The Mustang Shenzhan Technique is a series of stretching exercises for the maintenance and repair of our physical body. The Mustang 8-brocade Technique is just one of a suite of modalities of the Mustang Shenzhan Technique. It is a basic technique that is easy to learn and practice.
As practitioners of life cultivation, we engage in the Mustang 8-brocade Technique to rejuvenate our body. When we practice the technique on a daily basis, we will enhance our physical fitness and prevent illness. We will look and feel younger.
The Mustang 8-brocade Technique consists of eight styles or movements. In order to learn this technique properly, you start with the first movement. You memorize the instruction outlined here and then you visualize the movements and associated breathing method in your mind until you have it firmly in your mind.
While you are practicing, you do not refer to the instruction, or the pictures, or the video. You have to practice it from memory. You start to practice the movements and breathing, visualizing the movements in your mind. You focus on the movements by the eyes-nose-mind technique that you have learned before.
We have seen a housewife cooking a new recipe by watching a video on her mobile phone set on the kitchen counter top while she does her cooking. We are simply amazed by her action. Do not imitate this housewife while you learn any Mustang Shenzhen Technique.
This Mustang 8-brocade Technique is suitable for people of all ages. It is best to practice outdoors in the morning before breakfast. If you sweat after the exercise, take a shower, or swipe off the sweat with a towel before breakfast. Do not let your skin absorb the sweat back into your body again.
We group all eight movements here for convenience. When you learn and practice, learn and practice one by one. Learn one until you are well versed with it, and then go on to the next. Try to learn one movement a week. Do not try to learn and practice more than one or all at once.
As practitioners of life cultivation, most of us take the Mustang 8-brocade Technique as the cornerstone of our fitness program to restore us to a younger self.
Here is the second movement of the Mustang 8-brocade Technique. Enjoy.
02 Shoot the Condor
The full name for the second movement or style is called Stretch the Bow Left and Right to Shoot the Condor. From this name, you can expect the movement to imitate the shooting of an eagle in the sky with a bow and arrow.
Here is the movement.
Stand upright. Spread your feet shoulder wide. Your arms hang naturally at the sides.
Take a big step forward with your left foot with your knee slightly bent, so your body is squatting. Cross your arms on your chest with your right arm outside, and your left arm inside.
Stretch out your left arm and follow it with your eyes. While you are looking at it, clench your left hand with the index finger pointing upwards and straighten your thumb. Now your index finger and your thumb are wide open forming a V. The other three fingers are curled into your palm and resting there. It is very similar to you imitating shooting a gun, except here the index finger is pointing upward instead.
To summarize it, you push and straighten your left arm out to the left. Turn your head to follow your left arm. Look at your left index finger.
At the same time, you clench your right hand into a fist. Extend your right arm flatly to the right, as if you are pulling the bow to shoot an arrow. Your hand should be at the same level of the center point of your rib cage. Refer to the picture.
Next, restore your action to its original position. You have now completed one-half of the movement, the left movement.
Now repeat the movements with your left and right interchanged. Now you have done one complete movement.
Repeat as many times as you feel comfortable. A beginner may start with eighteen times.
You should practice deep breathing at the same time. You should inhale when you stretch your arms and pull the bow, and exhale when you recover to the original position. Refer to the Mustang Tuna Technique for more information on doing deep breathing the correct and beneficial way.
With this movement, the stance is a standard one. Both feet should be firmly on the ground. The knee is slightly bent. The chest should be straight and lifted. Adjust your stance if you are wobbling. Try to adjust your stance by paying attention to your chest position. You will soon improve with practice and with proper adjustment of your stance.
You may modify this stance by moving your right hand to the level of your belly instead of your chest, and modify your feet into two steps, front and back. Now you have a typical stance of a certain Gongfu Sect called Xingyimen. Read more about Stance in another article.
The key points to this movement are your palm and fingers, and how you twist and turn your wrist and how you spread and hold your fingers. Refer to the picture above. Another popular way to improve the condition of our wrist, hand, palm and fingers is to squeeze two iron balls in our palm. If you do not have iron balls, use two walnuts instead.
The hand, the palm, and the fingers are closely related to our lungs and liver. Thus this movement will strengthen our lungs. It may be beneficial for those recovering from covid-19. As practitioners of life cultivation, our group does not have enough data to confirm whether it helps.
This exercise forces you to exhale old air and inhale new air. Inhale as you have learned with the Mustang Tuna Technique. Your breath should be deep and long. You are not in a rush. You increase your supply of oxygen with this movement.
Can you use this movement as a defense move when you are under attack? Yes. With practice, of course.
This movement will make your fingers, wrist, and arms flexible. It will strengthen your breathing and blood circulation. It will help you to further correct the pathological condition caused by incorrect posture.
The Mustang 8-brocade Technique will eliminate fatigue. It will also strengthen and smooth your joints. Indirectly, it will help to maintain and repair your lungs and liver.
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