This book, by Master Lam Kam Chuen, is subtitled “Mastering the Chinese Art of Internal Strength with Chi Kung Exercise.”
The way I research books is first off by going to Amazon.com and seeing which topical books/dvds rate well. This book has 42 reviews and a rating of 39/42 with 5 stars–that’s pretty impressive.
Personally, I have chronic fatigue, so I was looking for an exercise that’s easy to do. This particular style is based on standing in 5 different positions, so even when I don’t have much energy, I can stand up for 10-15 minutes (listening to the radio as well or watching tv).
After doing the 5 standing exercises for some time, I did start to feel some energy so I have also started to do another set of poses, notably the “8 Fine Exercises.” There are, it seems, a million variations on this ancient routine, which was created around 1200 AD/CE in China. I like this variation because you do just 8 exercises, each one eight times. Simple! The simpler it is, the more likely I am to start and finish them. And when I get bored of one set, I can do a different routine. I can do them in about 10 minutes.
Another part of my discipline is writing down short-hand names for each of the routines, sometimes with short explanations, so I can eventually put them on a piece of paper with me when I go outside to practice.
The book is 191 pages, with nice illustrations and pictures as well. There are a number of sections to The Way of Energy: An intro detailing it’s origins in Chi, the basic standing exercises, the “Fine 8 Exercises”, more advanced postures and chapters after the exercises dealing with more esoteric energy.
Here’s the link to the book on Amazon.