Qigong, also written Chi Gung, developed parallel to, but mostly independently of, the martial arts, without placing the focus on fighting techniques, force impact, and strategies. Instead, Qigong was practised as a system of holistic disease prevention and health care, for meditation and for the harmonious development of mind and body. Qigong is used in hospitals throughout Asia and even in Europe, among other things to treat serious diseases such as cancer.
Qigong, which can be translated as “energy work”, has existed in one or another form for several thousand years, and was developed primarily in Taoism, in Buddhism, in the Chinese medical and healing traditions, as well as in the martial arts. Much like Taiji Quan, Qigong is characterised by slow, flowing movements that are usually performed standing up, or if necessary sitting or even lying down. Just as with Taiji Quan, the coordination of movement, breathing, body structure and awareness/consciousness leads to a harmonious energy flow and to the unity of body and mind.
With regular practice, Qigong dissolves energy blockages and harmonises the energy flow throughout the entire body. In this way it develops a strong, healthy, resistant and relaxed body and a peaceful and balanced frame of mind. He who practises seriously dramatically reduces the effects of diseases and guards against them, and prevents or delays the onset of ageing-related complaints and diseases.
Qigong is suitable for people of all ages and requires no previous knowledge or particular physical fitness.