What is Qigong?
Lohan Qigong (Chi Kung) is an internal exercise that uses movement and breath control to manipulate the flow of Chi along the body’s meridians. It is both a physical and mental exercise. Inwardly, it is taught to cultivate the Jing, the Chi, and the Shen (mind, body, and spirit). Outwardly, it is practiced to build a strong and healthy body.
According to legend, an Indian monk, known as Bodhidharma (Ta Mo), arrived in China and went to Shaolin (Siu Lum) Temple around 520 AD. For nine years, he meditated in a cave, facing the wall in search of enlightenment. The lack of movement while meditating coupled with the cave’s environment caused fatigue and pain. Many monks suffered from similar problems and often fell asleep during meditation.
To counteract these issues, Ta Mo created a set of movements and exercises known as the 18 Lohan Hands. This form was expanded to 72 movements, and then again to 173 movements. It became the basis for both Lohan Qigong and Shaolin Kung Fu.
Benefits of Qigong
Qigong is a great activity if you’re looking for something that is low impact and puts minimal stress on joints and muscles. Some studies have shown that it can even lower your blood pressure. It can also provide the following bonuses for your mind and body:
– Improve flexibility
– Improve balance
– Building strength
– Reduce stress
If you are just starting to get active, are a senior adult that wants a low impact activity, or is someone interested in the meditative side of martial arts, qigong may be for you.
Lohan Qigong (Chi Kung) Classes in Hawaii
Saam Fu Chinese Cultural Arts is blessed to be under the tutelage and guidance of International Master and Professor of Shaolin Lohan Therapeutic Qigong, Master John K. Saw, of the Sarm Bao Qi Gong Centre in Australia. He is an Inner Chamber Disciple of Grandmaster Chen Yong Fa, 5th generation direct descendent of the Founder of Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu and Shaolin Lohan Therapeutic Qigong System. As a disciple, Master John is entrusted with the responsibility of ensuring that the Lohan Qigong System is taught accurately, to represent and preserve the tradition that has been handed down from generation to generation for over 200 years.
How can I learn Qigong?
Hawaii Lohan Qigong lessons are available on Saturdays, 8:30 – 10:00am. Join our classes not only for your health benefits, but also to preserve this valuable system and tradition for future generations.
Contact Us and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you may have.