Off-Topic Qigong and the inner martial arts

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conor78

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Was listening to a Ben Greenfield podcast and he has Chris H on. He was talking about the benefits of Qigong. Has anyone integrated it into their routines or used it as a meditation its practice. Watched a few videos by a guy called Lee Holden. Looks interesting.
 

conor78

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Have you taught yourself @offwidth or have you been taught by someone? Qigong and kettlebells sounds like a killer combination
 

offwidth

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@conor78
Mostly I was taught by someone.
Unfortunately I don't currently have a teacher. A situation I am looking to remedy. Good teachers are very hard to come by.

But your observation is astute. A good combination indeed.
There are however many, many styles of both Tai-Chi, Qigong, Ba Gua, and all their variations.
 

Anna C

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If you've every seen "Tai Cheng" advertised on Beachbody (home of P90X and Insanity programs), it is a Tai Chi program by StrongFirst Senior SFG Dr. Mark Cheng. He was my team leader at SFG I and is a great instructor. I have the Tai Cheng program but haven't progressed too far with it... still on my list of things to do. I like what I've seen so far.
 

conor78

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Thanks folks, its something I never used to consider but I suppose like most things your outlook and priorities change as you get older. Like most things that have been around for a long time there must be merit in it. Tried following a Lee Holden video after a kettlebell workout and it felt great though I'm sure it wouldn't win any prizes for aesthetics...
 

offwidth

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@conor78
I encourage you to explore it further. See if you can find a teacher or class in your area for some hands on guidance. Even if you didn't find it was for you after all it would still be a valuable experience.

And very true... ones outlook and priorities do change with the passage of time...
 

Kiacek

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I've done baduanjin qigong and zhan zhuang on occasion. I really like it and should do it more. Horse stance had me sore as heck. :D

+1 for Zhan Zhuang!!!
I loved my standing practice, I never could get in tai chi though. It takes so much time and I never felt any real benefit (I have friends who swear by tai chi, so I'm referring to me personally when I say no benefit) but the standing postures were awesome! Really noticable difference from 12 mins of holding the ball (really I would start in wu chi and the arms would naturally rise as I naturally sunk lower over the course of the 12 min. I may add this back in to my routine (getting stoked just thinking about it).

I would never have brought this up with anyone, I'm so glad to have found like minded individuals!!
 

offwidth

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One of the great things about this community is that even though our individual practice and our goals may differ greatly, we are all for the most part pretty like-minded...
 

Jainarayan

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I never could get in tai chi though

Same here. I took a couple of classes at a local fitness center. I really wanted to learn it. The instructor was an older Mongolian fellow, some level of master, and a very nice gentleman who had many a story to tell. But I just coud not get my feet to do what my brain wanted. I don't know about anyone else, but there were times I worked up a real sweat with zhan zhuang.
 

conor78

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One of the great things about this community is that even though our individual practice and our goals may differ greatly, we are all for the most part pretty like-minded...
So true..although strength is the common denominator on this forum you will find a wide range of interests and expertise. I used to discount "stuff " like qigong. But then I would have scoffed at Wim Hoff and meditation until I tried it.

"Absorb what is useful. Discard what is not. Add what is uniquely your own."
Bruce Lee
This quote pretty much sums up how I invest my time.
 
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