The Society for Nanlaoshu is dedicated to preserving and promoting the longevity practice of Nanlaoshu (“Hard to Grow Old Technique”). Based on ancient Chinese techniques, Nanlaoshu is a neigong (internal) practice that seeks to root out the causes of illness and transform physical and emotional imbalances through exercises and meditation. This dual cultivation of the body—to restore health and promote longevity—and the mind/heart intention (to guide us toward understanding and compassion) allows us to return to a natural state of balance and harmony. Our Nanlaoshu practice is comprised of Yi Jin Jing, Neigong Taijiquan and meditation.
The Society for Nanlaoshu was founded in 1987 under the inspiration and guidance of Master Ham King Koo (1902-1999). Master Koo devoted his life to acquiring and sharing his knowledge of these once-secret Taoist techniques. Teaching with great clarity and compassion, he offered a straightforward method toward restored good health and a fuller undestanding of oneself.
YI JIN JING Yi Jin Jing, which translates to “transforming the tendons and ligaments,” has its basis in martial arts. Very little detail of this technique has been recorded or preserved, yet it remains a vibrant method of strengthening the body. This system of specific exercises aims to restore the connective tissues to their loose and natural state, permitting the full rotation of all joints in a smooth and fluid manner.
NEIGONG TAIJIQUAN Our Wu Tang orthodox style is based on neigong techniques. The movements are derived from Yi Jin Jing, which distinguishes it from other Taijiquan forms. Neigong Taijiquan, a long form comprised of 81 movements, promotes and maintains the free flow of blood and qi through the body. The precisely executed postures of the form cultivate a practitioner’s balance, flexibility and strength.
MEDITATION Both sitting and standing meditation help to cultivate stillness and tranquility, which are essential to the development of the heart/mind intention. Without intention, movement is empty and void of meaning. Yet when cultivated correctly, intent can enable practitioners to lead their qi to soften the body and to quiet the thoughts and emotions, leading to a deep sense of well-being and peacefulness.