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Qigong is a general name for the systems of hardening and improvement of
body and mind, treatment and health enhancement created in China. They
primarily based on the ability to control your own consciousness,
mentality and through them all the physiological processes of the
organism. Practicing Qigong you can achieve stunning results some of
which even the powerful modern science cannot conceive and explain.

There are three main categories of Qigong: Health-improving, Fig...


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defense,martial arts


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Qigong is a general name for the systems of hardening and improvement of
body and mind, treatment and health enhancement created in China. They
primarily based on the ability to control your own consciousness,
mentality and through them all the physiological processes of the
organism. Practicing Qigong you can achieve stunning results some of
which even the powerful modern science cannot conceive and explain.

There are three main categories of Qigong: Health-improving, Fighting and
Mystical.

1. It was Chinese physicians who developed and evolved the Health-
improving Qigong during many centuries. They created special exercises
aimed to preserve and promote health as well as to cure various diseases.

2. Fighting (or Hard) Qigong was developed by those practitioners of
Qigong who at the same time were masters of martial arts. These exercises
serve to enhance the energy concentration in muscles and other parts of
the body allowing to hugely increase the bodily strength and its
resistance against the attempts to cause it a physical injury.

3. Mystical Qigong is a child of Buddhist monks and Taosian anchorites.
The goal of Mystical Qigong consists in achieving the so called
Enlightenment – a special psychophysical state of the human being.
Taosian anchorites also developed methods of anti-aging based on Mystical
Qigong. Mystical Qigong is the most difficult to master.

Qigong is not only the art of Qi energy control; it trains the mind and
helps to work out the ability to control your volitional impulse. Qigong
techniques include a huge variety of exercises but they all consist of
the three main parts: control of position, control of breath, and control
of mind.
Controlling his position, a man can acquire some optimal posture of body
which would allow Qi to flow in the organism without delays or blockages
not causing any disturbing feelings and removing diseases. The exercises
are mostly performed in common stands, for example, in the Rider’s
stance.

You need to control your breath to let the external Qi (from the air) not
only to pass mechanically into the internal state but to spread along
energy channels, fully feeding all the organs.

Consciousness is crucial in breath control; it distributes Qi along the
body. At the highest stage, the breath is controlled at the level of
subconsciousness and do not require too much of your attention.

Step by step learning to control his energy resources, a practitioner
will pass from using the physical strength (Li) to the internal burst of
effort (Tsin). This internal effort, as Chinese masters believe, is
produced not by muscles but in tendons and marrow.

This is the reason why the most of Kung Fu exercises aimed not to
increase the mass of muscles but to strengthen tendons and bones. While
muscles tend to loose their strength (Li) as the man grows older, masters
preserve their internal effort (Tsin) until great age. That’s why Chinese
masters of Kung Fu say: “If you do not practice Fighting Qigong but train
only your physical strength you’ll be left with nothing when you grow old
enough.”

Qigong exercises advance “internal Qi” our organism contains. “Internal
Qi” is also called “true Qi”. The state of “true Qi” depends on many
factors: regular Fighting Qigong exercises, nutrition, mental state,
environment, etc. Every human being has internal Qi but only few can use
it properly, develop it. The Qi of the vast majority of people is
destabilized. The goal of Fighting Qigong is to fill the organism with
“true Qi”, calm it, make Qi flow along channels freely without
obstructions.

So what is Qi after all? According to Chinese notions, it is an energetic
substance which represents the foundation of all, i. e. the energetic
foundation of the Universe. Our body can be compared to an electric
appliance: if it is supplied with electric power it works but if the
power supply is cut down the device operation stops. Likewise with the
man: if Qi supply of his body is insufficient or it gets stagnant in it,
the man gets sick or even dies.

To have a healthy robust body, one needs to learn how to keep the Qi
circulation smooth and to be able to accumulate sufficient amount of Qi.
To do so, it is necessary to understand the system of circulation and
storage of Qi in your organism.

The human body has twelve so called primary channels (meridians) along
which Qi is spread across the entire organism. There also exist eight
“miraculous” vessels serving as a kind of reservoirs storing and
regulating Qi. One end of each channel is attached to one of twelve
internal organs while the other end is connected to one of fingers or
toes.

These twelve channels supply with Qi energy twelve internal organs.
Besides, these channels also take the excessive energy away from internal
organs allowing us to through it out of the body. When due to blockage or
disease the circulation of Qi along the channels is interrupted, one or
several organs cannot get enough Qi which leads to their functional
disturbance.

To be healthy, you need to learn how to keep the circulation of Qi in the
twelve channels smooth and constantly replenish the “miraculous vessels”
with energy.

If you understand the theory of Qi circulation in the human body you will
be able to understand how Qi relates to martial arts as well. Remember,
your body is not simply a machine it is an organism able to improve
itself. The stronger Qi is, the stronger the human body gets.

Fighting Qigong practice sessions serve to enhance the capabilities of
your body. We know that using our mind we can control various parts of
our own body. The process of control is simple. Our mind generates a
thought, and the thought leads Qi to the corresponding parts of the body
which perform the requested action. The key thing about Fighting Qigong
is in learning to lead your Qi as efficient as it can be. In this case
you can increase you strength very much.

Chinese martial arts masters learn to focus their minds through
meditation or other kinds of training practice to make Qi obey them
easily. This can substantially enhance the strength of a fighter and
increase the efficiency of his technique.

				
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