Seahorse Arts Wiki
The Seahorse Arts Wiki is an Online Resource Base for students training in the Lee style Taoist Arts. It consists of a collection of articles written by Chee Soo taken from over sixty years as a student and teacher dedicated to researching the philosophy of Taoism and it's practical application. The main categories include Taoist philosophy, Chinese Medicine in theory and practise, T'ai Chi Ch'uan, K'ai Men or Taoist chi gung, Tao Yin or breathing exercises, Feng Shou kung fu, and the many and various techniques of cultivation of the natural internal energy of the body the Chinese know as Ch'i. There is also an extensive body of knowledge surrounding the subject of Chinese Medicine including diagnosis and the application of the Taoist Health Arts such as Anmo Taoist massage, Tien Chen acupressure, Ts'ao Yao herbal remedies, Ch'ang Ming or Taoist macrobiotics and dietary therapy, thermogenesis, and Taoist alchemy with detailed information both from a historical perspective and as it is applied today.
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||The Feng Po Ideogram
Our Chinese boxing style is known as Feng Shou, meaning 'Hand of the Wind, and this has its connection with the Earl of the Wind' whose name was Feng Po. Now in Chinese mythology he is depicted as a very old man with a long flowing white beard, who stands on the green grass of the heavens' highest pinnacle, dressed in a yellow cloak and wearing a red and blue hat. In his hands he holds the open end of a cotton sack, and wherever he points the mouth of the sack, so the wind blows in that direction.
Thus from his exalted position in the heavens he can turn a full circle, and send the winds unhindered across the whole world. If he moves slowly then the wind from the sack will hardly move, so it will feel like the gentleness of a morning breeze, but if he becomes angry or is surprised then he may turn very fast, and the wind will hurtle across the universe to become and create the devastation of a tornado. So don't upset him by becoming aggressive for the one thing he really hates is violence.
No matter what force he may use at any time, you will never see it, although you will see the results of it or its after-effects...(read more...)
Taoist Arts of the Lee Style
Chee Soo devoted over sixty years of his life to studying and teaching the Taoist Arts of the Lee style handed down to him by Chan Kam Lee.
His written works include
The Seahorse mediawiki project draws extensively from these works to bring you a detailed and comprehensive exploration of the Taoist Art in the words of Chee Soo.
An old Chinese proverb says that 'The reflection on a pool of water never shows its depth'. In order to prove this, it is necessary for you to get into the water and swim down to the bottom of the pool, for you can never really know anything just by looking or watching. You must go in and see for yourself, or, in the modern idiom, you've got to have a go.
So it is with the Chinese martial arts. One punch might look like any other, but it is what is behind it that really counts. In our style of Feng Shou kung fu, the driving force and the hidden power is Ch'i (internal energy) and this is the most important aspect of our particular art. Its force is dynamic, its utilization fantastic, its benefit to the health of the individual is beyond normal comprehension, and it can be used to heal others.
However, if it is beyond normal comprehension, how do we go about explaining it? It is like trying to teach someone to ride a bicycle. You can tell them how to get on, how to steer, and show them where the brakes are and how to use them. But you cannot explain the very basic fundamental principle: how to maintain the balance so that they can stay on it. Neither can you explain the split-second reaction of when to apply the brakes to stop. Both things can only be learnt through experience, and experience can only come through getting on that bike and having a go...
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Chee Soo interviewed by Bob Wellings on Nationwide 1973
18. Dragon Stance (Lung Shih)
Transfer your weight on to your right leg, and move your left foot forward (South) about one pace, bending the left knee as the foot rests on the floor, and straightening the right leg. As this is executed, let both arms swing downward in front of the body and then start to move outward. At this point, the left arm will swing back over the top of your left knee with the palm facing up, while the right arm continues to swing outward and upward, then over and inward until it has made a complete circle, stopping when the forearm is parallel to the floor and on a level with the shoulders. Let your right hand droop down, and lift the fingers of your left hand. You have now started to wrestle with the tiger's head.