The Qi system taught by the Shaolin Warriors has developed over 1500 years at the Shaolin Temple in China. It is considered to be a source of power as well as the foundation or the internal style of martial arts. Tai chi chuan, Xing yi and Baguazhang rely on the concept of qi as their foundation.
Extraordinary feats of martial arts prowess such as the ability to withstand heavy strikes (Iron Shirt) and the ability to break hard objects (Iron Palm) are abilities attributed directly to qigong training.
Shifu Heng Xuan from time to time demonstates these Qigong feats, they take many years to develop and are not for the faint-hearted!
Qi Gong is integral in Shaolin Kungfu and Taichi in itself is a dynamic form of Qigong. Qigong describes systems and methods of cultivation and manipulation of life energy, especially for health and energy focus points within the practise of martial arts.
Qigong channels energy around the body for spiritual, physcial or defensive effect. Bracing yourself to receive a blow is a natural channelling of Qi (energy) to points in the body for protective effect. Practise at moving Qi around the body promotes mindfulness, and enhances defensive capability, meditation, health and healing responses.
In Qigong classes Qi is channelled around the mind and body in order to fortify the mind and body for health, defence and to enhance meditation.