About Qi Gong
Qi=energy, life energy….. Gong=work, practice….. Qi Gong=energy work, energy practice
Qigong is an ancient Chinese energy art that combines focus, concentration, visualization, physical movement and specific breathing patterns to promote the balance flow of the vital life force which the Chinese refer to as Qi (“Chee”). Qi flows through the body’s ‘meridian’ system in much the same way that blood flows through the body’s circulatory system. Qi is manipulated and balanced by qigong and acupuncture practitioners.
Qigong has been practiced for at least 4,000 years in various forms, many of which are still practiced today. Chinese medical practitioners, monks, scholars and martial artists have all contributed to the present day qi gong styles. Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believe that illness is the result of a weak and unbalanced flow of qi. When the qi flow is weak and unbalanced, the internal organ and immune system will be weakened resulting in disease and illness. When the qi flow is strong and balanced, the body’s internal systems will be strong and healthy.
Qigong can range from being a very gentle internal practice for health promotion, through a very rigorous practice, as in the development of martial art techniques (iron body and iron palm for example). The regular practice of Qigong can improve health and even heal some chronic illnesses, increase energy, improve memory, increase productivity on all levels. Qi gong can reduce stress and its adverse effects on the entire body.
Today, millions of people world-wide practice Qigong. A strong qigong practice can provide relief from stress and strengthen the body’s immune system. Qigong can be done anywhere, anytime. It can be practiced while sitting, standing, moving, not moving, or lying down. It is excellent for stress reduction, prevention of illness, dealing with chronic illness, healthy and active aging, and longevity.
About Kung Fu
HUNG GA KUEN (Hung Family Fist) is one of the most popular martial art styles of Southern China. It is known for its powerful close-range techniques and the practice of the 5 animals and 5 elements of traditional Shaolin philosophy. This system offers and achieves mental and spiritual growth through rigorous internal and external training.
The Hung Ga system began in Ching during the Ching dynasty around 1723-1736. Hung Ga was founded by Hung Hei Guen and was the number one style among five family styles of the south. Hung Kuen became well known for two things… (1) the “thousand pound foundation” or horse stance, and (2) the “iron fist” and “iron arm” … fists and forearms continuously conditioned on sandbags and wooden posts.
Hung Kuen emphasizes fast strikes and believes that a strong foundation is the most important area of training. Hung Kuen emphasizes being solid first, and being mobile and flexible second.
About Sihing Frank
‘Sihing’ Frank has been practicing martial and energy arts for over thirty years. A big fan of Bruce Lee and the Green Hornet “Kato” character, ‘Sihing’ Frank has a life-long interest in martial arts… especially Kung Fu. He started training at the “Shaolin Kung Fu School” in Somerville, NJ. Years later, he met Sifu Tom Grant and began practicing qigong and Hung Ga style kung fu ( 1Tang Fong lineage) with Sifu Grant as a member of the Yee’s Hung Ga Kung Fu Association.
After relocating from NJ to MD, Frank continued to train with Sifu Tom, driving from MD to NJ for Saturday morning practice. In 2013, Frank shortened his commute, and began/continued training Hung Ga style kung fu (1Lam Sai Wing lineage) with Sifu John Jurewicz at the 2Tiger & Crane King Fu Academy in Newark, DE.
In February 2019, Frank was awarded Level I Qigong Certification by the National Qigong Association.
Frank Practices qigong and kung fu daily. He strongly believes that exercise and daily practice should be part of everyone’s lifestyle. “Sihing” Frank holds a graduate (MS) degree in Project Management, and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science.
1 See discussion on Lineage below 2 now the Hung Wing Chinese Cultural Center in Wilmington, DE
Sihing Frank is a professional member of the National Qigong Association (NQA).
- NQA Certified Qigong Instructor
- Member of the NQA Conference Planning Committee
- Presenter at the 2018 NQA Annual Conference
- Guest speaker on the Monthly ‘Qi Talks’ program
A lineage tracks the teaching ancestry back thru the generations. A martial arts practitioner is proud of their lineage and shows respect to ‘those who came before’, those who have passed the style, skills and techniques down from one generation to the next.
Hung Ga Kung Fu Lineage
Wing Chun Kung Fu Lineage