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 Unit 3- Understand the origins and development of Qigong from Dao yin exercises




3.1  Summarise the historical development of Dao yin and Qigong exercises.

The handout at the bottom of the page gives you a brief summary of the historical development of these exercises.

For this Unit you are required to research the development in more detail and the websites provided below will help you do this.

Regulation of Qigong began in 2001, when The State Sport General Administration of China founded the Chinese Health Qigong Association. The aim of the organisation, with co-operation from the Peking Sport University, was to spread, research and make more popular, Health Qigong.

As result, in 2003, the Chinese Health Qigong Association presented 4 newly developed health Qigong exercises which were based on traditional Qigong, including Ba Duan Jin (8 Strands of Brocade). These 4 exercises were developed and introduced to fit the people’s need for improvement of their health and body, and to develop traditional Chinese national culture further.

Because of this development, many people see the 8 Strands of Brocade as 'new' Qigong - without history - rather than traditional Qigong.


 Further Research

Origins of Baduanjin - Very good site



Eight Immortals – Zhongli Quan, Lu Tung Pin

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Zhongli_Quan http://taoism.about.com/od/eightimmortals/a/Zhongli_Quan.htm