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Chi Kung Exercises

Literally translated, chi kung means “the working of air” and is a series of breathing techniques that can be done standing or lying down. Chi kung (also Romanized as qigong) generates, strengthens and increases the flow of one’s chi (qi) levels. In traditional Chinese medicine, chi is one’s “life force” or “life energy.” Chi is the foundation of Eastern medicine and has been used as a healing tool for more than 2,000 years.

There are many different kinds of chi kung exercises. The first physical evidence of chi kung practice was found on a Chinese Neolithic pot dating back to 3000 to 5000 B.C. It depicts a person practicing the “post” or “hugging the tree stance,” which is one of the foundations for practicing tai chi (taiji) and iron palm. Chi kung is not a system of meditation and must be practiced with the eyes open and the mouth closed. Performing chi kung exercises can cure illnesses, enhance vitality, increase mental and physical performance, promote youthfulness and aid in spiritual advancement.

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  1. Man vs. Steel – Part 7: Risks and Injuries

    Man vs. Steel – Part 7: Risks and Injuries

    Even if you’re using martial power through dynamic breathing to bend steel, you’ve gotta be careful! Martial arts strongman and conditioning expert Mike Gillette explains the risks and the protocols for injury prevention during his feats of martial strength in this exclusive video from Black Belt magazine!


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  2. Man vs. Steel – Part 6: Breakdown of 2-Bar Bend

    Man vs. Steel – Part 6: Breakdown of 2-Bar Bend

    After bending two steel bars, martial arts master and muscle strongman Mike Gillette takes viewers through the physical process leverage optimization and dynamic-breathing involved in this feat of martial power! Exclusive martial arts strength and fitness video shot at Black Belt magazine!


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  3. Man vs. Steel – Part 5: Bending Two Steel Bars

    Man vs. Steel – Part 5: Bending Two Steel Bars

    Muscle, mind and dynamic breathing meet as strong man Mike Gillette bends not one but TWO steel bars using his special techniques for martial-power generation in this special feat of strength. Exclusive martial arts strength and fitness footage in this video shot at Black Belt magazine!


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  4. Man vs. Steel – Part 4: Impact on the Human Body

    Man vs. Steel – Part 4: Impact on the Human Body

    Martial arts master and dynamic breathing expert Mike Gillette discusses the physical toll one bend and multiple bends of various objects have on the human body. He equates multiple bends as having endured several strenous fitness workouts consecutively. You be the judge. Try it yourself! Learn more from the Web
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  5. Man vs. Steel – Part 3: Bending Step By Step

    Man vs. Steel – Part 3: Bending Step By Step

    Martial arts fitness master Mike Gillette describes how he uses martial power generated through dynamic breathing to bend a steel bar. The martial arts master takes you step-by-step through the process, from intent to the first kink in the steel and all the way through to the final result!


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  6. Man vs. Steel – Part 2: Bending One Steel Bar

    Man vs. Steel – Part 2: Bending One Steel Bar

    Warmed up from his nail bend in Man vs. Steel – Part 1, strongman and martial arts fitness master Mike Gillette is now ready to use dynamic breathing to generate martial power for the task of bending a steel bar! Watch this martial arts master in action as he uses
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  7. Man vs. Steel – Part 1: Warming Up

    Man vs. Steel – Part 1: Warming Up

    Strongman and martial arts master Mike Gillette uses dynamic breathing techniques to bend a hefty nail in this demonstration of martial-power generation in this martial arts fitness video. This is but a warm-up exercise for the task of bending one steel bar, and later two!


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  8. Man vs. Sledgehammer – Part 2: Preparation

    Man vs. Sledgehammer – Part 2: Preparation

    Scott Bolan discusses his mind-over-matter approach to dynamic breathing for martial-power generation. Through such techniques, he and his partner Mike Gillette have been able to roll skillets, break arrows with their necks and bend steel bars! Learn how from these martial arts masters in this exclusive video shot in the
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  9. Man vs. Sledgehammer – Part 1: Demonstration

    Man vs. Sledgehammer – Part 1: Demonstration

    Martial arts fitness and strength-training experts Scott Bolan and Mike Gillette demonstrate more dynamic breathing techniques for generating martial arts power! In this exclusive Black Belt magazine video, Mike Gillette swings a sledgehammer into a cinder block being held by a standing Scott Bolan. Is Scott left standing? Find out
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  10. Tai Chi Training for Middle-Aged Martial Artists Who Refuse to Quit

    Tai Chi Training for Middle-Aged Martial Artists Who Refuse to Quit

    On our walk down the martial path, we will find that we cannot rely on our martial arts training as we did when we were younger. That head-high kick gets harder and harder to deliver effectively. The power in that once-awesome reverse punch seems to slip, regardless of how much
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