There are 3 forms of QiGong, each with their own specific purposes:
1. Medical QiGong- Purgation: Applying mainly Jing Gong and Nei Gong (internal exercises) is used to treat chronic diseases and to people with prolonged illnesses.
2. Health Maintenance- Regulation: Using mostly Dong Gong, health maintenance is an everyday practice to improve health and prevent illness, or simply to promote increased mobility.
3. Wu QiGong- Tonification: Also referred to as ‘martial Qigong’ is used to strengthen the body and increase internal stamina, and the ability to generate intensive or explosive power. Hard QiGong and TaiJi are the basic exercises for Gong-Fu practice.
The Action Zen Program in Aurora adheres to the Shaolin Temple’s emphasis on the infusing of Chan (Zen) principles with the Wu (Martial practice), which results in it being commonly referred to as Chan-Wu QiGong.