Iron Body Training is a facet of Shaolin Kung Fu where the practitioner trains his body such that he is able to give or sustain heavy blows without serious injury to various parts of his body, with many sub-skills focusing on different parts of the body. This article will tell you exactly how to train your finger-tip strikes to increase power.
1.You need to be familiar with 5 Step Chi Kung breathing. It would be beneficial to have a good quality Dit Da Jow ointment for preparation and healing.
2.Prepare your hands by channelling Chi/Strength into your hands. Once you can activate your hand chi you train it 5 days from 7 for 20 weeks (100 times). Use the Dit Da Jow (DDJ) before and after each exercise. If you are successful every time in activating your hands without fail, you can continue to the next step.
3.Prepare a bowl, pot or some-such that is twice you hand deep and 4 times your hand width. Fill it with boiling water. Pour it into the container first the start your 5 step breathing preparations. When your hands are ready; execute 100 Snake Head Finger Strikes (50 each hand) 5 days from 7 for 20 weeks without fail or error before progressing onto the next level.
4.Replace the Water in the Container with fine, very find white sand. Again as before, prepare your hands with the DDJ and your Hands with the Five Step breathing (FSB). Ensure that your fingernail length is less than your fingers else you will force sand in under your fingernails and it will be very painful. Your are not yet ready for this. Now PUSH your hands through the sand until all 4 fingers are fully in the sand. Again practice this until you can do this 100 time, 50 with each hand in one practice sessions. Now start increasing the speed of your pushing, gradually until it is striking speed. Take this slowly as this is the make or break phase. You may also wish to supplement this with 100 Push-ups first on your fist then on three middle fingers of each hand.
5.At no time should you break skin! Always stop if your hand is damaged and start from the beginning all over again!
6.Replace the fine sand grains with coarse sand granules and repeat as before and continue your Push-up on three fingers. If you can do 100 push-ups on both hands 5 days from 7 DO NOT proceed to the next level. Again, if you can work the coarse sand as easily as with he find sand, at striking speed proceed.
7.After you can strike the mung beans with ease as well, replace them with white river pebbles that are rounded and do not have sharp edges. Do everything as in the previous stages!
8.Replace the gravel with iron or steel ball-bearings and repeat the training. The training is complete when you can strike the ball-bearings without pain or injury to yourself.