Nei Jia (Neijar) is the internal family of Chinese Kung
Fu, consisting collectively of Chi Kung exercise, Tai Chi Chuan
, Ba Kua
, and Hsing I Chuan
is an in-depth, highly researched and
structured program that studies the links between the internal martial
arts and focuses mainly on the application thereof.
Beginners start with Chi Kung and the
Yang style Tai
Chi Chuan solo form. Chi Kung or “energy work” promotes proper body
structure and breathing in a static environment, while Tai Chi Chuan
explores the same in a moving environment.
Another exercise known as “Random Forms” is
practiced in which one
student leading the group moves from posture to posture -- either a
learned posture or a movement created independently on the fly -- and
the other students follow. This exercise promotes proper turning and
the ability to follow or “listen” to another’s energy without being in
actual physical contact, an energy known as “False Critical.”
After learning the Tai Chi Chuan form and a basic set of “energy
types”, students begin to use and apply their knowledge in an ever
growing and changing two-person free form exercise called Push-Hands.
Push-Hands is an important part of class, and is much more involved
than application exercises such as “one-step boxing” or
At the intermediate and advanced levels it is more a kind of moving
meditation, in which each participant is constantly changing and
allowing of the manifestation of forms and crossing barriers of system
Underlying the core arts, students learn Elemental
Forms that follow
specific ideas such as evasion, use and manifestation of Neutral
Powers, flow states, ground paths and the like. At the intermediate and
advanced levels, the arts of Ba Kua Chang and Hsing I Chuan are looked
at and elements of those forms are combined with the above exercises.
All forms are taught to be used and applied, and can be thought of as
different tools one can employ to solve problems (or create problems
for an opponent) in a Push-Hands environment or what is known as Temple
Applications and use of the Internal Family systems
in our Neijar class, and an eight level ranking structure is followed
with an annual testing/promotional ceremony in either the spring or
fall of each year.
information, please contact Sifu
, or visit his website, The Internal Arts Association of Michigan.
may also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
for Private Lessons
in the East Lansing, Michigan area.