Qigong FAQ's Page
What is Qigong (Chi Kung)?
Chi Kung literally translated means Energy Art. If we expand on this point we could broaden the perspective to The Art of Manifesting Internal Energy. The old Qigong masters initially were practicing the art as Nei Kung or internal art. Over time the meaning and depth of the arts was lost. Hence the Triple Cultivation Shaolin Cosmos Arts brings back the essence of those times. We adopt in our foundation classes, ‘Self Manifested Chi Flow’, this is a good indicator that the art is still alive.
If I have a blockage can I clear it?
By practicing Shaolin Cosmos Qigong, you can break through any blockages. Your Sifu will be at hand to guide you through your practice to give you the best possible instruction not only to generate Chi Flow but to manage it safely and gradually over time. When Practiced regularly and by generating ‘Self Manifested Chi Flow’ this, over time, will clear blockages.
I practice Kung Fu at another school, can this help with my practice?
Shaolin Cosmos Qigong will enhance whatever you already know, especially as you have background skill and experience in Martial Arts. By practicing on a regular basis a practitioner will realise the benefits of internal force training as opposed to external force training thus reaping extended rewards & benefits. This of course depends on the school that you train, it may be that they already teach internal martial arts, in which case I would ask, why do you need to find another school, what would be the purpose for your extended search?
If I can’t move my arm or certain parts of my body to practice Chi Kung, will it still work for me?
Yes, the wonderful thing about Shaolin Cosmos Qigong is that it is very flexible in its form. The key to success is to generate chi flow through learning techniques and skills of ‘Self Manifested Chi Flow’, This is something we acquire through triple cultivation
I have balance issues, and find when closing my eyes for the exercise that I loose balance, can I still practice Chi Kung effectively?
Yes, Shaolin Cosmos Qigong is great for balance issues! You do not need to close your eyes during practice, the important part is to generate chi flow through learning techniques and skills of ‘Self Manifested Chi Flow’. This is one of the foundations in our classes for helping our student get the great benefits for this high level art.
Can I use Chi Kung to help with other ongoing therapies?
Yes, Shaolin Cosmos Qigong is complimentary as well as a complete system for health. Utilising the skills and techniques in our school in a high percentage of student cases speeds up a persons recovery. This is another great benefit for our students!
How can Chi Kung help my posture?
Shaolin Cosmos Qigong can help posture over a period of 1: Good ongoing home practice methods. 2: Applying the Skills and Techniques for ‘Self Manifested Chi Flow’ and 3: By following your Sifu’s instructions. By doing this you will over time generate internal force and Vitality this enabling the bones and structure to make adjustments.. I know this also form personal experience!
Can we learn high level Qigong from books?
Although books are useful, it is wiser to find yourself a qualified instructor to practice triple cultivation Qigong either on a intensive course or weekly course.
The reason being is so that, 1: The Sifu/Instructor can define details for you to practice 2: Your Sifu can give you the correct practice protocols to maximise the benefits and 3: To save deviation and malpractice of the high level arts.
What we have to remember is, by practicing Triple Cultivation Qigong we are practicing the Art of Energy, this we must remember is a high level art.
Will you run a daily class?
Yes, at some point, I will but this is dependant on Student interest!
What does Sifu Mean?
Sifu means teacher! Usually in the Eastern Shaolin tradition it is common for Students to call their teachers Sifu. Sifu when extended also means, Master and Father. I address our Grandmaster as Sigung, this is because my Sifu was my first Teacher of the Shaolin Wahnam Arts, my Sifu’s Sifu becomes my Sigung.
So in order of 3 generations;
Your Master / Teacher / Father is: Sifu
Next Generation is Grandmaster / Grand Teacher / Grand Father : Sigung
Next is Great Grandmaster / Great Grand Teacher / Great Grandfather : Sitaigung
Can People with mobility issues do Chi Kung?
Yes, as previously mentioned the key feature is to achieve a Self Manifested Chi Flow. Even if someone is less mobile and uses a wheelchair, practicing Chi Kung in our school is still beneficial. The time frame to achieve good results depends on the student following instructions according to circumstances and physical limitations of movement.
What is self manifested chi flow?
This is a good question! Self manifested Chi Flow is the effect of energy entering the body through the practice of triple cultivation Chi Kung. When energy is attracted into the body, it begins to sway and clear internal blockages. This is done by practicing and following the specific instructions of the techniques and skills to make Chi Flow happen, It is ‘Self Manifested’ because students are taught this Art to be enable them to create chi flow for themselves.
What clothes shall we wear on the course?
It is best to wear comfortable loose clothing. As we practice an energetic art we need to be wary of tight clothing, if it is too tight it can squeeze too hard on parts of the body and reduce or disturb the amount of chi flow through the internal body. If a male students is topless and a female student wears a miniskirt, it could distract other students from getting into a Chi Kung state of mind. Ultimately it is best to wear sensible loose clothing.
What is Triple Cultivation?
Triple Cultivation is the practice of Physical, Energetic and Mind principles that has an accumulated effect on our Chi Kung. This is why we are so effective in our school. By learning techniques and skills of these methods, it means we create a high chance of achieving Chi (energy) Flow, thus enhancing the benefits for Health, Vitality and Happiness.
Whats the difference between Chi Kung and Tai Chi?
The difference between Chi Kung and Taijiquan is, Chi Kung is practiced as individual patterns for for Health, Vitality, Happiness, Peace and Spiritual Joys and Tai Chu Chuan is in fact a martial art that utilises many patterns making sequences of movements.
In our school we utilise Chi Kung to enhance our Tai Chi Chuan practice for additional Flowing Energy, Internal Force and Deeper Spiritual Cultivation.
Can Chi Flow help me to relieve pain in specific areas of my body?
Yes, it can be directed to specific areas! However on the 18 Lohan Hands foundation course we will work on cleansing/clearing blockages and Self Manifested Chi Flow. There are other more advanced levels to work on at later stages like, ‘Building’ and ‘Nourishing’. As we work on the energetic level we need to take students at a steady pace before we take them to more advanced levels. All students will be guided during the courses to maximise the benefits of the 18 Lohan Hands.
What is the Dan tien?
The Dan Time is literally a force field or spot inside the body, about 2-3 inches below the Navel and about 2-3 inches inside. We will learn more about this in the course content. For now though, students need not worry about what it is and what its uses are!
When you stand upright and are totally relaxed, chi or energy will naturally focus at your abdominal energy field, or dan tian.
I’ve seen on your website the word Qigong and Chi Kung, are they the same?
Yes, they are the same thing! Qigong is the original spelling but when translated into English it is said Chi Kung.
You mention clearing blockages, can you elaborate?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), practitioners work with energy principles. Imagine there are many rivers of energy flowing through your whole body. Now imagine there’s a dam stopping one of the river flows. this is considered as a blockage.
These blockages can effect a person Mentally, Physically and Emotionally, hence by utilising the triple cultivation principles of Shaolin Cosmos Qigong we aim to clear these blockages through Chi Flow.