Variously translated as Eight Pieces of Brocade, Eight Section Brocade, Eight Silken Movements and others, the name of the form generally refers to how the eight individual movements of the form characterize and impart a silken quality (like that of a piece of brocade) to the body and its energy
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Do you know where the Shaolin wushu originated from?
Do you know how the Shaolin wushu came into being?
Or you may think that Shaolin wushu came into existence by practicing
Shaolin wushu became powerful by doing exercise
Or you may say that the movement of Shaolin wushu
was developed by imitating the movements of animals in the mountains
and the farming movements of peasants at the foot of the mountain
Is this saying right? It tells half the truth.
In fact Shaolin wushu was originated from silence
Shaolin wushu came into being when the monks in the temple were sitting in ease meditation.
Detailed functions of Baduanjin by Shaolin Master Shi Deyang
1. Both hands supporting heavens:
Regulates the Triple Burners between the chest and abdomen. The Triple Burners control clearing away obstructions to spread original qi and bodily fluids through the body.
Upper Burner: diaphragm and above.
Middle Burner: between diaphragm and navel.
Lower Burner: below navel.
This exercise pulls and stretches the waist, back, chest and abdomen to induce full circulation of qi and spread natural bodily fluids so that the entire body receives their nourishment.
2. Drawing bow as if shooting golden eagle:
This exercise spreads the shoulders and expands the chest. The warrior-like posture gives vent to emotions in the heart. It sorts out qi in the liver and removes chest pain, side pain, and aches in the shoulder blades and across the upper back.
For business people or students who spend hours hunched over at their desks, this exercise can increase lung capacity and oxygen absorption, as well as strengthen the willpower and vigor.
3. Single-arm raise:
Regulates the spleen and stomach . The spleen produces pure qi. The stomach eliminates impure qi.
In this exercise, the upper arm is tense while the lower arm is relaxed and the body is twisted. This massages the spleen, stomach, liver and gall bladder, assisting them in harmonizing qi. It promotes digestion and increases nourishment.
4. Looking backward:
Extended periods of toil without timely treatment of related ailments slowly produce accumulative harm to the five viscera (i.e., heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney) and the seven emotional states ((i.e., joy, anger, anxiety, thought, grief, fear, fright). These are called the five toils and seven injuries ).
Turning the body and twisting the arms adjusts connection between the brain and inner organs. The cervical vertebra is called in TCM the "heavenly pillar" . This exercise keeps it straight to stimulate the thymus, thereby improving the brain's ability to regulate the inner organs- strengthening immunity and the physique.
5. Shaking the head and swinging the tail:
Excessive thought increases inner heat. This exercise removes heartburn . The downward movement of the upper body makes heat in the heart decline and kidney fluid rise. This can reduce stress and worry, mouth ulcers, halitosis, insomnia, excessive dreaming, constipation, discomfort in urination (e.g. heat, redness), and other illnesses.
6. Both hands level on knees:
This exercise stretches the du channel and urinary bladder meridian of foot taiyang , which has a nursing effect on the reproductive system and urinary system. It also strengthens the kidneys and muscles of the waist and lower back.
7. Grasping fists with glaring eyes:
The liver is the main contributor of energy and strength to the muscles. Ailments of the liver can be seen in the eyes. In this exercise, the eyes stare intensely at the fists to stimulate the liver system, increase blood in the liver and disperse unobstructed qi from the liver, thus strengthening the body.
The qi and blood of people who sit or lie down too long will be dense and sluggish. This exercise is particularly useful to such people, as it increases energy and power.
8. Lifting heels in back:
This exercise massages the five viscera and six bowels to prevent and expel all illnesses. As the closing exercise, it collects qi and returns it to normal at the end of the set.
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