Qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.
Our system of Qi Gong is the healing aspect of the martial art and is a branch of Chinese medicine. The traditional name is Dao Yin, or "Leading and Guiding." This system focuses primarily on increasing the health of the organs, including the "organs" as referenced in Chinese medicine, and their western medicine counterparts.
Qi Gong is generally done at a slower pace with different tensions, intent, and breath than the martial exercises. The exercises focus on joint movement and manipulation, which in turn stimulates meridians and energy flow throughout the body. The joint movements, coupled with the twisting and wave-like movements of the body, directly affect the physical organs themselves, allowing for increased blood flow into the abdominal cavity and improved organ function.
To deeply learn and execute Qi Gong effectively, a practitioner must also learn the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, including the principles and theories of Qi, Yin and Yang, Five elements (Wu Hsing), the Yijing, the Jing Luo to include the Zhang Fu pathways, the Qi Jing Ba Mai pathways, and the sinew pathways. We must learn these to more effectively open the meridians and remove stagnations to bring about vital health and longevity.
Breathing methods are taught from both a traditional and a western perspective. These methods are taught separately first, and then later integrated with the movements. There are over 30 different breathing methods taught, although one person most likely won't need them all.