Qigong is an integral part of Chinese medicine, Chinese martial arts and spirituality. Historically, the primary driving force of its development was the search for better health and longevity. Typically, qigong is divided into two categories:
1) Static – This form of qigong is usually practiced standing, sitting or lying down. The practitioner learns special techniques of breathing and focusing the mind (visualization). When practiced daily, it will promote the practitioner’s circulation and cultivation of qi. When we cultivate qi, we are developing our ability to fight or resist disease by strengthening our bodies internally. The practicioner learns self-healing of the body, mind and spirit. Examples of this type of qigong include dantien breathing and the six healing sounds.
2) Dynamic – This form of qigong is usually practiced in sets of movements and/or massage. Internally, this type of qigong can enhance the spirit, qi, blood, and the mind and body. Externally, it can strengthen muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Examples of this type of qigong include the 18 Lohan (shiba luohan) and liangong.
The Boulder Kung Fu Academy offers instruction in a variety of both dynamic and static qigong forms. It is also a part of the regular curriculum at the school as it has been an integral part of Chinese martial arts for centuries. Qigong itself dates back thousands of years in China and was the precursor to martial arts.