What is Chi Kung?
Chi Kung (also known as Qi Gong) can be translated as "breath work" and
is a type of energy cultivation. There are thousands of Chi Kung
exercises and many different Chi Kung styles. What most styles of Chi
Kung have in common is that they are composed of gentle breathing and
movement exercises that promote overall well being.
Is Chi Kung a Martial Art?
Chi Kung exercises are generally considered to be part of the
internal martial arts. "Internal Martial Arts" is a very loose term
that refers to those martial arts that emphasize breathing, slower
movements and joint strength. Tai Chi is a good example of an internal
martial art. Many martial arts have Chi Kung exercises.
What are the benefits of Chi Kung exercises?
The most common benefits of performing Chi Kung exercises are
greater relaxation, improved stress management and an increased sense
of well being.
How do we teach Chi Kung?
Chi Kung is incorporated into our Tai Chi, Zazen (sitting meditation) and Kung Fu
practice. Tai Chi is considered a fusion of Chi Kung and martial
arts. Our sitting meditation is a breath and posture exercise which is
the essence of Chi Kung. Our Kung Fu could be considered a dynamic
form of Chi Kung.
Chi Kung movements are incorporated into all of our classes. These
are powerful exercises that are meant to be felt. Through Chi Kung
your posture, breathing and energy are all improved; Chi Kung supports
the focus of our entire practice.