The words “Chi Kung” can be translated as “Energy Exercise” but this is a great simplification of the true meaning. The concept of “Chi” has been discussed elsewhere on this site but “Kung” has not. In the phrase “Chi Kung”, the “Kung” actually carries the same meaning as “Kung Fu”.
Kung Fu does not literally mean “martial arts”,
rather it means “effort and time”.
This concept is both simple and profound.
Zhan Zhuang, Tai Chi, Wing Chun and the arts that inspired them, have a rich history stretching back thousands of years. The Lineage page of this site is only the beginning of a great ‘family tree’ of contributors to the legacy that survives to this day.
The names of some masters are remembered, but many have been forgotten. Whatever skill I have is owed in some way to each of these predecessors and it is with admiration and deep appreciation that I consider them.
It can be easy to view the martial arts as a means of gaining power
and pride over others but these are hollow victories.
If our opponents can instead be ill-health and the ego, then even small victories can be to the benefit of all. I suggest that the legacy of these arts can be used in such a way.
For such an opportunity, I am grateful.
To my Masters in particular, I would like to say, 'Thank you'.