White Crane Martial Arts

Note that Qigong is generally taught in 1/2 or full day workshop format, rather than as part of our weekly schedule.

Refer to "upcoming workshops" on the Site Contents menu or contact us for more information about Qigong instruction.


Qigong (“chee gong”)

Qigong is a term which refers to many different types of Chinese exercises. In general, qigong exercises involve slow, controlled and gentle stretching of connective tissue and joints to improve range of motion, facilitate relaxation and maintain health. Breathing exercises also fall under the general heading of qigong.  The ease of performing qigong exercises makes them appropriate for anyone, regardless of age or physical condition. Developed by the Chinese over thousands of years, there are qigong exercises designed to address virtually all physical conditions. It is also possible to modify many of these exercises to meet a specific individual’s needs or limitations. Many individuals after practicing qigong exercises for a period of time are able to make an easier transition to taijiquan.


Taiji Baojian Qigong

This is a series of eight exercises designed to open the joints and extend connective tissue. This type of qigong is in the category of “active qigong”, involving significant range of motion challenges. It is an excellent preliminary exercise for any kind of physical activity. We highly recommend this qigong set for those who are new to taijiquan as an adjunct to training. The principles involved are directly applicable to the development of taiji's internal work.


Swimming Dragon Qigong

This very old qigong emphasizes extending the connective tissue and joints of the spine and neck.

The serpentine movements are graceful and really do suggest the movements of a dragon or snake. It directly stimulates the kidneys and the endocrine system.