The Goals of Qi Gong Practice

As stated previously, the specific goals of qi gong practice will vary from one discipline to the next, however, in general, the martial arts practitioner will first want to promote overall health and well-being by seeking a balanced distribution of energy in the body and improving the body's efficiency in terms of energy movement and usage.4 This will include methods aimed at integrating and harmonizing the mind, body, and breath utilizing a safe, gentle, and well-balanced approach. Balance,...

The Mind in Qi Gong Practice

Attainment of consistent mind body harmony is one of the major goals of martial arts qi gong. The internal martial arts classics say that the mind ife -Yi or intention leads the qi and the qi leads the strength 3 - li . This principle tells us that without the correct mental intention, the qi and strength will not be fully available. When discussing this principle with his students, Ba Gua instructor Park Bok Nam gives a few simple examples to illustrate this point. Park says that if someone...

Distribution Process

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Before discussing the theory and practice of qi gong, it may help to first take a quick look at how the body gathers, metabolizes, and distributes energy. Since Chinese medical theory formed the foundation of traditional qi gong practice, we will look at the energy process from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Of course, we will only give a general overview here as this topic alone could be the subject of an entire book. Those who would like to explore this topic in more depth should refer...

Mutual Dependence

One more important concept to understand before discussing qi gong practice is the idea of mutual dependence of the various systems of the body and the relationship between the systems of the body and the world outside the individual body. The traditional Chinese model of the universe, both inside and outside the body, is based on a concept of energetic relationships and an energetic continuum. All things in the universe, and in the human body, interact and mutually support one another. Any one...

By Xie Pei Qi translated by Huang Guo Qi

Images Chinese Gong

In the following article, Yin Fu Style Ba Gua Zhang practitioner Xie Pei Qi presents the rules of Qi Gong practice by discussing the three abstentions and the eight principles. Xie Pei Qi see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol. 4, No. 1, page 16 is well known in China for his knowledge of martial arts Qi Gong and his healing work using Qi Gong therapy to treat patients. His discussion of the rules of Qi Gong holds important information for practitioners of all levels of experience. The martial arts are...

The Three Abstentions A

Interpromoting Cycle Elements

2 To abstain from awkward force. 3 To abstain from throwing out the chest and lifting the abdomen2. These three abstentions must be remembered by every beginner. There are advantages and disadvantages in every matter, and this is so with the practice of martial arts. If there is not correct method and only a moment's enthusiasm is relied on to guide the practice, the three disadvantages will surely occur during practice, i.e. the angry qi, the awkward force, and the thrown out chest and lifted...

The History of Ba Gua Qi Gong

It would be difficult to say for sure whether or not Dong Hai Chuan Jc l taught qi gong methods to his students which were separate from the circle walking practices of Ba Gua Zhang. There is evidence which points to Dong's involvement with the Quan Zhen I sect of Daoism and thus we might conclude that he was taught the various qi gong methods practiced by this sect which included circle walking - see Pa Kua Chang Journal, Vol 4, No. 6, page 3 . However, the only real identifiable trail that I...

Jf Pa Kua Chang

Dan Miller Qua Journal

Published bi-monthly by High View Publications, P.O. Box 51967, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 The Pa Kua Chang Journal is published six times a year. Each issue features an interview with, or article by, one or more Ba Gua Zhang instructor s from mainland China, Taiwan, the United States, and or Canada. The interviews will report on each instructor's background, current program, training methods and teaching philosophy. By utilizing this format, the intention is to give students an opportunity to get...

Fu Zhen Songs Direct Disciple Lin Chao Zhen Teaching in San Francisco

Chen Man Qing

Lin Chao Zhen fr-tl is one of the last surviving Ba Gua instructors of his generation and lineage. Lin was born in 1912 in Hong Kong. At the age of 14, he returned with his family to Canton, China. Their family lived in downtown Canton. As fate would have it, a short distance from where they lived, Ba Gua Zhang instructor Fu Zhen Song taught Ba Gua and the Fu Zhen Song was one of the most well-known gongfu instructors in Chinese history. Fu Zhen Song was thirty years senior to Lin Chao Zhen....