Posture 9: Stand Firm and Play the Drum
The nineth posture of Luk Tung Kuen is known as “Stand Firm and Play the Drum”.
Starting position: Stand up right, feet apart at shoulder width. While keeping the upper body upright, slightly bend down two knees. Lift the arms upward until the hands are in front of the body at the level of the hips with the palms facing downward. The hands should be about 3 inches away from the abdomen. The middle finger of the right hand should point to the middle finger of the left hand. When ready, raise up the right arm until it is 3 inches higher than the forehead.
Movement 1: When count “one”, press down the right hand as one is playing the drum. Simultaneously, raise up the left arm 3 inches above the forehead. When count “two”, press down the left hand and raise up the right hand. Do this for ten times. When press down the hand, bend the knees lower than before and increase the effort. This posture looks like a person who is playing the drum. One point that worths remembering is that it is to use hands instead of fists.
This exercise is rather violent. When count “one”, “two”, “three”, “four”, remember to use natural method of respiration and avoid using the method of respiration as practised in Qigong.
According to the explanation of the founder of Luk Tung Kuen, Ha Kinh, this exercise is beneficial to the vital organs of the human body. A person is immune from cancer after a long time of practice. The field of medical science has already affirmed the theory that doing exercises can strengthen one’s resistance against cancer. It is because doing exercises can strengthen one’s immunity from disease. If one’s power of immunity has strengthened then one’s resistance against cancer can also be enlarged. Other exercises can also strengthen the immunity power of a person, yet other exercises are too strenuous and may not suitable for the elders. However, Luk Tung Kuen is suitable for the young and the elders.