Bill Cartmell, Instructor

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White Crane Tai Chi
What is Qigong?
    Qigong, (pronounced: Chee Gung) also called Chi Kung, is an ancient
Chinese discipline that involves the mind, breath, and movement to create a calm,
natural balance of energy that can be used in work, recreation, or self-defense.
     Qigong exercises are reputed in China for aiding in the treatment of heart
disease, high blood pressure, pulmonary emphysema, arthritis, digestive
disorders, arteriosclerosis, skin disease, depression, cancer, and many other
     For those seeking physical fitness, Qigong loosens the joints and increases
flexibility and suppleness, while strengthening the sinews and tendons.  It has
been known to improve the function of the internal organs, delay aging, and
prolong life.
     Chi is an intrinsic energy in the body that travels along pathways in the body
called meridians.  At certain points along the pathways, acupuncture points,
acupuncturists may place needles to cure or alleviate a patient’s conditions.  The
purpose is to restore the chi to a natural, healthy balance.
     Qigong exercises are intended to achieve the same goal through the use of
mind, breath, and movement.  There are literally thousands of Qigong exercises.  
Some of these exercises are for very specific healing purposes.  Treating people
with Qigong can be traced back 2,500 years in China to the Warring States
Period.  People found out by accident that when a master of Qigong released or
emitted external Chi from his hands on an injury, the affected part would heal
     From that point on, Qigong was often used to treat war injuries.  It was later
extended to various diseases.  The Chinese Medical Community refers to Qigong
as “Breathing Exercises Therapy”.  These ancient techniques of breath control
used to train the vital energy have been raised to a higher level by today’s modern
scientific methods.  
    The effectiveness of Qigong in the prevention and cure of disease has been well
documented in Chinese Hospital’s since 1950.  Today in Beijing alone, more than 1.3
million people practice Qigong and tens of millions practice throughout China.
    Qigong is broken down into two categories; Wai Dan (External Elixer) or Nei
Dan (Internal Elixer).  If you are doing a Wai Dan Qigong exercise you are building
Chi and strength in your extremities – arms, legs which after building up will then flow
into your torso.  If you are practicing Nei Dan Qigong you are building Chi within your
torso and when your Chi is sufficiently strong, it will then flow to your extremities.