As part of the 1st Gateway Chinese Martial Arts Championships, Hung Gar Master Ray Hildreth of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Chen Style Tai Chi Master Huixian Chen of Kansas, Missouri, Wu Style Tai Chi Master and writer Chun Man Sit of Kansas, Missouri, and Pak Mei Master Simon Lui of Wayzata, Minnesota will host workshops on March 23 and 24. I will introduce each of the workshops in four separate articles and this second article is on Master Ray Hildreth’s “Dragon and Snake Qigong”.
With over 41 years of Martial Arts experience, Master Ray Hildreth is a Certified Hung Gar Instructor under Grand Master Buck Sam Kong. His background also includes Choy Li Fut, Kenpo Karate and selects forms of the Chen, Yang and Wu Hao Tai Chi. In Hong Kong on January 6, 2006, Sifu Hildreth was promoted to the rank of 8th Degree by the World Organization of Wushu Kung Fu Masters. Sifu Hildreth has held the following positions: Oklahoma Chairman for the AAU Chinese Martial Arts Program, 1991-2002, Director of Region 8 for the AAU Chinese Martial Arts Program, 1991-1998, Senior Vice-President, Region 6, of the USAWKF 1994-1995 and National Chief Official for the AAU Chinese Martial Arts Program
Sifu Hildreth has received munerous recognitions and awards including AAU Outstanding Service Award in 1992, World Karate Union Hall of Fame in 1998, Whirlwind Classic Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, American Black Belt System Hall of Fame in 2004. Sifu Hildreth operates the Academy of Self-Defense in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has promoted Regional and National Chinese Martial Arts Tournaments since 1990.
Derived from Hung Gar’s Ten Forms Set, Sifu Ray’s workshop “Dragon & Snake Qigong” will embrace the spirit of the Dragon and philosophy of the Snake. It uses a combination of Dynamic Tension Movements, Special Breathing Techniques and Special Sounds that stimulate internal organs to unite one’s external and internal strength as it develops and circulates Qi throughout the body. People that practice these exercises, in addition to being very healthy, are able to perform great feats of strength such as bending iron re-bar placed against their throat or breaking objects struck against their body.
The sounds imitate the “five emotions” (anger, happiness, sadness, sorrow and fear) and, together with the breathing techniques, stimulate the flow of “energy” and functions of the “five organs” (liver, heart, pancreas, lungs and kidneys). The set regulates the Qi, making the body sweat and thereby cleansing the body. Also, the set restores imbalances in Qi circulation to make the body healthy and stronger. Restored Qi circulation, also, balances the mental state, lengthens life and increases power for martial applications.
This set uses the philosophy of Yin and Yang to bring balance to one’s physical, mental and spiritual state. These movements are sometimes referred to as Internal Steel Wire Training as the sounds are reminiscent of a taut steel wire that is stretched tight on a musical instrument so that when it is strummed it makes a vibrating sound that resonates within the hollow of the instrument.
The workshop will be held 8 – 9:30 am on Saturday March 24 at North County Recreation Center(2577 Redman Road, St. Louis MO 63136). For more info, or to enroll, please visit: http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/stlouis/
Click below for other Master’s workshops info:
- Master Chen Huixian
- Master Chun Man Sit
- Master Simon Lui
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