People of all ages can practice an internal style. By practicing an
internal school, the practitioner can at the same time train fighting,
develop the intelligence, and maintain health.
In internal styles, the practitioner has the goal of sensing the universe
around him/her and getting in sync with it, until reaching a melting
pointing where he/she and the universe are one. At this moment,
the universe is the individual, and the individual is the universe,
and there’s no longer a distinction between them. In internal styles,
the most important is not to execute a form. The most important
is to develop the body’s sensitivity to the universe. In order for
that to be accomplished focus, breathing, and relaxing are extremely
In other styles, there’s a greater emphasis on speed. The internal
school states that in all movements, it is necessary to practice
speed and slowness at the same time, for they are linked together.
For instance: when one kills a fly, one must move quickly. But that
movement is preceded by a slow movement: the aiming, the waiting
for the right moment. Another example is the movement of a tortoise.
When it is in motion, it never stops to focus or aim. It is a slow,
but continuous motion. The conclusion is the same for both examples:
It is necessary to train slowness and quickness, for all movement
has both qualities.
The internal styles practitioner uses internal strength and energy
in a fight. The martial artist of a internal school will never act
first. He/she waits for the opponent’s attack. However, his/her
attack arrives first.