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Qigong is a modern Chinese term meaning energy cultivation. or self nurturing. In the West it has come to refer to movements that have a specific health application, but it is more accurate to see it as the over-reaching term that includes all internal work for self-cultivation, including all aspects of the internal martial arts and all aspects of the healing arts.


Energy cultivation leads to balanced and free-flow in thought and action. At a physiological level, it means the undoing of blockages in the body’s energy system, which is why the concept of Sung is key to our study of all movement, whatever the structural reference frame. In the UKTQF's Shen Dao Programme our structural reference frames include Xingyiquan, Baguazhang and Tai Chi Chuan


Qigong is also used to refer to the particular drills and exercises supporting self-cultivation within any given martial arts system. In the Shen Dao Programme, we teach these and also a selection of targeted Medical Qigong exercises for specific health issues that commonly need addressing in all our students.

Medical Qigong designates the specific practices aimed at facilitating healing in others. This is a precise technology developed over thousands of years. As in self-cultivation, Sung is the key to the effectiveness of these practices.

In the Shen Dao Programme, we approach Medical Qigong from a number of perspectives.  During the Medical Qigong Theory and Practice days, students study the energetic pathways of the body and learn treatment techniques and exercise prescriptions to support them. Wild Goose Qigong forms a key element of the Medical Qigong curriculum, and exercise sets from a variety of treatment disciplines are included on training days to supplement your own self-cultivation and address specific health issues.

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