FAQs

Q: Is Yang Mian™ Kung Fu an internal or external martial art?

A: (For those not familiar with the terms: internal refers to internal strength [the flow of Chi], external refers to more muscular type strength. Tai Chi is an example of the first, most Karate styles are typical of the second). The Yang Mian™ System develops and maintains inner strength. Internal styles usually begin with slow, relaxed movements. It often requires years of practice before inner stylists are able to release explosive power effectively. Yang Mian™ Kung Fu employs relaxed but fast movements from the beginning. It also generates and stores inner strength for expression in an instantaneous and powerful manner. The first signs of this inner development appear within a few months.

Q: In Kung Fu they speak of iron palm techniques. Is Yang Mian™’s steel hand the same as iron palm?

A: They are not the same although there are some resemblances. Steel hand covers a wider range of practice and use than is usual with iron palm. Also, steel hand training requires no special liniments or medicines to toughen the hands to avoid injury. Your hands will always appear completely normal until you have to use them in self defence. Your hands will be able to break tough objects such as river stones (stronger than house bricks) if you wish to reassure yourself of their power.

Q: How long does it take to develop Yang Mian™’s spring power?

A: Conscientiously practice what you are taught and you will find it emerging within a few months. As you continue to practice it becomes increasingly explosive and instinctive.

Q: Does Yang Mian™ Kung Fu work in the street?

A: Yes. It was originally designed by 12 masters of various styles of Kung Fu to express the best of what they had learned during their years of experience and teaching. It is totally practical. There are no wasted movements of body or hands. Saving yourself or a loved one from an attacker is the most practical of all objectives. Although the spring power of Yang Mian™ can be applied to all sports to improve performance, practical and very effective self defence is its prime purpose.

Q: Does it have training techniques not available from other martial arts?

A: Yes. You can only learn the techniques of Yang Mian™ from a Master or Sifu (qualified teacher). They do not appear in books.

Q: Is it a safe art to practice?

A: Quite safe so long as you follow the Instructor’s guidance. Of course you will be required to agree to take responsibility for yourself if you misuse what you are taught or practice incorrectly. But health clubs and sporting teams expect the same thing anyway.

Q: Does Yang Mian™ Kung Fu have a grading system, awarding coloured belts?

A: If you are attacked in the street it will be your fighting skill that will save you not the colour of your belt. In tournaments black belts are frequently defeated by lower grades. Yang Mian™ is interested in defeating an opponent not in giving false feelings of confidence by awarding coloured belts. The real world of self defence is a lot tougher than make-believe fighting within the walls of a training hall according to laid down rules.

Q: Are age or sex a factor to be considered?

A: No. Yang Mian™ suits both sexes of all ages.

Q: Do I need special training gear?

A: No. Just wear clothes that do not hamper freedom of movement

Q: Where are classes available?

A: Yang’s Mian Kung Fu is taught in private lessons conducted personally by the Master or his nominated instructor.

Q: How many times a week would I have to attend?

A: Normally once per week unless you and the Instructor have agreed otherwise. You are expected to conscientiously practice at home. The Instructor assesses your technique development during each lesson and gives appropriate guidance. He will introduce further techniques as you are ready for them.

Q: What does it cost to learn?

A: Ring for details. Costs are reasonable when you consider the unique qualities of Yang’s Mian Kung Fu and the fact that you are being personally taught by the sifu.

Q: How do I enrol?

A: The first step is to ring Master Yang and discuss the matter.
For further information phone: Master Yang Zhen Hua

Calligraphy Health FAQs

Q: Is Calligraphy Health appropriate for men and women?

A: Yes, Calligraphy Health’s programs and training can be followed by both men and women alike. There is no gender specificity to the training. However, Master Yang can tailor a program to suit a person’s personal needs.

Q: Is there an age limit to practising Calligraphy Health Systems?

A: No, there isn’t. Master Yang has carefully crafted a variety of training methods to ensure anyone can benefit from his Calligraphy Health System. For example the Meridian Training System which is a program for the elderly (75+) and Calligraphy Yoga which is generally suited to those under 65.

Q: Is flexibility a prerequisite for Calligraphy Yoga?

A: No. Calligraphy Yoga’s main goal is to increase the production of internal energy or “Qi”, also known as bio-magnetic energy, as well as improve the three main circulations of the body (mental, blood and digestive). Calligraphy Yoga is the coming together of breathing with relaxation and tension to produce a physiological change in the body. Stretching is a by-product, or just one of the varieties of changes experienced with Calligraphy Yoga.

Q: How is Calligraphy Yoga different from other yoga styles?

A: Unlike other styles of yoga, Calligraphy Yoga works with changing the physiology of the human body by increasing the production of “Qi” or bio-magnetic energy in body. As stated above, this is guiding the body’s chemistry through predefined pathways to provide healing, health and longevity. Moreover, Calligraphy Yoga works on the three main circulations in the human body (mental, blood and digestive), to produce an overall affect on a person’s health. This something that cannot be produced by stretching alone; lone stretching can often make a yoga practitioner appear dry (skin and joints). Additionally, the Calligraphy Yoga movements are based on a 3 dimensional sphere. This stretches the body’s connective tissues and muscles in a much more comprehensive manner than traditional static/flowing yoga postures.

Q: Will I feel “Qi” energy right from the start?

A: Some people do, some don’t. Some people feel the signs of “Qi” development; tingling, or heat, in the hands and fingers, even a magnetic signal. All of these are sure signs that you are starting to develop and increase your body’s “charge”. Over time however, everyone will feel energy as long as they are training correctly under a qualified instructor.

Q: Can Calligraphy Health help with weight loss and obesity issues?

A: Of course. Calligraphy Health’s movements open the body’s channels and meridians, improving blood flow. Its 3-dimensional movements also deeply massage the internal viscera. Hormones, intra-abdominal fat, intestinal/bowel function, heart function and blood pressure are all regulated and controlled through the postures and breathing of Calligraphy Health. Calligraphy Health brings the body back into balance. If you are overweight, your weight will decrease. If you are underweight, your weight will increase. This is the nature of the system.

Q: How soon will I feel the effects of the training?

A: The effects of Calligraphy Health training will be felt within 3-6 months of starting. The body, and mind, will start to feel lighter, calmer and more grounded. Furthermore, you will start to feel Qi running through your body but especially in the hands. Old injuries will start to feel less painful and your mood will lift. This is the start of the ‘happiness sea’ that every Calligraphy Health practitioner is heading towards.