The ancient esoteric arts of Kung Fu, Yoga, and Acupuncture are all interconnected because they all come from ancient systems that have an energetic understanding of the body. In Taoism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and several other ancient traditions, the energy meridians (Chinese) or nadi (Indian) in the body carry the life force to every organ. These energy pathways carry the flow of life-giving energy to every cell of the body.
Acupuncture is the ancient Chinese art of using fine needles to correct and manipulate the flow of this energy when it has gone out of balance. Restoring the proper flow of qi energy often quickly corrects ailments and allows the body to heal itself naturally. Acupuncture has been effectively used for thousands of years to correct all sorts of ailments in millions of people worldwide.
The Chakras are the energy storage sites (in the tradition of Hinduism) along the central channel. These spinning wheels of light show the quality and flow of the vital energy running through our systems and and can be used to both diagnose illness and to treat it. There are seven main chakras in the Indian system which correlate to three “dantiens” in the Chinese system. These “pools” of energy flow also act as reservoirs for our Vitality.
Now in Kung Fu, we also use the same network of energy flow but with slightly different intent. We essentially direct our own qi to flow through the hands and feet in order to deliver crushing power in our strikes. We can also effectively disrupt the qi flow of our opponent by striking them along certain meridians or at special points. This can instantly cut the flow of energy to their brains (or other organs) and render them unconscious. The goal of the true martial artist is to avoid conflict as it spins disharmony into the Universe. At times, when confrontation cannot be avoided, shocking the opponent’s qi flow can end the altercation quickly. The onus is then on the martial artist to heal their opponent.
As you can see, the same understanding of the underlying flow of energy can be used in various ways. The end goal- to become a “Scholar Warrior”- a fully evolved person who understands REALITY and is fully accountable for their actions. The classic Kung Fu masters were not like the gladiator brutes we see punching each-other out in cages today. They were monks with advanced training in Buddhism, Taoism, or Hinduism who had taken vows to protect the innocent and uphold the Dharma in defense of the weak.
Everything is connected and the arts show us this. Our Kung Fu then becomes our healing (via Acupuncture and other arts) as it teaches us how to flow our energy and understand the power inside our dantiens (or Chakras).