by Raymond Horwitz
Photo by Robert Reiff
n a previous video-blog entry, Shaolin monk Wang Bo recommended a series of “internal exercises” for development of one’s mind-body connection.
Most of these internal exercises from Shaolin kung fu involve a foundation of slow-motion breathing.
“As one of the internal practices, [slow-motion breathing] starts inside and moves outside,” Wang Bo says. “When you punch [during kung fu techniques], it’s a physical movement from outside to inside which is the opposite. Slow-motion breathing will make your organs work better and make you healthier. It looks very small, but it does a lot of work inside your body.”
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“The breathing exercise is one of the internal practices,” the young kung fu moves expert says. “Internal practices start from inside to the outside. As we all know, when you punch, it’s actually a physical movement. It’s from outside to inside. If you’re doing breathing exercises, it’s from inside to outside. For example, you do 10 moves externally and you do 10 moves internally, you [create] the same amount of energy — but internally, you’re working out more. Your [internal] exercises [work] your organs to make you healthier.”
The smallest kung fu moves on the outside seem insignificant on a physical level, he continues, but can translate to great movement of energy internally. What his years of practice and discipline have yieled is a channeling of this energy, primed by small practices externally that “rev up” internal energy for powerful outward motion, as he demonstrates in the above video — in slow-motion with explanations and at closer-to-full speed.