‘FENG SHOU’ – Hand Of the Wind
The Lee Family Art of Feng Shou (Kung Fu)
WHAT IS FENG SHOU – Kung Fu?
Feng Po ‘The God of the Wind’ in Chinese mythology stands on green grass on top of a mountain. A wise old man with a long flowing white beard, dressed in a yellow cloak, and a blue and red cap. He holds a large sack and directs the wind, which comes from its mouth in any direction he pleases. This wind can be as gentle as a morning breeze or as devastating as a tornado, but Feng Po’s intention cannot be seen, only felt. So it is with the Lee Family Art of Kung Fu called Feng Shou which means ‘Hand of the Wind’. Feng Shou Kung Fu has been handed down for over 2000 years through the Lee family of Wei Hei Wei in central China.
The Northern Kung Fu schools, up in the mountains, used the feet and legs to a greater extent. In the South paddy fields meant you were up to your knees in mud and water or on board a boat on the sea all day with the legs required for balance as you rocked about. Both of these common southern occupations necessitated the use of more hand techniques.
The Lee style of Feng Shou Kung Fu originated in central China and blended the best of Northern Kung Fu and Southern Kung Fu techniques into its own unique dynamic Kung Fu style. Feng Shou is essentially a soft internal Kung Fu art that teaches the use of inner power (Nei Chi) usually shortened to Chi. The use of the word ‘soft’ often gives westerners the wrong impression, don’t be misled, Feng Shou is just as lethal as any other of the so called ‘hard’ Kung Fu styles. Only instead of using muscular strength to strike with, The Lee style of Feng Shou uses the dynamic force of Chi. Soft refers to the way we move, the body is kept relaxed and in constant motion which produces a fast smooth-flowing action. Most of the hand and arm movements are circular, sometimes very small and sometimes very large. Big muscles are not required, if fact big muscles like those produced by weight lifting are restrictive.
WHO CAN PRACTISE THE KUNG FU STYLE OF FENG SHOU?
No ‘brute’ muscular strength is required to become proficient in the Lee Family Art of Feng Shou, therefore it can be practiced by men and women of all ages.
WHAT WILL I DO DURING KUNG FU TRAINING?
Lee Family Art of Feng Shou teaches manipulative skills and energy development which replace static techniques and brute force. The essence the Lee Family Art of Kung Fu is to use your opponent’s force against himself. A deep understanding of the techniques ensures maximum results, which are obtained using minimum effort without aggression. Through relaxation and awareness we learn to adapt to any situation with the emphasis on control through developing sensitivity and spontaneity.
WILL THE LEE FAMILY ART OF FENG SHOU KING FU IMPROVE MY FITNESS?
Yes, training in this Lee Family Art of Kung Fu will not only give you self-defence skills but will raise your fitness level and improve your general health. Through the development of your internal energy you will increase your vitality and well-being, in fact many students practise the Lee Family Art of Feng Shou primarily for that reason. This Lee Family art of Kung Fu encourages relaxation of body and mind and also natural deep breathing. Everyone is given the space, time and encouragement to learn, in this way we learn to live and work in harmony with ourselves and others in the world around us.
Chee Soo demonstrating a Feng Shou Kung Fu Arm lock on Howard