Quimetao, or "way of Energy", developed by Doctor Jian Liujun, is a traditional chinese style of QI Gong combining in harmony millenary martial and medical techniques. Taoism, buddhism, confucianism, chinese medicine and martial art thus form the heart of Quimetao which goal is to increase the practitioner's mental and physical health.
Doctor JIAN is a graduate from the Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, University Professor in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Cardiologist in occidental medicine, depositary of tested skills from the Shaolin Temple, former vide-president of Guangzhou's Shaolin Qi Gong Association.
Master NANG E.
Master NANG is the founder of the Sheng Zhi Qi Dao school, and the YANGKIDO style it teaches. This school is part of the A.I.A.M.E.I.. The path of Master NANG was laid down by the practice of several Martial Arts, after decisive meeting with some great Masters: karate (Master KAZE), Thanh Long Viet Vo Dao (Master Nguyen Dan Phu and Master F.BRASSECAS), Chen style Tai Ji Quan, Qi Gong and Da Cheng Quan (Masters Jian, Chen Z., He and Zhang D.) all combined to enrich his martial skills. Master NANG gives us here his vision on Martial Arts, their practice, and through his personal history, the reasons that led him to found the Sheng Zhi Qi Dao school, and the YANGKIDO style.
- Master NANG E.
Childhood. With the great despair of my parents, since I was a child, I was more interested in Martial Arts than schooling. It all started in elementary school. After the class it was usual to see people form groups around two fighters solving their issues by fists and feet. Encouraged by our supporters, we were confronting each other like gladiators inside the arena. No matter the blows, we had to resist till the end: should we surrender we would be hooted. We were striking violently, aggressively, but not without respect, honour and loyalty. I did like those confrontations. However, after the show, I was heading for home with lacerated clothes, sometimes wounded body and bruised face. Exhausted fighter, I had to withstand another assault, that one of my father. Of course I couldn't strike back. Years passed, never decreasing the will to provoke, to confront an opponent, displeasing my parents. However this impetuous behaviour led me to the long path of Martial Arts.
There started the first part of my martial life, which lasted until the age of 59.
A brief encounter with Judo contained my ardour, but I didn't appreciate the numerous falls, and their effects. The path of Karate has been unveiled to me by Master KAZE. Several years of practice gave me the stability I was seeking for. For the first time I was embracing an Art tought in its pure, traditional form. I became, progressively, imprinted by its philosophy and the fundamental principles of japanese Arts. As a result, these aggressive pulsions disappeared. I then rejected the idea of competition, which let me follow an in-depth, state-of-art teaching. I was convinced of being fulfilled. However, after the discovery of the Art of an unmatched Master, the founder of the Thang Long Viet Vo Dao style, Master Nguyen Dan Phu, my one wish was to embrace it. I still have no word to describe the long martial path he and Master F.BRASSECAS drew before me.
Allow me to assert their legacy as immense, both in martial techniques and the philosophy and principles of a sane lifestyle.
Yes! I finally found Art, in all its wonder. Nevertheless, while enjoying their teaching, I couldn't stop from playing with offensive techniques for several years.
My military service is one example. Enrolled as Alpin Hunter in Grenoble, I volunteered for an elite combat section. What were the reasons that led me to it? Maybe some residual negative aggressivity, and the desire to probe for my limits.
Learning and perfecting fighting techniques executed with physical and mental pain guided me to the enlightening path of External and Internal Martial Arts. Years passed so fast… I was assimilating knowledge while still feeling like a beginner, with the same hunger for it. I felt I had to complete and refine my practice. This was confirmed as I encountered chinese Masters at a hard time in my professional and marital life.
Was it "chance"? I doubt it. My "destiny"? I believe so.
During these years, I had the opportunity and happiness to work with the greatest Masters and Experts from various styles of internal martial arts.
Hence Master Jian, Chen Z., He and Zhang D. have been for years my guides on the paths of Internal Arts. A careful practice of Chen style Tai Chi Chuan (Tai Ji Quan), Qi Gong and Da Cheng Chuan (Da Cheng Quan) enriched my martial knowledge. Meanwhile I learnt the principles of the traditional chinese medicine. All this forcibly brings on a deep questioning.
What are the unconscious reasons pushing me on the sinuous way of all this knowledge? Why did I always, on each decisive moment, find a qualified and appropriate Master to show me the way? And why did I, all those years of my professional and private life, meet with youngsters and grownups all struggling with physical and psychological distress? Why then were they led to me and me to them?
From the start on, in my professorship, I made a point in delivering each and every element my students needed to achieve wellbeing, physical and psychological stability. Without pretence, using Martial Arts as teaching means, I obtained unexpected results with some students who were experimenting difficulties.
Then, when people ask me: "Why isn't your school participating in competitions?", the answer of facts and results is: "competition exists between the practitioner and their problems". I'm indeed talking about a SCHOOL here. Naturally and against myself, the desire to found it and create my own martial style kept growing inside me. I refrained this idea for a long time.
Am I up to such an endeavour? I who preach humility, who try to apply the values and principles of Martial Arts every minute of my life. I think this pulsion answers all this. I can not, and must not keep the Masters and experts' heritage for me!
There lies the second part of my martial existence, targeted at the creation of my style and school.
In 2002, I decided to travel to Vietnam, source of the Viet Vo Dao. My rencontres and the teaching of some Masters and experts heightened my desire to carry out with this school and make it happen.
Since then, the A.I.A.M.E.I., the Sheng Zhi Qi Dao school, and the Yangkido style have been brought into existence.
Faithful to my aspiration, the fighting techniques, the forms,… are created with respect for tradition, aiming at gaining efficience in combat (offensive intent), allowing people to overcome their difficulties, preserve and reinforce their health, not forgetting the philosophical contribution.
From the first day on, the practitioner should find at the club an evolutional programme, inviting him to constantly oppose and push his physical and mental limits forward, helped by qualified teachers. Everyone's personality and possibilities are considered. Each student shall evolve at his pace, looked after by the educator. The school is also a great family, where members put into practice, outside the club, the martial spirit.
I wish everyone comes to appreciate the value of our style, as my assistants and I have put all our heart to give birth to it, and are adding all our willingness in its development.
As for me, I am still going forward on the long way of the limitless knowledge of external and internal Martial Arts. With a single regret: that a single life is too short for their inestimable richness. I also dislike that some people who try to turn this richness into a source of material profit.
As a conclusion, I make the wish that more and more people come to Martial Arts, whether internal or external. Whatever the style, the important is to find the right Master, and a skillful teacher.
Shall all practitioner live the martial spirit, and find with it what they expect.