Young Master Luan Opens A School
Before Luan Xingfu passed away my shifu, Shi
Zhengzhong, took me to his home for tea. This is a story told
directly to me from Luan Shiye.
When still in his 20's Luan Shiye's master sent him to another
village to begin teaching martial arts. Within this village there
already was a martial arts school, but the members had not attained
a high level of skill. News of the newly arrived teacher traveled
fast and was greeted condescendingly. The indignant students of the
local school confronted Luan Shiye in the hopes of defeating him and
making him lose face. Their sole purpose being to run him out of
town. In each case the challengers attempt at disgracing Luan Shiye
failed as he won each encounter decisively.
Finally, a group of nearly thirty men from that school surrounded
Luan Shiye as he was walking down a country lane. Since the best of
their fighters had already lost to him none dared approach single
handedly. Instead they picked up rocks and large stones and
positioned themselves around Luan Shiye. Once the first stone was
thrown a hail storm of rocks began to fly. The entire group heaved
their stones with all their might. Luan Shiye squatted down low and
covered his head with his hands and knees. As soon as a lull in the
throwing appeared he merely stood up and fearlessly continued
walking on his way. The futility of the attackers stoning combined
with Luan Shiye's utter lack of fear must have come as a shock
Luan Shiye's ability to
physically withstand the stoning can be attributed to his qi gung
training. Luan Shiye placed a strong emphasis on the training of qi
gung for body conditioning. This qi gung is well known within the
mantis community as Three Turns Nine Rotations. In Shiye Luan's
school he introduced a new posture every 2 months. The first posture
that deals with internal strengthening of the back is pictured here.
During the practice of this posture you
must push your qi to the back using both mind and muscle. The
teacher strikes this area to make sure that the student does it
correctly and to build the pressure of the qi. The actual posture
aids the student in sending the qi to the correct location. You can
discern this for yourself by mimicking the posture shown here with
fully inflated lungs. With your mouth closed try to push air out of
your kidney's. When done correctly you will feel an inflating
Immortal Raises Hands
Earth produces metal
With bent knees lower your waist and maintain your position firmly
at the bottom.
Expel the qi as if finely pulling silk.
Knock your hands compel the qi and turn your body up.
Stamp both feet with all your body's strength.
The dantian returns the qi to dwell in the kidney's.
Return your hands and raise the cauldron as if embracing the moon.
Opening, shutting, gathering and closing the lung inhales and