internal kung fu

The smallest external moves seem insignificant but can translate to great movement of internal energy, says Shaolin monk Wang Bo. Watch as he discusses and demonstrates an outward manifestation of this practice via the double-palm strike!

In 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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