One of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit is to integrate kung fu into every fiber of your body. It is not sufficient to only practice at school a couple of times each week. It is of no consequence, in my opinion, whether you want to work out in the company of your pals from time to time.
Even if such things are beneficial, they are not sufficient if your objective is to apply your abilities when they are required of you. despite the fact that some form of training is preferable to none at all. To fully integrate kung fu into your lifestyle you need to take every advantage to train when you can.
There are so many different forms of integrated kung fu available in the modern world that there is something suitable for people of all ages and skill levels.
Habit #1 Integrate Kung Fu Into Your Life First Thing In The Morning
In the video above Sije Jamie and myself are practicing some Chi Sao while out on a bike ride.
Practicing Qigong in the morning is, quite literally, one of the finest things you can do to set the tone for a successful day. This exercise is a physical training and respiratory control regimen comparable to tai chi that was developed in China.
Those of you who have made drinking coffee in the morning part of your habit may find that you reap significant health benefits if you cut back on your coffee consumption and instead complete your morning with a few minutes of Qigong practice (10 mins). Why would you ever consider doing that? In addition to the wonderful advantages that may be gained, doing so can help you get in the correct frame of mind to get you through the rest of the day.
Habit #2 You Can Integrate Kung Fu Into Other Healthy Habits
Just like brushing your teeth, the more you can incorporate your newly acquired skill into your everyday routine, the sooner it will become natural to you. Wrist control is one of the skills that we teach here at Enter Shaolin. You may put this into practice on a regular basis by performing the straightforward action of brushing your teeth while preserving what we refer to as the 3 P.R.O.O.F.
The manner you walk from one location to another might serve as a form of training that you can add to your routine. Did you know that you can even train your wrist while driving by managing the steering wheel of your vehicle?
We routinely do so many things that there are countless ways to integrate kung fu into your daily life.
Pursuit Of Health And Happiness (Qigong)
I didn’t want to just gloss over Qigong. However when talking about how to integrate kung fu into your life by creating good habits it needs to be said again that the knowledge of Qigong goes back thousands of years. Our ancestors practiced this and other forms of movement and breathing exercises.
I tell my students and people I love dearly that learning Tai Chi and Qigong was priceless. It’s something that once you fully know it nobody can take away from you. It’s a gift that once learned cost nothing and continuously pays back huge dividends for the rest of your life.
Habit #3 Have You Guessed Yet What I am Going To Say In This Section?
There is no other way to say this but just to say it. It really doesn’t matter what martial art systems you train in for self-defense, they all have the potential to be great martial arts.
With that said, if there is one habit you should absolutely get into it’s the habit of doing Tai Chi and Qigong regularly for the rest of your life.
Tai Chi and Qigong are probably one of the most important things you can do. Besides helping you increase your martial skill 10-fold. It also helps harmonize your mind, body, and spirit. And as you probably already know if you achieve that, you are feeling, looking, and living pretty well.
…Because if you don’t have your health, what really do you have?
I implore you, to do yourself a huge favor and start learning these two powerful disciplines at once. You will start to notice a difference after just practicing for a month. Imagine how you will feel after 1 year, 5 years, 10 years, and beyond.