In the early morning, before the hubbub of daily life, Chinese people of all ages begin the day by performing traditional exercises in the parks and woods where they live. The first time that you see so many people, some in the eighties and other in their very early youth, all peacefully training together under the trees, is one of life’s unforgettable moments.
But as you look more closely you may come across an even remarkable sight. Among all these moving forms, her and there you will see some figures that rivet your attention. They are fully alive, but they are utterly still.
They are deeply engaged in one of the most demanding and powerful forms of exercise ever developed. It is known in Chinese as Zhan Zhuang, pronounced “Jam Jong”. It means “Standing Like a Tree”.
Like a tree, with its deep roots, powerful trunk and great spreading branches, you will appear to remain unmoving. In reality you will be growing from within.