AcidFaucet\";p=\"53630 wrote:Does anyone know anything about the strike-across-space palm or the shaolin marvelous fist?
I have already been doing the One Finger Zen for about a year now, and would like to complement it with these two.
Haven't found anything on them.
Look into formal sets of YIZHICHAN qigong. The main stance is talked about in Paul dongs book Empty force. But its so simple as to not require a book about it. Its one of the only standing postures where you close your eyes.
The formal program of the KONGJING qigong also has similar postures but different emphasis than the YIZHICHAN qigong. All these exercises in some way are in shaolin, qigong sets, ect.
The method in paul dongs book allowed me to put the candle out in only 2 months. Nothing to write home to mom about. Dont trust all you read of the storys on the one finger. They are often misinterpreted or taken out of sequence. The "bell gong" for instance you dont hit the metal plate or bell with your finger. You push it back and forth. The older books show a big hammer being used to train.
The metal (iron or steel) strengthens the qi and tonifys the lung and settles the spirit. The yizhichan is considered stronger than the cinnibar palm for instance because it has a longer range. And also, metal energy aids in the extention of the wood energy in the body. So if you had red palm qigong type skills. They would be aided and strengthened by issuing from the shooting finger, which is different than the "healing" finger.
The wong kiew kit books talk about the shooting finger. Which is okay but its not the only way to do it. The basic training is the use of the one finger hand and the tiger claw goes along because it stretches the lung channel and the heart.
The finger bending qigong taught in the yizhichan qigong and the shaolin nei jin qigong is superior to the one finger pushing EXERCISES you see in hung gar ect. Because it develops the energy in a slower buildup, like what qi healers do. Explosiveness is something you develop later, but you also must consider that your expending energy shooting it out your finger. Extending and focusing it like a laser if you will, in theory. I just found out that qi is considered mist like and shen is COHERENT light. So if you use metal (air) to extend wood (which generates spirit) you have something potentially powerful there.
Think of it like driving the iron palm through one finger. The pushing movements you see are usually just done off of existing merdian qigong movements. Which aids the metal element of the index finger in moving enegy through those corresponding channels. Plus, ideally, the lung can feed all the main meridians of the body. Ideally that is.
Unfortunatly your talking about a lot of ifs and buts and ideals. There is an esoteric side too. For example: Development of the celestial eye (eye training is almost obligatory in any finger art, if you dont know why, you arent ready yet). On the realistic side. It can help improve your regular vision, strengthen the optic nerve and the nerves. Enhance cognitive abilitys and thus memory retentions, as the skin of the brain (cortex) is a skin and governed by the metal element.
I saw a science show where they are using ice water to soak a persons arm for 3 minutes while they watch EMOTIONALLY STIMULATING imagry on a video to enhance post-study memory retentions. If you dont find that interesting, well, then your just plain stupid.
And since the index finger is the large intestine, the yin metal element, you could see some iron body type effects manifest. Check out the hard qigong demonstrations by Sun da fa for example. He has students banging heads against walls and such. And they mainly focus on doing the standardized sets taught in the schools. The golden bell and iron shirt effects combined are simply "side effect".
Then again they train much different over there.