What is Chi Kung ?

     Chi Kung, qigong, or chi gung (simplified Chinese: 气功; traditional Chinese: 氣功; pinyin: qìgōng; Wade–Giles: chi gong; literally "Life Energy Cultivation") is a practice of aligning movement, breath, and awareness for exercise, healing, and meditation. With roots in Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, qigong is traditionally viewed as a practice to cultivate and balance qi (chi) or what has been translated as "life energy".

     Chi Kung practices typically involve coordinating slow flowing movement (or stillness) of the body, deep rhythmic breathing, and mental focus on philosophical concepts such as visualization of guiding qi through the body. As a kind of meditation, qigong is practiced with a calm mind and relaxed body. Chi Kung is now practiced throughout China and worldwide, and is considered by some to be exercise, and by others to be a type of complementary medicine or meditative practice. According to Daoist, Buddhist, and Confucian philosophy, respectively, qigong allows access to higher realms of awareness, awakens one's "true nature", and helps develop human potential.

     Research concerning qigong has been conducted for a wide range of medical conditions, including hypertension, pain, and cancer treatment. Most systematic reviews of clinical trials have not been conclusive, and all have been based on poor quality clinical studies, such that no firm conclusions about the health effects of qigong can be drawn at this stage.

Nei Chi Kung

     NeiKung, also spelled NeiGong, NeiGung, or Nae Gong, refers to any of a set of Chinese breathing, meditation and spiritual practice disciplines associated with Taoism and especially the Chinese martial arts. NeiKung practice is normally associated with the so-called "soft style", "internal" or NeiJia 內家 Chinese martial arts, as opposed to the category known as WaiKung 外功 or "external skill" WàiJiā 外家 Chinese martial arts. Both have many different schools, disciplines and practices and historically there has been mutual influence between the two and distinguishing precisely between them differs from school to school. There are both martial and non-martial. An example of non-martial NeiKung is internal meditation exercises of Inner Smile, Micro Cosmic Orbit, or Kan and Li. Currently, there is no standardize system of Nei Kung. Each and every teacher has a different method in teaching the exercises. The exercises, themselves, will vary greatly from teacher to teacher. However, the exercises or "in Taoist terminology" formulas do have a natural progression of one level to the next. The 8 chamber method is designed to follow this progression that corresponds to ancient Tradition Chinese Medicine Theory. 

Wai Chi Kung

    Wài Kung (外功) or "external skill" is the so called "hard style", "external" or wàijiā (外家) Chinese martial arts. Wai Kung movements are dynamic movements which is contrary to Nei Kung that consists of sitting meditiations. Wai Kung movements progress from some static martial positions to dynamic energetic movements to finally into the martial arts as known today. Wài Kung movements are a balance between sitting internal meditiation Nei Kung and external combat motions of martial arts styles such as Wing Chun, Hung Ga, Tai Chi, Pa Kua, Xing Yi and so on. The are many excercises of Wài Chi Kung that are openly taught. These could include 8 pieces of Brocade, Sil Lum "Temple" exercises, Iron Shirt, Wu Chi Chi Kung, and so on. Many teachers are developing more excercises every day. Hence, I have been taught numerous exercises from both American and Chinese teachers. The exercises taught in this kwoon will expand across many generations of Chi Kung developement over Chinese history. The Wài Chi Kung taught will being with the original Taoism exercises developed by Tao Mo to the latest Wu Chi system which is a prerequiste to entering into the Wu Chi Tai Chi system of 108 movement form.

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