Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning Kung fu, kinetic energy and karma.
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This Chinese martial art can trace its roots back 4,000 years. From its gruesome employment on the ancient battlefields to the all inspiring feats of the 6th Century Shaolin monks. Kung fu has leapt out of the hands of the elite and can now be practiced by anyone with a calling for the Wushu. There are many different styles of kung fu from mantis boxing to monkey kung fu and tai chi xuan. Qigong breathing, strengthening and stretching form the basis of martial art skills. Static stances are practiced by the novice. Further down the track, a series of stances and movements are linked into a sequence called a form. Forms are performed by advanced students and traditionally were only shown to those who would be responsible for the continuation of the lineage. Sparring movements can be extracted from these sequences. But sparring or application training is not practiced by all schools. Many study kung fu to discipline the mind and body. Meditation is a large component. The intense concentration needed to perform an intricate form is a meditation in itself. Of course, you can expect to develop exceptional muscle tone, strength and flexibility by dedicating yourself to kung fu but it’s also an intense workout for the soul Going to a kinetic art exhibition is a real reminder of the fact that we’re surrounded by and infused with energy. The conversion of potential energy into kinetic energy is the very reason why we exist and why we are able to do things. But it may surprise you to know that the human body is very inefficient at energy conversion. Scientists believe that it’s only about 5% efficient at converting food, that’s the potential energy into movement which is kinetic energy. Perhaps it’s wise to feed our bodies the finest of foods as fuel to get the most out of our energy transactions. Are you happy with your lot in life, your job, your relationships? Everything that you are now is a result of every decision and action you’ve ever made. This is called Karma. Karma is one action resulting from another. A common misconception is that karma can be either good or bad however happiness and misery are the mere effect of past causes. Not some divine plan for punishment and reward, you are in control of the making of your life. It unfolds according the prejudices and patents that inform you thinking and decision processes. Buddhist monks spend whole lifetimes trying to repatent their thinking through chant and meditation but you don’t have to wear robes to do that. Many forms of spiritual philosophy in form of kung fu from Islam to Buddhism and Taoism, there’s something for everyone.

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