What is Qigong? (also spelt chi kung)
Qigong is the name given to exercises and meditations, which use and direct flow of Qi energy in the body.
Just like tai chi, qigong originates from China and is an ancient form of exercise for health and vitality, having attributes of both tai chi and yoga. In fact, some people call it Chinese yoga.
It as been passed down through the generations and is closely linked to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Although still not very well known in the west it is practised by millions of people all over the world.
Qigong is a discipline that exercises the mind, and combines breathing, posture, movement, stretching and meditation to promote mental and physical health, vitality, flexibility and stamina.
It helps fight stress, increase blood circulation in the body, improve flexibility of the muscles, ligaments and tendons, boost our immune system and energy levels, developing a sense of calm and equilibrium. If practised regularly, it is effective in preventing illness.
Qigong/chi-kung covered in our club:
Daoyin Medical Qigong (Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong) is particularly excellent for our health and well being as it incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in it’s movements.
- Baduanjin Qigong – several versions are practised, including the Daoyin Medical Qigong and Chinese Health Qigong versions. This sequence works through the 5 elements of TCM.
- Yangsheng Gong Taiji & Qigong warm-up exercises – by Professor Hu Xiaofei from Beijing Sports University.
- Daoyin Medical Qigong: Yangsheng Foundation Exercises by Professor Hu Xiaofei from Beijing Sports University.
- Daoyin Medical Qigong: Dao Yin for General Health (Dao Yin Bao Jian Gong) by Professor Zhang Guangde from Beijing Sports University.
- Daoyin Medical Qigong: Strengthen the Body to Support the Lungs (Qiang Ti Zhu Fei Jianshen Shu) by Professor Hu Xiaofei from Beijing Sports University.
- Daoyin Medical Qigong: 12 Steps Daoyin Health Preservation Qigong Exercises (Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa) – by Professor Zhang Guangde from Beijing Sports University.
Other Qigong routines practised in our club:
- Tai Chi Ruler – qigong exercises practised with a ‘tai chi ruler‘ to build internal Qi.
- 5 Animal Play Qigong (Wu Qin Xi) – the Chinese Health Qigong version.
- White Crane Qigong (also know as Soaring Crane) – as taught by Angus Clark.
- Zhi Neng Qigong – by Dr. Pang He Ming – as taught by Master Liu Yugui and Sifu Liu Jianshe.
- Winter Brocade Qigong –a flowing sequence of movements, as taught by Richard Bertchinger by Sifu Feng Gia-Fu .
- Yin & Yang Brocade Qigong – a flowing sequence of movements to balance the Yin & Yang Qi body energies.
- 18 movements of Yang style tai chi qigong (also known as Shibashi 1) – by Sifu Lin HouSheng, (and also a sequence with the moves linked together by Zabeth to give practitioners a sense of flow in movement).
- 18 movements of Chen style tai chi qigong (also known as Shibashi 2) – by Sifu Lin HouSheng, (and also a sequence with the moves linked together by Zabeth to give practitioners a sense of flow in movement).
- 5 Elements Qigong – working through the 5 elements of TCM.
- Dragon and Tiger Medical Qigong – as taught by Bruce Frantzis and Jane Robinson.
- Tonggong – The Old Man’s Breathing – as taught by Richard Bertchinger.
- Aromatic or Fragrant Qigong (part 1) – as taught by Jane Robinson.
Static postures to build up Qi:
- Zhan Zhuang – standing still postures, i.e. standing like a tree.
Regular practice of qigong helps:
Qigong is used as a healing therapy and regulates the body’s energies in order to prevent, postpone, reduce or even sometimes eliminate suffering caused by disease.
Scientists are now studying qigong and they have noticed that regular practice helps reduce stress and promotes a sense of calm and improves health, vitality in body, mind and spirit.
It also helps practitioners with health conditions such as hypertension, arthritis, rheumatism, headaches, migraines, insomnia, asthma, diabetes and ME.
What to expect at first session:
*New beginners are always welcomed to join at any time in the year.
* Wear loose comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a small bottle of drinking water.
*We are a keen and friendly group; some students have been coming for many years because they have realised the benefits they experience from practising qigong and tai chi.
*Terms are 12 weeks and sessions run during Somerset school terms times, taking breaks at half-term and holidays.
*Class sessions are paid by term and cost £7 per session. New beginners receive a 15% discount off their first term fee when they join (or what is left of the term if starting later than at the start of a term).
*There is also a yearly membership fee of £21 payable to the Longfei Taijiquan Association of Great Britain to which we are affiliated with, which gives you personal insurance cover with the BCCMA (British Council for Chinese Martial Arts)
What is “Daoyin Yang Sheng Gong“:
Daoyin Medical Qigong (Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong) is particularly excellent for our health and well being as it incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) principles in it’s movements. It has been developed by Professor Zhang Guangde from Beijing Sports University from ancient practices incorporating the principle of Traditional Chinese Medicine to it.
Short history on Professor Zhang Guangde:
Professor Zhang Guangde was born in 1932, and from 1955 studied at Beijing Sports University, where he progressed over the years from being a student to becoming a Senior Professor at the University.
In 1974 he was diagnosed with serious health issues and he undertook deep studies of Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM), Daoyin ancient body and mind unity exercises, and tai chi. He then developed a new style combining of Daoyin qigongcovering physical exercise, mental cultivation and TCM principles which he called Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong, and he overcame his own illness with it’s regular practice.
In China his method of Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong is officially recognised by the Ministry of Health and incorporated into the nation’s fitness programme, as well as used in hospitals and sanatoria, offering hope to thousands of patients suffering from a wide range of medical conditions.
What is “Chinese Health Qigong”:
They are redeveloped and updated ancient sets of Chinese qigong exercises by Chinese professors of qigong, TCM and sports. In 2002 the first four sets were introduced all over China, and since then spreading all over the world.
The first four sets to be developed are:
- Baduanjin (8 Brocades),
- Wu Qin Xi (5 Animal Play),
- Yi Jin Jing (Transforming muscle-and-tendon),
- Liu Zi Jue (6 Sounds)
More sets were developed and added after that, including Dao Yin Yang Sheng Gong Shi Er Fa (12 step Daoyin Health Preservation Exercises) created by Professor Zhang Guangde from Beijing Sports University.
What is “Shibashi“:
Tai Chi classes all have qigong as part of their curriculum and the Shibashi first and second routines are part of the qigong practised in the club’s tai chi and qigong classes.
Short history on Lin Housheng:
Lin Housheng was born in China in 1939.
When fifteen, he began studying with a Southern Shaolin monk.
Lin Housheng graduated at Shanghai Physical Education University in 1964, in aquatic sports and Wushu (martial arts/Kung Fu).
In 1979, Lin Housheng combined elements of qigong and, modified and simplified Yang style tai chi to create his first set of eighteen movements.
The second set was created in 1988, based with elements from Chen style tai chi and tai chi sword. (Other sets were later created in the 1990’s and in the new century).
As well as in China, Lin Housheng has travelled world wide promoting shibashi, especially in South-east Asia countries, such as Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, and also in the United States, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. Currently, over 10 million people around the world are practising shibashi exercises. Even some South-east Asian countries are promoting shibashi as a national health exercise.
In 1989 Lin Housheng came to the United States to participate in a research project at the University of San Diego. In 2010, he became a United States citizen.