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Qigong
 

What is Qigong?
 
 
There are many theories and ideas about what qigong (sometimes written as Qi Gong, Chi Gung or Chi Kung) is and how it works (see also the interview with Master Zhu Guang in the Articles section).  There are probably many hundreds of different types of qigong, some practiced for healing, some for fitness and general well-being, some for conditioning the body for martial arts (nei gong).  On this page it is our intention to share with you various perspectives on this ancient art, including some of our own thoughts and some links to learning resources. 
 

 
General Information
 
Qigong systems have probably been around for thousands of years, as evidenced by the recent discovery (during the seventies) of drawings depicting the Five Animal Frolics Qigong in a Chinese tomb believed to be over two thousand years old.
 
Qigong can be translated as "breath work" or "energy work" since it involves the conscious manipulation of the "life force" or "cosmic breath" (Qi, or Chi - or Ki in Japanese) which, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, not only animates the body of every living creature but also flows through the body via certain pathways or "meridians".
 
There are various different types of Qigong, including:
 
* Stationary postures or Zhang Zhong (Pronounced Jang Jong)
 
 * Upper body routines or sets performed while standing in one place.  Eg. the
   Eighteen Tai Chi Qigong, the famous Eight Pieces of Brocade or Ba Duan Jin
   and the increasingly-popular Dragon and Tiger Qigong.
 
* Sequences which involve moving around, such as Tai Chi and the Dayan Wild
   Goose Qigong.
 
* Nei Gong or "Iron Shirt" techniques used in martial arts training.
 
* Sensing and transmission of chi to others in order to restore balance and bring
   about healing.
 
In our experience, we have found that people seeking to study and practice Qigong generally approach it through one or more of these four routes:
 
1. To improve their physical health
 
2. To reduce stress and regain or maintain their emotional and mental well-being.
 
3. To improve their skills in martial arts
 
4. To find meaning and purpose in their lives
You will find each of these areas discussed on this website (click the links in the left hand column), or alternatively, you can print off a copy as a PDF to read at your leisure (see below).


Download your FREE eBook

 

 

Qigong: Sense, Common Sense and Nonsense
 
by g Hamilton

 
This account may well be slightly controversial, not through any deliberate intent but simply because the whole field of Qigong is itself so fraught with controversy that any attempt to write a balanced account, reflecting the diverse range of viewpoints on the subject, is bound to ruffle a few feathers in one camp or another and g does, as you know, have a tendencey to tell it like it is without the B***S***.
 
  
It includes:
 
Qigong for Physical and Mental Health and Well-being
 
Qigong and Martial Arts  (Nei Gong)
 
Spiritual Qigong
 
Chi - Does Chi exist and, if so, what is it?
 
 
For your FREE printable PDF eBook 
 
go to
 
 
where you will also find our complimentary 
 
FREE STUDY GUIDE
 
to the
 
Ba Duan Jin (Eight Pieces of Brocade) Qigong Set

 



 
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