Zi Ran Men
Zi Ran Men is an art form that has been taught and passed down via the Zi Ran Men Martial Art lineage (Zi Ran Men roughly translates to “Nature Boxing” or more literally,“Nature Gate”).
Whilst the Zi Ran Men lineage is only 150 years old, it has its roots in other more ancient arts. It also constitutes an art form that has been refined across a number of generations by numerous masters.
Zi Ran Men is based on ancient Taoist philosophy, Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and, most importantly, the philosophy of 'One and Zero'. It combines physical training, Qigong (also, Chi Kung), meditation and combat techniques.
Through training, Zi Ran Men enhances the spirit of the mind, regulates the circulation of Qi (also, Chi) and develops physical sensitivity.
Although Zi Ran Men Kung Fu is a relatively young art (compared to some other kung fus tyle) founded during Qing Dynasty, it has been responsible for some of the most highly regarded martial arts masters in it's history. Three of these masters are Dwarf Xu 徐矮子, Du Xin Wu 杜心武 , and
Wan Lai Sheng 万籁声.
Zi Ran Men strips away unnecessary material and develops only the "core". It has a rich tradition in China and is the style that lies at the foundation of modern San Shou competition fighting. Through its practice a practitioner will find a “Gateway to Understanding Nature”.
Zi Ran Men is based on ancient Taoist philosophy of 'One and Zero', Traditional Chinese Medical Theory and the
observations of natural phenomena .
It combines hard physical training and combat techniques with qigong & meditation. Through training, Zi Ran Men enhances the spirit of the mind, regulates the circulation of qi and develops physical sensitivity. When the body is in harmony, you will live a long and healthy life.
Zi Ran Men training can be divided into three components : Physical Training, Conditioning and Combat Techniques . These three components combine for one purpose, which
is to enhance the health of body and mind.
Ziranmen calls for the use of the entire body
in an integrated way to exercise and progressively strengthen the muscles,
tendons, ligaments and bones.
The methods of Zi Ran Men combat follow the rules of nature - apply the techniques without thought, movements come from nothing.
Qigong (Chi Kung) is the Chinese discipline
devoted to the development of understanding,
awareness and harmonizing of one’s mind, body,
qi (chi) and spirit. It plays a strong part in Chan
Buddhism (Zen) and Daoist philosophy, as well as
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Chinese Martial
Arts. Qigong has been used extensively in China
as part of traditional Chinese medicine, and is
included in the curriculum of Chinese Universities.
Throughout the world Qigong is now recognized as a form of complimentary and alternative medicine, with positive effects on many diverse ailments.
Qigong practice involves rhythmic breathing, coordinated with slow stylized repetitions
of fluid movements and a calm mindful state. From a philosophical perspective qigong is believed to help develop human potential, allowing access to higher realms of awareness, awakening one’s true nature.
Ziran Qigong is a progressive set of exercises that retains all the original concepts & benefits associated with traditional qigong, while following a style of practice that uses terms and expressions that modern people can associate with and understand. “The main
aim of Ziran Qigong is to obtain
an understanding of one’s mind, body and the link between the two.” Our practice of Qigong has been passed down via the Ziran Qigong lineage and has been refined throughout many generations. Master Liu De Ming is the inheritor of the Ziran Qigong system, as well as being an active researcher into Qigong.