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 (…the practice can help with this): 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 (…what we do!) : Also referred to as ‘martial Qigong’ is used to strengthen the body, increase internal stamina, and develop the ability to generate explosive internal 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 infusing Chan (Zen) principles with the Wu (Martial practice), which lends to it being commonly referred to as Chan-Wu QiGong.