There are many different kind of Chi Kung in China and Taiwan. Formany years in Taiwan, one style, called Si-Sue Jing (marrow washingsutra), continues to be associated with occultism. This is mostlybecause it's a practice that uses men's private parts. This practicegoes by many names; Buddhists called it Si-Sue Jing; Taoists call itSi-Sue Gong; and independent instructors/schools give it different namelike Jio-Jio Shun Gong. My students call it "Hoo-Hoo Qi Gong." Its mostcommon or informal name is Yin Diao Gong or "Pubic Hang Qi Gong".
Si-Sue Jing was the first Qi Gong (Chi Kung) I ever learned. At thattime Bruce Lee's movies were very popular in Taiwan. He inspired me tobegin martial arts. So, in high school, I chose a Tae Kwon Doafter-school program. After finishing high school I was stillinterested in martial arts training, especially learning more aboutKung Fu or Qi Gong. But, twenty-five years ago, Taiwan was still underMartial law, so society was heavily restricted. Presently Qi Gong isstill not very popular because common Chinese martial arts fictiondescribes Qi Gong as being like a super power. This means that whenpeople talk about Qi Gong practitioners or about learning Qi Gong mostpeople don't understand what it's about. They believe that Qi Gongclaims to give you supernatural powers after you learn it.
One day my father's friend, who was a Chinese Medicine practitioner,told my father about a friend of his that teaches Qi Gong. He thoughtmaybe I would like to go learn Qi Gong with him. My father asked me andI said I would like to try it, not knowing more than that. So, onemorning I got up really early (six o'clock) so I could be at his houseby about six-thirty. Once there I saw several people were already therebefore me. But even stranger, I saw they all were not wearing any pantsor underwear and were hanging some very heavy stuff from a soft clothtied around their private parts (Their scrotum to be exact)!
And thenthey proceeded to swing the weights back and forth along with some kindof breath exercise. At that time I was deeply shocked and wondered,"What the hell kind of Qi Gong is this? Why was it so different fromwhat I had heard about Qi Gong training?"
My teacher told me this Qi Gong is called Si-Sue Jing and that it camefrom the Shaolin temple. I was to have no sex for the next three monthsof training if I was to have any chance of managing one hundred sixtypounds as he hoped I would be able to do. Hmmm how heavy is one hundredsixty pounds I wondered? So I tried to lift that much using both myarms. Holy Cow it's really heavy! I think he must be kidding me. Ithought to myself that if I can suspend one hundred sixty pounds frommy private parts then I would definitely be a superman. Well there isone Chinese saying that goes like this, "Since you are here, you may aswell stay and make the best of it." I consoled myself with, "No pain,No gain." Maybe by the end of this special self-inflicted torture Iwill have gained something valuable.
The first three days were just some intimate stretching andself-massage. Then on the fourth day I started the hanging exercise. Istarted with two and a half pounds (about five glass-bottles of beer).My goodness! I relaxed, happy that I wouldn't have to try to suspendall 160 pounds at once and risk having my private parts tear out.
After the hanging exercise we were also required to hit our entire bodywith an iron broom. The broom has about 50 rods of stiff wire withblunted ends welded together then wrapped with cloth for the "handle"end and kept loose like a broom on the business end. Using an ironbroom in this manner is one kind of "Iron shirt" Qi Gong practice.However it isn't the same as the traditional Iron Shirt practicebecause Si-Sue practitioners don't drink a special elixir of Chinesemedicine. Iron Shirt Qi Gong is useful because it can help move your Qithrough your whole body and make your Dantien stronger. In Si-Sue Jing,when you can suspend heavier weights then you will also get hit harder.At the end of training most people can strongly resist any heavypunching into their abdomen.
Through step-by-step practicing I was regularly able to suspend sixtypounds, but any attempt to increase the weight lacerated my skin toomuch. Even after taking a break of several days my skin would breakagain as soon as I tried to suspend a heavier weight. So, even aftersetting my teeth firmly into practicing for three months, I could onlyultimately suspend eighty pounds. I decided to take a long break toheal my poor skin. Some of my fellow practitioners ended up breakingtheir ligaments when trying to suspend one hundred pounds, so they werealso forced to take a break for a while.
In Taiwan there are some people who think the practice of Si-Sue Jingcan improve their sexual prowess. However they seem to forget that thispractice comes from Buddhism or Taoism. Do they think a Buddhist monkor Taoist priest needs to improve his sexual abilities? Most of thepeople I know who practice Si-sue Jing have some kind health problem.Of course this affects their sexual competence. After practicing Si-SueJing and improving their health, their sexual proficiency naturallyimproved.
After many years and a few different kinds of Qi Gong training Ihave come to realize that the human body is the human body. Qi Gongexercises can indeed improve one's health but it will never be the wayChinese martial arts fiction describe it. Nothing can give you thatkind of fantastic supernatural powers and turn you into an unbelievablesuperman.