Essentials of The Internal Martial Arts

Develop power and effectiveness in the internal martial arts

By John Bracy, Senior Master & Founder Chi Arts Assoc., and Hsing Chen Arts


The points covered here are essential to learning how to apply and master the internal martial arts.


Part I: Physical mechanics: Hard vs. Soft tissue body structure support as the basis of power development and advanced abilities. Includes principles of "Empty-Full," Suspension and Tensegrity, the body resilience principle of sung, and "block training"as a method to access advanced body mechanics


Part II includes Entrainment and mind-body linking, a free video "Examples of Advanced Abilities in the Internal Martial Arts," and comparisons of conventional vs. evolved martial arts


Part III: Now in preparation, this part shares examples of how to attain advanced abilities

Effective martial application concurrent with advancement of consciousness through a yogic model

The internal martial arts are unique as both a martial art/ self-defense form and a tool to master mind and body. Because of the effect the study of these have on the nervous system, they are both a study of a special form of body mechanics and a personal/ spiritual tool for advancing one’s own consciousness.


When practiced as an energetic-yogic tool, the study of these arts help us not only in physical defense, but to develop positivity, compassion, altruism, and wisdom.


These pages are dedicated to those few who choose to pursue the meaning of "internal energy in the martial arts." It is hoped that they will foster those who search for the merging of yogic alchemy in the martial arts and seek to utilize their intention and will to awaken subtle power and abilities, and, each in his or her own way, learn to represent the pinnacle of subtle martial arts skill.


Truly merging mind and body through the deepest practice of these arts opens us to the potential of sublime and secret power. This process of awakening results in a profoundly gentle approach to life. May the pages that follow aspire you to such mastery.

Part I: Discussion of what makes the internal martial arts different. How to train mind and body in the internal martial arts

Part II: Physical mechanics: Hard vs. Soft tissue body structure support as the basis of power development and advanced abilities. Includes principles of "Empty-Full," Suspension and Tensegrity, the body resilience principle of sung, ("springy-ness" or tenacity) and "block training" as a method to access advanced body mechanics

Part III: Entrainment and mind-body linking, a free video "Examples of Advanced Abilities in the Internal Martial Arts,"