Nei Kung is an internal system of Chi Kung, employing slow, deep breathing and requiring a relaxed physical stance and mental attitude. (The external approach to cultivating chi is characterized by heavy breathing and rapid diaphragmatic exercises.) Nei Kung practice charges up the body's energy. The effects in the initial Workshop are dramatic, and the profound extent of the training often becomes apparent as early as the first two weeks of regular practice.
Nei Kung has been refined, and handed down from Master to Master since the time of the Yellow Emperor (2696--2598 BCE). It evolved from the Taoists' search for a way to rejuvenate and heal the body, to increase internal strength and energy.
There is a saying in China that if you pursue the Ch'uan (fighting technqiue) without practicing Nei Kung, when you reach old age you will not have anything to show for your efforts. Great importance is traditionally placed on the study of Nei Kung in conjunction with Tai Chi Chuan. In order to attain a high level of ability in Tai Chi, one must know and practice Nei Kung diligently.
Grandmaster C.K. Chu developed an effective Nei Kung training method used by his championship fighters. His The Book of Nei Kung was the first published on this secretive art. CK Chu Tai Chi has been teaching Nei Kung for over 35 years and has helped people achieve great results for their health and for their competitiveness. This book is vital for home study and reference. You can read James Borrelli's "My Story with Sifu" for more about the making of the book.
Also informative is an interview with Master Chu published in Qi Magazine. Click to read the 10-page article in Adobe Acrobat format (PDF). (If you have trouble opening the file, you may also need to download the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.) You can read more about Nei Kung in Why Tai Chi? Go to our store to purchase any of these Books and Video. To stream Nei Kung Workshop in Vimeo.
Nei Kung Classes
Hour-long workout, beginning with calm breathing and approximately twenty minutes of Horse Stance, then progressing through the nine remaining exercises.
Prerequisite: Nei Kung Workshop.
Classes, offered six days a week, are on-going and can be joined at any time after taking a workshop.
Nei Kung Workshop
An introduction to--and a prerequisite for--the regular Nei Kung classes. A short lecture on the history of Nei Kung and its relation to tai chi precedes instruction in the ten exercises, from Horse Stance to Owl Turns Head.
Conducted by Master Hyland Harris, Jeremy W. Hubbell, or Alex Kamlet.
Required for Nei Kung classes. Workshops are held approximately once every other month on Sunday afternoons, from 2:30 pm to 5:00 pm. Enrollment is limited, with discount pricing for advance registration (one-week) and for those who have previously taken the Workshop, see Workshop and Special Class Schedule.
Nei Kung Improvement 10 Week Seminar
Students at CK Chu Tai Chi are encouraged to seek correction of their nei kung postures on a regular basis. Corrections can be done during any tai chi class. A Special Class in Nei Kung Improvement is also taught as part of the advanced series of classes. This class meets once a week for 10 weeks. Each class is dedicated to one of the 10 Chu Nei Kung postures. A student volunteer will demonstrate the posture and the class will learn how to improve that person's posture, and in the process learn how to do the posture more correctly.
Nei Kung Advanced Improvement Workshop Conducted by Master Hyland Harris
For decades, students have been introduced to Nei Kung during an intensive Sunday afternoon workshop. That workshop explained how to do Master Chu's Nei Kung regimen. Regularly scheduled classes are for practicing Nei Kung with a trained instructor. Every couple of years the school has a 10-week Nei Kung Improvement Class. In the mean time, we will have occasional improvement workshops. If you want to improve your Nei Kung, receive corrections, learn how to train the system properly, and ask questions - attend this workshop. Come with questions and be prepared to take notes.