Health - Nei Gung

White Cloud uses relaxation and quietness combined with deep breathing to produce an easing of the nervous system thus stimulating and benefitting the whole body. The student of White Cloud must be motivated to train body and mind in order to allow self adjustment and to develop self reliance hence invigorating and strengthening the constitution. Through numerous exercises - either moving or stationary; standing or seated - which link the breath and the muscles and so combine the internal and external aspects of the body the White Cloud practitioner can hope to promote longevity and keep at bay premature aging.

Internal Energy, or Chi (Qi) can be developed by Chi Gung (Qi Gong) exercises. The aim is to balance the energy inside your body through specific exercises in co-ordination with breathing techniques which are soft and relaxed. Chi cultivation takes patience, persistance and the right amount of effort.

A calm mind, and optimistic attitude, contentment, confidence and good health are some of the many rewards that are attainable for those willing to search. A good practioner would be able to move their energy around their body at will. Everybody has Chi, or Life Force, from birth to death, it all depends on how we cultivate it in between. 

People who cultivate Chi correctly are the complete package, as opposed to just external competance, which is regarded as an empty vessel.

The aspects of the internal arts which can be experienced at White Clound include, but are not limited to:  The 8 Brocade exercises. 5 Element Chi Gung, Zhang Zhong, Meditation and a variety of deep breathing techniques.

The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy is the original school founded in 1962 by Master Derek Gordon, passed directly to his highest ranked student Master Dave Cowell in 1994 and now training exclusively at St Bede's RC Sports College.  Over the years many instructors have been trained at the White Cloud Academy and several now run successful schools of their own.  However, although these instructors are White Cloud trained they are not recognised by the Academy and as such neither are any of their students. 

The White Cloud Martial Arts Academy at St Bedes is not associated with any other school of Kung Fu and is the only place to learn the White Cloud Kung Fu system devised by Master Derek Gordon!

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