Breathing in Crane weather.

Posted Fri Jul 28, 2006, 15:15 PM by Tracy

It was so pleasant this morning at 6am, we went outside for our weekly qigong practice. Not so weekly for me, as I have missed the last several weeks. Never mind, it’s good to get back into the practice. Swimming Dragon, Heaven and Earth, Crane.

Crane is a beautiful form to do, especially outdoors. It seems more meaningful that way, breathing in the morning air, balancing on one leg, feet gripping the soft earth.

To do Crane justice, you have to move with your whole body, not just flap your arms. I watch my sifu out of the corner of my eye and see how he moves. His motions are fluid and all-encompassing, but not exaggerated. As if he were breathing with his entire body. Something to aspire to.

aspire c.1460, from O.Fr. aspirer “aspire to, inspire,” from L. aspirare “to breathe upon,” also “to seek to reach,” from ad- “to” + spirare “to breathe”.

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About Mo Duk Pai

Mo Duk Pai kung fu is a modern American eclectic system of martial arts, combining hard- and soft-style techniques Mo Duk Pai, which translates to “Martial Ethical Way”, was founded by Professor Frederick D. King. For more information, to see photos or inquire about training, visit the Mo Duk Pai web site, which I also maintain. I have been training since 1996 and currently hold the rank of brown-black sash.


Sifu (pr. see-foo [Cantonese] or shur-foo [Mandarin]) is a Chinese term for Teacher. It also carries the connotation of Father (teacher-father), referring to a tradition of teaching martial arts within the family, as well as being a title of respect. In America the title sifu is given to both men and women. In Mo Duk Pai the title is awarded to 2nd degree black belts at their teacher’s discretion.


Qigong (pr. chee-gung) is the practice of Chinese exercises incorporating movement and posture, breathing and visualization. Qigong exercises focus on maintaining health by energizing and balancing one’s qi, or energy.