Jibengong - Foundational Exercises
CRAIG MALLETT Video Tutorials
Welcome! This tutorials page is an archive of sorts. It contains tutorials on all of the topics and teachings that I found most valuable during my time exploring various arts of physical development. Each video contains guidance and exercises for training a particular part of the body. Many of the tutorials are simple in appearance, but do not be deceived. Even once you can perform the exercise correctly, the real progress comes by continuing to practice. Try and put in 5 minutes per day on whichever exercise you are working on. You should see obvious changes within 30 days! If you are at all confused about how to proceed with any tutorial you have purchased, please don't hesitate to send me an email! None of these tutorials contain direct material from the Da Xuan tradition, however many are inspired by it. If you would like to directly train in Da Xuan, you can do so via my online training programs (see main website for details).
Daoist Physical Cultivation
The Daoist Physical Cultivation syllabus uses stances, drills and theory from th perspective of many the many styles of traditional Chinese martial arts that I have studied to transform the physical body and awaken dormant muscles, connective tissues and circulatory channels. Jibengong [Foundational Exercises] are exercises that are trained in a sustained and systematic way to develop the qualities required to practice skillfully and achieve this transformation. As the structure is established, the protective tension will fall away and a possibility to hold and move the body with a deep relaxed ease arises. The approach melts tension from the system which allows an agile and robust physical form to be born and with this the available energy and feelings of vitality increases dramatically.
Body Awakening is a method of exploring the body and bringing to life various muscles and tissues that fall asleep due to disuse. In their hybernation they exist in a permanent partial contraction, constantly using energy and distorting the whole physical structure. By teaching them to contract, we may also learn how to relax them. The more regularly they change between the contracted and relaxed state, the more clearly into our awareness they appear. These practices are exploratory in nature, the idea is not to perform in a particular way but to find the 'missing pieces'. Successful training in this way will reveal something that you were not aware of before, and more often than not it will be a discovery of something that doesn't work so well (which we now have the option of training into health!).