In Chinese martial arts, mastery of movement is expressed through the balance between body and mind. Meditation, as an integral part of learning Kung Fu, helps achieve this balance. Meditation makes self-control possible, and the mastery of your own emotions. In Zhang Qian’s school, meditation is therefore an integral part of the disciplines taught at school.
However, meditation is special. Unlike techniques, Taolu, Sanda Boxing etc. which are practiced during group training, meditation is practiced in a more personal way. It is up to the student to understand the meaning of this practice, and the power it represents. Of course, meditation sessions are planned at the Kung Fu school. Master Zhang teaches us the position of the lotus, the posture of the body and the mechanisms of breathing. For beginners, we will benefit from the end of a workout, when the body calls for rest and secretes endorphin. This natural state offers ideal conditions to work on oneself.
The practice of meditation brings many benefits, here are the main ones:
At the Zhang Qian’s Kung Fu School, group meditation is practiced to learn gestures and meaning in dedicated places or in the mountains. Every session lasts from 10 to 15 minutes. It is also practiced individually or in small groups autonomously and spontaneously. Meditation is an integral part of Chinese culture and there is nothing surprising about seeing a person meditate. It is even strongly encouraged!
We use the lotus position, although it is also possible to meditate sitting cross legged, standing, lying down… With your eyes closed, your back straight, you listen to the wind blowing, and you feel the world around you, each in his or her own way. First, the mind needs to focus on breathing. We bring air into our body and then we release it. You can give it a taste, a smell, a color, … to visualise it better. With each breath in and out, you work your heart beat. Our bodies and minds calm down, and at this precise moment, you feel good.