ELDER wrote:I have noticed that some times you get the head face red and hot, when you practice TC for a long time without pausing (1 hour or more).
It was explained as a breathing fault, as a necessity to bring down Qi to the lower tan-tien, which can be done enhancing breathing to be more deeper and lower, this is not so easy to do all times.
Does anyone knows if practicing Iron Shirt Qi Gong can enhance and control Qi driving to the lower tan tien and so on.
氣沈丹田(Chi sinks to the Dan Tien)
The direct translation of the term is Chi sinks to the Dan Tien. It was understood that Dan Tien is referred to as the lower Dan Tien. In plain English, it means "take a deep breath down to the bottom of the abdomen". It is simply a description of one's feeling when taking a deep breath. We all knew that the breath does not go into the abdomen but the lung.
Anyway, 氣沈丹田(Chi sinks to the Dan Tien) is the highest goal in the breathing exercise for all Kung Fu practitioners. It is not just in Tai Chi. To understand the term, one must know the Ultimate Breathing Method(UMB). The UMB applies for all Kung Fu, martial arts and Qigong practices.
What is the UMB?
Let me define it here. The UMB is to breathe deep, slow and long and the following conditions for the action of the abdomen.
1. Expand the abdomen completely outward during inhalation.
2. Contract the abdomen completely inward during exhalation.
When one breathes, a maximum amount of air should be allowed to enter the lung and have the air stays in the lung as long as possible. In condition 1, breathing deeply is to control the volume of air intake for the lung. While breathing slowly and long is to prolong the time for the air to retain in the lung. Why does one wants to have more air and stay longer in the lung? It is because to allow the red blood cells to have ample of time to collect more oxygen and distribute them to the body cells throughout the body.
The body energy is generated from the glucose which decomposed by oxygen. Thus the more oxygen will produce more energy. To answer the above question. If one just practice Tai Chi by just going through the movements without the breathing part will not have any health or physical benefits. In order to practice Tai Chi correctly, one must inhale deeply and slowly in the first move. Then exhale slowly in the next move. The duration of the breathing should be as long as the hand is in motion. In other words, begin to inhale at the initial move of the hand and ends when the hand stops. Start to exhale while the next hand begins to move and so on.
FYI I knew it works for me because I have done the UMB while practicing the 32 and 42 forms of the Yang style for more than forty years. Presently I am practicing the 32 and 42 Yang style Tai Chi sword. I am practicing with a sword which is little bit less than 1.5 pounds. I am very proud that my arms are strong enough to handle the sword with no problem. Fortunately, it was achieved from practicing Tai Chi with the aid of the UMB.