Kum Gung Quan

Chong Su Nim "Iron" Kim demonstrates a Kum Gung Quan movement as the body bends like a bow to defend against or attack a low target. This movement depicts the whipping motion of bamboo in strong wind. It can help strengthen internal organs and joints, and improve coordination.
Chong Su Nim "Iron" Kim demonstrates a movement from Kum Gung Quan with complete concentration on the toe and hand positions. By increasing strength, flexibility, and joint circulation, this form can prevent arthritis and rheumatism while relieving stress and strengthening the immune system.
Aligning the fingertips of both hands with the eyes, this Kum Gung Quan movement portrays a scorpion and requires extreme concentration and mental strength to practice. This exact position uses balanced concentration to align the fingertips precisely. By practicing this movement, a person can attain mental acuity and show better judgement in his or her everyday life.
Practicing on rocks or climbing a mountain while defending against an attacker, this movement from Kum Gung Quan form protects the lungs, strengthens vision, and increases circulation.

Kum Gung Quan originated in China approximately 1200 years ago and took two generations to develop. The form requires 5 1/2 uninterrupted hours to complete. Contained within the Kum Gung Quan form are movements derived from animals, ocean waves, birds of prey, and the great strength many associate with mountains.

The most important aspect of Kum Gung Quan practice is the closeness and oneness that develops between the individual and nature. The form allows the body to absorb oxygen and the positive elements of nature, while expelling dangerous toxins and poisons. Kum Gung Quan practice is one path by which we as humans can harmonize with and benefit from nature itself. Benefits that can be realized from Kum Gung Quan practice include: improved coordination and speed, sharper reflexes, a more responsive immune system, a more youthful appearance, improved resistance to sickness and disease, increased mental fortitude, and relief from stress.

Chung Su Nim "Iron" Kim says that practicing hard for long hours is not the key to achieving maximum benefit from your practice, just as eating large quantities of food is not the key to good nutrition. What is most important is that you practice the right movements in the right sequence for the right amount of time, just as it is important for you to eat good food in the proper portions from all the food groups. The amount of food and practice is important, but what is most important is that your body function properly internally so that absorption of nutrients is maximized. But remember, while it is important and necessary to correct the problems of a damaged or unhealthy body, isn't it wiser to work to prevent these problems from occurring in the first place?

Today is important, but what is more important is how you choose to spend today and whether the time you spend is spent wisely. Accept this philosophy or not, it's up to you. That is your freedom of choice. Remember, time waits for no one; you can never recover yesterday.
A movement from Kum Gung Quan depicting the attack of a poisonous snake. The fingers are positioned like fangs ready to attack a vulnerable point on an opponent's body. Benefits from practicing this form include increased flexibility, coordination, speed, and a more responsive immune system.

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