Internal Strength

The Nei Kung, or internal strength exercises, are designed to develop your body and train power. In many ways it is the most important part of Tai Chi Chuan, both for health and self-defence.

From the point of view of health, it is said that Nei Kung helps regulate breathing and improves the blood circulation. It also loosens and relaxes the joints.

From the perspective of self-defence, you cannot hope to be involved in a fight without being hit. If your body is weak, you may be hurt and your attacks will lack sufficient power to injure your assailant. Thus, to hope to survive in a fight you must develop a strong physique. This is one of the goals of Nei Kung.

There are two sets of internal strength exercises: a Yin set and a Yang set. The Yin exercises develop health and physique, whilst the Yang exercises concentrate more on developing power and strength. In addition, some of the exercises have self-defence applications.

Tai Chi Nei Kung Article