A student recently asked me if this description of an internal iron shirt method was similar to Tai Chi Golden Bell methods on our Iron Body video.
“…a series of exercises that are designed to stretch and strengthen the body’s fascia. Your fascia will thicken and strengthen over time. To create a stronger body able to absorb more punishment.”
The answer is no.
The type of method above can build a beginning level of Internal Iron fairly quickly.
In fact this is the first type of Internal Iron we teach in Clear’s Silat curriculum for just this purpose. It strengthens the body and builds a quick (relatively) and powerful foundation from which students can progress to more advanced iron body methods.
However there’s a downside.
To build the iron it uses a lot of energy. In addition to your Iron Body training you’ll need to take good vitamins, eat well and do a lot of energy building qigong to balance it out. Typically this is for people under the age of 40.
This creates a cycle.
- Build energy with qigong & healthy lifestyle
- Use that energy to build iron
As you get older (sometime after 40 for most people) you’ll want to stop spending the energy you build and start saving it for it’s longevity benefits.
So you need to graduate to a cycle that looks like this:
- Build energy with qigong & healthy lifestyle.
- Store that energy
Tai Chi’s Golden Bell training works this way. The same practices that build your Internal Iron also build energy.
So instead of using up energy to build Iron, the iron comes as a side effect of your energy building work.
Health and Martial are unified in one practice.
That’s Tai Chi.
Energize your body and mind with our powerful Internal Iron Body training:
Our Tai Chi Iron Body DVD teaches this Golden Bell method in depth.
Here’s a few clips from that DVD:
Which type of Iron Body should you study?
If you’re only interested in Tai Chi then just study the Tai Chi Iron Body DVD.
However if you’re interested in both, then layer them the way we do in our Silat curriculum.
Use the Kuntao Silat Iron Body to build a foundation that will accelerate your progress with other iron body training later.