The power of Qi Gong
Qi Gong is the basis of the power of the Chinese martial arts, whether Shaolin Kung Fu, or the more subtle internal forms, such as Tai Chi, Hsing-i and Ba-Gua. Through Qi Gong, you can become stronger, healthier, calmer and more in control of your life, and that’s just the beginning.
“Chi Kung” is the accepted English equivalent of the Chinese word “Qi Gong”, where “Qi” (“Chi” or “Ki”) means “breath” (as a conceptual term, this refers to the energy in the human body, and, by extension, life force, dynamic energy or even cosmic breath) and “gong” (“Kung”) means “achievement”, “skill”, work applied to a discipline or the resultant level of skill.
The internal martial art is sometimes mistakenly said to be something that always involves movement and/or regulated breathing. In fact, use of other special methods focusing on particular energy centers in and around the body are common in the higher levels or evolved forms of Qi Gong.
Qi Gong and Kung Fu
All great Kung Fu makes use of energy training (Qi Gong) to develop internal force, without which it remains at the external, mechanical level, considered by Chinese martial artists as rather rough and inferior. Kung fu training with Qi Gong enhances harmonious chi flow, thus promoting health, vitality and longevity.
According to Chinese medical thought, practicing Qi Gong can cure, as well as prevent all kinds of illness, including diseases like asthma, diabetes, hypertension and cancer which are generally considered “incurable” by conventional medicine. Practicing Qi Gong is also very effective for overcoming psychological problems.
There are many wonderful benefits derived from practicing Shaolin Cosmos Qi Gong:
- Curing illness and promoting health.
- Enhancing vitality and developing internal force.
- Promoting youthfulness and longevity.
- Expanding the mind and the intellect.
- Spiritual cultivation.
QI GONG STYLES
Dynamic Qi Gong means to combine the body’s moves with mind and to breathe to achieve a peaceful mind through a moving body. The usually practiced forms in the Shaolin Temple are ba dian jin, yi jin jing and xi sui jing.
Static Qi Gong is a kind of Qi Gong that uses standing, sitting and posing postures to combine the practicing mind with high speed breath. The mind practices to gain, calculate and control qi. This form of Qi Gong can be practiced through meditating standing still, in the sitting lotus position or through a meditation in pose.
Dynamic and Static
Dynamic and static Qi Gong are based on static Qi Gong to use qi and blood to drive the body to move or even jump high and fly.
Hard-, Soft- and Health-Care Qi Gong
Hard Qi Gong is to control the qi that has been accumulated, drive it to a part of your body and make your body as tough as iron. To break bricks, staffs, steel bars, big marble boards and a spear piercing through a throat, all belong to this category.
Soft Qi Gong has a more subtle focusing of qi. It aims to gain and collect chi in the Dantian (an energy core around the lower belly) to try to control and use it.