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Stream or download this rare lesson on Water Style kung fu, or Liu He Ba Fa. This is an internal martial art style, similar to tai chi, that develops your Qi (energy) beyond normal. One IAP unlocks the entire contents of this video lesson with Master Helen Liang.
Water style is the next step in your internal-arts journey. Like tai chi, Water style is a popular internal martial art known for centuries to transform your health. In this follow-along video, Master Helen teaches a basic understanding of the 66-movement Water-style form, explaining the correct movements with the martial and energetic purposes of each movement.
Water style, also known as Liu He Ba Fa, emphasizes smooth, flowing movements that alternate between slow and fast, soft and hard, like the transformation of water between solid, liquid, and steam. The movements resemble floating clouds and flowing water, sometimes calm, sometimes surging. The student learns how the body generates force through alignment (kinetic energy), and how to channel qi (intrinsic energy) into powerful movements, resulting in improved circulation.
Master Helen guides you with
• Water-style form walk-through
• Water style step-by-step instruction
• Clear explanation of energetic principles
Water style is said to have the firm softness and fluidity of tai chi, the intense power of xingyi, and the evasive coiling of bagua. Learning and mastering this form offers a beautiful way to refine your mind (xin) and spirit (yi).
(Water style is recommended as a next step for those with some experience with other internal martial arts, such as tai chi, bagua, and xingyi).
Like Tai Chi, Water Style relaxes the mind and body deeply, a key to maintaining and improving health. Your natural healing abilities are most effective when you are calm and centered. Regular practice can benefit your strength, flexibility, bone density, and muscle mass. The low-impact exercise has been shown to improve symptoms of depression and insomnia and promote the healing of chronic conditions. This mind-body art is an excellent way to relieve stress, lower your blood pressure, and develop a positive attitude toward life.
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