Not for Men Only!
By Gene Ching
Last year in late October, an unbelievable qigong stunt caught the world's attention. Three men dragged a truck loaded with 100 passengers a meter across a Taipei parking lot. While towing a meter isn't very far (even with a 10-ton load) the size didn't matter as much as the method. They pulled it with their penises. That's right - read that again if you must - three men hauled 10 tons of truck and passengers by roping their penises to the truck fender and pulling backwards. These men practice the most forbidden qigong kungfu of all - they train their genitals.
The three men were students of a renowned Taiwan master named Tu Jin-Sheng. Master Tu has staged several similar stunts and is quite famous for doing so. A year earlier, his 70-year-old student Huang Tian-Yu made the news by putting his manhood on the line. He lifted 150 kilograms (330 lbs.) using only his penis. Squatting in horse stance upon two raised pedestals, Huang wore a kilt-like skirt to cover his private parts while a massive stack of weights dangled beneath him. His septuagenarian face glowed with genuine elation instead of the grimacing wince that appears on most men at the mere suggestion of such a bizarre act.
Penis training is often ridiculed in the martial arts, perhaps out of envy, perhaps because it seems so absurd. Bring it up around the most macho martial arts men, and they will be crossing their legs and giggling like schoolgirls. But as Tu sees it, people train every other part of their body except their sexual organs. He considers his method as the only way to correct this oversight. While most people think the only exercise a penis gets is ejaculation, Tu's method treats the penis like an arm, a leg or any other part of the body. Tu comments "People compete will all their four limbs, why not this?"
Throw Out That Old Viagra
Now in his late 40's, Master Tu has the kind of bulging virile physique that many body builders dream about - big and buffed, yet not so much to impede his flexibility or agility. He can kick easily above his head, break stone slabs with a single strike, and blow out a row of candles with one speedy leg sweep. A veteran martial master, Tu was born into a martial family and began his training under his father in Shaolin kungfu at the young age of six. From the beginning, he was a career-track martial artist. He graduated from the prestigious Teachers Physical College of Taiwan with a degree in martial arts and also earned his master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition, he is an accomplished acupuncturist, painter and calligrapher. Tu has dedicated his life's work completely to the martial arts and founded his own unique style of qigong kungfu. Called Jiu Yang Shen Gong, Tu now boasts over 60,000 followers worldwide with students in Malaysia, Japan, Italy, France, Canada, and even here in the United States.
Jiu Yang Shen Gong is Tu's unique penis qigong. Jiu means nine. Nine is special number in Chinese numerology because it is the largest of the single digits and after counting to nine, one must return to one. It also refers to the nine major orifices of the body: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, anus, and genitals. Shen means spirit. Yang is the same Yang in Yin-Yang and Gong is the same Gong in Qigong. This method is based on Bodhidharma's Shaolin Marrow Washing (xisuigong) and Taoist nine-circle alchemy (daojia jiu zhuan wandansu.) It combines Buddhist and Taoist, as well as internal and external methods. When Tu puts this in modern scientific terms, he defines the external method as cultivation of the penis while the internal method focuses on increasing hormone production.
Even in our immodest modern world, penis training is seldom seen. Master Tu believes this type of qigong kungfu has been kept behind closed doors for two main reasons. Firstly, the Chinese people are conservative by nature, so many judge this to be a prurient practice and avoid discussing it seriously. Secondly and more interestingly, this kungfu focuses on the reproductive organs, the very base of human life, so it is immensely powerful. Masters had to find the right pupils to receive the teachings or they would not pass it on.
But today, Tu exalts this practice as a penile panacea. He claims it can prevent old age and diseases, increase energy and vitality, make muscles and bones stronger, reduce arterial blockage, cholesterol levels, diabetes, allergies and ear problems. Additionally, of course, it can greatly enhance sexual performance. According to Tu, this method will increase the sperm count and boost male hormone levels in a way that is much more natural and better than taking drugs like Viagra or steroids.
Girls Like It Too
Master Tu has been practicing his penis qigong for over 25 years. He has published a book and videotape on the subject, but at this time, they are only available in Chinese. As one might imagine, this is a very delicate practice, so it is of utmost importance that a student follow the direction of a qualified master. Penis qigong uses a variety of special exercises, including massage, slapping, pulling and hitting it with a tool. The breath is concentrated in the dantian and a cloth is used to bind the penis in special ways. It is important to note that this method is not practiced when aroused. Also, not everyone can learn this method. Students must have strong qi to practice this. If a student is 40 or older, he must practice another additional form of qigong to supplement the training or it will have no effect.
Surprisingly, women can actually practice Jiu Yang Shen Gong too. Female students can train by inserting a special ping pong-like ball in their vagina. This ball is attached to a rod, and then hung with heavy weights just like a man's penis. While a man can begin studying this qigong at any age, a woman can only practice it before she reaches menopause.
With just a half-hour to an hour of practice a day, Master Tu promises quick results. After only one week, your hips will loosen. In two weeks, you will not feel thirsty as easily. After the first month, your vision will become clearer. By two months, your complexion will improve and the bags under your eyes will disappear, and by three months, you will require less sleep and feel powerful all of the time. Eventually, you won't feel the need to go the bathroom as often and any plaguing maladies will vanish. And what about sex? Master Tu says "Of course! This is really great for sex!" One of his students fathered a new baby at age 82. Another student fathered a son 20 years after the birth of his daughter. Master's Tu's most incredible claim is that the highest masters of penis qigong can use it to pull cars, break ice blocks and even cut coconuts.
Master Tu believes his Jiu Yang Shen Gong is an important method for personal well being in today's toxic world. Nowadays, the environment is filled with pollution that is constantly being absorbed by the human body. The only way we can strengthen ourselves is to change our personal human conditions to oppose the unnatural poisons that permeate our lands and damage us. This type of kungfu is not man against man. It is man against a contaminated world. For Tu, this kungfu is a small step, but the most important one to reach out for true human life.
The Big One
Master Tu has another extraordinary stunt in the works. He is in the process of getting clearance from the Taiwanese government to borrow a 747 jet airplane. Tu figures 20 to 24 of his top students, by strapping their penises, 6 to 8 men per wheel, can generate combined penis pulling power to move the 18,000-kilogram (39,780 lbs!) 747. That's over a ton and a half per penis.
It promises to be an attention-getting event if they can pull it off - or rather pull it forward.
Penis qigong creates a lot of raised eyebrows, both in and out of the martial arts. Generally, the penis is not a suitable topic for polite society. Some find it awkward or embarrassing just to say the word "penis." Others quickly descend into fraternity house bawdiness and bathroom-wall vulgarity. But the warrior's way can be extreme, and eventually this subject comes up in everyone's martial research. The wise warrior discards any lascivious thoughts and carefully examines this without prejudice. Despite the suggestiveness of penis qigong, herein lies some powerful and inspirational kungfu. Again, we discover that dedicated masters can achieve the unbelievable through the discipline, commitment and practice, reaffirming the limitless nature of our venerated art of kungfu.
Master Tu Jin-Sheng's Penis Qigong Tips
Penis qigong has some specific prohibitions that can be useful advice for any qigong practice.
- Watch what you eat very carefully
- When you wake up in the morning, do not urinate. Instead, exercise to sweat it out.
- The hours from 11 PM to 1 AM and 11 AM to 1 PM are not good times for exercise, but good only for meditation.
- For every season there is an appropriate focus. Summer: Shen (Spirit) Autumn: Sui (Blood Circulation) Winter: Jing (Vital essence) Spring: Qi (Life energy)
- For this type of training you must have a teacher, otherwise you might get hurt.
Click here for Feature Articles from this issue and others published in 2001 .
Written by Gene Ching for KUNGFUMAGAZINE.COM