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01-18-2001, 12:28 AM
Anyone practice his qi gong methods?

How about Master Yuanming Zhang?

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-18-2001, 01:32 AM
Yeah, I know his 31exercises, Tai chi ruler and shen gung.
Did you go to his 85th birthday party a few years back ?

01-18-2001, 05:49 AM
No I didn't have a chance as I wasn't living here then. I have a question about the Shen Gung. In the First set, forth exercise where the arms move up and down in front of the body, do the wrists flex or remain firm? That is, do the hands change position as the arms move up and down? Also, I have heard that the 5-Dragons are the highest he's taught. Is this correct as far as you know?

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-22-2001, 06:03 PM
In the 4th Shen gung exercise the wrists should flex as the arms move up and down. As your arms move up the wrists flex up, the top of the wrists point up. Then as the arms move down the wrists flex downward.
As far as I know the Dragons are the highest form he has taught, although I don't think he teaches it to anyone, anymore.

01-23-2001, 12:17 AM
The 5 Dragons was the highest that Sifu Lew instructed. He doesn't even teach those anymore.

01-23-2001, 12:25 AM
It seems a shame that such good stuff not be transmitted. Why does he not teach high level stuff anymore.

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-23-2001, 12:25 AM
What's Shen Gung?

01-23-2001, 12:34 AM
A set of 12 exercises, 1/2 standing, 1/2 sitting. A very nice set.

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-23-2001, 12:50 AM
Here is a nice background article on Sifu Lew..


I think he doesn't teach the 5 Dragons anymore because they require alot of teacher/student interaction and can be dangerous if not practiced in the required way.

Shen Gung are a series of Taoist 'chi gong' exercises for complete physical and energetic health. When practiced daily the results are nothing less than amazing.

01-23-2001, 02:20 AM
Shen Gung are exercises to also work the superconcious aspect of the mind. being in touch with your Shen (as well as your Yi being of firm resolve) can allow you to generate power on a different level than just Li or even Qi based

here is an article on a set of the taiji ruler system. It comes before the Shen gung set, in the way that I was taught:

This article is on the standing set of taiji ruler, the second of the 7 stages of the system.

Preparations for practice: A taiji ruler can easily be mae at home, or ordered from various suppliers. The traditional ruler
reminds on of the handles of ancient chinese swords, that are butted together. In lieu of that cut a simple closet dowel to
10.5 inches, and sand the edges to avoid splinters.

The next requirement for practice is in the preparation and addressing of the Lower Dan Tien. The Lower Dan Tien is an
area, not a point, it is that area which is about three finger widths below the navel. the preparations are as follows:

1. Click the teeth together 49 times. this helps to strengthen the roots and gums, it also sends calming vibrations into
the brain, and helps one to get rid of distracting thoughts.

2. Rotate the tongue 18 times left and 18 times right on the roof of the mouth.. The rotations will foster the generation
of saliva. do not swallow the saliva, but instead allow it to pool in the lower jaw area. The benefits are that the Ren and
Du (Conception and Governing vessels) are stimulated at the area where the tongue will rest while doing the exercises.
This helps to make an energetic connection at that area.

3. Rinse saliva 36x. this helps to clean the teeth, and rinse out the mouth, and also agitates the qi that is contained
within the saliva. additionally, the saliva contains enzymes that are beneficial to the immune and digestive system.

4. Swallow in 3 Gulps. this helps to draw the qi down to the lower dan tien, from which point it will heat up, ascend up
the governing vessel, and then condensing at the top, to flow back down the conception vessel.

remember that from this point onwards, the tip of the tongue will gently rest on the upper palate behind the teeth. It is to
be held there gently, with as little pressure as possible.

Your chosen number of reps in the set will remain constant. If you are going to do the minimum number of reps for benefit
(3x) then you will do 3 of each of the addressing exercises, if you do 6 reps, then you will do 6 of each of the opening
exercises. at the end of the set, you will do the same opening exercises, but in reverse order. The opening addressing
exercises are like knocking on a door, and the closing exercises, are like closing a door after leaving a room.

1. baby's breath: In a relaxed posture, standing with the back straight, and the knees slightly bent, feet straight, place
your hands at a few inches in front of the lower dan tien. gently breathe in through the lower abdomen (Called buddhist or
diaphragmatic breathing). as you inhale the hands will move forwards as if being pushed by an invisible pillow between the
hands and the abs. In time you will feel the presence of the qi, it will be a magnetic feeling, and it will also become more
tangible and palpable as time goes on and your practice matures. In time let the energy move the hands, and use as little
physical effort as possible. as you begin your exhale, allowing the abdomen to gently deflate, the hands will retreat a few
inches, back to their starting position. This exercise helps to stablize the qi at the lower dan tien.

2. Swimming Breaths: Immediately following the above, you will maintain your standing position, and places the hands along
your centerline, at the level of the navel, backs of the palms facing each other. Inhale, and slowly seperate the two hands
from each other, maintaining equal distance away from each other, until you are at the distance where the hips and the pelvis
end. then turn the hands around so that they are facing each other, and begin to exhale, the exhale will end when the hands
have reached the place from where they began their journey. you will feel a resistance between the palms when doing this
exercise. It is OK to stop when you feel that the compression and magnetic feeling has reached its greatest amplitude and
frequency. repeat the process for the desired number of reps.

3. Gather Heavens: This is the last of the opening exercises, and gather the qi from the area and environment about you,
and brings it into the lower dan tien. The hands will be placed at your sides, palms facing the thighs. inhale and slowly
raise the hands up from, and along the sides of the body, describing an arc, until the hands are raised, and above your head.
The inhale is then completed, and the exhale begins. the exhale will follow a path down your centerline, tht ethumbs and
index fingers of the hand will be in line with each other, forming a kind of triangle. the exhale is done slowly, as if you
were pushing two ballons down into a stream, and the exhale will end as the hands reach the area of the lower dan tien..
do as many reps as required.

at the end of the ruler exercise set you will do these same exercises, but in reverse order.

Now that you have prepared and addressed the lower dantien, it is time to move on to the exercises:

1. Bow Stepping. from a neutral, steady, and relaxed posture, you will raise up the right foot and roll the ruler up
towards your upper dan tien area ( the area called the third eye, or Yin Tang Point), inhale as you do so. as the foot
comes down, you will exhale, and pivot to your left. then the left foot will step, and the movements will be repeatedly.
Each foot fall counts as one repetition.

2. Rocking. from an empty weighted posture, that is with one leg baring most of the weight, and the other, in front,
bearing very little weight, you will inhale and raise the front toes, and then exhale and raise the rear heel. Inhale up to
the Yin Tang Point, exhale as the ruler travels down to the lower dan tien area.

3. Rocking and bending. From the previous exercise, you will rock forwards and bend slightly as you do your exhale.
this will look as if you are repeatedly sitting down in a chair, and then getting up again.

4. Kneeling. from the previous exercise, you will exhale and squat down as you breath out. the knee of the rear leg (the
weighted one) will touch the ground as you complete the exhale, from there begin your inhale, and stand back up into the
empty step. then switch to the other side when the requisite number of reps have been done.

5. Empty step walking. From a neutral and natural stance, you will step forward in a series of empty steps, stepping
out on the right foot, and doing an empty step, then shifting the weight, and stepping out with the left leg, and doing
another empty step.

6. Reverse Circle stepping: the same as the previous exercise, except the path of the ruler is Reversed, as is the
breathing. The inhale will have your arms travel up and away from you, and the exhale will bring the ruler down and close to
your body.

7. Low Valves: from a medium horse stance, place the ruler at your right side, with your right hand on top , and the left
hand on the bottom. you will exhale and draw the ruler across your body to your left side. when you reach the left hips, roll
the ruler over, and inhale, from there you will travel back across the body, and exhale again. repeat for the required reps.

8. High Valves: from a high neutral stance, you will raise the tips of the toes, and have the ruler up by the right side of
the head, with the center of the ruler at the height of the eyebrows. Right hand on top of the ruler, from above, and left
hand at the bottom of the ruler, below. exhale and pass the ruler in front of the head at a distance of about 3 inches.
upon reaching the left side of the head, roll the ruler over and inhale, then travel across again, repeating the process.

that concludes the exercises. you will now do the preparatory breathing exercises, but in reverse order, and you are done.
do some silent sitting meditation for about 30 minutes, and go on with life as usual.

the practice of ruler can be addicting. you have been warned. hehehehehhe


rich mooney


01-23-2001, 09:27 AM
Sifu Lew has passed on his teachings. There are people out there who know it. He is getting older and just doesn't teach as much.

01-23-2001, 09:31 AM
Almost forgot. Shen Gung in the simplest sense is the becoming aware of your own chi and that of the chi around you.

01-23-2001, 05:04 PM
When you say passed on his teachings are you saying that there are people who have learned more than has been revealed (such as what is listed in Sifu Carl Totten's book)? If so, are these people teaching any of these things.

Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-24-2001, 12:55 AM
Sure Carl Totten is one such person, the late John Davidson was another. I believe Bill Helm from San Diego is another. Believe it or not Steve Grody is one of Sifu's old students. They all have the Dragons. Sifu Lew will teach the healing art of "Nui Gung Gi Liao". There was a time that that some of the Taoist Alchemy or magic was instructed. All in all Sifu has taught a lot of things to those who have followed.

01-24-2001, 02:55 AM

Are the exercises above (for preparing the dan tien before and after the ruler set) good to also do before and after chi qong, standing meditation/embracing the tree, and/or bagua circle walking?


01-24-2001, 05:11 PM
Are you saying that Sifu Lew will be teaching the healing art of "Nui Gung Gi Liao" in the near future? If so is this open to all? Time? Place?


Life and Teaching of the Masters of the Far East
By Baird T. Spalding

01-25-2001, 01:15 AM
What do you mean by magic ?

01-25-2001, 01:50 AM
Are you in S. Cal, San Francisco or even further north?