex life, or to have internal force for martial art, or to have mental freshness - just to mention a few of its benefits - practise this exercise.

Separating Water Separating Water This is an excellent exercise for the heart and the lung systems. It will also give you powerful arms. Big Windmill Big Windmill Many people will find it hard to believe, but if you perform this exercise correctly and sufficiently, you can develop enough internal force to break a brick without having to lift weights or strike sandbags.

Those with diabetes or problems related to the liver and spleen systems, will also find this exercise very useful. Deep Knee Bending Deep Knee Bending Here is another excellent exercise for the lower body. It also opens up the meridians at the legs so that negative energy from other parts of the body can be efficiently drained out into the ground. Rotating Knees Strong, healthy knees, obviously, ensures that you will still be agile at eighty and beyond.

IMPORTANT NOTE Unless you are already well versed in chi kung, even if you can perform these eighteen sets of movements correctly but without effecting the internal dimensions of mind and energy, you will only get the benefits of physical exercise.

The illustrations, therefore, are not meant for self practice, but for satisfying curiosity, and perhaps as a means for preserving for future generations what the Shaolin Eighteen Lohan Hands look like. You will be mistaken if you think that the mind and energy dimensions are not explained here because I want to keep them as secrets.

Even if I explain them here, many people may not believe the explanation. Even if they believe it and follow the instructions, they may not get the desired result. You will appreciate the warning better if you remember that what is involved is mind and energy, the two most powerful things in the world.

As an analogy, learning how to swim or drive a car is safe with proper supervision. But one would not, and should not, go swimming or driving merely after reading some swimming or driving instructions.


Luohan Quan | 罗汉拳

The name Luohan, the Chinese equivalent of the Sanskrit Indian word Arhat, refers to those who have achieved enlightenment. Therefore, the ultimate goal of the monks of Shaolin temple, in particular, has always been to reach the level of becoming Luohans. Therefore, the Luohan s have always been holy icon s in the daily life and martial art of Shaolin temple monks. As far as related to Shaolin temple martial arts, the names Luohan quan and Shaolin quan are often considered synonyms and therefore interchangeable. Monk Shi Deqian, in his efforts to document Shaolin martial arts collected 8 forms of the 18 hands of Luohan into his "Encyclopedia of Shaolin martial arts".


Luohan Gong

It is used in Chinese Buddhism to describe a practitioner which was had a higher level of attainment or pre-enlightenment but has not become a Boddhisattva, or a Buddha. The Luohan are also considered semi saint like and are often as disciples of Guatama Buddha who were instructed to await the coming of the Matreiya future Buddha. Depending on the sutra Buddhist Scripture there are between 4 - 16 Luohan in early Indian and Tibetan texts. During that time Buddhists had undergone a period of persecution from the Emperor Tang Wuzong and a group of faithful had taken the Luohan as guardians at the time. One of the oldest known statues of such depiction are from Yixian county, Hebei Province. The Luohan in their original depictions prior to entering the Chinese Buddhism, did not have the emotional and differentiating characteristics that would be endowed upon in the future. In fact many held the Luohan with great reverance and even the Emperor QIanlong from the Qing Dynasty visited the Guan Xiu paintings stored at the Shengyin Temple, Hangzhou and was said to admire them greatly.


Luohan Quan (Arhat fist) video

In this form of Qigong the various influences from Indian Yoga are still clearly visible. Luohan Gong is the mother of numerous popular Qigong routines. The exercises strengthen the muscles, bones and sinews — the whole body is filled with Qi. Luohan forms part of Wai Dan — the outer elixir. The exercises intentionally create a Qi congestion at the desired spots, initially by means of willful contraction and stretching.


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