Qigong is a system of knowledge that comprises at least 5,000 years of human evolution and covers all the fields of human interest. It is officially known in China as the science of human potential and development. There are many styles of Qigong available so it is important to understand what makes our style unique. White Tiger Qigong are Taoist Qigong exercises that harmonize the body, breath and mind. White Tiger Qigong specializes in extremely dynamic Qigong exercises known well in Wudang Mountain but has very little exposure in the West. Specialties include, Longevity Qigong, Medical Qigong, Qigong Breathing, Qigong Meditation, and Qigong based martial arts. In the White Tiger School there are 3 types of Qigong that practitioners learn for a balanced program which fit together like pieces of a puzzle: Sitting Qigong, Standing Qigong, Dynamic Qigong.
Body Mind Breath
In every type of Qigong the body, mind, and breath are synchronized to become one. Whether moving, standing or sitting, every exercise requires these 3 harmonies. When the body, mind and breath become one, the spirit and the body can become unified.
Flexibility Strength Fluidity
A signature feature of this Qigong is that it trains the practitioner to become flexible, yet strong and fluid all at the same time. This is practiced in our Dynamic Qigong forms. Dynamic forms range from balancing, deep stretching in low stances, to spinal twists that are most often derived from animal forms and dragon movements.
Paths Of Qigong
This path is for the practitioner whose aim is optimum health and self-healing. Healers and Chinese Medicine doctors practice to enhance their ability to heal themselves and others typically practice medical Qigong. It is based on applied Traditional Chinese Medicine Theory to our existing exercises, which then can be prescribed to a patient.
Martial artists who wish to enhance their martial power practice Martial Qigong. The techniques can be applied to just about any martial art to increase the power of strikes, kicks, self-awareness and energetic movement.
In ancient times, scholars, royalty and the high class could afford Chinese Medicine doctors so there was no need for Medical Qigong. They could hire bodyguards so there was no need for Martial Qigong. They practiced Qigong to explore the depths and capabilities of the human body. They wanted to know what their maximum human potential was. How far they could extend their Qi? How hot or cold could they make it? How strong and flexible yet fluid could they become?
This path of Qigong is for those who seek enlightenment with Qigong. In Taoist tradition, in order to attain enlightenment they would first have to strengthen the body and be able to protect themselves so they practiced martial Qigong and Qigong for health. Once they reached a high level of those practices they believed the body was prepared to attain enlightenment of the spirit. This method of Qigong is beyond the scope of our school, as it requires the practitioner to live a life of seclusion from society. If a student has reached a proficient level of Qigong in the above-mentioned paths we will introduce you to some monks in China who can guide you down this path.
A Complete Qigong Training System
This is one of the most complete and comprehensive Qigong training programs taught anywhere in the west. Even if your goal is to simply get fit, this training program will do it for you. With this Qigong training you will be able to take your body to new heights and gain the following benefits:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Stretch and strengthen muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments
- Regulate Emotions
- Cleansing, massage and strengthen the organs
- Strengthen the bones
- Build martial and athletic power
- Speed the recovery time of injuries and operations
- Train the Spirit
- Regulate and calm the Mind
- Aids in structural alignment
- More efficient metabolism
- Enhance intuition and creativity
Qigong Can Be Dangerous without Proper Guidance
Many beginners are learning very advanced techniques of Qigong from books and videos that are known to be dangerous if not practiced correctly such as Micro-cosmic orbit and others. You need a teacher who can answer your questions as you move along. What if you have some unusual Qi feelings and you need to discuss with a master what it means? One time when I began learning a special form of lung Qigong I felt what I thought was incredibly strong Qi sensations. After I told my master he told me I was not ready at that time for that Qigong because the Qi feelings I was having was not good. I would have never known that if he wasn’t there to guide me. Only once you have deep experience in Qigong with a variety of forms could you possibly understand how to study many forms of Qigong from a video. It takes time and guidance to understand both the energetic and physical properties of Qigong. I suggest people use the videos as a study guide to what they have learned in person and not learn new Qigong from a video. Also, some people posting videos on Youtube have very little experience or are not qualified to even be teachers.
“Qigong has been with me through thick and thin. It has helped carry me through the darkest of times and been with me in my times of joy. When I am over anxious it relaxes me. When I am angry it calms my heart. When I am fearful, it transforms into courage. I have used it as a system of whole body exercise that is both internal and external. I use it as a system of detox and to keep my body in optimal condition. Through Qigong I connect with a deeper universal energy that exists in all living things. I absorb Qi from the beautiful nature around me becoming one with it.”