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Best Martial Arts site,Karate,Kung Fu styles,Bruce Lee,Martial Arts pictures - Free Karate Pictures Top Martial Arts, Free Site COOLSHACK.COM HOME TOOLS FOR You ! MARTIAL ARTS ! GUEST BOOK CONTACT US Qi Gong (Chi Kung) : In remote areas of China, Buddhist and Taoist adepts sought to increase their internal energy and keep it flowing freely throughout their long days of seated meditation. Some say that an Indian Buddhist named Bodhidarma (or Tamo, or Damo) first brought Qi Gong to a Taoist temp
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  Best Martial Arts site,Karate,Kung Fu styles,Bruce Lee,Martial Arts pictures - Free Karate Pictures Top Martial Arts, Free Site COOLSHACK  . COM   HOMETOOLS FOR You ! MARTIAL ARTS !GUEST BOOK CONTACT US   Qi Gong (Chi Kung) : In remote areas of China, Buddhist and Taoist adepts sought toincrease their internal energy and keep it flowing freely throughout theirlong days of seated meditation.Some say that an Indian Buddhist named Bodhidarma (or Tamo, orDamo) first brought Qi Gong to a Taoist temple in China. This wouldsuggest that Qi Gong's roots are in India. Then again, others say that QiGong was first created in China. The offical stance of Acupuncture.comis that Qi Gong is something that any human being can discover withinhim or herself. Witness a child running onto the warm sands of thebeach sometime. Notice how deeply they breath in the salty air or howtheir arms open wide to embrace all the fun that lies before them. Thisis Qi Gong in its purist form. Children have a natural relationship withthe energy of their environment. Adults have to learn what comesnaturally to our offspring. Any argument as to where Qi Gong was invented misses the reality of what Qi Gong really is.The word Qi (Chi) is used to describe breath, vapor, air, and of course,the internal energy that Chinese medicine is so adept at strengthening.Gong (Kung) means work, or achievement.Qigong, or breath/energy work is an art formand system of exercisesthat are unique to China. It has a history of over 3000 years. There existhundreds, if not thousands, of styles of qigong in use today. Qigong http://coolshack.com/martial_arts/qi-gong.html (1 of 27)7/13/2004 11:48:23 PM  Best Martial Arts site,Karate,Kung Fu styles,Bruce Lee,Martial Arts pictures - Free Karate Pictures Top Martial Arts, Free Site   methods can be used to treat simple complaints like colds andheadaches, to more serious issues like certain forms of cancer. TheTheory of Qigong is based upon the deliberate and willfull developmentof Qi. Qi, according to the ancient texts, exists within all things. withoutit there could be no life. Qi is gained daily by the consumption of foodstuffs, water, and the act of breathing air, as well as being in thesunshine.While there may exist many different sytles of qigong, all share the verysame, basic training theory:Control the PostureRegulate the MindConserve the BreathCatagories of Qigong may be further delineated into Static, Dynamic,and combined methods. There are generally 5 schools of qigong thatare recognized: They are:TaoistBuddhistConfucianMedicalMartialTaoist school stresses the preservation of the physical body Buddhistschool aimed at liberating the mind Confucian school dwelled onattaining higher moral character Medical school emphasized wildparties and cheating on exams just a joke to make sure you were payingattention.Medical school taught patients how to help take control of their ownillnesses, and also how to prevent them. that emphasis was hygienic innature. It also taught medical people how to use the inner qi in adynamic way for healing the aches and pains of others.Martial arts school trained for protecting the body from sword cuts,blunt trauma from other-than-edged weapons, and safety from attack byfist or foot. Such methods included Iron shirt, golden bell type methods.It also trained the body to deliever fatal blows that were enhanced withQi, such as is found in Burning Palm, or Iron Palm methods.As to the various types of qigong, you will find very simple and easy todo sets, such as taiji qigong, 8 pieces of brocade, to more complicatedmethods such as wild goose qigong and falun gong.The overall effect from qigong training is gained through persistent anddedicated practice over months and years. Since there are so manymethods out there, it is generally advisable to pick one type to startwith, and to gain the benefits that are promised from its practice, beforemoving onto another more complicated method. You should also knowthat it is inadvisable to train in two types of qigong that are notcongruent with one another, that is to say, do not mix hard and softqigong methods. when you train in qigong, you are making changes to http://coolshack.com/martial_arts/qi-gong.html (2 of 27)7/13/2004 11:48:23 PM  Best Martial Arts site,Karate,Kung Fu styles,Bruce Lee,Martial Arts pictures - Free Karate Pictures Top Martial Arts, Free Site your energetic system and also your endocrine system.Improper practice can mess you up big time.Some types of qigong are very dangerous to train in, but people arewilling to take the potential in risk in order to satisfy their goals. Forexample: Iron Shirt, which stems from the warring states period ofancient china, is an excellent method to practice, but not to show it offby having your friends break their louisville slugger baseball bats overyour head. That method takes energy that is reserved for later life andconverts it to use now energy. If the method is demonstrated to anextreme, it can wind up causing the death of the practitoner early in life,either from heart attack, stroke or organ failure.Other types of qigong require the steady use of herbs to help mold theenergy to its desired end, and if the herbs are not taken, insanity canresult. Other methods can result in sterility as a by product of thatmethod's practices. But these examples are really extreme. As a whole,qigong can be, and is, a most enjoyable way to enhance health,longevity and energy!Qigong has withstood the test of time, and is Internal Kung Fu of theHighest order. Qi gong (literally breath exercise ), an invaluable component of traditional Chinese medicine, has itssrcin in ancient times. Its primary stimulus was the search for longevity with the ultimate aim of immortality, which has so entranced the Chinese mind from ancient times. The records shows the exercisesto help the qi (the human body's vital energy) circulating freely and to nourish the internal organs datedto the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th centuries B.C.). The actual practice of qigong began in the fourthcentury A.D. Since then the search by physician and patient for greater health, techniques of religiouscultivation and the martial artist's quest for better training methods all contributed greatly to itsdevelopment and enrichment over the following centuries. The Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, Medical andMartial schools of practice developed. Qigong has been passed down from generation to generation.  http://coolshack.com/martial_arts/qi-gong.html (3 of 27)7/13/2004 11:48:23 PM  Best Martial Arts site,Karate,Kung Fu styles,Bruce Lee,Martial Arts pictures - Free Karate Pictures Top Martial Arts, Free Site Generally, qigong is divided into two types. One is the quiescent type (  jing-gong ), which is meant tobe performed standing, sitting, or lying down using special breathing techniques by which the practitionerlearns to focus his mind. The other one is the mobile type ( dong-gong ), which practices a set of movements and massage while keeping a proper balance between mind and emotion, qi and strength.Internally, qigong can enhance the spirit, the qi and the mind. Externally, it can strengthen the tendons,bones and skin. The structure and style of qigong has close relations with the introspective observationthat is typical of Chinese culture. For example qigong takes harmony as its guiding principle, classicalChinese philosophy as its theoretical base, the use of will power as its fundamental means, a combinationof dong (motion) and jing (stillness) as its form of expression, man's longevity as its goal. Qigong has had various forms, and its name and emphasis may have varied according to the form.However, its oldest and most diverse form is daoyin, which holds an important position in the traditionalChinese art of preserving one's health. Dao refers to the fact that physical movements are guided by thestrength of the mind and in turn stimulate the internal flow of qi within the body. Yin means that withthe aid of physical movements, qi can reach the bodily extremities (for example, the fingers, feet andhead). In this way the flow of qi links the zang (solid organs) and fu (hollow organs), beforereturning to its starting point. When practiced for a period of time, one can become aware of a stream of heat (vital energy) or qi being transmitted through the body. Sometimes this can be released from thebody, and ten it is known as external qi . The basic methods of daoyin are kai (opening), he (closing), xuan (rotating), rou (rubbing), tui (pushing), an (pressing), and fen (separating). There are many posturesand movements in daoyin exercises, but the emphasis is on achieving a state of harmony betweenbody and mind. This can be done with the help of the movements, not solely because of themovements themselves, and when you reach a certain level in practice, you can even forget what youare doing, and this is gaining the true essence of 'qigong' and forgetting physical movements. Thisstate of harmony culminates in the practice of jinggong (static exercises). Daoying has many differences from gymnastics and other modern sports, as daoyin exercises arebased on mental activity and therefore it is possible to accumulate and conserve one's energy whilstpracticing daoyin exercises. However, the practice of modern sports requires showing off one's strengthand skill, and therefore the consumption of energy.Another form of qigong exercises is tuna (exhaling and inhaling), otherwise known as tiaoxi (regulating breath) or shiqi (absorbing qi ). This is a synthesis of different breathing skills. Thebasic train of thinking for these exercises is that as far as possible one should expel the stale and stagnatedair and inhale fresh air, thus improving the functioning of the internal organs to resist senility and prolonglife. Tuna skills can be divided into three basic categories: Koubi huxi (breathing through the mouth ornose), Fushi huxi (abdominal breathing), other methods of breathing and regulation in conjunction withmental activity such as chongqi (filling the body with qi ), dantian huxi (directing qi to dantian, aregion two or three centimeters below the navel), zhongxi (directing qi to the heel), and quixi (breathing like a tortoise).Unique to China only, Qigong has become an integral part of the the Chinese culture. Qigong exercise canproduce a myriad of beneficial effects, of which the most common are preventing and curing diseases,strengthening the constitution, avoiding premature aging, and prolonging life. Qigong exercise requiresone to relax, to be calm, natural and free from distractions, so that it can remove stress, and dispeltension. Qigong exercise helps to keep the main and collateral channels in good shape to establish harmonybetween vital energy and blood, to balance between Yin and Yang, and improve coordination of thenervous system, so that protective inhibition of the cerebral cortex can be enhance. Qigong exercise helps http://coolshack.com/martial_arts/qi-gong.html (4 of 27)7/13/2004 11:48:23 PM
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