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Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung, Ba Duan Jin Qigong, Eight Silk Treasures Exercises

Eight Section Brocade Chi Kung, Ba Duan Jin Qigong, Eight Silk Treasures Exercises

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Eight Section Brocade
 
By
 
Michael P. Garofalo
 
Eight Pieces of Silk Brocade QigongEight Treasures Chi KungEight Silken Movements Qigong
(
 Ba Duan Jin, Pa Tuan Chin, Pal Dan Gum, Pa Tuan Tsin, Ba Duan Gin - Qigong
)
 
A Qigong FormA Taijiquan and Kung Fu Warm-up ExerciseSet
Menu Introduction Links BibliographyQuotations Chart
 
February 8, 2004
(Note: The
 Eight Section Brocade Qigong
and
Thirteen Treasures Walking Qigong
will be published in installments in
Cloud Hands
webpages beginning in January, 2004.They will be published in their entirety by September, 2004.)
 
 
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© Green Way Research, Red Bluff, California, 2004By Michael P. Garofalo, All Rights Reserved.
 
Disclaimer
 
The Eight Trigrams of the
 I Ching
 
Introduction
 The use of exercises, calisthenics, stretching, and breathing exercises tomaintain good health,fight disease, and enhance the quality of life is of great antiquity. Humanbeings have always
 
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enjoyed sports, games, exercise and play - it is essential to being human, acreature thatplays -
homo ludens
.The use of exercises to revitalize one's health and prevent disease has along documented historyin both India and China. Artwork, medical manuals, folklore, treatises,scriptures and reports onthe subject go back over 4,000 years. Likewise, military physicalconditioning techniques andtraining with military weapons (bow, sword, staff, knife, spear, etc.) are of comparable antiquity.Over many centuries in China, traditional medical practices (e.g.,acupuncture, herbalism, massage, andexercise routines, etc.) were combined with esoteric and magical Taoistpractices, and with military trainingtechniques. In addition, trade and cultural exchanges between India andChina transferred Buddhist theory andpractices, Taoism, Yoga, medicinal herbs, medical techniques, and martialarts training techniques between thetwo regions. These methods and practices were explored and adapted inChina to help maintain good health,to prevent and cure diseases, to provide martial arts prowess, to restorevitality, and to enhance the spirit of the patient or practitioner. Seeking ways to enjoy a long, healthy, andenergetic life are of universal andperennial interest.Making beneficial exercises interesting and enjoyable has always been achallenge to creative people.Hua T'o (110-207 A.D.) is one of the famous physicians of the HanDynasty.In
The History of the Later Han
, Hua T'o wrote:"Man's body must have exercise, but it should never be doneto the point of exhaustion. By movingabout briskly, digestion is improved, the blood vessels areopened, and illnesses are prevented.It is like a used doorstep which never rots. As far as Tao Yin
 
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