Si Duan Gong is a form of Qi Gong that was practiced in the Shaolin Monastery particularly before the Cultural Revolution. Integrating the basic principles of Ba Duan Jin and Yi Jin Jing taught at Shaolin, it has its own unique essence.
This Qi Gong can be practiced in a relatively short time and a regular and correct practice generates impressive results (health, flexibility, regulation of Qi, balancing of Yin 阴and Yang 阳). However, there is little literature available on Si Duan Gong and it is rarely taught today.
Ba Duan Jin is a treasure of wisdom and may be described as a combination of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and traditional Chinese medicine.
It regulates the Qi, balances Yin 阴 and Yang 阳, strengthens the tendons, and increases bone density.
According to Chinese researchers, the sources of traditional Ba Duan Jin precede the Song Dynasty. This form was developed particularly during the Ming and Qing Dynasties although there is no clear consensus on the origins of traditional Ba Duan Jin or its creator.
Wisdom suggests that Ba Duan Jin originated as a collaboration and sharing of knowledge between masters of the martial arts, healers, and practitioners, down through the generations.
The Southern Style “Liang Shichang” (难法) and the Northern Style “Yue Fei” (北法) share the same roots.
Yi Jin Jing is an important “Nei Gong” that strengthens the muscles, joints, and tendons and reinforces the health of the 5 Yin 阴 organs and the 5 Yang 阳 organs (kidneys 阴, lungs 阴, heart 阴, spleen, pancreas 阴, stomach 阳, liver 阴, bladder 阳, gallbladder 阳, intestines 阳) as well as the health of all other organs.
Some Chinese academics believe that Yi Jin Jing was developed long before Bodhidharma’s arrival at the Shaolin Monastery and was known as “Daoyin”. The monk’s contribution would have increased the benefits of the original form to their peak level.
Kai Fa Zhihui (development of wisdom) of Zhineng (intelligence) Qi Gong
This contemporary open style practice is the product of thousands of years of wisdom and can generate spectacularly fast and intense effects depending on the student’s receptivity. Its fundamental theory is based on the Huyuan Qi.
Six levels of practice, separated by different forms, open the way to deep wisdom; three of those levels have been disclosed to the public and each is composed of 3 “levels of realization”. Most levels are internal, but the first form, “Peng Qi Guang Ding Fa”, is external, unlike traditional types of Qi Gong.
This practice fosters the unique progress of martial artists of all orientations by changing their perception, inner peace, and connection with the Qi.
It opens the door to the development of special abilities, such as healing. Kai Fa Zhihui Zhineng Qi Gong is based entirely on the teachings of Pang Ming and stems from the integration of the ancient teachings (Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism).