Ba Duan Jin Qigong
Ba Duan Jin Qi Gong


The aim of the Combined Arts Qi Gong program is to provide students with a rounded foundation in Health Qi Gong that can build to become a life long health maintaining practice.

Students begin with:

  • Qi Gong stretching routines designed to improve flexibility and open the body up energetically.
  • Simple Qi Gong exercises that teach the student how to link the mind to the breath and movement.
  • Standing meditation work to improve posture and energetic flow.

Sifu Marcus also teaches several Qi Gong sets or forms including:

Ba Duan Jin, translated as ‘The Eight Pieces of Brocade’.

This is a simple Qi Gong form that is very good for beginners comprising of eight movements. It has been practised in China for over a thousand years with its earliest references appearing in tomb paintings dating back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC to AD220).

Its movements are performed in a slow and graceful manner that instills relaxation and calmness in the practitioners mind and body. Regular practice improves strength and flexibility of the joints as well as enhancing balance. Studies in China suggest that practitioners also report multiple health benefits including improvements in cardiovascular function, arthritic pain, a stronger immune system and a balanced mental well being.

The name ‘The Eight Pieces of Brocade’ is a reference to the movement set being considered as a treasured gem, an important set of health giving exercises, like a beautiful piece of silk.

Internal Tai Chi Qigong 18 Steps.

This graceful health improving form consists of 18 graceful and fluid movements. It has many of the classic Qi Gong health benefits including improvement of posture and breathing, flexibility and mobility, and relaxation of the mind and body. In Traditional Chinese Medicine terms it clears and regulates stuck energy (Qi) within the body and promotes natural vitality.

Yi Jin Jing, translated as ‘The Muscle and Tendon (or Muscle and Fascia) Changing Classic’.

This form is based on movements thought to have been developed by the Indian Buddist monk Bodhidharma, the founder of the Shaolin martial arts tradition and Chan (Zen) buddhism in China, around 526AD. It was created to improve the physical, energetic and spiritual health of the monks at the temple who would spend long periods in quiet sitting mediation (Dhyana). This 12 routine set gently stretches the muscles, tendons and fascia, and flexes the bones to combine softness with strength assisted by natural breathing and promoting a calm relaxed mind.

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