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Qi Development = Mind + Breathing + Body movement
However, the manner in which all of these pieces fit together and the specific training employed to accomplish this is beyond the scope of this article and should only be attempted under the guidance of an experienced teacher. As we have emphasized throughout this article, the beginner will practice the components separately. However, this is not accomplished in a random manner. There is a specific sequence utilized in daily training in order to achieve the best results.
When practicing the complete spectrum of a martial arts training system including the Qigong, Neigong, and Waigong components, the Qigong is always practiced as the last part of any practice session. The external is trained first and then you move towards the internal practice to end the workout. If practicing all three elements of this Qigong method, the first exercise to practice is the breathing component. The breathing exercises will help relax and calm the body while gathering the Qi that will be utilized during the Qi circulation practice.
After the breathing exercises, the next component that will be trained is the meditation exercise. The breathing exercises, which help to calm the mind, relax the body and cleanse the system prepare you for obtaining the best results from meditative practice. After meditation, the Qi circulation exercise is practiced. This exercise will help circulate and balance the energy in the body. After practicing the Qi circulation exercise, you will want to remain relaxed and calm for ten to fifteen minutes and not practice any ÒexternalÓ exercise for appropriately one hour. This will give the newly circulated Qi and blood time to help the body heal itself without disturbance.
This article has provided a brief introduction to the Qigong training system of Master Park Bok Nam. The exercises described above will typically be given to the beginner during his or her first few weeks of training and thus they are very basic. ParkÕs complete system of Qigong training is designed to gradually lead the beginner from these basics through progressively advanced techniques in a balanced and individually prescribed curriculum. In order to gain the greatest benefit from Qigong practice it is wise to participate in a balanced, progressive program under the guidance of a qualified instructor. If you start out with very simple exercises and build slowly without trying to rush results, your development will be complete and you will avoid complications.
(1)Chung Tzu: Basic Writings translated by Buron Watson, Columbia Univbersity Press, New York, 1964.
Park Bok Nam currently teaches at the Pa Kua Kung Fu Academy in Richmond, Virginia.Dan Miller was the editor and publisher of the Pa Kua Chang Newsletter, a publication in the 1990s dedicated to the art of Baguazhang.
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