The roots of Traditional Qi-Gong:
(Chi) is the Chinese character for air, breath, life-force, or essence.
Gong (Kung) is the character for effort, work, or labor. Thus, Qi Gong
(or Chi-Kung) essentially translates into "the work of harvesting one's
own life energy."
Chinese medicine theorizes that when a person's qi is strong and flows
freely in the body, good health is maintained; when a person's qi, or
their qi is blocked, this person will experience disease or illness. Qi Gong helps build strong
qi and keeps it flowing freely in the body for increased health and
vitality. As a
person's internal power grows, so does his/her ability to gain positive
control over personal health, and at higher levels, to use internal
power for the healing of others.
are numerous styles of Qi-Gong being practiced today, and there exist
effectively three traditional reasons for the practice: health, martial
arts and spirituality.
Once shrouded in a veil of mystery and secrecy, Qi
Gong practice is currently experiencing a change from traditional
attitudes. Expert Qi Gong instruction was formerly accessible only
within small portions of the Chinese community.
The individual masters carefully
guarded their particular style and passed their arts to the few devoted
students of their school. These
traditional attitudes have changed in the modern era, as China
experienced a boom in Qi Gong practice in the early part of the 1980's. Qi Gong practice became
open and popular as people began to practice Qi Gong en masse at local
Health: Proper Qi Gong
exercise will greatly improve the overall health of the practitioner. Some elementary Qi Gong
styles have been invented to address specific health problems, such as
indigestion, insomnia, migraines, etc.
Martial Arts: Martial artists
have used Qi Gong to harness their "internal power" in complementing
their pugilistic arts.
Buddhists and Taoists have Qi Gong methods designed for the purpose of
experiencing religious enlightenment, or the Tao.
of traditional Chinese medicine also began experimenting with Qi Gong
clinics. The surge
of Qi Gong popularity is the result of an interest in Qi Gong's ability
to not only act as a form of preventive health care, but also to cure
people of certain ailments.
is the means for vast internal and external power. However, few
practitioners achieved the desired level of development even after
years of effort.
interested in further reading about Qi Gong in China may wish to read
Encounters with Qi by David Eisenberg, MD and Healing and the Mind by
we caution our students to consult with a Qi Gong instructor before
attempting to learn any Qi Gong techniques from books or videotapes.
Shuren Ma's style is taught in the Capitol Qi Gong:
history of Capital Qi Gong has its roots in the Chinese martial arts.
The "external" styles of the Chinese martial arts have recognized for
centuries that a high level of qi development
force" exercise with master Ma and student