Qigong (Chi Gong) is the skill of using your internal energy at will.
Your Internal Energy can be used to heal and maintain yours or even another's well-being, to aid your Martial Art Skills or to
help unlock and focus your artistic skills, such as, painting and music.
Master Chen Wei Gun
always said that done properly,
Taijiquan (Tai Chi)
is the ultimate Qigong (Chi Gong) and
Grandmaster Shoto Tanemura says that walking the circle of Bagua practice is Qigong.
Therefore, here at the Harukaze Dojo, the primary focus of our
Qigong (internal energy skill) are the standing, sitting and lying down postures; and, their focus is on Energy Retention, Cultivation and
Healing. These are also complimentary to our Martial Qigong Disciplines.
The many benefits of practicing Qigong are just now being documented here in the West.
There is a whole new field of Western
medicine opening up called: Energy medicine.
Energy Medicine is the generic term that
refers to methods of treatment and diagnosis using different energies ranging from electromagnetic,
electrical and other bio-photonic and bio-physical processes.
Regular Qigong (Chi Gong) practice has been shown to:
Lower high blood pressure.
• Strengthen the immune system.
• Improve the function of the respiratory system.
• Strengthen our muscles and sinews.
• Increase the flexibility of our muscles and the range of motion of our joints.
The Harukaze Dojo teaches both Soke Tanemura's Qigong and Master Chen Wei Gun's Medical Qigong.
Most people who say they practice Qigong, refer to their
performing certain actions at a specific time.
While this means they practiced a specific form of Qigong at a certain time;
I believe that we are always doing Qigong.
Everything we do is Qigong.
The difference is that most of it is low level Qigong.
Much of it is even performed at the subconscious level without the use of Yi (mind intent).
Therefore, I stress the fact that Everything we do is Qigong and Everything else I teach:
Taijiquan, Ninpo, Jujutsu, Weapons, of course An Mor and Yoga, even the Persoanl Training for
Western Sports and General Fitness.
For example, breathing:
Most people do not think about how and when they breathe.
Consequentially, due to the stress and imbalances in our lives, most of us do not breath correctly.
We must relearn your instinctive knowledge and from
that base, we must examine, expand and improve our breathing skills in
order to provide ourselves with the necessary Qi (Chi), calmness
and control of our emotions which is required to
facilitate our evolving to higher states of being.
Once we consciously acquire this skill, we should not let it pass
back into our unconscious. We must let it remain a
Some of the Qigong Techniques I teach are part of the basics commonly taught in most schools.
Others are more advanced and require the student to be more advanced.
• Buddhist Breathing, also known as, Belly or Diaphragmatic Breathing
• Daoist breathing, also known as, Reverse Breathing
• Interval breathing: 1 (inhalation) to 1 (exhalation), 1 to 2, etc., in-stop-out, in-in-stop-out, etc.
• Breathing with long controlled inhalations and exhalations
• Skin Breathing, Kidney Breathing and Bone Breathing
Our breath and our emotions are inexorably linked.
One of the cornerstones of most Zen/Ch'an traditions is the emphasis on
watching your breath all the time.
This will always keep us mindful of our internal state.
Most of us know that anger can control our breathing pattern.
However, the reverse is also true.
Our breathing pattern can control our anger.
For example, let's consider an angry tirade:
How many of us actually make a conscious decision to become angry and then proceed with full mindful
intent to voluntarily become angry?
It is our Qi (Chi) that has enabled us to generate so much emotional energy. We have let it rise without giving any thought to the process.
If we could consciously slow, divert or stop this energy flow, our anger would begin to fade away.
This process will enable another, less energy consuming emotion to emerge.
Not many of us, I am sure.
This is the basis of "counting to ten" when angry.
While you are counting out loud, your mind concentrates on the next number.
This pushes your unconscious mind into the background and deprives your anger of its energy source.
In addition to this, if you count slowly and outloud, your exhales will be at least as long as it takes you to say the word.
The duration of your inhales will then match that of your exhales.
Your anger then automatically calms down in sync with your breathing.
As your breathing sifts from your chest to your lower abdomen, your energy sinks.
As your energy sinks, your emotions recede. When the veil of your emotions lowers, you can see things more clearly.
You are then in a position to make a mindful decision.
All of our actions should be within the realm of our mindfulness all of the time.
Then you will be performing Qigong all of the time.
As you can see, purifying your heart's desires is an important part of the process of
learning Qigong. Qigong has much in common with what most people call meditation.
You maybe able to become skilled at meditation without doing Qigong; but, it is very hard to become skilled at Qigong with
becoming proficient in at least some meditative techniques.
All of this is not as impossible as it may seem.
Medical Qigong is more specific than other forms of Qigong. Here, you will learn about the specific Qi Meridians and reservoirs and how to
balance them by removing blockages, deficiencies and excesses of Qi throughout your whole Body, Mind and Spirit.
You can even learn how to project your Qi into another to help them resolve the same kind of Energy related issues.
In China, these kinds of Qigong are used to treat All forms of medical conditions.
I can show you how to begin and how
to continue on this journey.
For more on Breathing and Internal Energy Skills,
Please see my
Page and visit my other web site
The Institute of Asian Arts.
Very Sincerely Yours,
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